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My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - June 30th

Here are some terrific parties added to our site this week! I'm loving this wild safari dessert table, this vintage circus first birthday, this gorgeous tie dye 4th of July party, and the sweetest sleepover you've ever seen!

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Happy 4th and I'll show off more of my favorites next week!

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week

Happy Father's Day! My daughter surprised my husband this morning with a play she wrote about him. It was very cute and I think he was touched!

Here are some awesome parties from our site this week: a sweet pink lemonade birthday, a July 4th tailgater, a superhero party that celebrates some super kids, and a cool pink and purple rockstar bash!

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Clockwise (from top left):

Hope your dads and husbands have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subway Art and "I {Heart} my State" Art Prints for your 4th of July

I was sent these three pieces of July 4th subway art and thought they were so perfect for a July 4th buffet table, I couldn't wait to share them. Just print them out and place in a frame and... voila, instant decor.

This one is from Wanessa from WCC Designs and comes in two sizes. Download the 5x7 here. Download the 8x10 here.

This one is from Laura at Eye Candy Event Details and is 8x10. Download it here.

This one is from Carol from Partylicious Events and is 11x14. Download it here.

Also, Wanessa created these amazing 8x10 "I {Heart} My State" art printables to download and display at your celebrations. Here are some of my favorite states:

Aren't these fantastic?! For the entire collection and to download the file for your state, head to her blog, Wanessa Carolina Creations.

Also, if you need any last minute July 4th party ideas, we've got them, and if you need more July 4th decorations, check out all our free printables collections.

Need a Super Easy July 4th Centerpiece?

Well, I just made this one in about ten minutes with some free printables from the HP Summer Celebration newsletter. I love these mini paper flags. I can think of so many uses for them.

I also made this cool retro garland. It makes me think of an old-fashioned couty fair.

And finally, I printed out this mad-libs-type sheet about July 4th for my daughter to fill out with her friends, great for a quick family-friendly party activity.

The HP Summer Celebration newsletter has tons of great summer entertaining ideas, free printables, recipes, crafts, and photo tips. It's definitely worth a look!

FREE July 4th Party Printables from Frog Prince Paperie

Paula from Frog Prince Paperie is not only a superstar designer, but has been a friend since the beginning of Catch My Party. You can only imagine how excited I was when she agreed to design a set of July 4th printables exclusively for us! Thank you, Paula.

This "Celebrate America" vintage collection includes: 2" party circles, 4" party circles, tented cards, straw flags, an 8x10" welcome sign, favor tags, and my personal favorite... paper chains to add a fun touch to your decor.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Take a look...

How super cute are these paper chains...

Favor tags...

Straw flags...

Tented cards...

Paula, thanks again, I love the "Americana" feel of this collection!

To learn more about Paula and see all of her fantastic designs, check out Frog Prince Paperie.

 

FREE July 4th Printables from Sarah Hope Designs

Woo hoo! July 4th, one of my favorite holidays, is in a little over two weeks!

I'm excited to be giving away our first set of free July 4th printables. This "Liberty" collection was designed by Yulia at Sarah Hope Designs and makes me love what our country stands for!

The collection includes: cupcake toppers, tented cards, a party sign, patterned paper, water bottle wrappers, cupcake wrappers, mini food/straw flags, napkin rings, mini cake/food banner, and mini candy bar wrappers.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING:

Take a look at how festive...

Thanks, Yulia, for another great collection. The fireworks and Lady Liberty are my favorite parts.

To learn more about Yulia and see all of her designs, visit her at Sarah Hope Designs.

FREE Summer BBQ Printables by WCC Designs

With Memorial Day coming up, I wanted to give away a set of BBQ printables that would work for this upcoming weekend all your laid back summer parties.

Wanessa from WCC Designs created this great set. I love the mix of patterns and the rough-around-the-edges feel.

The collection includes: drink labels, mini party circles, party menus, invitations, a food table sign, blank tent cards and pennant flags.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILE FOR PRINTING HERE

Take a look at how fun these look...

