Family Photo Ideas

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s almost time to start sending out your family cards. With that said, many different families like to take their annual holiday card and add a unique, creative photo! Family photo ideas are hard to come by, especially when you’re looking for something that’ll make you and your family truly stand out. Gone are the days when matching sweaters were all you need. It’s time to transform those holiday cards into something special, and here are a few ideas to help make that a reality.

 

Making it an Outdoor Affair

Everyone loves a good family card in an outdoor setting. But before you bust out the snow boots and snap some photos in December, try to plan a bit ahead of time. If you take the family photos outside in fall, not only can you feature some beautiful autumn decor, but you can also create the perfect setting for a few thanksgiving photo cards as well! An outdoor setting can create a truly magical atmosphere for any and all holidays.

 

A Themed Extravaganza

The best thing about family photo cards is that they don’t need to be traditional. The rules are, there are no rules. You can get as creative or as festive as you’d like. These family party invitations are truly intended to be representative of who your family is and what they are all about. So whether you’re a family that bonds over football, or have a shared love of superheroes, regardless of what you’re into, you can showcase it proudly for all your friends and relatives.

 

Involving the Family Pet

Never included Fido in your Christmas photo cards? Not to worry. This year is the year where your precious pet will make their debut. Take a family photo and including your pet is a great way to shake things up this year. Many families have even made their family pet the primary focus of their family photo, which can be quite charming.

 

An Everyday Occasion

The thing about family photos that most people forget, is that they don’t need to be entirely staged. You don’t need to sit around a fireplace and smile in order to capture the essence of your family. To be honest, I can’t recall knowing any families that really sit around the fireplace in matching sweaters. Some of the best family photos come from everyday life. If you hire a photographer, have them capture your life in a normal setting—playing catch outside, BBQing on the patio, watching a movie with some popcorn. Showcasing your normal life is sometimes much more appealing to your family and friends and gives them a glimpse into your day-to-day living.

 

Throw in Some Photoshop

Some families have been getting extremely creative for their family photos. Whether they’re celebrating the new year with New Year’s photo cards or sending out a family reunion invitation, they opt for a more whimsical approach and pepper in some Photoshop to make it truly stand out. Your family photos can be fun and original, especially if you can add some creativity to the editing process.

 

Here are just a few family photo ideas for you to get your creativity stirred. Regardless of the avenue you choose this holiday, rest assured that Polka Dot Design is your go-to source for all family photo card invitations. Feel free to share with us a few ideas of your own!

Meet One of the Writers from Polka Dot Design: Marisa Roman

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By now, you may be wondering a little bit about the author of these fabulously entertaining posts on the Polka Dot Design blog, right? Who the heck is this wordsmith genius?! Today we uncover the woman behind the curtain, and it’s none other than a wandering nomad who gave up her conventional lifestyle to live and travel in an RV full-time. How about that for an intro?

Officially, it’s been over a year since I gave up my nine-to-five job in South Florida to pursue a more non-conventional lifestyle. After doing things the “right way” my entire life—college, graduate school, career, etc…I realized quickly that something was missing. I wasn’t being fulfilled the way I ought to have been, especially since I checked everything off my goals list rather quickly. It took a few conversations with my girlfriend Vanessa, for us to realize that neither of us were particularly happy in our lives. From the outside, things seemed great. We had each other, well-paying careers, a beautiful bungalow by the beach, our health, and our little pet family. Yet, we couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something missing. We weren’t happy sitting in traffic 12+ hours a week. We weren’t happy paying $1350 in rent for a home we were barely in because we were always at work. We weren’t happy working harder to pay for things we really didn’t need. We weren’t happy with this conventional life that we were raised thinking was the key to happiness.

So, we took matters into our own hands. Together, we figured out what was missing: exploration, travel, new experiences, fewer bills and responsibilities, and true quality time together. Within a few months, we had quit our jobs, sold our belongings, and bought an RV we aptly dubbed Maude. Thus began the adventure of a lifetime.

