Pink Polka Dot Ladybug Party Photos


I am so happy to share Christa's pink and chocolate ladybug birthday party photos with you!
Christa writes:
"I have been in love with polka dots since the day my daughter was born. So it only seemed fitting that her 1st birthday party had to be a Polka Dot themed one. I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had planning this special day.

The name of the party was a Polka Dot Ladybug party. I spent hours searching through many websites to find the best décor ideas because I knew I wanted to make everything myself.

Polka Dot Market was a LARGE help with many of the ideas I used and of course had the CUTEST OUTFIT ever for our little Junebug.
With all of the décor I tried to stick with the three colors, pink, green and brown since these were the colors I used throughout her nursery.

For the invitation, I loved the concept of the ladybug’s wings being able to open. I found the perfect scrapbook paper and this is where it all began. I carried this pattern throughout everything I made. I couldn’t have found a more perfect paper!! The invitations were made from the scrapbook paper and the envelopes were out of Kraft wrapping paper. Note: If you make your own invitation, choose your envelope first, that way you know what size your invite should be. I did it backwards and ended up having to make my own envelopes because my invite was too big for any standard one.

All my decorations were made from the scrapbook paper and pink, green and brown construction paper. It was very cost effective but just took a lot more time, which I didn’t mind. I created banners by printing the lettering out on my computer and used the scissors that cut in patterns to cut each letter out for some added detail. I linked all the letters together with paper clips. This made it easy to hang them where I wanted with just a push pin.



I ordered pink and green polka dot balloons to tie to all the chairs, and I decorated her highchair with pink, green and brown tulle and glue polka dots that were cut from my scrapbooking paper onto the tulle.


My centerpieces were just vases that I already had, again decorated with the scrapbook paper polka dots. I also found pink, green, and brown polka dot ribbon to tie around each one. The flowers were made out of washcloths that I rolled up and stuck onto long lollipop candy sticks and stuck them into sand that I got from the beach (free).

As activities, I had a polka dot ducky bath, floating polka dot rubber ducky's that lit up. The kids loved this!! I also had a bounce house and music playing in the background from a CD that was customized with my daughters name in all the songs. I had a guessing jar full of Cherrios since this was her favorite snack. Closest person got a giant box of Dots candy. I had a “guessing of her age” game where I put up 8 pictures of her at different stages of her first year, person who guessed the most right answers got a bundle of mentos candy rolls.



As for the food, I tried to have everything be in some sort of polka dot form.

Here are some examples of what I served:

Hamburgers dots, buns dots, pickle dots, tomato dots, lettuce dots. Dotted Cheetos balls, dot pasta salad, green dot chicken salad, with grapes as the dots, red cherry dotted fruit salad. I had a Dotted Candy Bar that had all sorts of dot shaped candy and of course the Dotted Dessert bar. I made a polka dot ladybug cake with the Wilton Ladybug cake pan, and had a variety of dessert bars that I had used a circle shaped cookie cutter for.

The best ice cream idea… Dippin’ Dots ice cream. I had strawberry and mint chip, which kept with the color scheme.

All my serving ware was through Pier1imports summer line. Couldn’t have been better timing for them to come out with polka dot serving bowls. All of the plates, table linens, cups, and silverware were from Target’s polka dot birthday line. Attached to each serving bowl, I made name signs where I typed out the name of the food on the computer and attached it to the construction paper and then to a popsicle stick and attached it to each item. The table looked really fun!!



Last but not least, the favor bags, I had brown gifts bags and on the outside I had a small ladybug cutout from the scrapbook paper. Inside I put, a bag of assorted dot shaped candy (ex. dots, sweet tarts, mentos, peppermints, m&m's, skittles, etc), I found polka dot loofas, a toy ladybug that flipped upside down, bouncy balls, and a personalized polka dot pen that had a message on it that said, “Thank for coming to my 1st Birthday Party!”

And you may all be saying, she only turned one and won’t remember anything, but there are always pictures… AND if you can believe it, I’m already starting to plan birthday #2. It’s going to take me that long to come up with something as good as this one!!! Happy Planning!"


Thank you, Christa!

Free Printable Cupcake Topper Flags


I love these printable birthday number pennant flags from Fog and Thistle!


Created for her daughter's school birthday party, owner Rachel made printable files for boys and for girls - choose your favorite or save both for your upcoming party.


She made a page each of every number - 1 through 9!


Leave her a comment to say, "Thanks!" when you visit her site. :)

Brother and Sister Birthday Tees


Thank you, Mariellen for sending in these photos of your son and daughter wearing their Polka Dot Market birthday number shirts!
Design your party tee at www.polka-dot-market.com.


