FREE "It's a Boy" Baby Shower Printables from Green Apple Paperie

by Jillian Leslie on

We recently gave away an adorable collection of free girl baby shower printables, and today I'm thrilled to be giving away the matching boy baby shower set. These printables were designed by Katie from Green Apple Paperie.  I just love how classic and modern they are.

The collection includes: invitations, thank you cards, party circles, cupcake wrappers, Hershey’s Kiss labels, wish tree cards, advice for mom cards, water bottle labels, tented cards, straw flags, and an “It’s a Boy” banner.


Here are a couple photos to see how great they look...

To learn more about Katie and see all of her beautiful designs, check out her Etsy shop andFacebook page. Thank you, Katie, for creating such sweetness for our readers!


{DIY} How to Make a Moss Covered Monogrammed Letter

by Jillian Leslie on

I saw these moss covered letters Raychel from Kush Event Planning made for the Black and White Damask Wedding she styled and I loved how rustic and classic they looked.

Raychel generously offered to put together a DIY on how she made them, so please, Raychel, take it away...

Hi all you Catch My Party readers! I’m Raychel from Kush Event Planning. There is no way I can describe my excitement over being asked by Jillian to do a DIY feature for them! So here it is.

I am partial to making parties, weddings, and events very personal. What better way than displaying the guest of honor or host’s initial. First initial, last initial, even a monogram would be super cute!

I have made these letters covered in many mediums, but one of my favorites is moss. It gives such an earthy feeling. I love this look for country/homespun weddings, but if done right can work so nicely with an upscale/elegant scheme too. Even better – great for your front door to welcome SPRING! (I’m sure you’re all as ready for that as I am!)


  • Cardboard letter
  • Spray adhesive (this gets messy so I suggest you do this project outdoors, with newspaper, and if you have rubber gloves it wouldn’t be a bad idea to wear them)
  • Moss sheets -- (I use this Super Moss it’s on a mesh mat and sometimes has a brown paper backing)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (optional-- if you choose to hang it you will need about a yard of ribbon depending on how you want to hang it. Otherwise you can just stand it up on a table, shelf, mantel, etc.)
I purchased all of my supplies at Joann Fabrics and Crafts. And if you use coupons you can get all of the supplies (not including the scissors) for about $11. A little craft buying tip: Joann Fabrics (at least ours) lets you use as many coupons as you want! Including competitors coupons (as long as it’s something they also sell). That has saved me SO much moolah!
Step One

Step one is a bit tricky. Figuring out how to cut and glue your moss. It varies with each letter since each one has a completely different shape. It also depends on if you want to cover both sides, or just the front. If you’re hanging it on a wall or door you really don’t need to cover the back.  For the “W” (and quite a few others) I find it easiest to completely cover the front and outer sides of the letter, then cut away the excess. I started with one side and sprayed as I went while pulling the moss somewhat tight so it lays flat on the cardboard. 

And if it’s an extremely windy day you might need some help holding down your newspaper.

(My son, Jackson and my niece, Sophie were perfect for the job.)

Step Two

To make the corners, fold up the sides and glue. You will get a little “tail”. Just cut it off right up against the cardboard to make it flush. The moss is so forgiving that you will hardly be able to tell there is a seam there, and if you do see a seam just pick up some of the moss pieces that have fallen on your paper (or all over your clothes—but don’t worry it brushes right off) and spray a tiny bit of adhesive to cover up the seam. 

Step Three

Cut strips of moss to fit into spaces that are not covered and fill in gaps. You can either cut and then glue or glue and then trim along the edges. 

Step Four

Add ribbon. Just cut the length of ribbon you want and spray the adhesive to the tops of the back of the letter. This will take some adjusting considering the different shapes of the different letters. I planned to hang it with two ribbons with two bows and two hooks, but changed my mind and tied the two ribbon ends together to hang it by one. 

Step Five

Viola! You have a hanging (or not) moss covered letter! I decided last minute to add a silk flower to mine. Hope you all like it! Our door is ready for SPRING!!!

How gorgeous, Raychel, thank you. And how great would a letter like this be as part of your Easter decor!

To learn more about Raychel, visit her at Kush Event Planning.



My Favorite Easter Treats and Desserts So Far This Year

by Jillian Leslie on

Now that Easter is approaching, I had to highlight my favorite treats and desserts from this year. And the best part... there's no calories in looking. :) To see the whole party, just click on the link or photo.

