Win a "Flowing Waters" Pettiskirt Set for $10


The ladies at Project 320 are building water wells in Africa this week with giveaways all over the web. We wanted to dive in and help!


We are giving away this gorgeous boutique "Flowing Waters" aqua pettiskirt and white rosettes tank set to one generous reader.


To enter to win this set, you need to purchase an entry "ticket". Your ticket is a $10 donation to build the Project 320 well at My Charity Water. Here is the link to purchase your ticket:




Your donation is a wonderful Christmas gift to moms in Africa who desperately want to give their babies and children CLEAN water to drink. Will you help them?


We will select a winner on Friday and then verify that you did indeed purchase an entry ticket. Read more about the rules and other giveaways going on around the web here.


All you need to do to win this Aqua Pettiskirt and Rosette Tank "Flowing Waters" set (sponsored by Polka Dot Market) is leave a comment below with your e-mail address and that YES you did make your $10 donation.

Sizes available to the winner are: petite (12-24 months), small (2/3), medium (4/5), large (6/6x), or x-large (7/8).

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! - Sally

Sprinkles Gone Wild! Cookie Decorating Party



Welcome to our home! We'll start at the front door with the gingerbread man vinyl placemat I snapped up from our local Jo-Ann craft store. I punched two holes in the top and threaded about one yard of 1.5" polka dot grosgrain ribbon through, then tied a bow. I wanted our guests to know they had the right house for our Cookie Decorating Party!


On Saturday our house was a buzz with ten little 4- and 6-year olds. Here are the photos I managed to snap amidst all the cookie crumbs and flying icing bowls. I'll share my sources and "what I learned" in this post too. It was a really fun party and I will definitely host again next year.





I started the decorating with the new 6" paper lantern dots coming to Polka Dot Market. I added lengths of lime and red polka dot grosgrain satin ribbon and hung over our chandelier. This marked the dining room as the fun kids' zone! I found the large gingham vinyl placemat at Hancock's - in the back on the roll. I love it because the vinyl is not folded into a square with wrinkles that NEVER come out. I will always buy our tablecloth vinyl at Hancock's now. I used my JoAnn's coupon for 50% off so it cost around $4.0o.


The gingerbread house boxes are from a Costco gift basket set. Costco saved the day since my gingerbread men cookies were not pretty. I made a last-minute run and they had those cookie kits - complete with 6 large gingerbread man cookies, gum drops, peppermints, cute house boxes, red grosgrain bows (that I put on my buffet lamps) and even two boxes of "fancy" cookies for the moms!


See that red/white/green striped open box on the table above? Those are the cookie boxes that the girls decorated with stickers when they first arrived. Then they decorated all the cookies they wanted to and put in their cookie boxes to take home.


The candy cane papers inside the gingerbread house box are free printables from www.twistynoodle.com. I saved the jpegs of two pages and pasted into a Word document so I had two coloring pages on one page. One said, "Thanks for coming!" and the other said, "Love, M- and L-". I folded and put the extra sticker sheets inside as a take-home gift too.


I found the cutest gingerbread boy/girl, cookie and candy sticker books at Hancock's too. They were like $1.99 each and had tons of pages - I opened up and separated all the pages for the girls to decorate their cookie boxes.




I put all the cookies, sprinkles and little bowls of icing on the tables. My oldest daughter and her friends took over the dining room table and my youngest claimed the little table. The small table is covered with green gingham oil cloth that I've had in my craft closet forever. (See the empty sticker sheet on the table below - she covered her cookie box in stickers!)


The moms stayed and had coffee and cookies...and helped kids with reaching candies, sprinkles, etc. The cookies were over-the-top and covered in sweets and I just loved seeing what each girl created! The plates and cups are from our Holiday Chic paper tableware collection.


