Polka Dot Birthday Decorations Ideas

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So you have the Polka Dot invitations covered…perfect! Now, we’re moving onto the next step: party decorations. Choosing the right birthday decorations for your party can make or break the type of ambiance you are trying to evoke. This is why it’s important to know a few things beforehand, for example, what the theme of your party will be. If you choose a specific theme such as a luau, or Mexican fiesta, or nautical party, then you have your work cut out for you in terms of decorations. At least with a theme, you’re aware of the direction that you’ll be going in and have more cohesion for narrowing down how to decorate. If you don’t have a theme, or if your theme is simply a good old fashioned birthday party, then there are a quite a few ways in which you can decorate.

First and foremost, what’s a birthday party without a ton of insanely colorful, wonderfully vibrant balloons?! One of the best party decorations for any occasion revolves around a ton of balloons, and we have the perfect place you can order from. Whether you’re looking to fill your house with random colors everywhere, or have a color theme that you would like to follow, CoolGlow.com has you covered. These balloons range in color, size, shape, and type. Just perusing through their huge assortment may just provide you with a few great ideas regarding how to decorate for your birthday party.

Party Supplies

Next up, supplies. We’re talking about plates, napkins, serving dishes, candy, pinatas…you name it, you need it. Wouldn’t it be nice after you got your invitations squared away that you could visit one website and shop it all in one place? Well, you can. If you take a look at BirthdayInaBox.com, you’ll see that you can order up all your party decorations in one fell swoop. They even break their website down into categories, from themed party ideas to party decorations based on color. This is the place where you can get all your party planning done with just a few clicks of the mouse. It’s that simple. See for yourself a few of the ideas we love.


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Cupcake Supplies

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Personalized Party Favors

Another way to jazz up your party decorations for your upcoming birthday is with some personalized party favors! Online birthday store Beau-Coup has some truly stellar party favors for those looking to leave a lasting impression on their guests. Browse through their collection of favors, while also taking a glimpse throughout their party supplies as well. By just meandering through their website, you can potentially be inspired to create and craft your own birthday party decorations.  Who wouldn’t want a one-of-a-kind celebration to usher in another year?! Take a look at a few coveted birthday decorations we adore from Beau-Coup.


Floral Happy Birthday Napkins

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Neon Party Plates

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Tissue Confetti Circles

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Hopefully you’ve seen enough to get inspired for your own party planning. As always, feel free to shoot us an email or drop us a line if you have any birthday decoration questions!

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Humorous Baby Shower Games

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Planning the perfect baby shower normally involves implementing some of the craziest, craftiest, and most clever baby shower games that will have your guests laughing for days to come. Believe us when we say there are tons of humorous baby shower games out there to choose from, some of which you probably have heard about (or even participated in yourself!) before. While you make think we’d say that baby shower invitations are the most important part of the planning process, we also think that the baby shower games can make or break the entire day. Take a look at some of the most humorous baby shower games you can plan to play at your shower.


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Don’t Say “Baby”

First and foremost, not saying the word “baby” while attending a baby shower is probably one of the hardest things in the world. Add to that a few glasses of champagne and you’re in for some trouble. For this game, as soon as guests walk through the door, they are given three clothes pins to wear on their clothing. Throughout the day, if someone overhears a guest say the word “baby”, then they are able to take the guests’ clothes pin and add it to their own collection. The person with the most clothes pins at the end of the shower wins! Get ready for some hilarity to ensue.


Bobbing for Nipples

Similar to the tried-and-true Halloween game Bobbing for Apples, Bobbing for Nipples involves guests dunking their faces in a water container filled with floating plastic bottle nipples. You can make things really interesting and fill up 3-5 water containers and dump the same amount of nipples in each. Then ask for 3-5 volunteers to race the clock and see how many nipples they can grab with their mouth in a minute’s time. This one will surely bring on the laughter.


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Baby Bottle Chugging

Chugging alcohol from a baby bottle probably wouldn’t be the easiest thing to do, which is why it is so much fun to watch when guests do it as a race to the finish. Fill each bottle with some sort of alcohol, and have your guests race to see who can chug the fastest. This one is guaranteed to cause a frenzy.


