How to Throw a Great Holiday Cocktail Party

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Throwing a stellar cocktail party is surely no easy task. For those who have attempted it already, we applaud you, you brave souls. And for those of you who are looking to host a beautiful, memorable, one-of-a-kind holiday cocktail party this year, all you need are a few quick tips. And guess what? We’ve got them all right here.


First things first—the drinks. 

You can’t throw a holiday cocktail party without drinks, right? So, the best place to start is with the cocktails themselves. You have some options in selecting which tasty beverages you’re going to carefully curate your entire party around, so no pressure. Obviously you can throw a mish-mash of cocktails in the mix and just have your guests bring their own bottles and mixers, but really, what fun is that? The best part about a holiday cocktail party is that there are holiday-specific cocktails! If you’re looking for a few killer cocktail recipes, then Pinterest is an incredible resource. Check out a few of these insanely tasty cocktail recipes and start creating your own cocktail menu!


Christmas Sangria

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The North Pole

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The Lit Reindeer

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The Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

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Choose the right holiday cocktail party invitations.

Lucky for you, we have some of the best cocktail party invitations in the business. Once you have your cocktail menu squared away, it’s time to start sending out holiday invites. You can choose to keep your gathering small, or make it a big to-do. Regardless, sending out the invitations is the best way to know who is coming, who can’t make it, and who will be on your naughty list until your next cocktail party. Take a look at a few of our favorite holiday cocktail party invitations.


Toasty Santa Invitation

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Celebrate Champagne Invitation

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Christmas Cocktail Invitation

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Cherry Liquor Invitation

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Cocktail Time Invitation

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Cocktail Napkin Holiday Invitation

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Snacks are just as important as the cocktails.

If you’re serving up a slew of alcoholic beverages, then food will be extremely important to help keep your guests in check. After all, nobody wants to throw a party where everyone feels like garbage the next day. Snacks are a great way to keep things simple, while also making sure all your guests are fed. Trays of appetizers, or a big table with snacks will help keep stomachs filled and guests happy. In fact, you can even look up which Hors D’oeuvres pair well with your cocktail menu!


Choose the ultimate cocktail party music.

With mobile apps like Spotify, Pandora, or Apple music, you can personally curate your own sounds to fit the theme or dream of your perfect cocktail party. Creating a music playlist for your party will alleviate any stress that accompanies dead silence, or even that dreaded song you know is secretly stuffed in the depths of your library that will pop on if you simply rely on shuffle. Avoid yourself any embarrassment when The Little Mermaid Soundtrack comes on, and choose your cocktail party playlist ahead of time. Take a listen to this example below by clicking on the photo.

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Throwing a great cocktail party doesn’t need to be stressful, nor break the bank. With a few tips and tricks and some careful planning, you’ll be on your way to an incredibly memorable gathering with friends and loved ones.

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How to Make Christmas Party Invitations

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It is almost that time of year, which means holiday shopping, gift giving, spirited celebration, and the gathering of family and friends. While normally we show off our incredible collection of Christmas party invitations for you to browse and fall in love with, this year we’re taking a test drive on the more creative side of the road. How to make Christmas party invitations is something that most people aspire to learn, because they want their holiday party invitations to have that special, more personalized touch. If you are looking for a quick transition, then maybe our blank Christmas party invitations are a good start. Otherwise, take a look at these few tips on how to make your own Christmas party invitations.


Add you own Personal Touch

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Making your own invitations starts with adding your own personal touch. Whether it’s through the graphics you choose, the colors and designs you prefer, or even the handwritten note inside, this is what adds the personalized feel to your invitations. Some people that are more artistically inclined hand-draw their own holiday art onto the cards. While that may not be the majority of us, there is always stenciling, tracing, and calligraphy!


It’s All in the Details

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Making party invitations doesn’t have to be a stressful, painstaking process. If you just add a few holiday details to your invites, that may make all the difference. Add a bow, or create a mini Christmas tree wreath, the possibilities are endless. But truly the details are what will make your invite as special as it can be.


