About Jillian Leslie & her Blog
Jillian is a winner of Top 25 Party Plannin' Moms
What inspired you to start blogging?
I started blogging as soon as we launched Catch My Party in 2009. But it wasn't until I began seeing the amazing parties people were adding to our site that I figured out what I wanted my blog to be -- a place where I could show off beautiful parties and feature the talented people behind them.
What are three distinctive features of your blog?
1. Since I see hundreds of party photos a day, I fee like I'm in a unique position to write about new party trends, popular party themes and interesting people in the party world.
2. I love giving away free party printables for holidays, birthday, and other special occasions because I think printables add so much to a party.
3. I also feature lots of DIY tutorials created by our users. It's usually a craft, decoration or food someone has made for their party that they want to share with our community.
What is your favorite part of planning parties?
My favorite part of party planning is brainstorming and collecting ideas. I'm a researcher by nature, so my blog completely fits with who I am.
What are your favorite blog posts?
How do you celebrate New Year's Eve with young children?
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We live in California, so we celebrate New Year's Eve east coast time (at 9:00pm). This way we still get the anticipation of a countdown and our daughter gets to stay up a little extra late, but no one (including my husband) has a meltdown at 11:45pm. :)
We usually celebrate with close family friends. Last year we ordered in food, had a whole dessert table set up, and we all played Dance Central on Kinect for the Xbox. Watching the dads take a turn dancing was an absolute blast!
Now that we have a child, New Year's Eve is all about family fun!
Can you suggest a fun birthday party game or creative activity for 6-8 year-olds?
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I love art parties where kids get to express their inner Picassos. Giving each kid a blank canvas and some paints is always fun, plus I love hanging up a big piece of butcher block paper and having the guests create one masterpiece together. This of course usually works best outside. :)