Printable Photo Birthday Invitations



Isn't this the cutest first birthday invitation? Designed by Karyn of Pixel Perfect Boutique, she will create a personalized photo invitation for you to print at your favorite photo printer.

She has many designs for boys and girls, baby showers, birth announcements and even wedding save the date designs.

For girls' birthdays, find polka dot mouse invitations, gymnastics, M2M Gymboree, slumber parties, golf and more.

For boys' birthday party themes, find pirates, farm, dinosaurs, rockets, monkeys and more.

Karyn will be happy to help you design the perfect printable invitation for your upcoming polka dot parties.

Happy printing!

Polka Dot Party by Kelsey - Handmade with Love



Kelsey of Create at Home has shared her daughter's first birthday party photos with us!

First, a precious custom birthday banner made with circles of her favorite scrapbook papers and white ribbons hung across a large window.



Here Kelsey's homemade polka dot (M&M's) cupcakes, a simple vase and pretty pink flowers set a perfect party table.



Guests received these unique birthday balloon invitations, handmade by Kelsey too!

Read more (and find out how she made her invitations) here.

Thanks for sharing, Kelsey! I also have photos from Jennifer to share with you - send your polka dot birthday party photos to polkadotbirthday@gmail.com to be featured here.

Free Matching Hair Bow for You



Remember Betsy's Ribbon Flip Flops from yesterday's post? She wants to give YOU a free matching double hair bow with every ribbon flip flop purchase from her shop!

I think the patriotic red, white and blue polka dot flip flops above are perfect for all those July 4th birthday parties you are beginning to plan. Your free matching hair bow will be exactly like the double bows on each flip flop.

What about this preppy pair for your pink and green polka dot parties? Your free hair bow will be one she can wear all year long!



For your upcoming trips to Disney, Disney Cruise or red and black polka dot Minnie party themes, she needs this pair of red and black polka dot flip flops for sure:



I just love Betsy's work and her ribbon bows are fabulous. Be sure to mention "Polka Dot Birthday" when ordering your custom pair of polka dot ribbon flip flops from Betsy for your FREE matching hair bow.

P.S. - Looking for pink and chocolate polka dot flip flops? She has those too.

Hot Pink & Orange Polka Dot Party



I'm a little bit in love with hot pink and orange right now. Lucky me, I found this hot pink and orange polka dot fabric to create a new birthday number tee for summer! What do you think? I kind of LOVE it! I can sew her first initial or her birthday number in any of our custom applique fonts.

To match her polka dot birthday shirt, we created this hot pink, orange and yellow polka dot paper birthday banner:



Each vintage-style banner is unique and handmade one at a time. I love this "Summer Brights" banner for beach parties, pool parties and outdoor fun! It will brighten up any indoor birthday party too.

To complete her hot pink and orange polka dot birthday outfit, don't forget her shoes:



You can design-your-own polka dot ribbon bow flip flops with Betsy inside her new Etsy shop. I love this hot pink and orange dots design, but there are so many to choose from.

Betsy is a nurse and mom of two girls in Nashville and I just love all of her ribbon flip flop designs from pink & chocolate, pink & green, pink & black and MORE.

Flip on over to her flip flop shop to find your favorite. I think her flip flops are the perfect addition to any polka dot birthday tutu set for your summertime birthday parties!

Are you planning a hot pink and orange polka dot party? Which items do you still need to find?

The Cookie Winner Is...



Number 26! Congrats to Mere Hill who wrote, "I love the cupcakes! Too cute!"

She will receive one dozen favor cookies from Angie and a custom cake topper from me.

Have a cute polka dot birthday product that you think our readers will love? Host your own giveaway! Send inquiries to Sally at polkadotbirthday@gmail.com.

Thanks to everyone who entered the cookie contest! I wish I could send each of you a gift. How about 10% off at www.polka-dot-market.com? Enter code "FRIEND" at check-out. :)

Meredith - I'll be in touch today about your prize.

Really Fun Birthday Ideas & Planner




Photo courtesy armelle blog

When it is time to plan your child's birthday party, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the little details. I am a last-minute kind of girl, so the night before EVERY birthday party you will find me up late usually cutting ribbons, printing tags, making bags, packing games, printing games or scouring the wonderful world of mommy blogs for inspiration.

Cookie Mag has compiled a really fun and cute birthday idea guide with some fresh new ideas you will love.

Of course, start with your child's favorite things for inspiration for their party theme. You can base an entire birthday party theme on a favorite stuffed animal, dress, truck or book.

