First Day of Fall

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Attention, attention! We have big news here from Polka Dot Design. Okay, maybe not our news, but it’s great news to share. The first day of fall officially begins on September 22nd, and that is enough reason to celebrate. This means you can start planning fall activities for kids, fall decorating ideas, a killer Halloween party, or even just seasonal celebration. The humidity will start disappearing and the cool, crisp air will begin to roll in and you can start your autumn planning festivities. Take a look at a few of the best reasons to celebrate this upcoming fall season.

 

Halloween Parties Galore

Halloween is the perfect time to gather up your friends and family and throw a spooktacular celebration. But before you can start mulling over Halloween Party Ideas, it all begins with the most important part—the invitations. Here at Polka Dot Design we have a ton of Halloween invitations perfect for any and all occasions. Whether it’s a gathering of your child’s friends for some festive Halloween party activities, or a scary adult party filled with haunted hor’doeuvres and chilling cocktails, you’re in for a treat with these fun invites. Browse our Halloween fall party invitations and choose one that represents your holiday spirit perfectly.

 

Cocktail Eyeball Invitation

Cocktail Eyeball Invitation

 

Creepy Cobweb Invitation

Creepy Cobweb Invitation

 

Costumes and Cocktails Invitation

Costumes and Cocktails Invitation

Frightfully Delightful Invitation

Frightfully Delightful Invitation

 

Halloween Chalkboard Invitation

Halloween Chalkboard Invitation

 

Classic Candy Corn Invitation

Classic Candy Corn Invitation

 

Thanksgiving Party Ideas

If you’re in the middle of a search for party invitations, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Polka Dot Design, we pride ourselves on being the best in show when it comes to invites, stationery, and the like. But the most popular items that we carry all are in the realm of holiday festivities. Especially, our Thanksgiving party invites. You know in advance that Thanksgiving is a holiday which gathers together your family and loved ones each year, so why not craft a new invite this year to welcome everyone into your home. Take a look at some of our favorite Thanksgiving inspired invites.

 

Double Rounded Leaves Fall Invite

Double Rounded Leaves Fall Invite

 

Double Rounded Turkey Invitation

Double Rounded Turkey Invitation

 

Thanksgiving Door Invitation

Thanksgiving Door Invitation

 

Autumn Cutlery Invitation

Autumn Cutlery Invitation

 

Fall Party Invitations

But remember, you really don’t need a holiday to find a reason to celebrate. The first day of fall is reason enough to get together with friends and bring in the new season. Whether you set up a night with the girls to tackle some fall crafts, or you invite the neighbors over for a backyard bonfire, the first day of autumn holds so much possibility for fun. Our selection of personalized fall party invitations is so extensive that we cover any and all autumn celebratory occasions. Allowing you to celebrate every season with purpose and pride, is important to us. So we take the guesswork out of invitations so that you can focus on the rest. Here’s a glimpse at some of our favorite fall party invites.

 

Autumn Pumpkin Invitation

Autumn Pumpkin Invitation

 

Finally Fall Invitation

Finally Fall Invitation

 

Fall Yard Invitation

Fall Yard Invitation

Mark your calendars for the first day of fall this week!

 

Bonnie Marcus Invitations

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Bonnie Marcus Invitations have always been the perfect combination of award-winning style and creative prowess. When you think about where this collection began (a woman filled with passion in her third trimester, dedicated to creating the perfect stationery), to now, there’s no surprise these invitations are as wildly popular as they are. Here at Polka Dot Design, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have a few of the best and brightest from the Bonnie Marcus Collection to showcase today.

 

Vintage Bride Stripes Invitation

Vintage Bride Stripes Invitation

Starting out as a wedding planner in New York City, Bonnie was very familiar with the fashion and design industry and always considered something to be missing in the market for invitations. While most bridal shower invitations or baby shower invitations fulfilled their niche as well as their textual obligation, Bonnie always wished that the invitations had more. More in the realm of fresh, contemporary designs that reflected the fashion-forward metropolitan lifestyle of her clientele. Most of the unique baby shower invitations available were at a retail level, without any sincere personality or style. Bonnie decided to custom design her own invitations in order to bring the vision of her customers to life.

 

Colorful Cake Invitation

Colorful Cake Invitation

What makes Bonnie Marcus invitations so unique is the addition of chic fashion to the artwork. These invites always have a fun, artistically celebratory element aiming to please for every occasion. Whether it’s the colors used for the classic bridal shower invitations, with a very delicate element brought through the cursive text, Bonnie Marcus makes sure to incorporate the feeling of eccentric elegance in order to reach a more modern, contemporary audience. Especially in her collection of online baby shower invitations. While most invitations specifically cater to the baby, these invitations do so without leaving out the mother. By adding a bit of style from the mom into the mix, it’s a perfect invitation for an occasion that should be honoring all involved.