After they ate a few cookies and filled their cookie boxes, we bundled up the girls and sent them outside to run and play (remember we are in Alabama - we can do that!). The moms said they loved it - I think all the kids were on their way after 2 hours or so. I hope this will inspire you - it's a holiday party for the kids that is not expensive. Our party started at 10:00 a.m. Do what works for you! :)

After the party I put my feet up and drank two cups of coffee. Then my husband started a fire in the fireplace and we relaxed. This is what the holidays are all about. I hope you enjoyed the photos - they are taken by a real mom in the middle of hosting a real party with a real regular camera. I tried to crop out the little girls' faces too. I'm still finding sprinkles on the floor, but for some reason they make me smile. It was a really fun party and I loved doing something "sweet" for my girls. Having a mommy who works from home equals fewer and fewer play dates, so they deserved it!

God bless you all this holiday season! - Sally

In Honor of Thanksgiving "Time" Giveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS TO....AMANDA (who posted on November 24th at 6:45am)! You have won the light pink polka dot watch of your dreams! Please email polkadotbirthday@gmail.com with your address so you can receive your fabulous gift from Polka Dot Market!

You will never be late (unless you want to be!) when you have this watch to check the time!




We are giving away one of our popular Silicone Polka Dot Watches! Here's how to enter (leave a comment below for each entry):

  1. Click "Like" on the Polka Dot Market on Facebook widget right over there on the top right section of this blog.
  2. Visit our website and pick your favorite watch color (then come back and tell us)



One winner will be posted on Friday, November 26th (Black Friday). Good luck to my fellow Polka Dot lovers!

Lila Kate's Polka Dot Birthday!


Lila Kate looked sweet as cake in her polka dot dress and birthday hat. Her "throne" was beautifully dressed in a personalized birthday banner: proof that the details (especially those that involve polka dots) make everything-even a high chair-pop!



Speaking of pop...we love these Polka Dot Market blue and pink balloons! By using them as accents to the unique (and adorable!) punch dispensers and personalized cupcakes, the balloons make this treats table irresistible!



A nice way to make your party stand out from the others is by including birthday favors your guests can take home and enjoy! These individually wrapped polka dot cookies are sure to be loved by any one with a sweet tooth...pick me!
Lila Kate loves her one year photo banner! Lindsay created a precious display of her daughter's first year: such a simple way to share such special memories. Thank you Lindsay for including Polka Dot Market in celebrating Lila Kate!

For ideas like Lindsay used check out all that Polka Dot Market has to offer!

Pink and Lime Polka Dot Party


Ava Grace celebrated her first birthday in true pink and lime polka dot style.

Her sweet polka dot pillowcase dress prepared her guests for the abundance of homemade treats that ALMOST looked too good to eat on these lime plates and polka dot napkins. The pink and lime birthday cake, tea cakes, and cupcakes kept the guests drooling over their taste and cuteness!



Party favors consisted of personalized polka dot lollipops with a special sticker printed in honor of the birthday girl. How much better can it get? Crystal pushed her pink and lime polka dot theme to the polka dot limit-and we LOVE it!

The summertime celebration catering to over 100 guests included a Mickey Mouse jump house, water slides, pink and lime silly string, and of course pink and lime baby pools. This polka dot theme created a real "splash" amongst Ava Grace's friends and family!


The perfect party accessories for any color scheme can be found at Polka Dot Market, including these items shown in Crystal's photos:

Mickey Mouse Polka Dot Party

Another Disney dream came true at Arron's Mickey Mouse Polka Dot Party. Good thing these adorable birthday hats look ready for a good time!


A birthday banner reading "Arron's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" welcomed their guests into the undeniable Mickey themed party. They were immediately greeted with Mickey games, treats, and party favors.


Guests' mouths were definitely watering over these polka dot lined cupcakes! So cute and SO yummy!


Who wouldn't love eating "Mickey ears" when they are made out of oreos?! These creative cookies/ears were paired with crayons and handmade coloring books in each favor bag.


The tabletops were decorated with Mickey Mouse and friends characters as well as Arron's 2nd birthday portraits. The Mickey Mouse party theme was perfectly complemented by of course...polka dots!

