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FREE "Glam" Party Printables from 2 Cute Party Prints

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Thinking of throwing a "Glam" birthday? How about using this fun party printable collection designed by Tori at 2 Cute Party Prints!

The collection includes: a welcome sign, invitations, "Happy Birthday" banner, cupcake toppers (which can be used as stickers), cupcake wrappers, favor tags, food labels, party hats, photo booth props (so cute!!), and thank you notes.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE:

Here are the individual files:

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Thanks, Tori, for such a glamorous set!! To learn more about Tori and see all of her adorable designs, please visit her at 2 Cute Party Prints. Feel free to contact her for custom orders and personalization. Also, if you need help putting your printables together, Tori has this helpful post.

My Daughter's 4th Mermaid Birthday

Finally, finally. Now that my daughter and I have both recovered from being sick and I've returned from Bloggy Boot Camp, I'm finally able to post photos of my daughter's 4th mermaid birthday.

Here is my daughter with her fairy princess hat. She debated wearing a mermaid costume, but ultimately fell in love with this dress. The face paint was of her own design. Every Friday, the children at my daughter's preschool are able to paint their own faces, hence the face painting you'll see on the other little guests.

The beautiful printables are from Lindi of Love the Day. The birthday banner was a great decoration for the fence. I printed out Lindi's cupcake topper designs, strung them together, and used them as a border along the pizza table. Plus I decorated a coral centerpiece with hanging tags.

The awesome photo booth props are courtesy of Kelli from The Paper Dolls Shoppe and my homemade "photo booth" sign I printed out and put in a frame.

Here's the bucket of photo booth props. I decided to step out of our mermaid theme a bit and put together a collection  of fun hats, masks, tiaras, leis, sunglasses, boas, and colored hair. The kids had a blast with them and wore them throughout the party.

These are the insanely lovely fondant cupcake toppers from Charynn at Two Sugar Babies and were a nice surprise for the guests. And here's a pictures of the special mermaid cupcake topper (with a bite taken out of it) that Charynn made especially for my daughter's cupcake.

Here is what the table looked like before the pizzas arrived.

The bucket of favors: they were mermaid and pirate Shrinky Dinks with cute printable "thank you" favor tags from Lindi. I got a lot of good feedback from the parents on the favors. Nice take-home activity.

Here are the unbelievable balloon bouquets from Balloon Celebrations. Since the party was at a park and there was a lot of open space, we needed something "big" to make an impact and the balloons did just that!

The entertainment -- Goofy Gil and his friend Momo -- kept everyone laughing.

Some of the photo booth pics...

And finally... my delicious girl and me!!

So here are my lessons learned:

  • Serving just pizza and cupcakes worked better than expected. No one seemed to miss the healthy fruit or the decadent dessert table.
  • My photographer, Samantha Zachrich, was well worth it, and I loved working with her. Next time I will put together a shot list because of course after it was over, I realized I missed certain shots, like a group photo of all the guests, the pizza table, the cupcakes in their trays, etc.
  • Having someone there to help man the photo booth with the photographer was essential because 4-year-olds definitely need some wrangling. Also, I wish I'd gotten a bigger piece of fabric to hang up as the backdrop.
  • Keeping the party short to one and half hours was ideal. For most of the kids and parents it was just enough time, and for others we left them wanting more. Love that!
  • I still need to work on "flowing with it." This is definitely my hardest lesson. When the pizzas were almost late I got stressed. When the kids raided the photo booth props to wear during the party, I had to remind myself to breathe. And when my daughter became obsessed with the presents during the party (having never gotten so many from her friends before) I had to remember to laugh about it.
After it was all over, my daughter hugged me and said this was "the best party ever!" That is what made the whole day (and months of planning) worth it!!

Planning My Daughter's 4th Birthday - How I'm Making it Special

My whole philosophy about throwing a great party is that you only need a few unexpected details to make it special. Well, for this party, which is today, I'm living my own advice.

So what are my unexpected details?

Well, first my gorgeous mermaid printables from Love the Day. This is the first time I'm using party printables and so far I'm loving the whole experience.  If I want more decorations, I just press "print." How cool is that?

My second detail is my cupcake toppers from Two Sugar Babies. I've never seen or tasted fondant cupcake toppers before and I bet most of my guests haven't either, so I can't wait to see their reaction. Plus Charynn designed a special 3-D mermaid topper for my daughter's cupcake. I promise you, she's going to go nuts!

My third detail is my photo booth with props.  Kelli from The Paper Dolls Shoppe designed these adorable photo booth printable lips and mustaches that we're giving away for FREE. Again, I bet most of my guests have never seen this before, so I'm curious to see how it goes over. Four-year-olds can be pretty unpredictable, therefore this might be an exercise in letting go. :)

And finally, the party favors, which are a very important detail to my daughter.  She wanted to give her friends something special, and I didn't want to give them sweets because of the possible wrath of the other mothers. :)  So I found these cute mermaid and pirate Shrinky Dinks for half off...

...and wrapped them up pretty with what else... my printables!! What do you think?

My last detail is my two balloon bouquets from  Balloon Celebrations. Cyndy is definitely helping me out here. I don't think I could afford them otherwise, so a big thank you to you, Cyndy!

There you have it. Budgets are hard, but most of us have to deal with them. And at the end of the day, I really only have to please one person - my daughter. (Okay two people, my husband when the Visa bill comes.)

If you have similar stories, or tips on how you saved money throwing a party, or  special details you added to make your party memorable, I'd love to hear them.

And as I've said before, wish me luck today... and of course I'll be sharing how it all went down.

FREE Photo Booth Prop Printables from The Paper Dolls Shoppe

If you read my blog, you know I'm doing a photo booth at my daughter's 4th birthday that I'm really excited about.

