What Every Bride Needs to Know About Choosing Pre-Wedding Party Invitations

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Planning a wedding is tough work. It not only includes the infinite tasks of “the big day” but also the pre-wedding festivities that have the tendency to bog you down. There are so many different pre-wedding items, To-Dos, and random things to check off your list, at times you may think that you’ll never even see the day where you can happily walk down the aisle. But we’re here to tell you that planning the pre-wedding parties does not have to be as stressful as it can be. With just a little bit of help, a lot of preparation, and some killer organizational tips, you’ll be checking things off left and right, with some of your sanity left to spare. Here is a great place to start for the pre-wedding soirees—the party invitations.

Italian Meal Invitation

First, Figure Out the Pre-Wedding Parties You Want

You don’t need to celebrate them all. I know this may be disappointing to some and a relief to others, but you do not need to partake in every pre-wedding party there is, especially if you don’t have friends or family taking the planning process off your plate. Sure, you may want to indulge in this special time a little bit longer with an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner and the like, but you can always trim down the festivities to necessity. Remember, this is your day and just because convention suggests it, you don’t need to partake if it’s not your thing.


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Choosing the Right Pre-Wedding Invitations

Phew. Now that that’s out of the way, you’ve finally whittled down your pre-wedding parties. It’s important to keep in mind that each party may need a pre-wedding invitation to accompany it. But! Before you have a melt down, you’ve come to the right place. Choosing the right pre-wedding invitations does not need to be a daunting task. In fact, browsing a few bridal shower invitations or bachelorette party invitations can be just the thing you need in order to get your wheels turning. From there you’ll be able to navigate through different theme ideas, color schemes, and overall decor you’ll need to dress up the party the way you want. From themed parties, to more classic luncheon-style affairs, you can browse through the invitations until you land on a few that really speak your language.


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Dare to Be Different

There is no reason why you can’t stray a bit from the conventional pre-wedding party norms and think outside the box. Your engagement party invitations don’t necessarily need to exude elegance in order to please your mother-in-law. Heck, if you want a Mexican Fiesta party filled with watermelon margaritas and fresh-made guacamole, more power to you! One of the greatest parts about choosing a pre-wedding party invitation is that there are SO many different options to choose from, you can let a little bit of your personality shine through. Feel like hosting a pre-wedding lingerie party as a bridal shower? Guess what, they have invitations for that, too.


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Remember, The Invitations Set the Tone

A lot of couples don’t recognize that the invitations really can set the tone for the entire pre-wedding party. But also, you want to remember that these party invitations can be a great way to showcase your creativity and a little bit of your personalities as well. Many couples opt for the calligraphy-based invites, which are all well and good. But maybe you want to think outside the box a bit and find an invitation that features more of who you are and what your relationship means. Get creative, and remember that these invitations end up becoming mementos for many of the invitees! Make it memorable.



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

Fourth of July Invitation


BBQ Party Invitation

Fourth of July Invitation


Backyard Grill Invitation

Fourth of July Invitation


BBQ Grill Die-Cut Invitation

Fourth of July Invitation


Hot Dog Invitation

Fourth of July Invitation



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

Pool Party Invitation


Pineapple and Bright Graphics Party Invitation

Pool Party Invitation


99 Cents Pool Part Invitation

Pool Party Invitation


Breezy Palm Tree Invitation

Pool Party Invitation


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.



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