As I mentioned earlier, we’ve been traveling full-time now for over a year. It’s been such a wild experience, discovering parts of this country we never knew existed. Some of the views and scenic vistas we explore are truly breathtaking. Here are a few shots from this past year.

Oftentimes, we’re asked how the heck we pay bills on the road? We pick up odd jobs here and there in order to gain new experiences and see what the country has to offer. Some work we’ve picked up in the past year includes Austin City Limits Festival, Sundance Film Festival, working on a farm/homestead in Tennessee, and Formula 1 to name a few. However, since I’m a writer by trade, it’s gigs like this one at Polka Dot Design, that allow me to live the life I dreamed, and propel my travels even further. What a difference it makes waking up in the morning and knowing you’re in complete control of your life, your decisions, and your direction. That thing that I mentioned earlier that I felt was always missing…no longer exists.

Is it sometimes tough living in 171-sq-feet of space with two humans and five animals? You bet. But I wouldn’t trade our little wandering home and our traveling troupe for anything else in the world.

If you feel like following along on the adventure with us, then head on over to our website: The Roamans Blog

Or follow us on Instagram: @the_roamans

5 Reasons To Throw a Corporate or Company Christmas Party

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A lot of employees seem to dread the annual company holiday party. It normally happens at the end of the year, and most people are burned out, stressed because of the holidays, and not looking forward to schmoozing with coworkers that they see every dang day. However, when you throw the right type of company Christmas party, employees seem to respond better and actually have a good time. If you’re thinking about ditching the corporate Christmas party this year, DON’T! We’re here to tell you that there are quite a few reasons to throw that annual soiree, and here are some of the best.

 

 

1. Saying Thank You

In the famed words of mega-mogul Richard Branson, “The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.” By throwing a company party, you’re ultimately saying thank you to your employees. Not only do you make them feel special and recognized for all their hard work, but it also allows for a chance for your team to bond more than they would do in a normal office-type setting.

 
2. Interact with Clients

Hosting an annual Christmas party is a great way to invite clients, both prospective and tried-and-true, and show them what your company has to offer. Interacting with clients in a more relaxed, fun setting is a great way to show them that you and your team can cut loose, but still represent them the way they need.

 


3. Allow Your Team to Blow Off Steam

Blowing off steam is crucial, especially at the end of the year. The month of December is like closing a chapter, and it’s a great way to allow your team to relax and appreciate all of their accomplishments throughout the year. Most company holiday parties have drinks, dinner, and dancing, which means the whole team can unwind, and not have work, or goals, or numbers in the back of their minds. Blow off some steam before you hit another work year running.

 
4. End of the Year Tax Write-Off

You may need to do a bit more researching through specific IRS rules about writing off entertainment expenses, but many companies are able to use their holiday party as a write-off for the next year. In fact, workers can even bring their spouses or significant others and the event will still be a complete business write-off for the hosting boss. You don’t need to fret over the cost of the party, because it could benefit your budget and your employees in the same regard.

 


5. Boosting Company Morale

Holiday parties have been known to boost company morale, especially when you provide a more relaxed, simple, yet engaging atmosphere. Hosting a dinner at a restaurant in town, or renting out a space for a dance party/open bar will help your team cut loose and enjoy themselves. Happy employees turn out to be efficient and productive employees, so keeping their morale high, and allowing them to decompress together, will help you in the long run.

These are only a few reasons why you should throw a company holiday party, but there are loads more to peruse. Regardless of what reason sways you the most, you can always find the right company holiday party invitations here at Polka Dot Design.

Halloween Party Menu

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With one of the most fun and exciting holidays coming up, it’s time to start the planning process and unveil the ultimate Halloween party menu for you and your guests. Halloween is such an amazing holiday, perfect for the whole family, it’s always an enjoyable time for many. Here at Polka Dot Design, we want you to make every Halloween special, which is why we have the silliest and spookiest selection of Halloween party ideas around. But first, we have to start at the most important step in the party planning process—the invitations.

