Winner, Thanks and New Ad Spots



This little sweetie won the True Love Found felt birthday crown giveaway. She will be celebrating her first birthday soon...don't you love her polka dot bow headband? Hopefully her mom will tell us where she found it (and that outfit)!

Thanks to each of you who gave me boy's fabric advice. I bought all of them from one of my favorite fabric shops. I couldn't choose!

Now something new - I am opening up a few limited ad spots in the left sidebar for your business!

Do you sell products that are perfect for polka dot birthday parties? Do you want our fabulous readers to find your shop and have an easy way to click and shop?

Rates are very reasonable. I mean VERY reasonable. Remember, I'm a mom in business too! So join me - send me a note to polkadotbirthday@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Now I'm off to the post office (my mailman decided to drive by at 10am this morning before my boxes were out - how could he?!).

:)

Help Me Pick a New Boy's Birthday Fabric



Moms, I need your help! I found this great new line of boy's polka dot fabrics and of course, I want to order all of them and make birthday number shirts and initial tees all day long, but do you like all of these colors? Do you like one pattern more than the other?

This is a little survey. Please look at these five fabric swatches and comment below with your favorite one (or your thoughts on this fabric line). Do you like these?

Choice #1 is above: Chocolate with blue/red/cream dots

Choice #2 is below: Blue/chocolate stars



Choice #3: Chocolate with blue big dots



Choice #4: Cream with blue/orange/green stars



Choice #5: Cream with blue/orange/green big dots



Which one is your favorite? Or should I just order them ALL for Polka Dot Market's winter tee shirt collection?

Help me! :)

Win a Birthday Crown (2 days left)



You know you want one!

Enter to win a $25 gift card from True Love Found (contest ends Tuesday).

Choose from felt birthday crowns for boys or girls, dress-up fairy wands, felt flowers, Halloween hats, dress-up crowns and more!

Good luck!

Enter HERE (leave comment HERE to win).

Shhhhhhhhhhhh! Shoes!



Brand spankin' new at Polka Dot Market: Polka Dot Squeaky Shoes!

I have these popular shoes in stock in two colors: Chocolate with pink dots OR hot pink with white dots. Starting at $22.00 each (low introductory price for a limited time).

Check out the cute-ness here.

(Available up to size 10)

You Were Right! Birthday Crown Giveaway



You were right! Nothing gets past you.... :)

Amy of True Love Found is celebrating the opening of her new shop with free shipping (through 10/1/09), 20% off for everyone and a $25 gift card for one lucky winner. Awesome!

Amy's handmade felt crowns add the finishing touch to your child's birthday party outfit. All of her items are made with the utmost attention to detail and care. Crowns are adjustable and have a non-slip grip lining. Perfect for birthday parties, photo shoots, Halloween costumes, dress-up or just for fun!

Here are just a FEW of her fabulous designs:







To enter to win, leave one comment below for each entry:
  1. Visit http://truelovefound.etsy.com then come back and tell us the hat you'd like to win
  2. Become a follower of Amy's blog at http://buggieandjellybean.blogspot.com
  3. Post about this $25 gift card giveaway on your blog and link to www.polkadotbirthday.com

One winner will win a $25 gift card to spend inside True Love Found.

Ready to shop today? Mention "polkadotbirthday" in the comments box at check-out and receive 20% off (amount will be refunded to your PayPal account).

Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 29th.

(When you are visiting Amy's blog, she has two fabulous giveaways going on herself!)

Good luck!

Giveaway Sneak Peek



What do you think it is? Are you excited? Stay tuned!


More Birthday Photos in our Facebook Group



Look who I found hanging out in the Polka Dot Market Facebook group yesterday!

This sweetie is wearing our pink and green birthday tutu set complete with our polka dot korker ribbon bow. Oh, I love her dimple and those two little teeth...takes me back. How did my girls turn 3 and 5 so fast?



One, two...buckle my shoe. Have you seen a cuter pair? This brother and sister duo are all decked out in coordinating chocolate dots birthday number shirts. Sis is wearing our pink and chocolate tutu set and brother is wearing a comfy light blue boy's number tee.

I'd love it if you join our Facebook group too! (Did I mention that I posted a new coupon this morning for our members?)

Have a great Sunday with your family!

Birthday Number Tees



I wanted to share with you the birthday number tee photos that have been rolling in from my fabulous Polka Dot Market customers.

The sweetie pie above is dressed in our all-pink Princess Tutu Set complete with a pink polka dot number one romper tee and matching pink boutique tutu with a pink polka dot ribbon bow.

Don't you just love the giant present she's sitting on covered in pink polka dot wrapping paper? She was having so much fun dancing in her tutu that she just had to take her shoes off. (I know the feeling, girl!)



Next up is this handsome guy all dressed for his 2nd birthday party in his Retro Stripe boy's birthday number tee. You may choose a light blue or a white tee shirt for boys and we have so many fabrics to help you design the perfect birthday tee for your little boy.

Looks like he is very excited to see his brand spankin' new tricycle! His mom sent me a photo of him passed out sleeping after his party too - still wearing his birthday tee, of course. Must have been a great party, Mom!



Cooper's mom planned and designed a pastel blue, green and yellow first birthday party for her son. We sewed a blue dots first birthday tee for Cooper and created a custom chenille birthday hat for him too.

My favorite is the high chair name banner that she made for Cooper. Don't you just love that idea? Looks like the cards are strung together on rick-rack in her party colors. Wonderful!



Sweet Reagan picked a hot pink number tee with Lakehouse apple dots fabric for her giant number four shirt applique (in the new funky dots font).

