Odd Balls Invitations New Releases

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It’s Fridayyyyy, and with that wonderful news, we also can offer you some even better news. Odd Balls just released NEW invitations! Officially debuting the new collection at the National Stationery Show this week, Odd Balls has been a brand that with every release of the latest designs, we get EXCITED! There aren’t many brands that can match the elegance and delightful creativity the way Odd Balls can.

Established in 1992, the Odd Balls brand is one of the leading purveyors of stationery, invitations and cards. Each invitation, or piece of stationery, features unique watercolor designs and scene-specific illustrations. Odd Balls is specific in the way they cater to each and every holiday, which is why we are so thrilled to announce this new release of invitations. With beautiful floral elements, and seasonally-inspired drawings, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the new Odd Balls’ Invitations just as easily as we have here at Polka Dot Design.

Take an exclusive sneak peek at some of the new designs from Odd Balls.

 

As Dreamed

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Berries and Dahlia

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Cinnamon and Apples

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Leaving the World Behind

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Ladies Lunch

Odd Balls Invitations

 

OJ and Bubbly

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Oysters

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Twin Terracotta

Odd Balls Invitations

 

The reason we love Odd Balls so much, and are so proud to carry the brand, is because they truly offer a bit of something for everyone. You won’t find a generic message, or conventional design anywhere. Their invitations and stationery are one-of-a-kind, and even pave the way for party themes you may not have considered. Like the Oyster-roast engagement party above, who would’ve thought?!

These Odd Balls’ newest releases will surely brighten up your day, here’s a few more for you to browse.

 

Bronze Wreath

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Mop Ring and Rattle Blue

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Silver Swag

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Just by looking at the new releases, I’m ready to plan a party, whether necessary or not! Odd Balls delivers with each and every invitation collection they come up with. This time around, you don’t need to travel to the National Stationery Show to view the beauty of their latest creations. We have them right here for you to indulge in. Keep in mind that with every invitation from Odd Balls, you can personalize it exactly to your liking. Either you can leave them blank, or customize them as you need, from the font type to the ink color. No matter what you need, Odd Balls designs have you covered. Here are some more if we haven’t convinced you yet how much this collection rocks!

 

Bird Feeder

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Chinese Indigo

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Little Gem and Boll

Odd Balls Invitation

 

Table Awaiting

Odd Balls Invitations

 

Summer Party Ideas

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Summer is right around the corner, which means the time for summer parties is nigh. That’s right, the summer season brings about warmer temperatures, longer nights, and of course, memorable weekend parties. Polka Dot Design is gearing up for our biggest summer season yet, with our always-incredible collection of summer party invitations. But wait, maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s start at the beginning with what type of party you’re looking to throw!

There are a variety of different themes and ideas when it comes to planning the right party. If you’re not looking for just a conventional, run-of-the-mill gathering, then maybe these party ideas will start to get your creative juices flowing. Take a look at a few of these summer party ideas…

 

The Ever-Popular Pool Party

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard oasis with a pool, then maybe throwing a pool extravaganza is the way to go. Or even so, you don’t need to have a pool to throw a beach or lakeside soiree for your neighbors and friends. Our pool party invitations are festive and entertaining, no matter the demographic of your invitees. Whether it’s a few of your children’s friends for a wet and wild day, or maybe some girlfriends for a spritzer and a soak, we have you covered no matter which direction your pool party is planned for. Have a glance at a few of our favorites.

 

99 Cents Pool Party Invitation

Pool Party Invitations

 

Beach Ball Pool Party Invitation

Pool Party Invitation

 

Breezy Palm Tree Invitation

Pool Party Invitation

 

Fiesta Party

Another great summer theme idea is throwing an authentic fiesta! Picture: guacamole, tacos, margaritas, and colorful lights, what more could you need? Throwing a Mexican fiesta is a cinch and it all starts with your fiesta invitations. We have a few whimsical invitations that are sure to get your invitees in the spirit of celebration. Take a peek for yourself.

 

Fiesta Couple Invitation

Fiesta Invitation

 

Fiesta Flag Banner Invitation

Fiesta Invitation

 

Fiesta Cactus Invitation

Fiesta Cactus Invitation

 

Cookout Party

Or maybe you’re looking to throw a good old fashioned cookout! With the days getting longer, and the drinks getting colder, it’s time to throw some food on the grill and gather up your neighbors for a BBQ. Our cookout invitations are ever-popular and carry the theme throughout. Whether you’re grilling with the guys, or inviting family over on a Sunday, we have you covered.

