How to Plan a Bridal Shower

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Planning a bridal shower is an exciting and enjoyable time for everyone involved. While the planning of the wedding can be quite stressful for the wedding party, as well as the engaged couple, the bridal shower is a more lighthearted occasion filled with laughter and love. We’ve decided to make the planning process even simpler with a few quick tips on how to plan a bridal shower. That’s right, here at Polka Dot Design we’re not just serving up some of the best bridal shower invitations around, but we’re also taking things a step further in this planning process.

As Dreamed

As Dreamed

Choose the Shower Date

This is a great place to start. Making time for the bridal shower is important, and you’ll want to allow yourself enough advanced notice in order to plan properly and make sure your guests can attend. Showers usually are held anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months before the wedding, so really it’s up to you and where you have some free space in your calendar to choose the day that fits you best.

 

Watercolor Pink Blossoms Invitation

Watercolor Pink Blossoms Invitation

 

Create a Guest List

Before you can even settle on wedding shower invitations, you’ll need to create a guest list. This means choosing the number of guests that you’re comfortable with hosting, along with who those guests are. There really is no right or wrong way to create a guest list. Some women choose to keep things simple with a few close friends, while others go larger and invite as many of their friends, family, and acquaintances as they please.

 

 

Shades of Radiant Orchid Confetti Invitation

Shades of Radiant Orchid Confetti Invitation

Pick a Theme That Fits Your Style

While you don’t necessary need a theme for your bridal shower, many women find that it’s easier to plan and decorate when there is a cohesive theme to follow. If you don’t even know where to start with your bridal shower theme, then it may be a good idea to peruse our bridal shower invites, in order to get your creative gears a’movin. Our invitations feature a few different themes, which not only will get this task checked off your list, but probably also narrow down a few bridal shower cards, which leads us to our next step…

 

Pastel Package Invitation

Pastel Package Invitation

Deciding on a Location

Again, this can either be the comfort of your own home, or a venue of your liking. Choosing the right location for your bridal shower is dependent on how many guests you invite, as well as what your particular theme requires. For example a bridal luncheon will probably be held at a restaurant, while a bridal shower luau may be perfect in someone’s backyard.

 

Bubbly Pink Party Invitation

Bubbly Pink Party Invitation

Choosing the Right Bridal Shower Invitations

Ahh, yes the bread-and-butter of Polka Dot Design. We’re darn proud of our selection of invitations, as they can range from modern couples shower invitations to the more budget-friendly inexpensive bridal shower invitations. We like featuring a wide collection of unique designs and styles for you to choose from, so that you always have a plethora of options right at your fingertips.

 

Brunette Fiesta Couple Invitation

Brunette Fiesta Couple Invitation

Preparing the Menu, Decorations, & Centerpieces

The final stages of the bridal shower are primarily for aesthetics. The menu, decorations, and centerpieces can be designed and chosen depending on what you’ve decided within the first few steps. Having a theme is absolutely helpful when you make it to this step, because you won’t be overwhelmed with too many decisions and choices. Your menu, decorations, and centerpieces can all revolve around your theme, which makes preparation much easier.

And of course, the last and final step in planning your bridal shower…

 

Lingerie String Invitation

Lingerie String Invitation

Enjoying the Festivities!

This is your time to celebrate. You’ve planned, you’ve made decisions, and you’ve created this beautiful day to honor your upcoming nuptials. Be proud of everything you’ve done, and enjoy the festivities with your friends and family.

Kids Winter Party Ideas

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Winter is coming! Ahh, okay, without the Games of Thrones quote which is perfectly fitting every time this season rolls around, it’s true that the temperatures are dropping and the snow will soon begin to dust the ground. But just because cold weather is upon us, doesn’t mean that we can’t still throw an incredible party. If you’re reading this because you’re in search of a few kids winter party ideas, then look no further. We’re here to make your winter wonderland party dreams come true.

Most often, people are in search of more kids winter party creative ideas, because they want their child’s party to stand out. It doesn’t have to be lavish in order to be unique. We pride ourselves on our collection of invitations that are like no other. Not only are our designs and styles exclusive, but our invites can also be perfectly tailored to your liking. Take a look at a few of our kids winter party invitations.

Funky Santa Invitation

Funky Santa Invitation

 

Chalkboard Snowman Invitation

Chalkboard Snowman Invitation

 

Christmas Candyland Invitation

Christmas Candyland Invitation

 

Gingerbread Man Invitation

Gingerbread Man Invitation

 

Having a winter birthday party doesn’t need to be a snow-filled dilemma. Sure, it’s be much colder than most other seasons, but you also can incorporate loads of other ideas that having a birthday in the other seasons cannot. Like Christmas themes, snowboarding or skiing adventures, a backyard sledding adventure, ice skating, and many more. How about a birthday Christmas cookie party? Invite kids over to make Christmas cookies and then send them home with a little tin of their creations!