Melissa made paper chains out of polka dot paper to place in front of the desert and gift tables. By taking a simple craft and putting her own twist on it (which happens to be our favorite twist to put on everything as well), Melissa instantly made Arron's party unique and memorable.



Melissa's hard work definitely paid off. She even handmade Arron's birthday outfit (along with her husband's and her own!) Melissa had this Mickey theme down to the "tee." Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Stuck for ideas for your next party? Polka Dot Market can help!
  • Themes
  • Decor
  • Outfits
  • Paper products
    ...and much more! Check us out!

Pink and Yellow Polka Dot Party


Isabelle celebrated her birthday in style with her pink and yellow themed polka dot party. Micci’s time and effort definitely shows in these beautiful birthday photos! My favorite part (IF I can even choose!) was Isabelle’s sweet outfit made by mom! Who can go wrong in a tutu and appliqued shirt?


The table has a pop of flavor not only through the edible sweets, but through the hot pink and yellow plates, napkins, cupcake liners and toppers. The brightly colored poms are made from fabric, felt, and Styrofoam balls: this is an easy and inexpensive way to add color to any tabletop!


These tasty treats look even more delicious amongst all of those polka dots! Micci constructed the pennant banner using polka dot fabric and double sided bias tape.

Isabelle’s birthday hat was made from an old wrapping paper roll, felt, and polka dot fabric. Felt felt everywhere! This party shows its good use!


Using a one year photo banner is a great way to display photos of some of your favorite memories, and when it’s tied to polka dot balloons, all of your guests’ eyes will be drawn to it!


Micci has shown us that adding simple touches like ribbon (and felt!) can make a huge difference to any room. Thank you, Micci!

Visit Polka Dot Market for more ways to spruce up your next party!

Polka Dot Owl Birthday Party!

Look Whooo’s Turning ONE! In honor of Miya and Bode’s first birthday, Cristil threw them an owl polka dot themed party.


The owl and polka dot birthday hats along with favor bags filled with pretzel sticks (acting as twigs) and robin egg candies were the perfect treat for the little birdies. Cristil put special detail into the Hershey bar favor wrappers that were displayed inside a “wedding card holder” bird cage, as well as the personalized water bottles.



The circle shaped tables were decorated with confetti and little birds & owls. She made highchair circle banners with RESERVED seating signs for the VIP attendees (Miya and Bode of course!) The pink, orange, lime green, turquoise & white ribbons tied on the backs of all of the chairs added even more detail to the party room.


A banner hung above a bouquet of polka dot balloons displaying photos from Miya and Bode’s birth up until age one. The room became instantly transformed when Cristil took brown paper bags and rolled them into balls (1000 bags to be exact) to create 3D trees around the room. The additional birds & owls made out of scrap booking paper undoubtedly created a fun and imaginative atmosphere for the guests!



Miya & Bode’s handmade birthday outfits were the icing on their polka dot cake! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful party photos, Cristil!

Little Red Wagon Polka Dot Birthday



Happy 1st Birthday to Carter! The homemade red wagon cake deserves some praise! With the adorable birthday boy AND theme, you can't go wrong. The color scheme is "carried" out beautifully throughout the party: Enjoy!



The perfect accent to any party: POLKA DOTS! These red and white polka dot balloons paired with the powder blue balloon provide a "pop" of color to the room.



This personalized polka dot banner is such an adorable and easy way to make his party special. The table served as a "one stop shop." It was a great use of space (and a clever way to hide any clutter) and it also held the party necessities on top!



A close-up of the "party table" shows how well the baby blue and wagon red color combination complement each other! Lindsay made white frosted sugar cookies with red dots as favors for her guests to take home and enjoy. The red and white polka dot table runner brings the attention to this "sweet" table arrangement!