Choosing the Right Halloween Invitation

The theme for most Halloween parties is more of a scary vibe. After all, what better time of year to send out the spookiest, scariest invites around? However, there also are a few other themes you can follow. For example, if you’re throwing a Halloween party for kids, then perhaps you need a more whimsical, lighthearted invite. Or, if it’s a Halloween event, rather than a party, then maybe you’d be interested in a contemporary autumn-inspired invite. Regardless of your needs, and your theme choice, we have the Halloween Invitations for you. Here are a few of our favorites for you to get inspired.

 

Black Cat Halloween Invitation

Black Cat Halloween Invitation

 

Banner Gate Halloween Invitation

Banner Gate Halloween Invitation

 

Halloween Spiders Invitation

Halloween Spiders Invitation

 

Hally Ween Invitation

Hally Ween Invitation

 

Black Jack Invitation

Black Jack Invitation

 

Blue Hearts and Crossbones Invitation

Blue Hearts and Crossbones Invitation

 

Boo Bash Invitation

Boo Bash Invitation

 

Picking the Perfect Costume

Next to the invitations, one of the most integral parts in throwing a fantastically memorable Halloween party, are the costumes. Gone are the days when you can throw a sheet over your outfit and yell “Boo!”. Coming up with a creative, clever, out-of-the-ordinary costume is something most people can only hope for. Take a look at some unique, memorable costumes for you and your kids this Halloween season from our friends at HalloweenCostumes.com.

 

Women’s Voodoo Doll Costume

Womens Plus Size Voodoo Doll Costume

 

Man in a Gorilla Cage Costume

Man in a Gorilla Cage Costume

 

Child Burlap Doll Costume

Child Burlap Voodoo Doll Costume

 

Ferris Bueller Costume

Ferris Bueller Costume

 

Kids Dinosaur Costume

Kids Dinosaur Costume

 

Day of the Dead Costume

Women's Day of the Dead Costume

 

Planning the Perfect Menu

There is SO much you can do for a Halloween menu—so many incredible ideas and fun food items that will allow you to get creative and crafty. You don’t have to go all-out and create a four course menu, but instead can have a lot of enjoyment with planning a few unique hor d’oeuvres that will be filled with Halloween spirit. Also, there are so many different recipes for clever cocktails, you can really spend some time planning a menu that is all encompassing for your haunted party. Take a look at a few menu option ideas to get your gears rolling. Click on the photos below to find the recipes in entirety.

 

Halloween Jalapeno Mummies

Jalapeño Popper Mummies - a Halloween Food Craft on Frugal Coupon Living plus…:

 

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

26 Pinteresting Halloween Food Ideas To Pin on Your Pinterest Board | Easyday:

 

White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

BOO! 23 Creepy, Creative Halloween Party Foods. Bread coffin dip is a cute idea.:

 

Graveyard Taco Dip

Graveyard Taco Dip Recipe from Chickabug. Seven layer dip with fewer layers & tortilla tombstones.:

 

Caramel Apple Sangria

Caramel Apple Sangria - a delicious combination of your favorite flavors for fall in one delicious drink! #recipe:

 

Pumpkin Seed Horchata

You don't have to wait until winter to sip on homemade horchata. This pumpkin and cinnamon concoction is perfect for October 31. Get the recipe at Slim Pickin's Kitchen »

 

Let Loose with Decorations

Halloween decorations really make the entire party and fill out your whole theme. You don’t need to spend an arm-and-a-leg (no pun intended) on crazy animations and fog machines. In fact, you can easily do simple, minimal decorations that will create the exact haunted atmosphere you need. To be honest, you may already have quite a few of these items already in your house just waiting to be turned into something spooky! Take a look at a few decoration ideas we’ve come across.

