How to Throw a Pool Party

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So, you’re looking to throw the perfect pool party…good thing you’ve come to the right place. Here at Polka Dot Design, we know a thing or two about parties, and in fact might be considered a little bit of a party connoisseur. Whether you’re looking to cool down with some friends and neighbors on a beautiful sunny Sunday, or you’re celebrating your little one’s birthday extravaganza, we have you covered with a few simple steps in our quick How to Throw a Pool Party guide.

 

 

Step One – Pick Your Theme or Set Your Scene

Decorations can really make or break your summertime pool party. Choosing the right theme, or the right decor can go a long way in the planning process. You may not realize it, but when you narrow down on a theme, you take a lot of guesswork out of the potential decorations. For example, if you choose a Luau-themed pool party, then that means you can focus on primarily tropical-style decor! Hawaiian leis, tropical fruits, and colorful pool items for everyone to enjoy.

 

Step Two – Choose an Invitation

This is where our expertise comes into play. We have so many different varieties of pool party invitations for you to choose from, we’re certain you’ll find a few designs and artwork that you’ll fall in love with. The right pool party invite can add the perfect level of excitement to the occasion, as well as launch your own excitement for the planning process. Take a look at a few of our favorite summer party invitations.

 

Watermelon & Pineapple Party Invitation

Pool Party Invitation

 

Pineapple and Bright Graphics Party Invitation

Pool Party Invitation

 

99 Cents Pool Part Invitation

Pool Party Invitation

 

Breezy Palm Tree Invitation

Pool Party Invitation

 

Step Three – Food & Drinks

Choosing the menu for your pool party is just as important as choosing the right invitation. Being outdoors allows for a lot of leniency in terms of food, primarily because you can incorporate a grill! BBQ is a huge staple for many pool parties as it allows you to cook for your guests without ever having to leave the party. As far as drinks are concerned, make sure they’re fresh and fun with bright colors, and made in bulk ahead of time. Frozen drinks sure can be tedious to make, so throw those daiquiris on the rocks instead! Also remember, water, water water! Guests will be thirsty out in the sunshine.

 

Step Four – Dessert, Please

The best thing about throwing a summertime pool party, is the fact that delicious fruits are in abundance. Strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, blackberries, peaches and plums, you can make so many different tasty dessert recipes thanks to this fruitful season. Making mini fruit tarts with strawberries, for example, can feed quite a few people and cause little-to-no mess outside.

 

Step Five – The Great Goodie Bags

Since you already have a theme, the party favors should be a cinch. Just follow along with the theme and snag a few goodies that fit the scene perfectly. Again, following the Luau idea, you can find some colorful Play Doh, candied pineapple or mango, some fun pool toys—anything goes! Usually your local dollar store can be chock full of ideas, without costing an arm-and-a-leg.

 

And there you have it, a few easy steps in planning the perfect pool party. Remember, don’t skimp on the decor! You have the potential to transport people into a tropical paradise, and throw a pool party the likes of which they’ve never seen.

 

How To Make the Perfect Summertime Jello Shot

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It’s summertime…the temperature is a’rising….the pool parties are in full swing…and the summer drinks are free flowing. Maybe you’ve received an invitation to an outdoor BBQ, or a picnic in the park, and you simply don’t know what to bring. Have no fear, Polka Dot Design is here with the ultimate summertime jello shot. It’s time to get creative!

 

Ladies and gentleman, I introduce to you…Watermelon Jello Shot Slices.

Gone are the days where boring old Jello shots will do the trick. Jello Shot Slices are all the rage and we are going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to make them. Let’s start at the very beginning….

Ingredients

1 10-16lb watermelon
4 boxes of red colored jello (3 oz boxes)
2 boxes of unflavored gelatin (4 envelopes total)
4 cups of water
2-4 cups of vodka

Step One

You need a watermelon. A big one, too. Make sure it’s between 10-16lbs. Then cut that bad boy in half.

Step Two

Scoop out all the insides. Get alllllll the watermelon flesh out. You can save it for something else, or even scoop it into watermelon balls and bring it as a separate fruit plate! Don’t waste the fruit, it’s delicious.

Step Three

Make the Jello filling. Start with four boxes of your favorite red Jello. You can use cherry, strawberry, raspberry—whatever you’d like, you can use. We want to avoid using actual watermelon Jello because it will make the insides more pink, then deep red. Next, you’re going to add two 1 oz boxes of gelatin. This is what is going to hold everything together once it sets. Pour 4 cups of boiling water into the mixture. Whisk everything for a few minutes until everything is dissolved.

Step Four

Add 2-4 cups of your favorite vodka. It’s important to note not to skimp here and just buy the cheap stuff. Buying decent vodka will bring many rewards, including less of a hangover and headache the next day.