Petit Social's A Vintage and Belle & Boo-Inspired Easter

Fanciful Events "A Tale of Cottontail"

Lynlee B's Bunny Easter Egg Hunt

Elise B's Sweet Scarlet Easter Collection

Frog Prince Paperie's Preppy Bunny Party

And if you need free Easter printables for your celebrations, we've got nine incredible collections to take a look at. Enjoy!

DIY -- How to Make a Hanging Easter Garland

by Jillian Leslie on

Here's a great DIY! Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations designed these beautiful "bunnies and birds" Easter printables. Then she turned her banner into a beautiful hanging garland. Take a look at how she did it...


  1. Banner template you can download here
  2. Twine
  3. Hot glue / gun
  4. Plastic eggs (approximately 24 units)
  5. Ribbo;
  6. Wire or any kind of stems
  7. Small screw driver (to make holes on the eggs) and lighter
  8. Spray adhesive


  •  Print out two copies of the Easter banner and cut it out

  • If your eggs don't have holes in them, heat a screw driver and make a hole in the bottom and another in the top of each egg
  • Attach the twine to the wire (I didn't have a wire, so I used a Chenille stem) using a little bit of hot glue. This will make the "sewing" easy.
  • For the word "Happy" cut approximately 60" of twine. Starting  from the top, pass the twine through the first egg and make a knot very close to the top of the egg so the egg won't slip
  • Glue the twine to the middle of the H letter (make sure the letter it's not upside down)
  • Apply spray adhesive to the other H letter and stick them both together
  • Add another egg to the garland, then glue the next letter


  • Repeat these steps until you are done.
  • To finish, use 2 eggs on the bottom to make the garland heavier. You can also alternate the letters using ribbons instead of eggs.
  • For the word "Easter" use approximately 70" of twine
  • For the "Bunny/Bird" garlands, use 42"-48" of twine
Thank you Wanessa, what a great new way to make a banner! To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

FREE Bridal Shower Printables from Wanessa Carolina Creations

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Wait until you see what we're giving away today! It's an entire collection of gorgeous paisley bridal shower printables designed by Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations! This romantic set has everything you'll need to throw a beautiful affair, including an invitation you can add text to yourself.

The collection includes: and editable invitation (how cool!), a welcome sign, party circles, mini party circles, cupcake wrappers, tented cards, favor tags, thank you notes, return address labels, wine glass markers, drink wraps, party flags, a "love" banner, and three pieces of patterned paper. Told you it was everything!

Download the free bridal shower printables here!

Thank you, Wanessa, the printables are stunning, and I love your use of patterns!!

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

FREE "It's a Girl" Baby Shower Printables from Green Apple Paperie

by Jillian Leslie on

I'm so excited to be giving away this exclusive girl baby shower printables collection designed by Katie from Green Apple Paperie. How cute are these little onesies!!!

The collection includes: invitations, thank you cards, party circles, cupcake wrappers, Hershey's Kiss labels, wish tree cards, advice for mom cards, water bottle labels, tented cards, straw flags, and an "It's a Girl" banner.

Download the free baby shower printables here!


Stay tuned for the boy baby shower collection Katie designed for us!

To learn more about Katie and see all of her fantastic designs, check out her Etsy shop and Facebook page. Thank you, Katie, I love your style!

{DIY} How to Recycle Cardboard Boxes into Pretty Storage Boxes with Editable Labels

by Jillian Leslie on

If you need to get organized, here's an easy recycling DIY project using cardboard boxes that our creative contributor Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations put together.

With this tutorial, you can take any box, make it beautiful, then add these free editable labels so you know exactly what's inside.

Wanessa used a small diaper's box and a Rice Crispie treats box to demonstrate.  Here's what she did...

Material needed:

  1. Boxes
  2. Gift wrap (I like to use those with a grid on the back, each square measures 1" so it's easier to measure and to cut)
  3. Spray adhesive
  4. Exacto knife
  5. Glue
  6. Ink pad
  7. Scissors
  8. Trash bag

Here are the boxes she used.

Instructions (Rice Krispies Treats box)

