Cupcake Party Dress

I love this polka dot cupcake party dress by Oh So Sassy!

Available in all sizes and handmade upon your order.

The milk chocolate with pink dots designer fabric in this dress matches our chocolate and pink polka dot plates and napkins perfectly:

Oh So Sassy also makes the adorable hair flower bows for your birthday girl!

Party Invitations You'll Love

I love stationery. I really do.

I am jumping up and down to tell you about this stationery shop I've found.

All of these polka dot party invitations are designed by Aimee Austin, owner of Princess and The Peas. Aren't they GREAT?!

I love her birthday invitation designs for boys and for girls. She even created matching thank you notes and address labels for all of us who really like to coordinate our party stationery (that's me!).

Aimee's stationer is custom-printed upon your order, so changes are welcome and proofs are FREE.

What do you think of this polka dot elephant birthday invitation?

I love it too!

For the dinosaur-theme birthday party and just a few polka dots to make it really cute:

This is the coordinating pink elephant fill-in invitation (available custom-printed too):

There are so many more adorable polka dot invitation designs now in stock at Princess and The Peas. She has photo card invitations and some really cute gifts like placemats and melamine plates too.
This is a must-visit shop for all of your polka dot party invitation needs!
(Also available on Etsy inside Aimee's shop at

Polka Dot Birthday Cake Idea

Better Homes and Gardens Polka Dot Cake Recipe:

1 package 2-layer-size white cake mix
Few drops desired-color liquid food coloring
1 7.2-ounce package fluffy white frosting mix
Pastel-color round wafer candies
Pastel-color candy-coated milk chocolate pieces or other pastel-color candy pieces (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 8x8x2-inch or 2 9x9x11/2-inch baking pans; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Divide batter in half. Tint each half of batter a different color using liquid food coloring (use only a few drops to keep the batter a pastel color). Place one color batter in each prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely.

2. Prepare frosting according to package directions. Spread about 1/2 cup frosting on top of one cake layer. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and side of cake layers with remaining frosting. Arrange wafer candies on top and sides of cake in a random polka-dot pattern. Arrange candy-coated chocolate pieces around bottom edge of cake, if desired. Makes 12 servings.

Polka Dot Cupcake Party Hair Bows

I have heard from a bunch of you that you are throwing polka dot birthday parties with a cupcake-twist!

This cutie-patootie hair bow shop on Etsy, Jumpin Jilli Bean Baby has the hair bows to match her polka dot party outfit.

From baby clippies to big girl bows, you'll find the polka dot cupcake party bow you've been looking for. Tell her we sent you!

Custom Polka Dot Favor Tags

Meet Bridgett, the crafty owner of Be Creative Stationery. She designed these adorable polka dot favor tags. We love the textured cardstock and metal eyelets. This is the added POP of color and personality that your favor bags need!

Bridgett lives in Connecticut with her husband and beautiful daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and doing all things creative! From scrapbooking to designing cards for family and friends, her creative juices are always flowing.

Click to see all of Be Creative Stationery's personalized polka dot favor tags.

Each set is only $7.00 plus shipping and includes twelve personalized favor tags printed on textured 80-lb. card stock measuring 2" in diameter.

The coolest part? Every tag is hole-punched and secured with a stainless steel eyelet and finished with a ribbon color of your choice.

Paper, dots and ribbon colors are totally customizable to match your polka dot birthday party, wedding shower or baby shower theme.

See you over at!

Polka Dot Dinosaur Tee

This polka dot dinosaur tee is perfect for a little boy's birthday party.
Each fet dinosaur applique is hand-stitched - we love that!

Handmade to order by Brittain Road at

Pink and Chocolate Birthday Tutu Set

Looking for a pink and chocolate polka dot outfit for her birthday party?

Our Pink and Chocolate Birthday Tutu Set is now in stock!

In fact, we have an entire collection of pink and chocolate gifts and party supplies for you to browse at Polka Dot Market.

From hair bows to plates and napkins to birthday banners, we have it. Many items are in stock and ready to ship too.

Send your pink and chocolate polka dot party photos to

Cookie Pop Favors and Decor

We have been searching for some cute table decorations for you - and these double as party favors too!