 

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Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean your child’s birthday party needs to suffer. Here are a few more holiday party invitations to get your creative juices flowing.

 

Holiday Peppermint Cheer Invitation

Holiday Peppermint Cheer Invitation

 

Holiday Cupcake Invitation

Holiday Cupcake Invitation

 

Holiday Ice Skates Invitation

Holiday Ice Skates Invitation

Our collection of holiday party invitations are worth browsing in order to come up with a few more ideas for a kid’s birthday party. A winter white party may be a great way to incorporate the season into the birthday theme. Or what about a snowman themed party? Bring out the arts and crafts and build snowmen together inside. You can also get pretty crafty with the snacks you choose to serve, as well.

 

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Having a birthday party in winter doesn’t mean you have to stick strictly to Christmas invitations. You can stray from the more holiday-themed invites and still keep the season front-and-center. Take a look at these invitations which celebrate the spirit of the season without being Christmas-centric.

 

Mister Snowman Invitation

Mister Snowman Invitation

 

Penguin Birthday Invitation

Penguin Birthday Invitation

 

Pink Nutcracker Invitation

Pink Nutcracker Invitation

A winter birthday party for your child can transform a regular birthday into a magical winter wonderland. Whether you decide to make it all about those winter arts and crafts, or indulge in a few seasonal games for kids, your invitation is a great place to start. Choose between a bevy of winter-related invites and get your party-planning started today!

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

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With the big holiday season upon us, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Ahh, Thanksgiving. A beautiful time for friends and family to gather around the dinner table and reflect on all things that bring them joy and gratitude. Plus, it allows for a feast of magnanimous proportions! If you’re searching for Thanksgiving dinner ideas, or even a few Thanksgiving invitations for your upcoming gathering, then you’ve come to the right place.

A lot of people have been getting pretty creative with there invite ideas, and heading in the more modern direction of Thanksgiving photo cards. Whether you’re looking to invite friends and family to dinner, or simply want to keep long-distance relatives in the loop on your life, Thanksgiving photo cards are a great way to do it. Take a look at some of our more festive card designs:

Autumn Leaves Photo Card

Autumn Leaves Photo Card

Gobble Gobble Photo Card

Gobble Gobble Photo Card

Thanksgiving Pumpkins Photo Card

Thanksgiving Pumpkins Photo Card

Here at Polka Dot Design, we also know the importance of not breaking the bank with your invites. While most people would rather spend money on the food and festivities, we couldn’t agree more. This is why we came up with a collection of affordable Thanksgiving invitations. Spending an arm-and-a-leg just to get your invitees to the party seems unnecessary. That’s why our cheap Thanksgiving invitations are such a hit. Take a look at some of our favorites.

Thanksgiving Door Invitation

Thanksgiving Door Invitation

Double Rounded Leaves Fall Invite

Double Rounded Leaves Fall Invite

Double Rounded Turkey Invitation

Double Rounded Turkey Invitation

Fall Foliage Party Invitation

Fall Foliage Party Invitation

We want your Thanksgiving event to go off without a hitch, which is why we even offer fun Thanksgiving invitation wording. There is no reason to get stuck in the invitation wording process, which is why we’ve come up with wording ideas for any and all occasions. Maybe you weren’t an English major and need a bit of assistance in the department of choosing the right words. Whether it be holiday poems or fun fall stanzas, we have all your wording needs covered for your next round of invites. Even if you’re looking for a more complex yet lighthearted company Thanksgiving potluck invitation wording, we have you covered. No job too big or small for us here at Polka Dot Design.

But maybe you’re just searching for a simple invitation card for Thanksgiving party. If simplicity is more of what you’re after, then we can certainly assist. With a holiday of such proportions, you don’t need to go over-the-top with your invitations. Keep it minimal, yet clever, in order to honor the holiday right. Here are some of our more simplistic designs for the holiday.

Pumpkin Lettersheet

Pumpkin Lettersheet

Fall Pear Invitation

Fall Pear Invitation

Autumn Cutlery Invitation

Autumn Cutlery Invitation

Birds of a Feather Invitation

Birds of a Feather Invitation

Thanksgiving dinner is a joyous time for many. It’s a feast that is remembered throughout the year, which is why having the right ways to honor and document are necessary. Pay homage to the holiday the right way through our assortment of Thanksgiving invitations.

 

Family Photo Ideas

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s almost time to start sending out your family cards. With that said, many different families like to take their annual holiday card and add a unique, creative photo! Family photo ideas are hard to come by, especially when you’re looking for something that’ll make you and your family truly stand out. Gone are the days when matching sweaters were all you need. It’s time to transform those holiday cards into something special, and here are a few ideas to help make that a reality.