Step Five

Pour the mixture into the watermelon halves, evenly. Fill it up as much as you can, then pop that puppy into the refrigerator for about four hours, or until it sets.

Step Six

Once the mixture is set completely, take it out of the fridge and cut it into strips like you would a normal watermelon. Depending on the size you’d like you use, you can chop it up as you wish.

 

If you didn’t want to make the slices so grand, you could also use the same recipe and fill up an empty lime, lemon or orange peel. Same idea, same results!

 

Maybe you’re a more visual person and need some YouTube assistance. Our YouTube friends at ForkNPlate will fill you in.

Let us know how your watermelon Jello Shot Slices turn out!

Fiesta Invitations

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So you’re thinking of throwing a party—the good news is, you’ve come to the right place. We have an amazing idea churning for your next big soiree. We’re thinking guacamole, colorful decorations, and margaritas a’flowing. That’s right folks, we’re talking about a wild and fun Fiesta Party and we have all the fiesta invitations you could ask for to start the party planning process.

It is oh-so easy to throw your own Mexican fiesta party. We’re here to help you every step of the way, so that you have a successful, and extremely memorable event. But remember, it all starts with the fiesta party invitations. Here are a few of our favorites.

Brunette Fiesta Invitation

Fiesta Invitations

 

Fiesta Cactus Invitation

Fiesta Invitations

 

Fiesta Flowers Fiesta Party Invitation

Fiesta Party Invitations

 

Adobe Fiesta Party Invitation

Adobe Fiesta Party Invitation

 

Baja Margarita Invitation

Fiesta Party Invitation

 

As you can see, our Mexican fiesta invitations fully encompass what a fiesta party is supposed to be. After the invitations are set, then you move on to the cuisine, which is mainly everyone’s favorite part of the party. Who doesn’t love tacos, chips and salsa, and free-flowing margaritas?!

But perhaps you’re looking for a more specific party, not just a regular old celebration because you feel like it. We also carry a few awesome fiesta bridal shower invitations, so you can gather your girlfriends and have a blast. Take a look.

 

Brunette Fiesta Couple Invitation

Fiesta Invitations

 

Bold Chevron Tassels Invitation

Fiesta Invitations

 

Cancun Fiesta Party Invitation

Fiesta Invitations

 

Fiesta Flag Banner Invitation

Fiesta Invitations

 

Beyond just a bridal shower gathering, you can also throw a fiesta party to celebrate your upcoming bundle of joy. The inside of each invitation we carry can be fully customized to your liking. If you see an invitation that has all the decorative attributes you need, but just needs a text face lift, then we can help. You can alter the wording how you need, of course, but also the text size, font, and color! It’s that simple.

Here are a few more invites that can certainly be used for fiesta baby shower invitations, too.

 

Fiesta Chevron Invitation

Fiesta Invitations

 

Chiminea Fiesta Party Invitation

 Fiesta Invitation

 

Fiesta Maracas Party Invitation

Fiesta Party Invitations

 

Glitter Fiesta Party Invitation

Fiesta Party Invitations

 

Throwing a fiesta party is much easier than you think. We have so many different Mexican fiesta invitations ideas, it’s hard to just narrow down one idea for your party! While some people throw a specific fiesta party for a baby or bridal shower, other people throw a fiesta party simply because they are a blast from start to finish. It’s time to gather up the avocados and get your best maracas out, because it’s summertime fiesta time!

Get Ready for the Polka Dot Design Big Clearance Sale!

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Everyone loves a bargain, right? Here at Polka Dot Design, not only do we understand that notion, but we also celebrate it. This is why we’re throwing one of our biggest sales of the year. Sound the trumpets please….ahem….

It’s time for the Big Clearance Sale of 2016!!!!

Fanfare commence. We’re gearing up to clear out some of our inventory which means that you, the customer, has the chance to snag some extremely cheap invitations for your upcoming events. By cheap, we mean up to 45% off cheap!! How about that for huge savings?! Throwing a celebration on a budget has never been simpler than with this sale. Take a look a at few of the unique sale invitations below:

 

Admit One Invitation

cheap Invitations

 

African American Bride on Gift Invitation

cheap Invitations

 

Beach Bucket Die-Cut Invitation

cheap Invitations

 

Blonde Classic Country Bride Invitation

cheap Invitations

 

Celebrate Multi Invitation

cheap Invitations

 

Whether you’re looking for an excuse to throw a one-of-a-kind party, or you have a date already set for your soiree, these inexpensive invitations will surely go a long way. It’s not only ordinary invitations however that we’re featuring in this gargantuan sale. We also have a ton of extremely popular cheap bridal shower invitations, too! Gather up your girlfriends and celebrate in style with these unique invitation collections.

