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.

Kentucky Derby Invitations

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The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.

That’s what people call The Kentucky Derby. This monumental horse race held in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the top events in both socially and athletically, and draws crowds from around the world each and every year. But you don’t need to be in Kentucky to appreciate the excitement and allure of this horse race. You can simply throw your own Kentucky Derby Party! Here at Polka Dot Design, we want your Derby experience to be as enveloping as if you were in the stands. Don’t know where to start? Here is a step-by-step guide to throwing your own Kentucky Derby Party, including some of the best Kentucky Derby Invitations around.

Step One: Understand the Game

To truly throw a Derby party, you need to understand what the heck it’s all about! Impress your guests with fun facts about the historical race. Know your stuff way ahead of time and make the party as informative as it is entertaining!

Step Two: Kentucky Derby or Western Invitations

Amp up the enjoyment factor by sending out official invitations. Take a look at some of our most popular invites and stay ahead of the party-planning race.

Horse Race Invitation

 

Kentucky Derby Invitation

Chevron Derby Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitation

Mint Julep Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitation

Horse Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitation

 

Derby Clothing Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitation

 

Now that you have the Derby invitations covered, what’s next?

 

Step Three: Drinks & Food

Ahhh, the Mint Julep. The Kentucky Derby is one of the best reasons to learn how to make mint juleps. Impress your guests with some different modern twists on this classically-cultivated cocktail. As far as food is concerned, you can incorporate any Southern dishes into the mix: Kentucky hot browns, biscuits and gravy, pecan pie—the world is your culinary oyster.

Step Four: Dress Code

Nothing says Derby more than flowery or pastel ensembles. Don’t forget the floppy hats for gals! For guys, normally light light colored linens and bow-ties. As far as themed parties go, Kentucky Derby dress code should be strict, although the color scheme does allow flexibility for your guests.

Step Five: Decorations

Flowers, music, perhaps some horse-inspired regalia throughout. You can get as fun and festive as you please. Like the Kentucky Derby invitations above, you can have room to choose what fits best for both your personality and your party.

And there you have it! You’re ready to throw your very first Kentucky Derby Party. We’re so glad you allowed Polka Dot Design to help with what will be an exhilarating event for both you and your guests.

Kentucky Derby Invitations

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“The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”. That’s what people call The Kentucky Derby. It’s an exciting, high-octane horse race and easily one of the most popular spectator sports in the world. But if you can’t make it to Kentucky for this annual equestrian showdown, then maybe you should throw your own Derby party! We have everything you need to get your Kentucky Derby invitations crafted and curated for the upcoming festivities. Check it out.

 

Fast Filly Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitation

 

One of the more popular choices in Kentucky Derby Invitations is the Fast Filly by Odd Balls Invitations. The invite features the design of a determined jockey atop his steed, riding his way to victory. The text has a bit of an old-fashioned flare to it, while the watercolor design fits perfectly into the theme of the invitation.

 

Chevron Derby Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitation

 

If you’re thinking of going a bit more modern with your Kentucky Derby party invitations, then the Chevron Invitation is the right choice for you. The chevron design is sophisticated and chic, with a mix of both cursive and printed text. Many people choose this Derby invitation if they’re looking for a less-traditional vibe for their upcoming gathering.

 

Derby Clothing Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitation

 

Then you have the Derby Clothing Invitation which is a bit more whimsical approach to your Derby party invites. The watercolor designs features a variety of jockey clothing choices, filled with beautiful patterns and colors. It’s a more complex invitation as far as aesthetics, but really indicates the feel of a celebration.

 

Hat Stand Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitation

 

One of the main reasons people tune in to The Kentucky Derby is not because of the horse race, but actually for the fashion! Men and women both dress to the 9’s in their best Southern-inspired regalia. As shown in the Hat Stand Invitation above, wide-brimmed floppy hats do make a welcomed-appearance every year. For those looking for more fashion forward Derby party invitations, then this is the right choice for you.

 

Mint Julep Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitation

 

Other main components of The Kentucky Derby are the food and libations! Without these Southern-staples, your party may go awry. That’s why the Mint Julep Invitation showcases just what cocktails you’ll be creating during your celebration. It’s a lighthearted invitation, with complimentary colors, and a delicately crafted watercolor design.

 

Mare and Foal Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitation

 

Or perhaps you’re looking for The Kentucky Derby to be more of a themed event for a bigger occasion. Many people choose a Derby to represent a bigger event, like a baby shower! You can easily choose the Mare and Foal invite above as one of the best Kentucky Derby bridal shower invitations we carry. The watercolor portrait itself is adorable, showcasing a Mar and Foal grazing in a meadow. It’s the perfect invite to combine both the baby shower and Kentucky Derby celebrations into one!

No matter the occasion, we have the greatest Kentucky Derby party invitations around. Make sure you tune in this May, and watch the Derby festivities with all your closest friends and family. Cheers!

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