This is an idea that you can customize to match your polka dot party theme. Start with this recipe for Betty Crocker's polka dot Pop Art Cookies and add your own twist!

Try these icing and sprinkle combinations for your cookie pops:

  • Pink icing with green and white sprinkles
  • Chocolate icing with pink and white sprinkles
  • White icing with pink and green sprinkles
  • Pink icing with chocolate sprinkles
  • White icing with chocolate sprinkles

Then pair your decorated cookie pops with coordinating table accessories:

  • Little tin pails in your party colors (I find mine at the Target One Spot)
  • Ribbons tied to each cookie pop stick
  • Confetti
  • Matching candies in glass cups, then stick the pops in each glass
  • Put styrofoam in your favorite container, cover with paper shred then stick the pops into the styrofoam for a fun presentation
Here is another twist - we love the Star Cookie Pops too!

Using these recipes and ideas, you really can create the perfect cookie favor. Try your cookie pops in different shaps like hearts, trains, flowers or princess crowns then decorate to your heart's content! This may even work out to be a great party activity for the kids to decorate their own cookie favors (have some pre-made as your table decorations too).

P.S. - We'd love to see your completed table decor and party favor photos - especially if you make these cookie pops. Send to

Piece of Cake Blog

Planning a birthday party? You must visit Abigail over at the Piece of Cake blog....

She has a great format and tons of ideas for every possible birthday party theme. Each party lists detailed ideas for:
  • Invitations
  • Activities
  • Food
  • Dessert
Abigail takes every party idea you could possibly have and writes a thoughtful article with tons of options and helps you think of even more ways to personalize your party.

Our favorite is her polka dot birthday party theme, of course!

Thanks for sending us your link, Abigail! (You can send your links to too.)

Photos from a Polka Dot Party

One of our groovy readers, Brooke, shared her entire photo album from her daughter's first birthday party with us. We uploaded the photos from her Shutterfly album to our Polka Dot Birthday album to make it easy for you to view all of her great ideas!

Click to see our Polka Dot Birthday photo album

This has given me an idea...a Polka Dot Birthday album on Flickr would be a super way for all of us to share our party photos. What do you think?

Brooke's polka dot party is filled with pinks and'll see a beautiful hat, banner, cake, favors and more!

Thank you for sharing, Brooke.

Send your photo album links to us at if you would like to share your love of polka dots and birthday parties too!

Puddle Jumper Polka Dot Shoes

My favorite polka dot shoes by Puddle Jumper Shoes are now available in even MORE colors. They will match any polka dot birthday party color scheme and they even have holiday reds and greens too.

Puddle Jumper Shoes are amazing quality and worth every penny. Their designs are classic, preppy and fun. They are the perfect addition to any child's wardrobe and the best part? They have an entire Polka Dot Collection!

I just wish I had thought of this.

Personalized Birthday Placemats

I have found the cutest hand-painted personalized birthday placemats for your birthday girl or birthday boy!

Two Sisters Ink is owned by two sisters who are moms...they have five kids between them, all under the age of seven. These two moms are busy, but thank goodness for us they have made more time for their crafty business and selling their gorgeous placemat canvases.

Each placemat is unique and hand-painted, one at a time. These carefully-crafted placemats start with a durable canvas, brought to life through whimsical design and the use of colorful acrylic paints.

A two-layer polyurethane coating protects the front of the placemat, while the back is covered with layers of chalkboard paint. Placemats are stain-resistant and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth and water (or they recommend Lysol Food Surface Sanitizer).

The sisters can paint any design or animal to match your child's birthday party theme OR their favorite toys. They only ask that you allow enough time for delivery as each placemat is custom-painted upon your order.

We love these placemat designs for little boys too:

Visit the gals at Two Sisters Ink today -

Boutique Pink and Green Birthday Tutu Set

We have a new boutique birthday set now in stock for you at Polka Dot Market!

I wanted to pop in and tell you about this unique and "classic preppy" pink-and-green tee and tutu for your little birthday girl.

