Ka-Pow! Comic Book Theme Party

This polka dot comic book theme cake by Southern Belle's Charms caught my eye this morning.

She created a comic-book party for her husband, but I know you will be inspired by her ideas for little boys too!

Natalie made the gorgeous cake and cupcake toppers - they all say "BAM!" and "Bang!" and "Ka-Boom!"

I love how she used coordinating scrapbook papers and cardstocks to decorate the top of her cake. Fantastic!

Leave Natalie a comment if you are inspired by her party ideas!

Heather of Cookie Mondays planned the most adorable Batman theme birthday party for her little guy, Chayse. She loves polka dots as much as I do (maybe more) and you always see them popping up in her party designs.
See the yellow M&Ms "dots" on his Batman cake? :)

And see the black polka dot tissue paper in his party favor pails? I told you!

See Heather's entire Batman party album - with lots of great photos by her friend, Mel.

Last, but not least, the new-to-me blog "How Does She?" has put together a complete Super Hero Kit complete with links to tutorials for capes and masks.

Like this Superman cape tutorial by My Tiny Sweet Cheeks.

Have fun planning your Comic Book theme party - send your photos to polkadotbirthday@gmail.com so I may feature your ideas here too!

Polka Dot Party Centerpiece Ideas

I am in love with this polka dot ribbon-wrapped glass vase (above). Grab any vase, bucket or even a coffee can and wrap with ribbons in your party colors. Hot glue the ribbon ends to the container or use strong shipping tape or E6000 craft glue. The pink and red flowers above compliment the ribbons perfectly. Fresh flowers always make ANY table pretty! Just don't forget to tie a ribbon (or 12) around the flower container too. It will make all the difference.

This was just too pretty not to share. You can cut triangles out of paper or fabric (with pinking shears) to create your own party garland. String over your gift table or dessert table for that WOW! factor sure to bring your party theme together.

There are so many fabrics and papers in the craft stores these days that you can just stand in the aisles for hours (and I do). See which colors and patterns grab your eye, start pulling ones you like and create your party theme right there in the store. There are lots of polka dot papers and fabrics too - coordinate your "bugs" or "butterflies" or "cupcakes" or "monkeys" theme with a cute polka dot ribbon, fabric or paper.

Check Polka Dot Market for plates, cups and napkins (and polka dot balloons!) to help put the finishing touches on your theme.

This last photo is really inspiring. Look closely at the flower containers. They are painted soup and coffee tin cans!

I just love this. The craft and hardware stores now even sell tiny tester jars of paint that would be perfect for this project. Head to the store with your fabric, paper or ribbon scraps in hand. Or bring along a pack of your polka dot napkins.

Match up with one or two paint swatches to tie your theme together. Head home and wash and prime your cans. Paint, let dry. For extra fun - tie a polka dot ribbon bow or knot around your finished cans. Fill with white daisies or your favorite flower and you're done!

I'd love to see what you create for your upcoming birthday parties, baby showers and bridal showers (and don't forget polka dot graduation parties too).

All photos courtesy and property of Country Living.

Printable Polka Dot Baggie Toppers

Amy at Living Locurto has amazed me...AGAIN! While browsing her awesome site last night, I clicked on her FREE Printables section and look what I found!

DIY Printable Polka Dot Goody Bag Thank You Toppers

Okay, these are not new to some people. Apparently she published last May! Oops. Where have I been?!

There are two sizes of this cute bag topper available, depending on the size of baggie (from the dollar store) you choose to use for your party favor bags.

Then fill your baggies with candy treats or homemade goods to match your party theme colors!

I think the black polka dots with green trim is perfect for boys (or St. Patrick's Day) and the black dots with pink trim is great for girls (or Valentine's Day)!

You will have the snazziest polka dot favor bags on the block.

Be sure to bookmark this one or go ahead and save to your computer for later.

Please leave Amy a comment to tell her, "THANKS, GIRL!"

