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A Polka Dot Party
One of the things I love about first birthday parties is that you can choose a very basic theme, and then be as creative as you want with it.
Since it’s mostly a chance for the parents to celebrate, you don’t need a lot of really elaborate activities — just a few fun details and tasty food!
A polka dot party has been on my mind lately because not only is it a really popular pattern right now, but the bright colors and shape are perfect to catch your baby’s eye.
I’ve collected some of my favorite ideas for throwing a simple polka dot party for your favorite one-year-old. Click through to check them out:
Puff Ball Garland
This is so darling (and easy to make) that I think I’d leave it up year round.
Polka Dot Balloons
Filling these balloons with colorful polka dots makes even a plain balloon extra special.
DIY Confetti Tablecloth
This is the perfect table covering for a polka dot party. Or any time you are feeling festive.
Polka Dot Backdrop
Those strips of candy buttons make a perfect and festive backdrop for photos. And afterward you can eat them!
DIY Party Hats
Make your own party hats for guests, whether they are printed with polka dots or topped off with a big fluffy polka dot (your dog is welcome to wear one too).
Printable Polka Dot Flags
This free printable is perfect for making cupcake toppers or wrapping around straws.
Painted Polka Dot Balloons
No need to hunt down polka-dot balloons. You can make your own with these easy tutorial.
Polka Dot Streamers
These fun streamers are made of paper and are easy to customize to whatever color scheme you’ve chosen.
Polka Dot Cookies
These cookies can be served alone, on a stick for favors, or pressed into cupcakes or a cake. So versatile.
How fun and happy are these treats? I know a certain toddler at my house who would go WILD for these.
M&M cookies are my very favorite and this makes a perfect addition to a polka-dot themed spread (or you could just do a bowl of M&Ms).
Polka Dot Pizzas
These individual pizzas are perfect! Not only are they delicious, but they’re easy for eating with one-hand.
Polka Dot Cake
This cake is a showstopper. Not only can you decorate the outside with polka dots, but when you slice into it, it’s filled with bright polka dot cake-balls. Amazing!
Polka Dot Minnie Mouse Bib
If there is going to be a smash cake, there’d better be a bib too! This Minnie one is perfect.
Polka Dot Oreo Pops
These Oreo pops are perfect for sending home with people or sticking in the top of a cupcake.