The set starts with our new puff-sleeve onesie with her birthday number or her initial applique machine-stitched by hand in a designer lime green polka dot fabric. Next, her custom boutique tutu includes layers and layers (and layers) of pink and hot pink tulle in her size. The tutu is finished with a stitched apple green polka dot grosgrain ribbon bow!

Orders arrive in two weeks, rush orders available. See more polka dot birthday outfits at Polka Dot Market everyday!

Party Crowns and Hats Package

We welcome Polka Dots and Pirates to the Polka Dot Birthday family!

Owner Jess is a mom of three, wife and elementary school teacher currently staying home with her kids. She created her business due to her self-admitted "crazed obsession with my kids' birthday parties...I am that mom who is up at 3:00 a.m. making party decorations or planning next year's party the day after the last one is over!"

Her daughter's last birthday party was polka dots, the theme of her first collection. Her oldest son is already talking about his next birthday party (in 9 months!) and wants it to be pirate themed. After months of toying with the idea...Polkadots & Pirates was born!

Jess says she believes that life is in the details and it shows in her work. She will not send anything to you that she wouldn't use herself.

This adorable custom set includes six birthday hats and one birthday crown, fit for the queen

The hats are made of thick polka dot cardstock in pink, blue, and orange and are accented with coordinating polka dot papers. A white circle can read “Happy Birthday” or your child’s age. Each hat is topped off with a tuft of multi colored ribbons. An elastic band slipped under the chin keeps the hat in place.

All attachments are done with eyelets, making these hats VERY durable.

The princess' party crown is made of the same paper and eyelets as the hats and accented with bright pink dazzle paper showing her birthday year.

Jess is generously offering our readers 10 % off on any purchase when they mention "Polka Dot Birthday" in the comments box at check-out through September 20th. Thanks, Jess!

See you at (pirate collection coming soon)!

Polka Dot Favor Boxes

Can you believe these polka dot party hats are actually party favor boxes?

We found Favor-Makers on Etsy, but they have a website as well. Based in South Florida, owners John and Chandra like to think of their boxes as decorative art. All of ther favor boxes are their own original designs. They assemble every single box by hand and everything is made to order. Your custom favor boxes will arrive already assembled and ready to fill with candies, stickers, confetti or tiny treats as a gift to your guests.
The best part? Most of their designs feature polka dots and can be totally customized to match your birthday party colors!

We love the party hat boxes, but you must see their entire selection of favor boxes. They are so unique and perfect to add that special touch to your party.

Have a great polka dot birthday favor idea? Please send photos or links to

Chocolate Tee SALE for Size 2

We love these chocolate tees, but for some reason I have an abundance of size 2. So it is now on sale in our Polka Dot Market shop on Etsy. Head on over for a great deal!

This is an American Apparel brand 100% cotton shirt, size 6 girl's cap-sleeve fitted tee style. I promise, this size 6 fitted tee measures exactly the same as a regular girl's size 2.

Add her initial or her birthday number in any of our fabrics for a custom birthday boutique shirt!

If you'd like to order this chocolate tee along with another item from our main site, just send me a note via our Contact Page and I will create a custom order for you.

This shirt is great for chocolate and pink polka dot parties!

Polka Dot Plates and Napkins Winner

The winner of our Table for 24 Giveaway is comment #24, Nikki of Nikki's Nacs!

Thanks to everyone who visited our site and entered the giveaway contest. More freebies coming soon!

Nikki, I'll be in touch via your Etsy shop for your address to mail your polka dot plates and napkins.

Have a great day!

Polka Dot Birthday Goodies at Target

It makes me so happy to see my local Target store filled with the cutest polka dot dresses, gifts and decor!

I love splurging on a few things for my daughters' birthday parties, but it is good to know I can count on Target to keep me on my party budget too. This adorable pink and chocolate polka dot party dress by OshKosh is available in infant and toddler sizes at Target.

I just love the colors and it does match many of the pink and chocolate birthday accessories we have inside my store.

I thought this polka dot piggy bank would look so cute for a party decoration and as a gift for any child learning to save their birthday gift money too:

What cute polka dot goodies have you found at your local Target lately? Are you always on the look-out for polka dots like me?

Oh, that dress and piggy bank are only $12.99 each!