 

Making it an Outdoor Affair

Everyone loves a good family card in an outdoor setting. But before you bust out the snow boots and snap some photos in December, try to plan a bit ahead of time. If you take the family photos outside in fall, not only can you feature some beautiful autumn decor, but you can also create the perfect setting for a few thanksgiving photo cards as well! An outdoor setting can create a truly magical atmosphere for any and all holidays.

 

A Themed Extravaganza

The best thing about family photo cards is that they don’t need to be traditional. The rules are, there are no rules. You can get as creative or as festive as you’d like. These family party invitations are truly intended to be representative of who your family is and what they are all about. So whether you’re a family that bonds over football, or have a shared love of superheroes, regardless of what you’re into, you can showcase it proudly for all your friends and relatives.

 

Involving the Family Pet

Never included Fido in your Christmas photo cards? Not to worry. This year is the year where your precious pet will make their debut. Take a family photo and including your pet is a great way to shake things up this year. Many families have even made their family pet the primary focus of their family photo, which can be quite charming.

 

An Everyday Occasion

The thing about family photos that most people forget, is that they don’t need to be entirely staged. You don’t need to sit around a fireplace and smile in order to capture the essence of your family. To be honest, I can’t recall knowing any families that really sit around the fireplace in matching sweaters. Some of the best family photos come from everyday life. If you hire a photographer, have them capture your life in a normal setting—playing catch outside, BBQing on the patio, watching a movie with some popcorn. Showcasing your normal life is sometimes much more appealing to your family and friends and gives them a glimpse into your day-to-day living.

 

Throw in Some Photoshop

Some families have been getting extremely creative for their family photos. Whether they’re celebrating the new year with New Year’s photo cards or sending out a family reunion invitation, they opt for a more whimsical approach and pepper in some Photoshop to make it truly stand out. Your family photos can be fun and original, especially if you can add some creativity to the editing process.

 

Here are just a few family photo ideas for you to get your creativity stirred. Regardless of the avenue you choose this holiday, rest assured that Polka Dot Design is your go-to source for all family photo card invitations. Feel free to share with us a few ideas of your own!

Meet One of the Writers from Polka Dot Design: Marisa Roman

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By now, you may be wondering a little bit about the author of these fabulously entertaining posts on the Polka Dot Design blog, right? Who the heck is this wordsmith genius?! Today we uncover the woman behind the curtain, and it’s none other than a wandering nomad who gave up her conventional lifestyle to live and travel in an RV full-time. How about that for an intro?

Officially, it’s been over a year since I gave up my nine-to-five job in South Florida to pursue a more non-conventional lifestyle. After doing things the “right way” my entire life—college, graduate school, career, etc…I realized quickly that something was missing. I wasn’t being fulfilled the way I ought to have been, especially since I checked everything off my goals list rather quickly. It took a few conversations with my girlfriend Vanessa, for us to realize that neither of us were particularly happy in our lives. From the outside, things seemed great. We had each other, well-paying careers, a beautiful bungalow by the beach, our health, and our little pet family. Yet, we couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something missing. We weren’t happy sitting in traffic 12+ hours a week. We weren’t happy paying $1350 in rent for a home we were barely in because we were always at work. We weren’t happy working harder to pay for things we really didn’t need. We weren’t happy with this conventional life that we were raised thinking was the key to happiness.

So, we took matters into our own hands. Together, we figured out what was missing: exploration, travel, new experiences, fewer bills and responsibilities, and true quality time together. Within a few months, we had quit our jobs, sold our belongings, and bought an RV we aptly dubbed Maude. Thus began the adventure of a lifetime.

As I mentioned earlier, we’ve been traveling full-time now for over a year. It’s been such a wild experience, discovering parts of this country we never knew existed. Some of the views and scenic vistas we explore are truly breathtaking. Here are a few shots from this past year.

Oftentimes, we’re asked how the heck we pay bills on the road? We pick up odd jobs here and there in order to gain new experiences and see what the country has to offer. Some work we’ve picked up in the past year includes Austin City Limits Festival, Sundance Film Festival, working on a farm/homestead in Tennessee, and Formula 1 to name a few. However, since I’m a writer by trade, it’s gigs like this one at Polka Dot Design, that allow me to live the life I dreamed, and propel my travels even further. What a difference it makes waking up in the morning and knowing you’re in complete control of your life, your decisions, and your direction. That thing that I mentioned earlier that I felt was always missing…no longer exists.

Is it sometimes tough living in 171-sq-feet of space with two humans and five animals? You bet. But I wouldn’t trade our little wandering home and our traveling troupe for anything else in the world.

If you feel like following along on the adventure with us, then head on over to our website: The Roamans Blog

Or follow us on Instagram: @the_roamans

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