It doesn't get much cuter than this: Carter being camera shy in his polka dot party hat after digging into his red and white polka dot "smash cake!" What a special day. Many thanks to Lindsay for sharing it with us. She "pulled" off one great party!

Polka Dot Market has it all. If there is something you've been searching for and just can't find, let us know! We love hearing all of your birthday party ideas and and serving all of your polka dot needs!



Pink, Lime, and Orange Polka Dot Birthday!

Look below to experience Paisley's 1st Birthday celebration!


Happy Birthday to Paisley! A perfect way to welcome your guests and get them excited to party is a polka dot banner. The bright and complementing colors create a happy atmosphere no matter where you are!


I think this table will satisfy any sweet tooth! Stephanie did such an impressive job keeping with the polka dot theme throughout the party. The attention to detail in placing Paisley's "signature colors" into every aspect make it unforgettable!


I love this favor bag idea! Such a simple, adorable way to make your friends and family feel extra special.


This party stuck to it's color theme from floor to ceiling! The orange, lime, and pink flower poms will catch the eye of every guest who walks in the door. You could "spot" this party from a mile away!


The birthday girl finally takes a breather with Mom in her personalized baby tee and tutu! Thank you, Stephanie for letting us share Paisley's special day!
Polka Dot Market is the perfect place to bring your party ideas to life!

Orange, Pink, and Black Polka Dot Birthday

Enjoy the highlights of Scarlett's "Orange, Pink, and Black Polka Dot Party" below!


What a view! Scarlett created a colorful environment by using alternating tablecloths, polka dot table runners, and festive balloons on each of the tables.

This bright balloon arrangement encourages some birthday celebration! The hot pink and orange balloons paired with the black and white polka dots create a real "pop" to the party.

Scarlett included details down to the cupcake! By adding sweet touches like monogrammed toppers and polka dot liners to this yummy dessert, they were irresistible to guests of all ages!

What a perfect way to decorate the cake table! The polka dot napkins and tablecloth paired with solid black plates set the stage for the colorful treats just waiting to be enjoyed. Many thanks to Scarlett for sharing her gorgeous party photos!

Visit Polka Dot Market for "sweet" ideas for your next party!
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Pink and Green Polka Dots Sweet Treats Party!

Check out pictures and highlights from Erica's "Sweet Treats First Birthday Party" below! The colors were pink, light pink, white, and lime green. Erica made her daughter's first birthday party extra special with her serious attention to detail. Her party featured handmade candy topiaries, a wreath, cupcake and lollipop stands, and "sweets" place cards.

The cake table included an amazing pink and green polka dot cake as well as the "smash" cake, each surrounded by pictures, topiaries, and festive utensils for garnish.


The "sweets table" was decorated by a perfect array of cupcakes, lollipops, candy, and cookies with an adorable pink and green banner hanging overhead.



The drinks table featured yummy green punch, a photo of the birthday girl, cups, napkins, and personalized water bottles seen below. The banners, picture frames, cupcake toppers, and water bottle covers were all via Etsy!


The mantle featured two large hand painted frames and a handmade topiary that all complimented each other AND the party theme perfectly.


Erica also hung color coordinating shower curtains behind each table to serve as backdrops. Although time consuming due to some serious ironing and starching, this creative idea is worth the time!

The bright colors and thoughtful decorations helped make this party a real "treat!" Thank you for sharing it with us, Erica!
Be sure to explore other pink and green polka dot party goodies at Polka Dot Market:

It's Birthday Parties for Boys Week!


Image courtesy *The Graphics Fairy*

This is going to be so much fun!

A whole week of birthday parties just for boys...all with a polka dot twist. Running September 7th - 12th, I'll post all the fabulous real party photos you've been sending me PLUS some fabulous ideas for the latest boy's party themes from our friends around the web.

Let's get your fingers and imaginations all warmed up with a little click-click-click. Here are some great party-idea-starters for boys:

More to come this week! If you haven't already, please send your little guy's party photos to polkadotbirthday@gmail.com.