Party of 24, Your Table Is Ready

The FedEx man just unloaded a HUGE box of polka dot plates, cups and napkins on my front step so I have tableware on my mind. Lucky for you, it is time for a giveaway here on Polka Dot Birthday. This is our third shipment (or fourth?) of polka dot paper goods and we are so proud to bring these products to you.

It has come to my attention that most of the websites out there are selling polka dot plates, cups and napkins by the CASE only? Well, birthday parties around my house only average about twenty or so guests, so I'm hoping I'm not the only one who only needs a few sets of plates, not an entire case of polka dot plates!

We are happy to sell our paper goods individually by the set. Our stockroom is filled with paper plates, napkins and cups in the cutest polka dot patterns for you. Now my neighbors know where to come "shop" for their party tableware!

Our current patterns include:

Here are the details for the giveaway: Just visit our Let's Party page at Polka Dot Market, then post a comment here at the end of this post with the set of polka dot napkins and plates you'd most like to win.

The lucky winner will receive free napkins and plates for a party of twenty-four guests: Three (3) sets of plates and two (2) sets of napkins all in one pattern. That's 24 plates and 32 napkins for free!

Contest begins NOW and ends on Wednesday, August 20th at 11:59 a.m. CST. We use the "Random Number Picker" website to select the winning post.

Before we ship your prize, the winner may add to her prize for a larger party with more napkins and plates. The winner may also add a matching birthday hat or birthday banner too!

See our selection of polka dot paper tableware then post your favorite below. Good luck!

BOGO Favor or Gift Tags

Martha from The Lily Pad just sent word of an amazing Buy One, Get One (BOGO) Sale on her polka dot gift tag sets going on now.

All of her gift tags can be used as favor tags too and are sold in sets of ten. Through August 15th when you purchase one set of gift tags, you get one set free!

During the sale receive twenty adorable gift tags or favor tags custom-made for your polka dot birthday party for only $4.00 (on most designs).

Check out all of her personalized gift tag designs. There are so many options to choose from, you can design-your-own too!

I just love Martha's stationery and these gift tags are such a time-saver when wrapping birthday party gifts or stuffing your child's favor bags. Her favorite colors are pink and green too...for all you moms planning a pink and green polka dot birthday party!

Visit Martha's BOGO gift tag sale today at

Birthday Party Favor Cookies

So many of you are looking for unique party favors to compliment your polka dot theme. I found Cake Box Cookies just for you!

Based in Reno, Nevada, she can create any cookie shape for your hand-iced gourment party favor. These photos are just a few of her designs - you can contact her for more photos or a custom design. Each cookie arrives wrapped in its own cellophane bag for only $4.00 each. Add a cute gift tag with each guest's name and you can check party favors off your to-do list. Check!

Cake Box Cookies bakes their delicious, all natural shortbread sugar cookies with the finest ingredients, fresh daily in their health-department-inspected and certified commercial kitchen. All of her designs are original and can be customized in any way you can imagine. Beautiful and delicious as favors for weddings, birthdays and showers, or boxed as gifts.

Celebrate your polka dot birthday with one dozen 4-inch, hand-iced gourmet sugar cookies. As delicious to look at as they are to eat, these cookies make a charming and unique gift. Perfect for picnics and parties, or as a truly memorable (and appreciated!) party favor.

The cookies come individually wrapped in a cellophane bag, heat sealed for freshness and tied with a beautiful, quality ribbon. These cookies are $4 each and are sold by the dozen.Cookies are baked to order, so allow 48 hours for processing. They will stay fresh for two to three weeks from shipping.

Look at these adorable polka dot tea party cookie favors:

Her cupcake-shape cookies can be hand-iced in your party colors too! For a pink and green polka dot party or a pink and chocolate birthday color scheme, her cookie favors are made-to-order.

When you consider how much we spend on silly party favors and trinkets, I think $4.00 per cookie (per child) is a great deal for a really special, unique and boutique party favor. The moms will be so impressed and you will have given them something to remember. Ask if she can write your child's name in icing on the cookie!

For the cookie favor gift bag, you can create-your-own polka dot paper tag from any cute scrapbook paper at your local craft store. Write your message in a cute Sharpie pen color, then hole-punch the tag and tie on with coordinating ribbon.