 

Kissing Pigs BBQ Invitation

Cookout Invitation

 

Apron Invitation

Cookout Invitation

 

BBQ Grill Die-Cut Invitation

Cookout Invitation

 

Chuck Wagon Invitation

Cookout Invitation

 

There you have it! Some of our most popular summer party ideas to get your started planning. Browse through the rest of our themes and invitations and start getting inspired. It’s time to make sure this upcoming summer is your best yet, and Polka Dot Design is here to help you every step of the way.

How to Plan a Baby Shower

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So you’re looking to plan a baby shower…how exciting! Perhaps you have some knowledge already tucked away but need a refresher, or maybe you’re a newbie looking for where to start! Regardless of where you sit on the Professional Baby Planner spectrum, we’re here to help. While normally we pride ourselves on being your go-to source for baby shower invitations, we’ve decided to take it a step further and help you plan the perfect shower. Let’s start at the beginning with the first step….

Step 1) Choose a Theme

Sometimes the theme is the most important part of the baby shower. Choosing the right theme can make or break your planning process. Why? Because choosing an obscure, somewhat difficult theme will make finding invitations, decorations, and more a real pain. Keep it simple, but something that speaks to the guest of honor, or perhaps speaks to who they hope their child to be.

Step 2) Set A Budget and Create A Guest List

These two go hand-in-hand because how many people you choose to invite to your shower will directly influence the budget. By keeping a guest list small, the budget is lower. Inviting everyone from college and their mothers will make the budget explode. But once you set these two….you’re able to…

Step 3) Choose a Venue

While some women choose to keep in conventional in a home or backyard, some women like to have a baby shower brunch and find a worthwhile restaurant. Setting the budget also directly reflects in where you choose to celebrate. If you’re keeping things on the inexpensive side, then an intimate setting may be required where no venue fees are associated. Keep in mind, too, the venue might not be where you want to splurge the most!

Step 4) Pick the Right Baby Shower Invite

Feel free to use Polka Dot Design for this step because really, our collection of invitations can’t be matched. We have some of the most popular gender neutral baby shower invitations to the most intricately designed onesie baby shower invitations. Have a look at some of our favorites:

Baby Shower Umbrellas

Baby Shower invitations

 

Baby Shower Animals Lime

Baby Shower Invitations

 

Baby Shower Words Pink

Baby Shower Invitations

 

Pattern Cutie Onesie Invitation

Baby Shower Invitations

 

Beautiful Bassinet Green Invitation

Baby Shower Invitations

As you can see, we have a huge selection of unisex baby shower invitations, in case you’re waiting to find out the gender of your bundle of joy.

Step 5) Plan the Menu

Almost as important as the baby shower invitations are the food options! Make sure the food meshes with what the guest of honor wants, after all it is her day. This maybe where you want to splurge the most. Consider serving mini portions or a few different foods in order to make it easier for guests to manage eating, drinking, and also taking part in the festivities!

Step 6) Games and Party Favors

Games are what make the day unique and memorable, while the favors are a special way to remind the guests that you appreciate their attendance. There are a few popular baby games that people play at shower, like guessing the inches of the guest of honor’s belly or drinking wine from a baby bottle! There are so many different types of games that will surely make the day a blast. You can tie those games, along with the party favors, into the chosen theme!

There you have it! A few easy steps to planning a baby shower…do you feel more prepared? At least we’ve started you on the right track, not to mention given you some adorable baby shower invites to choose from. Happy planning!

How to Write a Thank You Note

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Thank you notes are such a wonderful way to express your gratitude and send words directly from the heart. While some people tend to rely solely on technology as a thank-you-note-substitute, there’s still nothing like receiving a custom thank you card acknowledging your generosity. Try to think back to a time when you received personalized thank you cards in the mail. It was heartwarming, right? To know that somebody took the time to think of you, or an act of service or present that you bestowed upon them, and wanted to return the favor in a genuine way. That is why we cannot let the art of thank you cards die. It brings people together!

For some, though, it’s the actual writing of the card that is the trickiest part. How to write a thank you note can overwhelm some to the point of just scrapping the idea altogether. This is where Polka Dot Design comes in to play. Not only do we have a substantial collection of personalized stationery to choose from when selecting the perfect thank you note, but we also share some of our greatest tips in how to properly write one. Let’s start with the first step, acknowledging when to send a thank you note.

Au Contraire Note Card

Thank you Card

 

Answer: Always. Hah! That was easy. But in all honesty, there is never a wrong time to send a thank you card. If you feel compelled to thank someone, then you should. When you receive a gift, whenever someone helps you either personally or professionally, when you establish a new professional contact, send a thank you note! Let’s move on to step two: choosing the right thank you note to send.