 

Thank you, Wanessa, for another one of your fabulous collections.

To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

Check out these parties for more Memorial Day inspirations.

{RECIPE} Red, White, and Blue Strawberry Shortcakes

I love this season of outdoor parties and barbecues, and with Memorial Day and July 4th coming up, I've been dying to do a red, white, and blue dessert.

I think strawberry shortcake (with blueberries and lemon zest) is the perfect summertime dessert because it's so fresh and light.

You can prepare almost everything beforehand, then just as you're ready to serve it, either whip up some fresh whipped cream or pull out a can, and you can put these desserts together in seconds. Or better yet, set up a strawberry shortcake "DIY bar" and let your guests make their own.

I promise, these are super easy and absolutely delicious! Here's how you do it...

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced thin
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/8 cup sugar +  3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold butter, sliced
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half + 1/8 cup half-and-half
  • White sanding sugar
Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, gently mix strawberries and 1/8 cup sugar. Set aside. The longer this sits, the more strawberry juice it will make.

In a food processor, pulse together flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons sugar, and lemon zest.

Add cold butter and continue to pulse until the mixture looks like cornmeal.

Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture, and pour in 2/3 cup half-and-half.

Mix gently with a spatula or wooden spoon. Be careful not to overmix. It should be sticky.

Pour the sticky dough onto a lightly floured surface. Turn it over a couple of times until the dough comes together. Pat it out so it's 3/4" thick.

Cut out 8 round 3-inch biscuits.

Place biscuits on a Silpat or parchment. Brush the tops with the remaining half-and-half and sprinkle with white sanding sugar.

Bake for 12-18 minutes or until the biscuits have risen and are nice and brown.

While they are cooking, you can make your own fresh whipped cream. It's easy and takes five minutes...

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:

Place empty bowl and beaters in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill. Beat cream with added sugar and vanilla until the whipped cream makes peaks. Don't overbeat or you'll end up with butter. :)

Once the biscuits have cooled, either cut/break in half, or use one whole biscuit as the bottom and one whole biscuit as a top. Add strawberry mixture, blueberries, and top with whip cream. Serve immediately and enjoy!

If you make some, please send a photo to jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to show off what you do!

And of course, here's Lainey, my official taster, after a day at the farmer's market getting her face painted...

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FREE July 4th BBQ Printables from Sweet Craft Cakes

Are you throwing a July 4th BBQ? Then you'll want these adorable free "fireworks" July 4th BBQ printables from my friends Noelle and Kerry of Sweet Craft Cakes.

The collection includes: party circles, an invitations, water bottle labels, tented cards, and a fun "Celebrate" banner.


Party circles


Invitation


Water bottle labels


Tented cards


"Celebrate" banner


"Celebrate" banner


"Celebrate" banner


"Celebrate" banner


"Celebrate" banner

 

Download the high resolution files for printing:

 

Thank you Noelle and Kerry for these awesome BBQ printables!

If you use these printables for your July 4th celebrations, please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty.com. I’d love to show them off.

Also, to learn more about Noelle and Kerry please visit their blog Sweet Craft Cakes and their Etsy shop for party ideas, inspirations, and adorable printables.

And finally, take a look at all of our free July 4th party printable collections! There's bound to be something for you!

 

 

 

 

FREE July 4th Printables from Tea Party Designs

Who would like more free July 4th printables for their Independence Day celebrations? Well, we've got some!

Melody from Tea Party Designs created this cute set of party circles, water bottle labels, and a "Happy July 4th" banner. Thank you, Melody...


Party circles

[caption id="attachment_16393" align="aligncenter" width="463"] Water bottle labels[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_16394" align="aligncenter" width="465"] "Happy July 4th" banner[/caption]

To download the high resolution files for printing:

Thank you, Melody, for the designs! To learn more about Melody and see her designs, please check out her Facebook page, Tea Party Designs, and Etsy shop.

Also, check out our other free July 4th printable collections.

 

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