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
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!)
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
We are giving away one of our popular Silicone Polka Dot Watches! Here's how to enter (leave a comment below for each entry):
- Click "Like" on the Polka Dot Market on Facebook widget right over there on the top right section of this blog.
- 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 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!
Ava Grace celebrated her first birthday in true pink and lime polka dot style.
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!
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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!
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!
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!
What a view! Scarlett created a colorful environment by using alternating tablecloths, polka dot table runners, and festive balloons on each of the tables.
- Find a variety of polka dot color schemes for your tabletop needs
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.
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!
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:
- Tommy's Crab Shack Party by TomKat Studio
- How to Make Yo Gabba Gabba Cupcakes by How to...do Something
- A Soccer Team Party by Toad's Treasures
- Lil' Cowboy Baby Shower by Cookie Mondays
- Modern Train Party at Project Nursery
- Camp Out Party by Moore Minutes
More to come this week! If you haven't already, please send your little guy's party photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.