Polka Dot Craft - Paper Cup Pails

Kids Craft Weekly is an amazing weekly newsletter for moms written by Australian Mom, Amber Carvan. Her free newsletter is filled with super crafts for kids and includes lots of photos to help moms too. We found a really cute polka dot party favor craft idea through our subscription for "Polka Dot Paper Cup Pails".

Amber has even writting a wonderful article on "Tips for Crafting with Kids". Be sure to read this before you embark on a craft for your child's birthday party activity or party favor.
Here is the link to the printable PDF instructions to make-your-own Polka Dot Paper Cup Pails.

No matter what your polka dot party theme, Kids Craft Weekly has loads of great free craft printables for kids to make!
Have you found a super-easy, quick and fun polka dot craft for kids to make at your polka dot birthday party? Send us photos and we'll post it here.
Happy Crafting!

Swanky Monogram Cup Favors

Looking for a unique party favor to match your polka dot birthday party theme? What about a favor that your guests will absolutely love AND use every day of the week? Yes!

We recently heard from Heather from Swanky Cups about her new line of polka dot monogrammed sippy cups and coffee mugs as a party favor gift idea. Yes!

For children's parties, Heather can match your color scheme to create sippy cups or sport sippers for each child. What a wonderful way to thank your guests. Include their polka dot personalized cup as party of your table decor too, marking each child's place and filled with lemonade to greet them. Perfect for outdoor parties, pool parties, gymnastics parties and more.

For women's birthday parties, book clubs, baby showers or wedding showers, give a polka dot travel coffee mug from Swanky Cups. The ladies will go crazy for these! The time and thought you put into their party favor will really show. Heather is happy to find custom polka dot fabrics to match your party colors.

When birthday party guests have a personalized Swanky Cup, you can leave your black Sharpie marker and plastic cups in the cupboard. No more guessing which cup is yours...or your child's!
The owner, Heather, is a stay at home mother of three. She loves making clothes for her daughter as well as baby blankets as gifts, but she says her sippy cups and travel mugs take the cake! After looking at the first cup she made, she looked at her friend, Sarah, and said, "That is one swanky cup!"

Polka Dot Birthday Reader Special Enter code "PolkaDot15" at check-out to save 15% off your polka dot party favor sippy cups from Swanky Cups. Thanks, Heather!

Shop http://www.swankycups.com/ today to view polka dot fabric choices or e-mail Heather anytime for a custom party favor color scheme. Give your guests a practical and adorable personalized favor that they will use...every day of the week!

New Kitchen for her Birthday?

If you are giving a new kitchen play food set or the whole kitchen, this personalized initial apron is the perfect gift!

The lime green and pink polka dot apron features her initial hand-cut and machine-stitched by hand in designer Candy Ta Dots fabric. The adorable solid pink big ribbon belt and bow completes the preppy look!

Each child's apron measures 14" wide and 19" long with two waist ties and a neck strap. She will be able to wear this for years to come (available for boys - workshop tool belt aprons).

Moms love our aprons for tea party, cupcake or bake shop themed birthday parties too. For a small party, order a personalized initial apron for each girl as a party favor that she will wear and use all the time. Add a whisk or wooden spoon for a really cute birthday gift set.

We love Barbara Beery's cookbooks for kids - a perfect birthday gift for your little chef!

This pink and chocolate bloom dots initial apron is a new favorite of mine! Made with designer Carnival Bloom fabric and a big chocolate and white polka dots ribbon belt (bow is optional). This is the biggest initial applique design we've seen!

We have been sewing our hand-cut initials for four years. This is an original design made in our Nashville studio.

This apron design is also available for tweens, teens and women in pink, lime or spring orange (now on sale for a limited time in our Polka Dot Market Etsy shop).

I'll let you know tomorrow if this apron was seen on the Today Show!

More Pink Tea Party Photos

Here are two photos from my daughter Mia's birthday tea party yesterday...as promised!

The "Pretty" banner above hangs over a small hallway where we set up a dressing area for the girls and boys to see their outfits. It was a big hit (next time I would add a second dressing mirror).

Below is a photo of our living room with the tables and banner before the party. Each table is covered with a custom-cut white/pink polka dots oil cloth fabric that I trimmed with my pinking shears. I will save these tablecloths for every kids' party! A pink roses placemat is placed in the center of each table (great find at Marshall's).

The party was so much fun for the kids and adults. My husband poured tea for all the little guests when they were seated at their tables and then they were served their pink plates of food fancy-restaurant-style. Only minimal pink cake crumbs found their way to the floor - good job, kids!

Have a great weekend with your family - this room pictured above is now filled with toys, wrapping paper and play clothes everywhere!

Happy Birthday, Mia!

Her Polka Dot Tea Party

Today is my daughter's 4th birthday party with our neighborhood friends. We are having 10 girls and 2 boys over to celebrate this afternoon (plus 4 babies under six months old).

She chose a tea party theme and I added pink and green polka dot accents...everywhere!

I will send photos later tonight, but this adorable NEW pink and green polka dot birthday banner will soon be available inside Polka Dot Market. Isn't it the perfect decoration for your mantle?

My husband decided to hang a giant flat screen television above our mantle (you will see in tonight's photos), so I was desperate in how to decorate this space. This banner is perfect!

Her tables are decorated in pink polka dot table cloths and pink rose placemats as accents. We have a "Pretty" dress-up area with mirrors and tons of dress-up necklaces, purses, shoes and dresses.

I can't wait for the party to begin...I will snap some photos for you before the kids arrive.

Back to cleaning and baking...the joys of entertaining!