Or perhaps you’re looking to start planning for your upcoming baby shower! You don’t need to spend an arm-and-a-leg on invitations in order to get this party started. We feature a large arrangement of cheap baby shower invitations so that you can save some money for when your bundle of joy arrives. Have a peek at some of the invites below:

 

Cupcakes Boy Invitation

cheap baby shower Invitation

 

African American Pink Baby Belly Baby Shower Invitation

cheap Baby Shower Invitation

 

Baby Girl Basket Die-Cut Invitation

cheap baby shower Invitation

 

Blue Baby Shower Sweets Table Invitation

cheap Baby Shower Invitation

 

Blue Classic Couple Baby Shower Invitation

cheap Baby Shower Invitation

 

You may be thinking, but what about the stationery? It isn’t just cheap invitations that we’re featuring in our BIG CLEARANCE SALE. We also have a large array of cheap stationery for sale, too! From thank you cards to card inserts, we’re clearing out some of our most popular items at 45% off. That means extreme savings for you. The best part is, nobody needs to rifle through clearance bins or racks to get these big savings. All you need to do is choose what you’d like, and check out. The discounts will be applied automatically. Boom, it’s that simple.

You may need to act fast, though. Many of the clearance items that we have might be running low on inventory! If so, you’ll see a low-inventory warning on the product page.

Have we got you excited enough yet?! If not, then here are a few more clearance beauties for you to get this party-planning started…

 

Sombrero Invitation

cheap Invitations

 

Snake Invitation

cheap Invitations

 

Skeletons and Spooktails Invitation

cheap Invitations

 

Sixteen Dress Form Invitation

cheap Invitations
First Birthday Cupcake Boy Die Cut Invitation

cheap Invitations

 

Hope to see you at the sale. Happy shopping, everyone!

Our Memorial Day Weekend Sale is Here!

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Memorial Day Weekend is upon us! Barbecues, family time, and an extra day off work for most. However, there is another HUGE part of Memorial Day that many people reap the rewards of—the sales! Businesses around the country unleash some of the best in their coupon arsenal, and Polka Dot Design is happily part of the club. This Memorial Day, we have some of the biggest savings on our invitations and personalized stationery. The coupon code we’re offering will provide you with a discount of 25% off your entire order. 25%!!! Simply use the code MEMORIAL2016 at checkout to apply the discount.

This coupon code comes just in time for one of the most celebrated holidays yet—The 4th of July. Plan to grill out with the family, watch fireworks with friends, or throw the most epic pool party of the year. Our personalized 4th of July party invitations feature one-of-a-kind designs and a variety of themes. Like the backyard BBQ, or crawfish boil theme that so many seem to love.

Check out a few of our favorites from the collection.

 

Crawfish Gleam Invitation

4th of July Invitations

 

 

Backyard BBQ Invitation

4th of July Party Invitation

 

Backyard Grill Invitation

4th of July Party Invitation

 

BBQ Grill Die-Cut Invitation

4th of July Party Invitation

 

Candy Buffet Blue Invitation

4th of July party Invitation

 

Hot Dog Invitation

4th of July Party Invitation

 

Or maybe you’re skipping the cookout this year, or you’d rather simply make the party more about the holiday and less about the food. If that’s the case, then we have an incredible selection of patriotic invitations for you to choose from. American flags, fireworks, and more!

 

Red White and Blue Confetti Invitation

4th of July Party Invitation

Ship Shape Patriotic Party Invitation

4th of July Party Invitation

 

July Flag Party Invitation

4th of July Party Invitation

 

Fireworks Invitation

4th of July party Invitation

 

Flag Invitation

4th of July Party Invitation

 

Maybe you’re looking to celebrate a birthday party around the same time as this popular holiday. Don’t worry, we have you covered with the perfect birthday party invitations. You can still follow the trends of Fourth of July invitations but they’ll be more birthday-party-specific in the details. How, you ask? By personalizing the text inside the invitation however you’d like. Each invitation that we carry can be completely customized as you need. Swap out the “BBQ Picnic” text with a “We’re Celebrating a Birthday” message. It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s fun.

 

Patriotic Pennant Invitation

4th of July party Invitation

 

Patriotic Plaid Photo Card

4th of July Party Invitation

 

Patriotic Party Flags Invitation

4th of July Party Invitation

 

Patriotic Party Invitation

4th of July Party Invitation

 

The good news is that you can use this Memorial Day coupon code for ANY order with Polka Dot Design. It’s doesn’t need to be 4th of July party-related, although it’s a great reason to start planning a holiday extravaganza! Again, simply type in MEMORIAL2016 in the coupon code box at checkout to apply a 25% discount to your order. It’s that easy!

And as always, wishing you a safe and happy holiday from everyone here at Polka Dot Design.

 

 

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