Her mommy owns Ciao Bella Bows and of course made a fabulous boutique hair bow to match!



This heart-throb had a farm-themed birthday party and his mom dressed him from head to toe in chocolate tiny check gingham plaid. She started with a white birthday number tee then added our custom summer shorts to match. Don't you just love it?

Everyone at the party will know that HE IS THE BIRTHDAY BOY! :)

I would be thrilled to help you create a custom birthday party outfit for your child too. Our birthday number tees feature hand-cut appliques from our own patterns which are sewn to each shirt in a satin stitch. Shirts may be washed and worn again and again.

See all of our birthday number tee options for girls and boys at Polka Dot Market.

And keep sending me these great photos - I love seeing them!

Yum, Yum, Yum Favor Cookies



Drooling yet? Can you believe the icing and polka dot details on these balloon, party hat and cupcake-shaped cookies? They are a work of art!

Lori's Place is cooking up these beautiful birthday and shower favor cookies every day from Kissimmee, Florida. But you can visit her right here:

http://lorisplace.etsy.com/

Pricing starts around $2 per cookie. The perfect polka dot party favor, in my opinion!



Mmmm...do you think I should offer favor cookies like this for sale at Polka Dot Market?

Coupon Code from Pea Pod Announcements



The gals at http://www.peapodannouncements.com/ would like to extend a special 10% off coupon to all Polka Dot Birthday and Polka Dot Mom readers.

So many of you have commented that you are already planning to purchase your invitations from Pea Pod, so this secret coupon code is for YOU!

When you check-out, enter code "polkadotmom" to receive 10% off your order.

Thanks, Heather!

(Red polka dot coin purse photo by Bettie Bubble.)

Win Pea Pod Invitations for your Party



How sweet is this boy's first birthday invitation by Pea Pod Announcements?

I just featured the ladies of Pea Pod at www.polkadotmom.com. Heather, Susan and Judy are giving one lucky Polka Dot Mom reader a $50.00 gift certificate to shop at www.peapodannouncements.com.

Yep, fifty bucks!

Don't enter to win here at Polka Dot Birthday. You must head over to the Pea Pod Announcements Giveaway post at Polka Dot Mom to enter.

This darling custom photo invitation could be yours:




Want to win? Contest runs from 9/14 through 9/20/09.

Go here to enter to win. Good luck!

(Comments left below will NOT be eligible to win.)

9/11 Moment of Silence



Photo courtesy The Eyes of a Child.

Handmade Felt Birthday Crowns



Need a birthday crown for your upcoming polka dot party? How about a gorgeous 100% wool felt crown sewn to last for years of birthday parties and imaginative play? Sounds good!

I love the selection of personalized wool felt birthday crowns inside the Oh Sew Sweet Creations shop.

Find initial crowns, birthday number crowns, even flowers or stars or polka dot circles in your party colors.

Starting at just $13.00 each, these crowns are quite a value for your birthday planning budget!

Each handmade birthday crown is adjustable in size with a unique fabric-covered elastic band across the back of the hat:



See the full selection of 100% wool felt personalized birthday crowns inside the Oh Sew Sweet Creations studio today.

DIY Birthday: Print, Cut, Glue, Party!



Looks like some you have some AWESOME ladies in business to thank for a brand new crop of polka dot party accessories...DIY printables!

We're talking favor tags, banners, cupcake toppers, cupcake wrappers, stickers, invitations and more in all the latest and most popular designs, colors and party themes. All designed by some of the coolest gals on the web (and I can think of one more who will be debuting her printables line very soon).

The DIY red and blue scallop favor tags pictured above are just part of the new printables collection from Carli at DimplePrints.





Kim at The TomKat Studio recently released all of her fabulous designs as DIY printables (happy day) like her famous lollipop invitations, shown above and available in her Etsy shop for around $12.00.

Grab a set of cupcake topper printables for $12.00 and matching invitations for just $14.00. Did I mention this new DIY printables birthday craze is very affordable too?





The precious printable French circus party theme above is by the gals at Paper & Cake. Some of their huge printable birthday packages include the invitation, front door banner, cone hats, placecards, snack cartons, crayon boxes, cupcake picks and more for just $8.00. That's right.



So what do you think? Do you like all the printables available now? Do you still prefer to have your party paper items printed and assembled for you?

When you visit the ladies above, tell them Polka Dot Birthday sent you!

Happy printing! :)

Ladybug Party for a Miracle Baby



Tiffany of Tessa's Tidings was gracious enough to share her birthday party planning mastery, photos and her family's heart with us today. I don't normally post photos of the birthday girl's mom crying at her 1st birthday party, but there is a reason. Tessa was born one year ago 15 weeks premature weighing 1 pound, 15 ounces. Tiffany writes how overwhelming it was to celebrate at Tessa's 1st birthday party, remembering where they were just one year before. Read more about Tessa's birth here.

It is well worth saying that birthdays can be joyous or a total heartache and I want to pray today for all the moms who may not get to plan a 1st birthday party this year. Read more about premature birth at http://www.marchofdimes.com/.

Tiffany planned an all-out red and black polka dot ladybug theme birthday party for Tessa this year. From hand-stamped ladybug paper tablecloths to red and black polka dot party hats with lime feather trims, I just love every personal touch.

See Tiffany's red t-shirt in this photo? She is committed to her theme - I love that! :)



I think she is brave for giving Tessa that huge lime green smash cake! At least she took off her precious ladybug pillowcase dress first. :)

Tiffany took the time to note each store or friend who helped her pull her ladybug themed party together. Find all the resources and inspiration you need in her party photo album.

Thank you for sharing your heart and your little ladybug's story with us, Tiffany!