Jazz Up the Envelope

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Oftentimes, people overlook how important the envelope is. It’s the first thing that your guests and invitees will see! Jazzing up the envelope and making it unique and creative is a great way to leave a first impression. For example, lining the envelope with holiday spirit is a popular way to incorporate creativity and joy. Even if you’re sending out more professional corporate holiday party invites, you can add flair and fun to the envelope, without taking away from the invitations itself.


Get Creative

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It’s always fun when you are creating kids winter party invitations to get extra creative and have fun with it. This is your chance to not take things too seriously, and make the process exciting and lighthearted. From making folded paper tree invitations, to stenciling your own designs, get creative and make it a special invite that you’re proud to send.


Focus on the Wording

From cookie swap invitations to Christmas tea party invitations, the proper wording inside the invite is a crucial step. If you are looking for a more whimsical and festive way to make your own invitations stand out, then focusing on the wording is important. Whether you add a few poetic stanzas about the holidays, or personalize each one to the invitee, you don’t need to be a wordsmith to make your invites special.

Where to Order Christmas Cards

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It is officially that time of year, folks. Holiday cards should be sent out in order to provide joy and happiness to all your family and friends across the globe. If you were looking for where to order Christmas cards and stumbled upon us, then you’ve absolutely landed at the right place. Here at Polka Dot Design we have thousands of designs and styles for you to choose from this holiday season. No matter your needs, regardless of the occasion, we have holiday cards galore, and guarantee you won’t leave empty-handed. Take a look at the beautiful holiday cards we carry and cross a few things off your winter checklist in one fell swoop.


Christmas Photo Cards

One of the more popular reasons to be perusing the holiday cards is to send out Christmas greeting cards to family and friends. Maybe you don’t keep in touch too often, or schedules have gotten so busy that catching up is hard. There is no need to fret. Sending out Christmas photo cards is the perfect way to keep loved ones in the loop on your life. Not only will you find joy in sending out these holiday photo cards, but imagine the looks of love and light on the faces of your friends and family when they receive a memorable holiday photo worth holding onto.


Dreaming of a White Christmas Photo Card

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Abstract Wreath Photo Card

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Holiday Jolly Ole St. Nick Photo Card

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New Year’s Photo Cards

Another reason many people send out holiday cards is in honor of the new year! New Year’s photo cards are a great way to pay respect to the past year of your life while looking forward to the year ahead. People love receiving correspondence in the mail, so why not make it something that will tug at their heartstrings this holiday season? Browse our collection of New Year’s cards, whether it be a friendly reminder that you’re thinking of someone, or an invite to an end-of-the-year celebration.


A Bit of Bubbly Gold Photo Card

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A Magical Year Photo Card

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Hanukkah Photo Cards

We also carry a wide variety of festive Hanukkah cards as well! Turn this holiday season into one your family will never forget. Here at Polka Dot Design we honor both tradition and culture with our more classic Hanukkah cards. But we also carry a more modern design idea as well, like our Hanukkah photo cards! Show your loved ones how your family is growing by the inch with our wonderfully joyous photo card collection.


Blue Hanukkah Chalkboard Photo Card

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Blue Hanukkah Stars Photo Card

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No matter what the occasion is, Polka Dot Design is here to help you every step of the way. Whether it is Christmas cards, Hanukkah cards, New Year’s invitations, or more. Allow us to be your one-stop-holiday-card-shop this time of year, and we promise to make your season merry and bright.

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How to Make Your Own Tags for Gifts

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With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts and wrapping paper. For many people, wrapping gifts is an endeavor that takes time, patience, and loads of creativity. Adding a personalized touch to gift wrapping, like unique Christmas gift tags and custom gift wrapping paper, can really jazz up any package. While the option to purchase gift tags in a local store may seem appealing, going the extra mile and creating a customizable sticker instead, can make a huge difference for any occasion. Take a look at how you can make your own tags for gifts with just a few simple tips.