I think the only way to stay SANE while planning a birthday party is to STICK TO YOUR THEME. There are so many great ideas and products out there that you can easily end up with enough supplies for three or four party themes. When you go into a store, be sure you know what you are looking for. If they don't have it, keep moving. Or you can always ask the owner if they have what you are looking for (that especially works with me).

If you are just beginning to dive into the planning phases of a party, here is a great planning guide from Cookie too.


Let me know what you think of these resources from Cookie Mag. I saw a blog button recently that says, "will blog for comments". It may be showing up here very soon. :)

Favor Giveaway from The Painted Cookie

Angie is ready for your entries now! The fabulous owner of The Painted Cookie wants to give one lucky Polka Dot Birthday blog reader a FREE one dozen cookie favors (shipping is included in this giveaway). How fabulous!

To enter, simply visit The Painted Cookie and pick out your favorite cookie design. Leave a comment below with your name, e-mail address and your favorite cookie design that Angie has created.

The winner will be able to design-your-own cookie with Angie to perfectly match your party theme.

If you share this giveaway with your blog readers, leave an additional comment here with the web address to your post for a total of TWO contest entries!

Since I am a little late in posting this today, I'm throwing in FREE cake toppers to match your custom cookie design from Angie at The Painted Cookie. I'll design them to match - we'll chat about what you want your cake toppers to spell (up to 8 letters).

Here's a photo of my very happy daughter at her 5th birthday party this weekend with her custom cake toppers:

This contest will be open through Monday, May 18th at midnight PST. Be sure we can find a way to reach you if you are our winner!

Go pick your favorite cookie at http://www.paintedcookie.blogspot.com/ then come on back to post your entry comment here:

Get Ready For Cookie Giveaway!



Yes, get ready to enter our contest for ONE DOZEN favor cookies handmade especially for you by The Painted Cookie!

The contest will begin on Monday. To prepare, head on over and see all of her beautiful birthday favor cookie designs so you will be ready to tell us your favorite.

If you are on a diet, please do not look at these photos. Yummy!!!!





Check back on Monday for all the rules and details to win your free ONE DOZEN favor cookies!


Summer Birthdays Call for Sorbet



This is one of our most popular fabrics for your pink and green polka dot birthday parties. Made by fabric designer Michael Miller, the pink and green "Sorbet Disco Dots" has quickly become a classic!

Just like your favorite summertime sorbet ice cream in strawberry, key lime and raspberry flavors, this fabric is bright, light and fresh!

Thanks to our customers, Caroline and Lauren, for sending the photo above of these two sweet best friends wearing their Sorbet Pillowcase Dresses.

Sorbet Disco Dots can also be used to make a custom birthday tee for you.

Remember our classic pink and green polka dot twirl skirt? It's back for summer and only available for a limited time. Be sure to order your birthday skirt before they are sold out again.



We have pink and green paper goods like polka dot plates, cups and napkins in stock to set your party table too. New hair bows for summer will be up on the site this weekend (including the sweetest ribbon headbands).
Here's to summer!

Birthday Photo Invitations by Dimple Prints



These are the cutest photo invitations I've seen! Carli from Dimple Prints has created a super-cute, fast and easy way for you to send out your polka dot birthday invitations in time.

She makes it easy:
  1. Pick a design (or e-mail Carli for a custom request)

  2. Send Carli your child's photo(s) for their invitation

  3. Carli sends you a digital file

  4. Upload file to your favorite photo printing store (Shutterfly, Wal-Mart, Walgreen's, etc.)

  5. Order prints

  6. Pick-up prints

  7. Mail to your guest list

  8. Done!


Aren't her designs fabulous?!

It gets better - Carli wants to give Polka Dot Birthday readers a HUGE coupon. She will customize one of her designs with your photos and text AND design a matching thank you photo card and e-mail both to you (ready to send to photo printer) for only $15.00!

What? I didn't hear that right.

An invitation AND thank you note design for only $15.00? Yes!

That is an amazing deal! Send a message to Carli via her Dimple Prints shop so she can set-up your special "Polka Dot Birthday" $15.00 discount listing.

What do you think of this Minnie and Mickey Mouse photo invitation design?

Another favorite for your little boy's polka dot party:



Carli even has designs with baseballs, giraffes, argyle and MORE. All for $15 with a matching thank you note photo card!

See her full selection at http://dimpleprints.etsy.com/.

For the discount, just mention "Polka Dot Mom". Thanks, Carli!