More polka dot birthday party favor ideas to come, but for today you can drool over these beautiful gourmet cupcake-shape birthday favor cookies by Cake Box Cookies:

Send your favorite polka dot birthday party favor ideas to

Sugar Locks Boutique Birthday Hats

The owner of Sugar Locks, Jen Cantu, sent us this link to her beautiful handmade maribou boutique birthday hats for girls and we love every design!

From a Minnie Mouse red and white polka dot birthday hat to a unique polka dot ladybug hat, you are sure to find the perfect party hat for your birthday girl at Sugar Locks.

Jen is having a sale this month! Check it out at

Pink Polka Dot Birthday Girl

Look at this sweet angel! She is wearing one of the outfits that I made during the past two crazy-busy weeks. Seeing this photo makes it all worth it. I am so grateful to her mom, Tracy, for sending it to me tonight. Look how pretty she is in her pink polka dot ribbon tutu and her matching pink polka dot number tee (see our new white puff-sleeve shirt?).

She is having an all-pink polka dot first birthday party. I love pink too so I had a ball sewing these pieces for her. I am sewing a matching birthday bib for her tonight that will be "pretty in pink" too.

Don't forget, I have a stock room of polka dot plates, napkins and cups ready to ship to you tomorrow. Oh, and our vintage-style "Happy Birthday" banners and boutique birthday hats are flying out the door.

Thank you all for sending me photos of your polka dot birthday parties and projects. I have so many adorable photos to share with our readers in the next few weeks.

Has anyone made their own Ribbon Topiary yet or Ribbon Flip-Flops? I know a few of you who have...I will be sharing your photos next week!

Polka Dot Party Monogram Placemats

Our friends at Lilybella Boutique have created the cutest polka dot oil cloth placemat sets for your birthday parties.

Are you in search of unique party favors? These monogrammed initial placemats are made with waterproof polka dot or gingham oil cloth on one side and wipe-clean chalkcloth on the opposite side. Chalkcloth is a unique fabric which is just like a chalkboard. You can write on it with chalk and it easily erases with a wet cloth so your child can draw over and over.

Each placemat in your party favor pack measures 12" x 12" and includes one FREE initial of your choice. It also comes with a handy chalk holder sewn into the side for easy chalk storage (plates, utensils and chalk not included).

Available polka dot oilcloth colors to match your party decor: white w/ lime dots and white w/ pink dots.

Available gingham oilcloth colors to match your theme: red check, chocolate check, blue check, hot pink check, pink mini check, purple check, lime check and black check.

The gals at Lilybella also have seven monogram fonts for you to choose from for the FREE initial included with each reversible party placemat.

How cute your polka dot party table will be when it is set with these placemats for the kids! The moms at your party will be thrilled that this is your party favor too - something they can really use every single day! No need for candy, pencils or sticker favors when you have found the most unique personalized party favor on the block.

Each placemat in your birthday favor set is $9.50 (minimum four placemats).

Here is a photo of the chalkcloth side of your reversible oilcloth placemat:

We hope you like this party favor idea for your upcoming polka dot birthday party - more coming soon!

Ribbon Flip Flop Party Favors

I made these adorable polka dot ribbon flip flops for a customer to match her pink and chocolate polka dot initial tee. She found these solid chocolate flip flops and I grabbed every ribbon I had to match her shirt. I used over eight yards of ribbon for both shoes. I am happy to create these for your little girl and even find the flip flop sizes you need. Just send me an e-mail through my Contact Me page.

If you want to make these confetti ribbon flip flops as a party favor for your summer polka dot birthdays, I have created some basic instructions for you.

  • Ribbons, Ribbons, Ribbons to coordinate with your polka dot birthday party colors

  • Flip Flops

  • Pinking shears (to trim ribbon edges in a zig-zag pattern and prevent fraying)


  • Cut your ribbons into 8" lengths

  • I like to use the same ribbons on either side of the toe strap, so pattern is similar.

  • Start tying knots!

  • Trim your ends with pinking shears to prevent fraying

  • Slip 'em on for the cutest shoes in town!