Create Your Own Design in Canva

With free design programs online, it’s fairly simple to get creative and create your own stickers or gift tags for holidays. Canva, for example, is a free tool online that allows you to use text, photos, designs, and templates to create unique and special content that can be shared with your loved ones. Turn whimsical ideas into printed stickers in no time.


Jolly Bars Photo Card

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Colorful Warm Holiday Wishes Photo Card

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Use Ideas from Pinterest

Pinterest has become an incredible tool for igniting creativity and sparking DIY projects all over the globe. You can create your own stickers with just a few How-To guides you find and have a one-of-a-kind project that your friends and families with love. Go the extra mile with these ideas and make your next gathering even more memorable.


Traditional Dot Tree Square Sticker

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Tagging around Square Sticker

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Red and Green Fun Stocking Squares Sticker

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Upload Your Own Design

You also can upload your own designs or photos with online resources and create unique personalized labels and photo cards. For example, here at Polka Dot Design we offer a wide variety of address labels and holiday cards which you can add your family photo to and make it completely unique to you. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can upload your family photo and make each piece of correspondence something everyone will enjoy receiving.


Christmas Memories Address Label

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Wishing You Joy Holiday Label

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Three Stockings Hung Rectangular Sticker

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There is no need to get stressed over the idea of making your own stickers or gift tags. The whole point of custom stickers and tags is to be a shared treasure each holiday season. Getting creative and crafty doesn’t mean you need to spend unnecessary time. With the variety of online tools available nowadays, plus Polka Dot Design here to help every step of the way, you can make your own stickers in just a few shorts minutes and keep them coming each and every holiday.

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How to Make Your Own Christmas Cards

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Get crafty and bring cheer this holiday season with our comprehensive guide how to make your own holiday cards. From family photo cards to creative D-I-Y cards that pop, we’ve got something for everyone.
Christmas photo cards are the gift that keeps on giving, one that friends and family are sure to remember. Whether you have a family of four or a family with four paws, capturing and sharing a moment of togetherness is a great way to bring joy to loved ones both near and far. Simply take your favorite photo and glue it to the inside of the card. Using scissors or a giant paper punch in your favorite shape, cut a hole in the front of the card to display the photo inside. Add a decorative border, ink stamps, and some written holiday wishes, and voila! Your very own D-I-Y family photo card!
Joyful Wishes Holiday Photo Card
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Horizontal Holiday Swag Photo Card
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Bright Christmas Lights Photo Card
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Have a knack for handdrawn crafts and entertaining? Why not use one of our holiday cocktail invitations as inspiration? Or perhaps you’re not the artistic type, but love a dash of bling. Take any one of our many holidays cards or invitations to the next level with glitter. A simple and effective way to draw attention to your card, even when displayed among others in a fireplace mantle lineup!
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Confetti Glitter Ornament Invitation
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Another great way to get your D-I-Y craft on is to share the creative fun with the kids! Using a blank card, some brown ink, and your fingertips, stamp the card cover with a few fingerprints and then let dry. Your child can use one or all fingers, or you can ask each family member to contribute one thumbprint each. Once smudge-proof, glue on googly eyes, a small red pom nose, and draw in some antlers and a smile. The kids will love working with their hands, and you’ll enjoy the memories for years to come!
What about some uber creative office holiday party invitations? Add a fun and hilarious personal touch by gluing an oversized picture of your boss’s head on a reindeer body! A definite crowd pleaser among the corporate workforce. Just be sure to get the A-OK from the ‘head honcho’ first.
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Cheers Martini Cocktail Invitation
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Polka Dot Design makes finding or creating the right card a cinch with our easy to search assortment of holiday greeting cards, party and event invitations, and celebratory announcements. No matter what the occasion, you are sure to find the right something for everyone! Browse our Christmas greeting cards today and start getting inspired.