 

Baby Safari Pink Invitation

Baby Safari Pink Invitation

Baby Love Shower Multicultural Thank You

Baby Love Shower Multicultural Thank You

Watercolor Blossom Wreath Chalkboard Invitation

Watercolor Blossom Wreath Chalkboard Invitation

Another in the collection of incredible invites from Bonnie Marcus, are the bridal luncheon invitations. These particular invitations are fun and fresh, with a more colorful and whimsical theme. Plus, when you add the famed Bonnie Marcus dreamlike watercolor design, you get a wonderfully chic invitation perfect for a special day with your closest friends and family.

 

Watercolor Blue Blossoms Invitation

Watercolor Blue Blossoms Invitation

Watercolor Bridal Shower Chalkboard Invitation

Watercolor Bridal Shower Chalkboard Invitation

Blue Bridal Brunch Invitation

Blue Bridal Brunch Invitation

Whatever your reason may be, whether modern bridal brunch invitations, or a more fashion-forward baby shower invitation, Bonnie Marcus has you covered. The elegance and modernity in her one-of-a-kind designs add the perfect feminine quality to every invitation. If you have an occasion or event which needs a bit more sophistication and fun, then think Bonnie Marcus—adding a touch of splendor to even the most simple celebrations.

Halloween Party Ideas

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Halloween Party Ideas, Tips, Tricks and Treats

It’s almost that time of year again, ghouls and gals! So, you want to throw an awesome Halloween party, but you have no idea where to begin? We would like to give you a hand with the festivities with a few easy Halloween party ideas. Here’s a quick list of things you should keep in mind while preparing for the fun!

1. Choosing a theme.
A Halloween is not complete without a good theme idea. There are at least two things you can do: stick to a particular theme or go for a broad Halloween feel. If a general Halloween mood using basic black spiders and orange pumpkins is what you want, that’s perfectly fine. What’s also important is that you determine if the party is intended for kids, adults or both. A few Halloween theme examples for children include the friendly monsters from the Monsters Inc. movie, Hotel Transylvania, Box Trolls, or even Monsters vs. Aliens. Keep it fun and bright. Some theme ideas for adults could be the standard 80’s horror movies, zombies, vampires, erotica, masquerades and other adult themes. You can choose from a variety of other Halloween party ideas such as a forensic lab theme, Goth, Hollywood actors, and actresses as well.

Boneyard Boogie InvitationCocktail Eyeball InvitationBlonde Here Kitty Halloween Invitation

2. Halloween Party Decor.
So, you’ve come up with the perfect theme idea. What’s next? Now it’s time to decide on which Halloween party decor to buy that fits your theme idea. No matter which theme you pick, there are many props and accessories that will compliment your party area. Items like cobwebs, dripping candles, painted leaves, carved pumpkins, branches, and dim lights, guarantee an impressive evening (or day for the kids).

3. Drinks, Games and Treats
Here’s where you get to show your creativity. Whether it’s a party for kids or adults, finger foods are the way to go. You can make literal finger foods for the adult parties. How about various bites carved into the shape of severed fingers, brain cakes, eyes, deviled eggs, rips placed on a tray forming an actual ribcage with a skull right above them? The list goes on. You can also use carved out pumpkins filled with ice to chill bottles of champagne and other alcoholic beverages. Keep it simple for the kids, though. Cut fruit in shapes, make bite-sized sandwiches, multicolored drinks, and desserts. Also, find activities that don’t disrupt the flow of your party. When conversation and laughter cease, so does your party.

Boo Bash InvitationClassic Candy Corn InvitationCreepy Crawly Spider Invitation

4. The Invitation
Your Halloween party invitations don’t need to be complicated at all. Whether you send them by post or digitally, there are lots of options available on and offline. The colors, sizes, and shapes of cards are virtually endless. You can buy pre-made or even add your own twist to cards.

There’s one thing that would be helpful is to keep it simple so people won’t feel pressured to hold to a certain standard. It would be better if everyone felt comfortable at your party rather than everything being “perfect.” After all, it’s about having fun!

Fall Party Invitations

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A party in thе fall саn easily tаkе advantage оf thе autumn colors аnd atmosphere tо accent thе event, ѕо whу nоt аlѕо create fun аnd memorable fall party invitations. Thе Fall Leaf Invitation iѕ fun аnd уоu саn create it fоr bоth children’s parties аnd adult’s. Yоur kids will love gоing оutѕidе tо gather uр thе prettiest lооking leaves fоr thеir invitations. Mаnу things nееd tо prepare bеfоrе hаving a party, ѕuсh аѕ preparing invitations. Thrоugh thiѕ article, wе wаnt tо givе ѕоmе ideas tо create уоur Party invitation in accordance with уоur criteria. Wе hаvе collected аbоut fall party invitations with ѕоmе awesome ideas tо givе уоu thе inspiration tо make уоur оwn Party invitation.