  • Unfold the box
  • Place the box over the gift wrap and cut the size you will need
  • Open the trash bag, place the box over it, and spray the adhesive on the outside of the box
  • With the back of the paper facing up, start placing the unfolded box on the paper. (Be careful with this step. Start with the lid first on the paper. Then fold the lid of the box before placing the body of the box down on the paper. And finally fold the other side of the box before covering that side with paper.  If you stick the whole box down all at once, when you fold the sides of the box back up, it will rip apart.)
  • Trim off the leftover paper
  • Working on the left or right side of the box, fold and stick each small side of the box on the paper, then trim the edge, keep doing that until the side is done
  • Do the same thing with the the other side of the box
  • With the box completely covered, start blotting the ink pad on the edges to give it a better finish. I used black ink. (This step is optional.)
  • Fold the sides of the box to reconstruct it and use the spray adhesive to stick the sides together
Instructions (Diaper box)
  • Start cutting off the lids with your exacto knife, save the bigger sides
  • Measure the paper you will need to cover the large sides and the bottom of the box, add 2" on each side. Do the same thing with the box top then cut off the paper
  • Do the same for the small sides and bottom of the box
  • Choose the side you will start working first (large or small side), spray adhesive on the respective paper. Place one side of the box onto the adhesived paper and leave 2" on each side and top, lay the bottom and then the last side
  • Fold over and stick the 2" of extra paper onto the box
  • Repeat the same steps to cover the other sides

  • With the box all covered, stick the left over paper on the top covering the edges, then using a exacto knife cut off the paper left on the sides.
  • To give a better finish inside, cut 4 stripes of paper, measuring 2" width and stick inside of the box on each side
  • With the lids you saved, start making a bottom to place inside of the box
  • Place both together on the paper and cut the size you will need (2 x);
  • Spray the adhesive on the paper, stick both lids together, do the same to cover the other side of the lids, for last trim the edges with a exacto knife and place inside of the box;
  • Now that you have your box nicely covered it's time to label.
Instructions for the Editable Labels

  • Download the labels here
  • Open the file using Adobe Reader, if you don't have you can download it here it's free
  • Just click on the label and type in any text you'd like
  • Print and cut out
  • I'm providing 5 pages in different colors and 1 page with multiple colors, for a total of 6 pages. Just choose the color / page you want, type in your text, then when you hit print, choose to print just the page you have used
Thank you, Wanessa, for this great way to reuse all those boxes you get in the mail and don't know what to do with. Now you can make your life a little more organized and pretty.

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

{RECIPE} Healthy and Delicious White Chicken Chili

by Jillian Leslie on

If you want something hearty, that will stick to your ribs, but is still healthy. This white chicken chili is the dish!

What differentiates a white chili from a white bean soup is... chili peppers (and cumin)! This recipe features two kinds of green chili peppers, the poblano and the anaheim. Not too spicy, but they bring a nice feeling of heat and warmth to the dish.




  • 2 anaheim chilis
  • 2 poblano chilis (poblanos are often labelled "pasillas" in grocery stores)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 4 16-ounce cans white beans (I like great northern beans, but cannellini or navy are fine)
  • 4 cups low salt vegetable stock (chicken stock is also great!)
  • 2 cooked, shredded chicken breasts


  • 1/2 cup grated white cheddar or jack cheese
  • 1 thinly sliced jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (if you hate cilantro!? you can substitute chopped scallions)
  • 2 limes


Slice the peppers open, and scrape out the seeds. Anaheim and poblanos aren't super spicy peppers, but spicy enough to really hurt if you handle the seeds or insides and then touch your eyes! So please be mindful as you deseed. Quarter the peppers cut into 1/4 inch slices.

Heat the oil in a large sauce pan or dutch oven.

When it is hot (oil is shimmering), add the pepper and cook for about 5 minutes until they start to soften.

Add the diced onions and shallots and cook until the onions start to turn transparent.

Add the garlic, cumin, and oregano.

Sauté for about 2 minute.

Strain the beans, and add to the pot.

Now add the chicken or vegetable stock. It should cover the beans by 1/2-1 inch depending on the size of your pan. Bring it up to a simmer.

Taste it periodically and salt to taste. I added about 3-4 teaspoons of salt.

Let it cook down until the beans are at surface level (about 20-30 minutes).

Stir in the shredded chicken and cook for another 5 minutes.

Serve with a pinch of cheese and cilantro as a garnish.

If you are serving to a spice-loving crowd, throw a couple thin slices of  jalapeño on as well.

I like red jalapeños for the color, but green are fine as well. Lime can give it a nice kick of acid, so I like to put some slices out as well.

Eat up, it will warm your bones!



If you make it, please let me know how it is and send photos to jillian(at)

Spell Out Anything With these FREE Alphabet Circle Banners from Sarah Hope Designs

by Jillian Leslie on

Now if you need a banner for any occasion, we've got you covered! Yulia from Sarah Hope Designs created these three amazing 5" printable circle banners in different color combinations (purple/pink, green/blue, and red/yellow/blue) with all the letters in the alphabet so you can spell out anything you want!

Each collection includes letters A-Z, numbers 1st-10th, and two blank circles, perfect for birthdays or any other occassion.  Thanks to Yulia, for hooking us up!

Download the free alphabet banners here!

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