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Dirty Diaper

The Dirty Diaper baby shower game is basically a staple for all baby showers. Much like you will need baby shower invites to even get this party started–you will also need the Dirty Diaper game. Equal parts gross and hilarious, the Dirty Diaper game includes an assortment of open diapers with ooey, gooey melted chocolate candy bars in the center. Guests are then asked to determine what the candy bar is in the center of the diaper. The guest that names the most candy bars correct, wins the prize!


Feed the Baby

This baby shower game will be one your guests will always remember. Get ready for a few drooling messes, as this game spares no one! Have your guests pair up in teams of two. Designate one to be the feeder and one to be the eater. Put baby’s bibs and blindfolds on both team members. Provide a jar of applesauce and two spoons to each team member. Start a timer and have the teams feed each other the applesauce simultaneously until the jar is empty. First team to finish their applesauce wins the game!


These are just a few of the most humorous baby shower games out there to play. Surely though, incorporating these games mentioned above will provide you hours of entertainment and enjoyment, making your baby shower as memorable as can be.

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You Might Want to Skip Sending These Invitations, But Here is Why You Shouldn’t

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Save the Date invitation cards have been around for many years, and carry the importance of allowing guests to hold a place in their calendar to celebrate the wedding of a special couple. This pre-invitation is an important part of the wedding process, believe it or not, and while many people may want to skip sending these invitations, there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t. Take a look.


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Save the Date Cards Allow Your Guests Time to Plan

Look, shotgun weddings may seem cool in theory, but they actually end up being a bit of a hassle for the guests who need to rearrange schedules just to attend. This is why Save the Date Cards are so awesome. Save the Dates are normally sent out about 6-8 months prior to the wedding, and give the guests more than enough time to plan accordingly. The more people you send Save the Date cards to, the more people will attend your wedding. It is that simple.


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It Lets Guests Know That They Will Be Invited

Save the Date Cards aren’t solely intended to provide the guests with time to plan, or mark off a day on the calendar. They also let the guest know that they will be invited to the wedding. Save the Dates act as a pre-invitation to the wedding, and provide just enough information for the guest to know that they made the cut. It saves you, the bride or groom, the hassle of receiving phone calls and texts asking when an invitation is coming or if they are even invited. Sending out a Save the Date Card will give Aunt Ida the reassurance she needs, so there aren’t any unnecessary guilt trips thrown around.


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The Save the Date Cards Announce the Actual Wedding

Another important function of Save the Date cards, is to announce the actual wedding to guests! The Save the Date Card can replace any wedding or engagement announcements, and provide the date, along with the fact that there will definitely be a wedding taking place. Compile two tasks which you may feel are begrudgingly assigned, and complete them with a few quick clicks of the mouse–it’s that simple. Save the Dates don’t need to be as intricately planning as wedding invitations either. Especially with the latest photo card Save the Dates, you can slap on a picture of you and your honey, and send them on their way.


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Save the Dates Are Integral if Your Wedding Falls on a Particular Day….Or Country

Save the Date cards are crucial if your wedding doesn’t fall on any old regular day. Or location. If you are planning on having a destination wedding, then Save the Date cards are an important as the invitation itself, if not more. Since Save the Date cards let people know in advance when the wedding will be, this allows more than enough time for the guests to get their planning underway. This is also important for weddings that falls on a weekend, or for summer weddings. Since the ultimate goal is getting everyone you know and love in one place to celebrate you and your new adventure with your partner, giving them enough time to plan and work things out is necessary. And also respectful.

Save the Dates are an important part of the wedding planning process, and while some people feel like they should skip these invitations all together, hopefully this article has given them a few reasons why it is okay to reconsider.

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Unique Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day With Little-to-No Planning

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If you are looking to celebrate Memorial Day but simply don’t feel like putting in the time and effort to organize everything, then we have a few solutions for you. Celebrating Memorial Day shouldn’t be a hassle, and in fact, Memorial Day should be one of those holidays where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the upcoming summer season. If you are ready to celebrate but prefer not to exert yourself, then take a look at a few unique ways to celebrate the holiday with little-to-no planning.


Don’t Host at Home

This may be one of the more obvious tips, but if you choose not to host a party at your house, then you’re already halfway there. Hosting at home means you’re responsible for everything–making sure guests are happy and having fun, food, drinks, music, and more. If you choose another venue, say a lake, park, or community pool, then your hosting responsibilities are cut in half.