Thе firѕt thing уоu nееd tо dо tо design thе Party invitation iѕ choosing a color. Thе right colors will make уоur invitation lооk better. Sо choose уоur colors carefully, bесаuѕе thiѕ iѕ a vеrу important thing tо make уоur invitation mоrе beautiful. Thе theme оf thе invitation iѕ аlѕо important, уоu саn uѕе a modern theme, vintage, unique, аnd muсh more. You ѕhоuld bе аblе tо combine thе color with a theme. Uѕе уоur imagination аnd creativity ѕо thаt thе results аrе mоrе satisfying.

Thеrе аrе mаnу diffеrеnt things thаt уоu саn dо fоr уоur party invitations, but ѕоmе оf thе bеѕt ideas incorporate thе colors аnd textures оf thе fall season. Hеrе аrе ѕоmе instructions оn building a card with leaves уоu саn find оutѕidе аnd ѕоmе simple household items.

Gather аll thе supplies. You’ll nееd tо make ѕurе thаt уоu hаvе аll уоur supplies fоr thе project in advance. Thе base fоr thе card will bе a square piece оf dark brown card stock. 5-6 inches iѕ nоrmаllу thе bеѕt size аnd will аllоw уоu еnоugh space tо write аll thе things уоu nееd tо оn thе invite. You’ll аlѕо nееd fоur leaves tо put оn еасh card. Yоu саn uѕе rеаl leaves оr silk leaves depending оn уоur style аnd hоw уоu will bе sending оut thе invites. You’ll аlѕо nееd tо hаvе thе information аbоut thе party printed оr written оn a smaller lighter piece оf cardstock thаt will gо in thе center оf thе card.

Assemble thе card. Tаkе thе leaves thаt уоu hаvе collected аnd make ѕurе thаt thеу аrе suitable fоr thе card idea. Rеаl leaves саn bесоmе ԛuitе messy depending оn hоw оld thеу аrе аnd hоw brittle. Kеер thiѕ in mind whеn уоu аrе preparing thе invites bесаuѕе уоur guest соuld juѕt gеt аn envelope full оf leaf dust аnd thе invite inѕtеаd оf hоw уоu plan оn sending it. Onе idea tо preserve thеm iѕ tо coat thеm with aerosol hairspray аnd thеn lеt thеm dry. Thiѕ will make thеm mоrе flexible аnd аlѕо preserve thе color аnd size оf thе leaves. Remove thе stems frоm thе leaves аnd thеn glue fоur оn еасh card оvеr thе corners juѕt peeking оvеr thе edge оf thе paper. Thеn tаkе mulberry paper оr оthеr natural fiber paper аnd cut thе edges in a jagged sort оf wау tо make it hаvе a mоrе interesting texture аnd appeal. It’s great tо show thе colors аnd textures оf thе fall season in уоur invites. Onсе уоu hаvе glued thiѕ ѕесоnd piece оf paper tо thе invite, аll уоu hаvе left tо dо iѕ tо attach thе invitation portion аnd glue it аll together. If уоu nееd to, уоu саn рlасе thе whоlе card undеr a heavy book tо make ѕurе things dry flat аnd securely.

Send оut thе invites. Thоѕе whо plan оn соming tо уоur Thanksgiving dinner рrоbаblу knоw in advance thаt thеу will bе соming bесаuѕе thiѕ iѕ thе type оf event thаt people plan fоr a vеrу lоng timе in advance. But уоu ѕhоuld ѕtill send thеm thе invite with plenty оf timе tо respond. It’s a good idea tо gеt thе invitations оut bеtwееn thrее weeks аnd a month bеfоrе thе holiday ѕо уоu ѕhоuld bе thinking аbоut hiѕ аrоund Halloween time. Whеn уоu send оut thе invites уоu wаnt tо bе ѕurе аnd attach еnоugh postage аѕ thеѕе invites will likеlу bе heavier thаn a nоrmаl letter аnd will nееd mоrе thаn juѕt оnе standard stamp tо send.

Fall Party Invitations

Finally Fall InvitationFall Baby Shower Pumpkin InvitationFall Leaves Chalkboard Invitation

Final Words

Parties аrе fоr hаving fun еѕресiаllу fall party. Thеу аrе muсh anticipated bу bоth hosts аnd guests. Onе wау tо рrоvidе a boost tо thе party spirit muсh bеfоrе thе party асtuаllу begins iѕ tо distribute themed invites tо аll guests. Thеѕе invitations саn aptly dеѕсribе thе spirit оf уоur party аnd create a mood in advance. Guests соmе prepared fоr thе celebration аnd уоur party саn bе a huge hit. Invitations fоr parties nееd tо bе decided muсh in advance аnd distributed in advance аѕ wеll ѕо thаt guests саn make it a point tо kеер thеmѕеlvеѕ free fоr thе occasion. Onе оf thе bеѕt things thаt уоu саn dо iѕ tо order party invitations online. Yоu саn customize thеѕе invitations аnd hаvе thеm made ассоrding tо уоur requirements.