 

Haunted Floating Candles

"Harry potter" Soaring candles tutorial / делаем парящие свечи: Магия праздника: 50 классных идей для вечеринки в стиле Гарри Поттера - Ярмарка Мастеров - ручная работа, handmade:

 

Spooky Halloween Door

You can decorate your door with Jack Skellington's face for Halloween with this easy DIY project.:

 

Scaling Skeletons

Halloween decorations with skeletons climbing up the side of the house. Genius!:

 

Candy Corn Candles

Einfache und schnelle Halloween Dekoration mit Süßem und Kerzen / Easy Halloween Decor Ideas with candy corn and candles:

 

Light Up Containers

Fun and cheap Halloween decorations | Spirit Jugs from eighteen25:

 

Hopefully we have been helpful in planning the ultimate Halloween party. Happy Halloween, everyone!

 

First Day of Fall

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Attention, attention! We have big news here from Polka Dot Design. Okay, maybe not our news, but it’s great news to share. The first day of fall officially begins on September 22nd, and that is enough reason to celebrate. This means you can start planning fall activities for kids, fall decorating ideas, a killer Halloween party, or even just seasonal celebration. The humidity will start disappearing and the cool, crisp air will begin to roll in and you can start your autumn planning festivities. Take a look at a few of the best reasons to celebrate this upcoming fall season.

 

Halloween Parties Galore

Halloween is the perfect time to gather up your friends and family and throw a spooktacular celebration. But before you can start mulling over Halloween Party Ideas, it all begins with the most important part—the invitations. Here at Polka Dot Design we have a ton of Halloween invitations perfect for any and all occasions. Whether it’s a gathering of your child’s friends for some festive Halloween party activities, or a scary adult party filled with haunted hor’doeuvres and chilling cocktails, you’re in for a treat with these fun invites. Browse our Halloween fall party invitations and choose one that represents your holiday spirit perfectly.

 

Cocktail Eyeball Invitation

Cocktail Eyeball Invitation

 

Creepy Cobweb Invitation

Creepy Cobweb Invitation

 

Costumes and Cocktails Invitation

Costumes and Cocktails Invitation

Frightfully Delightful Invitation

Frightfully Delightful Invitation

 

Halloween Chalkboard Invitation

Halloween Chalkboard Invitation

 

Classic Candy Corn Invitation

Classic Candy Corn Invitation

 

Thanksgiving Party Ideas

If you’re in the middle of a search for party invitations, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Polka Dot Design, we pride ourselves on being the best in show when it comes to invites, stationery, and the like. But the most popular items that we carry all are in the realm of holiday festivities. Especially, our Thanksgiving party invites. You know in advance that Thanksgiving is a holiday which gathers together your family and loved ones each year, so why not craft a new invite this year to welcome everyone into your home. Take a look at some of our favorite Thanksgiving inspired invites.

 

Double Rounded Leaves Fall Invite

Double Rounded Leaves Fall Invite

 

Double Rounded Turkey Invitation

Double Rounded Turkey Invitation

 

Thanksgiving Door Invitation

Thanksgiving Door Invitation

 

Autumn Cutlery Invitation

Autumn Cutlery Invitation

 

Fall Party Invitations

But remember, you really don’t need a holiday to find a reason to celebrate. The first day of fall is reason enough to get together with friends and bring in the new season. Whether you set up a night with the girls to tackle some fall crafts, or you invite the neighbors over for a backyard bonfire, the first day of autumn holds so much possibility for fun. Our selection of personalized fall party invitations is so extensive that we cover any and all autumn celebratory occasions. Allowing you to celebrate every season with purpose and pride, is important to us. So we take the guesswork out of invitations so that you can focus on the rest. Here’s a glimpse at some of our favorite fall party invites.

 

Autumn Pumpkin Invitation

Autumn Pumpkin Invitation

 

Finally Fall Invitation

Finally Fall Invitation

 

Fall Yard Invitation

Fall Yard Invitation

Mark your calendars for the first day of fall this week!

 

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