Here at Polka Dot Design, we have a ton of different types of thank you cards. From custom baby thank you cards, to graduation thank you notes. We cover the gamut of occasions, because thank you notes are always prevalent! Take a look at a few of our favorites to get a feel for what we carry.

 

Baby Banner Note Card

Thank you Note

 

Argyle Folded Notecard

Thank You Card

 

Baby Shower Umbrella Shower Note Card

Thank You Card

 

There are so many other different occasions for a thank you note, it’s important to find the right design for you.

Next, let’s talk about the inside of the card. Handwriting a message certainly adds a bit of elegance that some situations require. Grab a pen and start writing. Normally, it’s best to address the person “Dear _____” then follow that with “Thank you so much for ______________”. If it’s a gift you received, mention how much you enjoyed the gift and how you plan to use it. If it’s an opportunity you had, then say “Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the sales manager position”. Or maybe some friends had you over for dinner. In that case, say something along the lines of “Thank you so much for the beautiful dinner party you hosted”. These types of messages are direct, but also heartfelt.

The next step in writing the perfect thank you card, is ending the card properly. What’s a proper way to end a thank you card, you ask? It involves continuing the connection you have with that person. This could be something along the lines of acknowledging the next time you will see them, or inviting them to your own function. Facilitating a connection or bond is also a main component of why thank you cards are so important.

Finally, the signature. Sign off in a friendly, pleasant manner. It’ll leave the recipient feeling appreciated and cared for.

 

Bird Tribal Thank You Card

Thank You Card

 

So there you have it. A few great ways to guide you through your thank you note process. Don’t let the anxiety of choosing the right card, or writing it out stop you from acknowledging those who care about you. If ever you get stuck, you can always rely on Polka Dot Design to help you through.

 

Graduation Party Invitations

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The time is fast approaching where friends and family are finishing the completion of huge milestones in their lives—graduation. Whether it’s your nephew in college, or your daughter from Kindergarten, graduating is a momentous occasion and deserves proper recognition in a fun and lighthearted way. Here at Polka Dot Design, we have always been fans of the art of celebration, which is why we have such an extensive collection of invites and stationery to choose from. Celebrating with the right graduation party invitations is easy than you think, and we’re here to show you why. Take a look at some of our best graduation invitations and start the party planning process today.

 

Confetti Glitter Grad Invitation

Graduation Party Invitations

Flying Grad Caps Gray Invitation

Flying Grad Caps Gray Invitation

Fiesta Grad Invitation

Graduation Party Invitation

Books Invitation

Graduation Party Invitation

 

No matter the type of party or celebration, we have invitations for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for a set of graduation announcements, or you’re ready to invite your family and friends for an extra special day of fun, our invites and cards run of the gamut of what our customers need. Our graduation photo cards for example are always a huge hit between the littlest one graduating pre-school, to your teen saying farewell to their senior year. When you design the photo card, you’re paring your graduate in a stellar photo, with a fun, decorative invite that best represents their personality.

Have a peak and see for yourself.

 

Pink Chevron Dots Grad Photo Card

Graduation Party Invitation

 

Blue Hats Off To You Grad Photo Card

Graduation Photo Cards

 

B+W Plaid Grad Photo Card

Graduation Photo Card

 

Banner Year Photo Card

Graduation Photo Card

The grad photo cards also add a bit more personality into the mix when you’re sending out invites or announcements. Another great way we’ve found for your graduate to announce their huge achievement is with their very own personalized stationery. Our stationery ranges from thank you cards, to folding note cards, to notepads. Whether it’s a graduation gift, or how they will spread the word about their big day, personalized stationery is always a major hit with the family. Have a glimpse into some of our favorites from our collection.

 

Chevron Pink Folded Note Card

Personalized Stationery

 

A Big Hello Flat Note Card

Personalized Stationery

 

Act of Kindness Slab Pad

Personalized Stationery

 

Whatever it is you decide on through Polka Dot Design, make sure you take the design process a step further and personalize it. Add a bit of your own character with each photo card you send, or piece of stationery your mail, by customizing your order to suit your needs. You can choose the font, color scheme, and wording however you’d like. Once you’ve taken a look through our graduation party invitations, we guarantee you’ll walk away with something you absolutely love. We carry such an array of choices in terms of stationery, personalization options, and design that you will surely find something that represents the best of who you are. The good news is, we’ll be there with you every step of the way.

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