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Go In on a Joint Celebration With Neighbors

Talk to your neighbors and see if you can collectively throw a joint neighborhood Memorial Day party. When more people are involved, you can delegate accordingly and not have all the responsibility fall on you. Check with your local area park and see if you can reserve a pavilion or picnic area, and then split up the responsibilities for each neighbor involved. This way, you can still be barbecuing outdoors, enjoying the summer sunshine, and not have to be the only one charge.


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Find a Theme and Stick to It

If you hone in on one particular theme for your Memorial Day party, then you will be organized in your planning process. For example, you can choose a luau themed party, which means that food, decorations, music, and drinks will all follow the luau theme. This helps in the planning process as you won’t need to come up with ideas or a menu on your own. Luaus usually require tiki-inspired decor, tropical drinks and food, Hawaiian music, and more! Keeping in line with a particular theme for your Memorial Day party will take a lot of the guesswork out of the planning process.


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Make it a Memorial Day Potluck

One easy way to throw a Memorial Day party with little-to-no planning is by making it a potluck party. Asking guests to brings specific dishes or contributions will mean that certain things will be off your plate completely. Create a list of the items needed and delegate accordingly. This will not only lighten your planning load, but it will also keep things balanced in terms of what is needed for the party and what will be provided by someone else. You can even delegate things like mixed CDs, drinks, decor, and more! Don’t be afraid to make it an entirely collaborative affair.


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Keep it Simple

Just because it’s Memorial Day, doesn’t mean your party needs to be a gigantic event for the whole neighborhood. If you want to just sit back and relax, then keep it simple and small. Invite a handful of people, have them bring things to contribute to the party, and just enjoy a smaller gathering. When you keep your party small, you are able to control things more–like the mess that is made by guests and all the cleanup involved. You also have less to shop and prepare for when you keep it simple.

As always, make sure you have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

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The Classiest Way To Not Invite Someone To Your Wedding

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Planning a wedding means that a slew of decisions are heading your way and FAST. Between decorations, pre-wedding festivities, dresses, and the like, the last thing you want to do is feel the burden and guilt of having to exclude someone from your special day. Whatever the reason may be, if you’ve decided to not invite someone to your wedding, then keep in mind there is a right and wrong way to handle the issue. If you’re looking for the classy way to take care of the situation, then follow along carefully.


Explain that you’re keeping things intimate.

This is always a good go-to explanation if someone wonders why they aren’t invited to your wedding. Instead of inventing some elaborate story, just let them know that you’re keeping it a more intimate affair for your own peace of mind. Honestly, most couples do want to keep things small and intimate, so it’s not all that far-fetched. Unless you’re throwing a gargantuan party and inviting everyone you’ve known since pre-school. Then you may want to consider another option…


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Yes, budget is a huge reason many people cull their wedding invitation list. While some plates nowadays are costing upwards of $100 per person, it’s easy to use the excuse that your budget just isn’t allowing everyone to be invited. You can explain to them that you would love to have them at your special day, but unfortunately the budget is tight and reserved for mostly family members.


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Let them know the venue is a bit on the small side.

If you have decided on a smaller wedding venue, then this isn’t a terrible way to break the news. Simply let the un-invited know that while you would love to have them there, the wedding venue just won’t allow it. Explain that while the list has already been cut in half, most of it is filled with family, and the venue just cannot accommodate much more.


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Man up and be gentle.

If you’d rather not lie, or make up excuses to save their feelings, you could always man up and be honest in your decision-making process. Something obviously happened in order for them to get the axe from the invite list, and explain to them that it wasn’t something you could easily recover from. Truth be told, if what happened between the two of you was painful enough for them to not be invited to your wedding, then chances are they probably already know there is a good chance they won’t be invited. Just make sure that if you’re choosing this option and manning (or womanning) the heck up, then make sure you’re gentle about it and you do it the right way. Nothing is worse than a text message or an email, or (GASP) finding out from another friend or family member. Be as honest as possible, and who knows, you may just be able to hash things out prior to your big day anyway.


As always, happy planning from your friends at Polka Dot Design!

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