Make a Cardboard Box Play-Shop to Fit Your Theme

Time to get our your box cutters or...Time to put Daddy to work!

This is a great DIY project for a child's ice cream shop box that will help pull your birthday party theme together for the children. Not hosting an ice cream party? Use this great idea as a starting point. Grab a pencil and start sketching out a box "place" for the kids to go during your child's party.

With inspiration from Childhood 101, you can turn a giant box into perfectly-matched birthday party decor!

The Bakery Shop Box

Perfect for ice cream themes, cupcake themes, sweet treats themes, lollipop themes, etc.

The Concession Stand Box

Perfect for circus themes, baseball themes, zoo themes, etc.

The Beauty Shop Box

Perfect for beauty themes, manicure, make-up, hair-do, dress-up parties, etc.

The Science or Space or Nature Box

Turn into a bug exhibit gallery or a rocket ship or a ladybug box

The Pet Shop Box

Guests can pick-a-pet or to fit your theme - puppies, poodles, fish, kittens, etc.

Let your imagination run wild!

See full instructions to make-your-own kids party box shop at Childhood 101.

(Found by way of One Pretty Thing.)

What's New at Polka Dot Market?

New Twirl Pettiskirts in Chocolate or Pink with your choice of ANY polka dot ribbon bow (I seriously have every bow color)! Only $32.00 each. Shop Polka Dot Ribbon Pettiskirts now.

You have been keeping me SUPER busy with all these polka dot balloon orders!
We now have light blue, light pink, purple, lime and yellow (as shown above).
I am adding these to the site today. See all of our Polka Dot Latex Balloons.

Whoa! What?! Sally is adding Polka Dot Cupcake Liners to the store?

Yes, I am!

Soon you'll be able to order cupcake liners in packs of 20-25 for $2.50 each in these colors:

Lime with Pink Dots

Black with White Dots

Chocolate with Pink Dots

Chocolate with Aqua Dots

Hot Pink with White Stripes

Royal Blue with White Stripes

Looking for cute polka dot Valentine's Day shirts? Check out the SALE in our Etsy shop!

Polka Dot Ribbon for Your Favor Bags

This organza 3/8" polka dot ribbon is on sale for $3.00 for 25 yards - good deal!

Visit All The Makings to view all the colors available to match your party.

These ribbons are so cute they can dress up even a paper lunch sack for your DIY favor bags!

DIY - Make a Polka Dot Box Tower for your Cupcakes

Look what my buddy Amanda over at Imperfectly Beautiful has come up with!

Her creative juices are FLOWING!

Guess what? She made this monogrammed cupcake stand out of cardboard boxes she grabbed from her garage (the after-Christmas morning pile).

Now you can make a variation for your own polka dot birthday party, baby shower or girls' night out!

Amanda says she is happy to share her tips with you:

1. Go out to the garage and find 2-3 boxes to build your "tower".

2. Wrap your boxes in polka dot wrapping paper (see below), kraft paper or any paper you have on had to match your color scheme.

3. Grab more tape and and make a "ribbon belt" for your boxes.

4. Print your name circles (or squares) from the computer, cut out and tape to larger colored circles (use your 3-initial monogram, name or spell, "Happy 3rd Birthday" or "Welcome Baby").

5. Stack your finished boxes.

6. Pile on the cupcakes and take a photo!

7. Send Sally your photo to polkadotbirthday@gmail.com :)

8. Go tell Amanda "Thank You!" for the DIY cupcake tower!

Look what Amanda's sister made (love this!):

Have fun creating your own cupcake tower!

Here is the link again to Amanda's Cupcake Box Stand.

And if you need cardboard boxes, call me. My recycling man would be happy if he didn't have to load all my flattened boxes each week! :)

Where My Heart and Head is Today

To my sweet customers -

Many of you have written me and purchase shirts to support our new Isaiah 43:1 Project.

You may have followed the blog.

You may have read about Emily Schmidt.

Early Sunday morning, Emily went to Heaven.

Read my entire post here.

Thank you for your support - please pray for this family.