Well, I'm even more excited now that the super sweet Kelli, from The Paper Dolls Shoppe designed these FREE photo booth prop printable lips and mustaches for my daughter's party and for us to give away! How friggin' cute are these?!

And how about these patterned mustaches, too!

Plus, Kelli designed mermaid photo booth props just for Adelaine's party. But if you're throwing a mermaid party yourself, feel free to use them. My daughter is going to flip when she sees these!!

Download the high resolution files here:

Photo booth props - Lips & Mustaches

Photo booth props - Patterned Mustaches

Photo booth props - Mermaid sunglasses, lips, & necklace

Thank you, Kelli! These are awesome!

To learn more about Kelli and see more of her printables, visit The Paper Dolls Shoppe. Also, take a look at the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas printables she generously designed for us.

If you use these photo booth props at your next party,  please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty.com!! I'd love to show them off!

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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I'm obsessed with photo booths as I'm in the midst of planning one, so this week's party photo come from Kristi D's Jonathan's 4th Birthday. So cute! I love the Toy Story props and the backdrop.

Check out the other adorable photos from the party.

And if you're so inspired, take a look at all the Toy Story parties on our main site. We've got a lot!

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member - How to Make DIY Photo Booth Props

I loved Stacey W's One Year Old in a Flash Birthday from the first moment I saw it.  The colors, the festive vibe, the little details... and then I saw the homemade photo booth props and I was in pure heaven.

As you probably know by reading my blog, I love photo booths!

So when I asked Stacey if she would share with our community how she made them, she kindly wrote up this tutorial and gave me permission to repost.

What I think is genius is how Stacey had a professional photographer come to her party to take photos of her guests (using the homemade props) and gave the photos out as favors.

As she said:

My guest list ranged from age 7 months to 68 years... I was looking for a way to engage them all and make it a celebration worth remembering.  Personal photo sessions with a professional photographer not only fit the bill and the theme, but also provided a thoughtful way for me to give guests a really meaningful favor.

For her props, Stacey came up with whimsical mustaches & mouths on sticks, umbrellas to match the color scheme, empty picture frames, and my personal favorite... chalkboard thought bubbles.

So here's how she did it...

MUSTACHE & MOUTH STICKS

I had to reign myself in on this one... there are so many directions you could go with this!

I went with mustaches and mouths, but you could also do eye glasses, eyebrows, maybe even hair styles or hats.

I mentioned in my last post that my Dad does graphic design, well he also happens to be accommodating when it comes to my hair-brained ideas.   He created the mustaches and mouths for me, but you could also use clip art that you find and/or buy on the web, or even just draw  the graphics you want (how hard could it be to draw a mustache?!).

I printed mine on card stock, cut them out, and hotglued them to little wooden dowels that came in packs of 20 at Michaels.  I made enough to use for the photo sessions and extras as the favors for the kids at the party.

For the favors, I punched two holes in the 3" round tags Beyond Designs designed for me and threaded the dowels through.

UMBRELLAS

I bought a pack of 6 child size umbrellas from Oriental Trading & just painted a couple of them with fabric paint... easy peasy and they added a nice pop of color to the white background photography.

EMPTY PICTURE FRAMES

Well that about explains it... I picked up two framed pictures at Goodwill, removed the glass and all the insides and spray painted them in the colors of the party.

CHALKBOARD THOUGHT BUBBLES

We had so much fun with these & they were a relatively quick project to make!  I started with adhesive backed chalkboard vinyl that I ordered from Uppercase Living (that's a link to Gina's UL site... she's a consultant & is really great to work with!) and some mat board.

My Doug drew the thought bubble shapes on the mat board, then we applied the vinyl to the other side & cut them out with a sharp pair of scissors.

Because I used white mat board (I had it on hand from a picture framing project I did forever ago) the white cut edges didn't look great, so I colored the edges with a black sharpie to make them blend in and give it a finished look.

These needed thicker dowels than the mustaches to support their weight, but a few lines of hotglue was still enough to keep them solid... just be sure that you glue several inches of the dowel onto the back of the board so that it doesn't get top heavy and bend.

Now all you need is a fabulous photographer & a little creativity!  This was so much fun, I think mustaches on sticks and chalkboard thought bubbles will make an appearance in all our family portraits!

Stacey, thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial!

If you want to learn more about Stacey and read all about her other creative projects check out her great blog, Elle Belle Creative.  And if you happen to make any photo booth props yourself, please send in photos.  I'd love to post them.

(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share?  Please email me at jillian@catchmyparty.com.  I’d love to show it off!)

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week's party photo of the week comes from

Trish D's Lumber Jack & Jill Couples' Shower

Anyone who reads my blog knows I am a huge fan of photo booths, especially photo booths with props.  And when I saw this photo I couldn't help but laugh!

See the rest of this creative Lumber Jack and Jill Shower.   You won't be disappointed.

TRENDS: Fun with Picture Frames

I'm a big fan of homemade photo booths at parties.  I think they're a great activity for guests, plus the host gets some nice memories out of it.

I also really like props.  Props instantly get people to relax and have fun.  Ask yourself, who doesn't love getting their picture taken in a big pink boa?

In fact, I've already written about my love of photo booth props here and here, but a photo booth trend I'm also a big fan of is the "empty picture frame."  Not only are they easy to make (just empty out a big framed picture, and you're in business) but I also think you get some visually interesting shots.

Take a look at these picture frame photos from some parties on our site and see what you think...

Tiffany N's Cupcakes + Cocktails Party

Kristy's Super Grover Rave

Mattie B's Roaring 20th Birthday

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