Party Favor Tips:

  • Cut an extra length of ribbon or coordinaing ribbon wraphia and tie the left and right flip flops together to make the pair ready to give. Slide on a cute gift tag and write the guest's name for a personalized party favor (just ask her mom her shoe size before the party)

  • For older girls, they can make their own confetti ribbon flip flops as the party craft!

  • Make a few extra adult flip flop pairs for the moms because you know they are going to want them too.

Find Ribbons:

Find Flip Flops:

Let us know how your ribbon flip flops turn out - or add your crafty tips in our comments section.

Polka Dot Cupcake Cutie

Cupcake tee available at Polka Dot Market - Happy 2nd Birthday, Molly Cate!
Molly Cate's mommy, Ashley, owns Me Oh My! Paper Boutique - a great place for polka dot stationery, birthday thank-you notes and invitations too!

A Fresh Twist on the Birthday Bib

Want something different and unique for your polka dot birthday bib?

This Initial Bib is handmade just for you in any fabric to match your party decor and color scheme. Here are a few recent bibs:

Table Decor - Polka Dot Ribbon Topiary

Ready for table decor for your polka dot party? This craft project by Heidi at Vacuuming in High Heels and Pearls is totally easy, unique and can be made in your party colors for a perfect centerpiece.

Heidi is a a suburban housewife and mother. She writes that she has a great husband, a darling little girl, and a yellow lab named Bronco. She loves to go thrifting and garage sale shopping, cook and decorate her house, take care of her little girl, spend time with her husband, and play in her craft room.

We are so happy that she was playing in her craft room and created this adorable and easy polka dot ribbon topiary for our party decorations. We love this idea!

Heidi has made two ribbon topiary samples on her blog. Here is her first foray into ribbon topiary-making. She found the instructions in a book by Making Memories called Ribbonrie.

  • Styrofoam ball, pick your size
  • Wooden dowel rod, choose your length
  • Flower pot, any style
  • Floral foam to fit inside your pot (to hold the dowel in place)
  • Straight pins (to pin in the ribbons)
  • Lots and lots of ribbon scraps or specialty ribbons in your party colors
  • Glue and decorative moss or paper shred to cover top of pot
Cut your ribbons into 4.5" lengths. Make the ribbon into loops and use the pins to secure them to the styrofoam ball. Cover the ball with ribbons. When the ball is covered, poke your painted dowel rod into the bottom of the ball and also into the floral foam in your pot, glue a little moss over the foam and voila! You can also tie a ribbon bow with a tag or charm around the dowel rod too.

  • Look for flower pots and ribbons on clearance at your local craft store
  • Wooden dowels are available in longer lengths, ask an expert (or your husband) to saw to size for you.
  • Wider width ribbons work best and cover well.
  • It does take a lot of ribbon, depending on your styrofoam ball size.
  • Go bold and bright or soft and pastel - have fun and send us photos of your creations!
Photos, tips and instructions courtesy Vacuuming in High Heels and Pearls.

We are working on our own version and will post photos soon - what a terrific and inexpensive way to dress up your polka dot birthday party! Thanks, Heidi!

Bold and Bright Polka Dot Party

Angie at Pretty Me has created this beautiful polka dot patchwork boutique dress for your summer parties. My daughter wore one of Angie's dresses for her polka dot tea party and it is still one of her favorite things to wear.

She writes, "Pretty Me was created out of a love of mini fashion design, unique color schemes and beautiful textiles. Inspired by sweet vintage styles with an emphasis on whimsical and creative details. All designs are created with the finest fabrics and sewn small scale in the US."

We love how this bright polka dot dress features patchwork appliques in the shape of strawberries - look closely! She uses bold colors and fabrics in shades of yellow, red, lime and pink to make this spectacular dress for your little party girl. Her dresses are well-made and so unique. All of the moms will be asking, "Where did you find that adorable dress?!" (You don't have to tell them if you want to keep Pretty Me as your own little secret boutique.)

Two of her skirts are featured on this month's cover issue of Tot Trends Weekly too!

Available soon for your bold and bright summer polka dot party are these adorable "Summer Paisley" plates, napkins and cups from Polka Dot Market:

What bold colors and polka dot patterns are you using for your summer birthday parties?