Calling All Guest Bloggers to Polka Dot Design!

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We’re sending out an S.O.S. for all bloggers looking to guest post on the Polka Dot Design Blog! We want to add some fresh voices and new, unique content for the Polka Dot Design community, and if you think you have what it takes, shoot us an email. Now, before you get excited that your technology blog will be a great fit and you’d love to guest blog about the advancements in robotics, we do have a few rules…

First, we want an organic fit. We want our guest blogger to write about something that fits within the scope of what Polka Dot Design is all about. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be an expert on party invitations in order to be considered. We want bloggers from all different areas of expertise that can bring something exciting and new to our blog community. Are you a food blogger who can create a recipe for our readers? Bring it on! We feature some pretty killer options for our followers to order recipe cards. Might as well have your recipe on it. Or maybe you’re a lifestyle blogger who happens to be blogging lately about a huge milestone. We’re talking about getting hitched or even having a baby! Perhaps reviewing our wedding invitations would be something that is of interest.

A few guidelines to keep in mind when submitting a guest post to Polka Dot Design:

  1. We’re looking for 750 words or more for your article. We love content and think the more words we have on a particular topic, the more our readers can sink their teeth into and learn.
  2. We prefer original content. This means that if it’s already been published on another website or outlet, we’re likely to pass. Make sure it’s original and unique!
  3. If you’re linking up to outside sources, we approve! There’s nothing wrong with a few links to outside websites. However, we will refrain from publishing any guest blog that contains affiliate links of any kind.
  4. Photos are encouraged. What would a guest blog be without a little eye candy? Just make sure that all graphics and photos used are not copyright protected in any way.
  5. Adding Content Upgrades is A-okay with us, but it is optional—not mandatory.

If you have any more questions or concerns about the guidelines, shoot us an email and we’d love to further clarify our needs. After all, we want your guest blog post to be the best it can be, so that the readers of Polka Dot Design can be wowed by the creative content and unique point of view that you provide.

We’d love to hear your ideas or pitches about a guest blogging opportunity with us. Simply send an email over to blog@PolkaDotDesign.com for more information. We’re open to any and all suggestions.

Can’t wait to read all of your ideas!

Polka Dot Design Gets a Makeover

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If you haven’t been to the home page of our website lately, then you probably missed out on a very exciting reveal! This week, Polka Dot Design received a maaaajor makeover to the front page, and boy, do we love it! Before we go on…have a peek for yourself…

Polka Dot Design <—— Click me!

So?! What do you think?! Are you as ecstatic as we are?!?!

Okay, I get it, you’re playing it cool, I gotcha. No worries. We can be outwardly excited for the both of us.

While our homepage received the change of a lifetime, everything else that you love about Polka Dot Design stayed the same. Our invitations are as creative and colorful as ever. Our stationery still hits the spot. And our theme party ideas are still as on point as before. Nothing has changed about how awesome Polka Dot Design is, or the fact that we are still as committed to serving our customers through every step of their shopping experience.

 

Meri Meri Partyware

 

Take a look at the latest in Meri Meri Party Supplies. This newly release collection of party plates, cups, and napkins features such unique artwork and colors, it’s hard to find these anywhere else. These aren’t your typical commercialized party settings. Each set is splashy and rich, it’ll surely make any friendly gathering even that much more enjoyable.

 

PSA Essentials Personalized Stamps and Embossers

 

We also have some new things in store as well. First and foremost, if you haven’t browsed the PSA Essentials Custom Stampers and Personalized Stationery, then it’s high time you did! There are so many different options for you to choose from in order to have your name created into a decorative custom stamp. Make sure all your correspondence has that personal flair each and every time. Not only can you choose a colorful stamp, but you can also sort through the holiday-specific stamps if you’re looking for something a bit more seasonal.

 

Odd Balls Invitations and Fine Stationery

 

And then of course we still have one of everyone’s favorite invite collection, Odd Balls Invitations. Each and every year Odd Balls wins over our customers with their unique fine art details and colorful watercolor designs. Our curated collection from Odd Balls features such a clever blend of holidays and special occasions, it’s hard not to find a celebration worth sending this type of invite out for.

And if life couldn’t get any better, we also have some more huge news!

Right now, you can save 30% off of all invitations with the coupon code FIREWORKS.

That’s right, in favor of the July 4th holiday, plus our website redesign, we’re giving our customers the deal to remember. Simply add the coupon code when you check out to receive the savings for your order. Talk about a win-win kind of day.

Happy shopping, everyone!

How to Celebrate July 4th

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From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the starting point for American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, outdoor concerts and more low-key family gatherings and barbecues. We’re here tell you that there’s no wrong way to celebrate the Fourth of July, and in fact have a few different ways that you can get the festivities going. We’ll start with the ever popular…

Fireworks Displays

 

No matter where you live in the country, there is guaranteed to be a local fireworks display for you and your family. Fireworks are normally performed very seldom throughout the year, so if you have a hankering for some bouts of color and dazzling displays of light, then this is the celebration for you. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and sit back to enjoy the spectacular that your town has to offer.

 

Backyard Barbecue

The Fourth of July is the perfect reason to send out some invitations gathering your friends and family and celebrating the holiday with delicious food and fun. All you need to do is snag an invitation that you love, send it out to your guest list, and throw some of your favorite foods onto the grill. It isn’t a summer party after all if you don’t have something charring on the BBQ. Start with the invitations—here are a few of our favorites to help you get going.

 

BBQ Party Invitation

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Backyard Grill Invitation

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Hot Dog Invitation

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Parades

Normally when your town has a fireworks extravaganza planned, they also have an accompanying celebration that involves live music and even a parade of some sort. A Fourth of July parade is the perfect way to bring the entire family and join the nation’s festivities. An easy way to find out if your town, or the surrounding towns is celebrating is by checking the local paper, or simply searching the internet for any festivals, parades, concerts, or the like. Guaranteed, somewhere close by there is a parade you can watch on July 4th.

 

Hang Some American Flags

You don’t need to necessarily go anywhere to show your patriotism this July 4th. All you need to do is hang an American Flag, either on your porch, your car, or even from your business. The American Flag is a symbol of freedom, valor, and justice. It deserves to fly without abandon this Fourth of July, so you might as well give it center stage to do so.

 

Get Crafty with the Kids

 

Fourth of July is great opportunity to gather the kids and get their creative juices flowing! Maybe you’re preparing to make mini American Flags to wave at the parade, or making some national-pride baked goods to showcase at your BBQ, let the kids help and get crafty! Head on over to the Polka Dot Design Pinterest Page and start getting inspired for what types of arts and crafts you and your kids can dive into.

So there you have it, a few ways that you can celebrate July 4th. We hope that you have a safe and happy holiday, from our family here at Polka Dot Design, to yours.

 

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

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Breezy Palm Tree Invitation

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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!

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