How to Get Rid of Head Lice

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With school almost in full-swing across the states, and another year of education ahead of you for your kids, we decided to tackle a topic which hits quite close to home for most. Head Lice. Now, before you scrunch up your nose and assume that you’re not prone to getting these itchy insects, think again. Even if you don’t have children attending school, these wingless parasites can cling to your scalp without any intention of ever leaving. In fact, head lice is a growing epidemic here in Arlington, TX, where Polka Dot Design is based, and the city has had to spend quite a bit of money at The Royal Treatment Center to get rid of head lice properly. They do an excellent job, but it can be a bit pricey for most. With that said, we want to help and offer up a step-by-step guide for getting rid of the latest strain of head lice using the Schooltime Shampoo. In fact, here at Polka Dot Design we recently had a bout of the louse, and decided in true Polka Dot fashion, to throw a Lice Removal Party!! But more on that later…

Getting rid of lice is not glamorous by any means, but it could just end up saving you hundreds of dollars and tons of time this upcoming school year. Check it out.

Schooltime Shampoo for Lice & Nit Removal-- 12 OZ. Highly Effective After One 15 Minute Application

 

 

Step 1: Recognize the Symptoms

So you have an itchy scalp, eh? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Diagnosing the problem is the very first step. You want to make sure that you actually have lice, rather than just itchy skin or some serious sunburned scalp. So what do you look for? If there is a lice infestation, you’ll notice tiny, brown insects, about the size of sesame seeds, scurrying about or little stagnant nits stuck to individual hairs. Use a fine-toothed comb and a bright light and you’ll know for sure if you’re doused with louse.

 

Female human head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis. Technical settings : - focus stack of 46 images - microscope objective (Nikon achromatic 10x 160/0.25) directly on the body (with adapter ~30 mm)

So pretty, right?

 

Step 2: Take Action!

Purchasing a lice removal shampoo is an important part of the process, but choosing the right one can be tricky. We suggest a tried-and-tested brand called Schooltime Shampoo. It’s a 100% All-in-One Pesticide Free shampoo, which is also clinically tested, hypoallergenic & safe for hair, skin and eyes. If you have kids, having one of these bottles handy under the sink can never lead you astray. It’s better to be safe than….itchy and infested.

 

Step 3: Massage Shampoo into DRY Hair & Scalp

Many people assume that you should wet the hair first before applying. This is not so! In fact, the shampoo works predominantly when the hair is dry, so that it too, can cling to the individual strands and work it’s way through. Apply and massage generously! There is no need to skimp on this part.

 

Step 4: Leave for 15 Minutes Then Rinse With Water

Don’t rush. Don’t get impatient. Leave the shampoo in for a good, solid fifteen minutes. Oftentimes parents get a bit restless and rinse the hair sooner. Try not to do this. Set a timer and stick to it! You’ll want to give the shampoo enough time to kill those little buggers, and realistically you don’t want to have to do everything again, right?

 

Step 5: Comb Hair Thoroughly With a Nit Comb

Now, you may think that shampoo did what it had to and you’re in the clear. Not quite. You’ll still need to go through the hair with a fine-toothed comb once more, in order to pick out the lice bodies and the remaining eggs so that you can officially rid yourself of these ectoparasites. Going through the motions is enough once, you really don’t want to have to start at Step 1 again, right? Besides, these little bugs do not deserve any more of your precious blood. No, sir.

 

Remember when I said long ago that Polka Dot Design had their very own lice removal party? Well, it’s true. We ended up using our handy-dandy How to Get Rid of Lice Guide in order to make sure we’re all free and clear of the bugs. Since we mentioned that Arlington, Texas has a pretty huge lice epidemic going on, we wanted to make sure that everyone was safe. It’s better to catch lice in the beginning, because once one person is infected, it multiples faster than you can say, “hey, my head feels a little itc–“. Boom, eight more people infected.

After each of us were treated with the Schooltime Shampoo, we created what we fondly dubbed a “nitting circle”. No, we weren’t crocheting I LOVE POLKA DOT DESIGN t-shirts….at least not this time. Instead, we combed through one another’s hair in order to be as thorough and generous as possible.

 

Throwing your own Lice Removal Party doesn’t sound as much fun as most of the other parties we have invitations for, but it really can be a lighthearted, enjoyable way to handle a difficult, annoying situation.

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