Teagan's 1st Birthday Photos

A big thanks to Andria for sending me these great photos from her daughter Teagan's pink and chocolate dots first birthday party. Isn't she a cutie?

Andria writes, "Teagan is a girly girl, she loves dresses and frilly pink things, so coming up with a theme was easy, pink and brown of course for our little princess. Everything from the candy table and decorations to her dress were pink and brown. The Polka Dot Market website really helped me with all the pink and brown ideas too - from the handmade Birthday Banner, the the pink and brown ploka dot plates. The invitations were custom made from Fine Stationery (http://www.finestationery.com/) and we were able to get matching stickers, signs and goodies packaged through them as well, it's a great one-stop shop. We created a sophisticated, colorful candy desert buffet complete with personalized goodie bags for the guests to take with them. And no first birthday is complete without a smash cake. This adorable smash cake was created by Hahn's Bakery in Geneva, Illinois. We has so much fun planning for our little princess' Birthday Party. I am eagerly awaiting her second birthday so the party planning can begin again!"

The food table complete with pink and chocolate balloons, cupcakes and more!
The birthday girl!

Decorating the staircase:

The princess' crown:

Very cute, huh? Andria did a great job sticking to her color theme and bringing everything together.
Here's to a GREAT year ahead, Teagan. Thanks for sharing your first birthday party with us!

Add a Little Vintage to your Party


I was looking around Etsy today for some fun vintage birthday party decor ideas for you...and then I found Vintage Jane! Whoa. My search ended. This is an awesome shop for children's vintage finds! Here's how my "party planning brain" works when I see items like this:

Hello, fabulous table centerpiece for a cooking party, cupcake party or cookie decorating party!

I want this. Wait 'til you see the interior photos. You could even display it OPEN at the party and hang a little sign with ribbon spelling the birthday girl's name in glitter. Pair with some pink plates or tea cups for a unique focal point that your guests will remember. Plus she gets to keep the mini fridge for her room!

#2 - Blue polka dot vintage metal teapot

This teapot will make a great table centerpiece, coffee/tea station decor or even perched high on the present table. Add fresh flowers, tie color coordinating balloons to the handle, or fill with party favors, cutlery or flags. Perfect for boys or girls, birthdays or baby showers - this is definitely something to add to your party decor stash!

#3 - Vintage Toy Truck

Hosting a little boy's birthday party or baby shower? You need this truck!
That's all I'm going to say.

#4 - Vintage Gas Station Number

Someone turning 5 or 6 or 9? Vintage Jane has more numbers too. How cool are these? Hang from your mailbox, front door or perch this vintage number sign on the gift table. Take it with you to the photographer for an awesome photo prop!

I love this bowl for party decorating or use in your kitchen all year long. I think it would add the perfect touch to a table centerpiece for a bumblebee or monkey party, or even a baby shower!
You can never have enough bowls in your party closet. Keep the chips in here, or the party favors all wrapped up for your guests. This vintage bowl is just plain 'ole pretty!

Find even more awesome vintage treasures inside Vintage Jane to match your party theme. She has chalkboards, tea towels, picnic baskets, games and more!
I think polka dots and vintage go together fabulously! Do you?

Cute Fall Birthday Ideas


A-Line Polka Dot Halloween Dress by He Knows Your Name








Did I mention that I love Halloween? I love the colors, the cooler air, the leaves, the crispness, the pumpkins...everything! Halloween Bow Woven Headbands available inside my shop and some funky Halloween flower pins too (in stock, ready to ship):
Happy Halloween, Y'all!

New Big Spots Plates!

I am sooooooo excited about this new line of polka dot "spots" tableware. We have dinner plates, dessert plates, luncheon napkins and beverage napkins now in stock at Polka Dot Market!

We have Sky Blue Spots with chocolate trim, Pink Blush Spots with chocolate trim and Hot Pink Spots with lime green trim in our collection.

What do you think? Super-duper cute?


They are even cuter in person. Shipping now! Enter the secret coupon code "candycorn" and see some fabulous instant savings at www.polka-dot-market.com.
Ciao for now!

Homemade Party Favor Cookie Mix


Looking for a unique party favor for your fall and winter birthdays and baby showers? What about polka dot cowboy cookie mix in an old-fashioned glass jar? (The "polka dots" are M&Ms and raisins!)

See the entire "Little Buckaroo" baby shower in photos on Heather's blog. Her fabulous ideas can easily translate to a boy's birthday party too!

Make your jar cookie mix with M&M candies in your party colors - pink, green, chocolate, blue, red, purple...mix up your favorite colors here.

Heather even created a "clothesline" of handmade baby onesies and cloth diapers for her decor. So creative!

She gives you all her hints and tricks too. Be sure to "follow" her blog!