Polka dots have long been a popular pattern for clothing, toys and furniture. This means there are plenty of way to incorporate polka dots into your party invitations, decorations, favors and party games. Read on for our “spot on” polka dot party ideas!
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What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to Polka Dot party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Polka Dot party:
- Round rugs
- Hula hoops
- Bounce balls
- Round serving bowls
- A ring toss game
- Decorative tissue globes
- A pinata
Ask your guests to gather around for a polka dot party with creative theme-related invitations. You can choose our personalized polka dot invitations or use one of the following ideas to create your own.
- Use a round hole punch to make your own confetti. Punch holes in a variety of colored construction paper and then sprinkle some in the envelope with your invite.
- Print out copies of our Birthday Connect-the-Dots coloring page then include one with each invitation. Once the dots are connected, a birthday cake will be revealed!
- Attach your invitation to a disc launcher with colorful ribbon.
- Cut a large circle out of construction paper and then write the following rhyme on the front. You can write your party details on the back of the circle.
Come gather ’round for a polka dot day,You’ll spot yummy food and find games to play.
We’ll all see spots by the time the day’s through,
Kerry’s having a party and would love to see you!
It’s easy to decorate for a polka dot party using items you already have lying around the house. Look for round things in your kitchen and think about how you can incorporate them into the party. Here are some more ideas.
- In addition to solid color balloons, decorate with polka dot balloons. You can tie them together in bunches or let them float around the room freely.
- Use small round rugs to create an entryway from your front door to the party area. If you don’t have rugs, cut large pieces of construction paper into circles and tape them to the floor.
- Cut 12-inch circles out of cotton fabric and then write a guest’s name in puffy paint on each circle. If you have a sewing machine, you can hem the edges of the fabric. Use the fabric circles as placemats during the party. You guests can take them home as favors too. If you don’t have time to make your own, consider our personalized polka dot placemats.
- Cut photos of your child into the shape of circles. You can make a round photo for every year of your child’s life and then write above the photo “connect the dots to my 7th birthday” or whatever age your birthday child is turning. This could be a nice arrangement to display on the wall.
- When it’s time to eat, arrange smaller tables into the shape of a circle instead of using one large table. Ask everyone to “circle around” for food!
- Place hula hoops around the room for your guests to use.
- Make your own confetti using a single hole punch and bright colored construction paper. Then, scatter the confetti around the party table.
- Ask your guests to wear polka dots to the party. Have some extra polka dot shirts or scarves in case one of your guests doesn’t have anything to wear.
Serve nothing but round food at your polka dot party! Here some tasty suggestions that will add to the ambience.
- Serve round fruit in round bowls. Some examples are apples, oranges, cherries and grapes. Alternatively you can serve fruit skewers with cantaloupe and honeydew melon balls.
- For a snack serve round crackers with cheese and salami. You can slice the cheese into circles using a cookie cutter.
- Make macaroni using wheel shaped noodles.
- Serve pizza bagels with or without pepperoni.
- Serve hamburgers or round hot dog slices. Draw a ring of ketchup and a ring of mustard on the plate and then place two round pickles next to the burger or hot dog slices.
- Some round junk food ideas are cheese balls, M&Ms, Skittles, Nilla Wafers, Oreo cookies and round pretzels.
- For dessert you can serve round cookies, cupcakes or donuts.
Polka Dot Cupcake Idea
Even the way you present your cupcakes can impress your guests. Here’s an idea that will complement your polka dot theme.
- Choose a dominant color for your polka dot theme such as pink.
- Bake enough cupcakes for all of your guests. If you’d like, you can use our chocolate cake or yellow cake recipes for the batter.
- Frost half of the cupcakes with chocolate or vanilla frosting.
- Frost the other half of the cupcakes in pink (or another color of your choosing).
- Arrange the cupcakes on a large rectangular platter alternating the two colors. This will create a polka dot platter of cupcakes once you arrange several rows.
- If you’d like, you can top the cupcakes with another round treat such as a Nilla Wafer, M&Ms or a cherry.
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests with spot on party favors! To find a large variety of Polka Dot party favors, visit our Bright Dot party page and click the “Party Favors” tab or the “More Fun Stuff” tab. Some of the favors we have include:
- Punch balloons
- Hi bounce balls
- Polka dot pens
- Swirl pops and candy necklaces
- Shaped rubber bands
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
Use the links below to quickly find related theme party supplies, planning tips, printable checklists, and advice from our party planning experts.
- Polka Dot Party Supplies: Includes paperware, invitations, personalized items, favors, and decorations for your party theme.
- Polka Dot Personalized Items: Check out our exclusive personalized items including invitations, bookmarks, stickers, and more!
- Party Planning 101: Our useful party planning guide includes cake ideas, party etiquette tips, a printable guest list, and much more.
- Birthday Party Decorating Ideas: This guide will tell you how to decorate for your party theme, what to do with balloons and streamers, how to decorate with food, how to set the table, and how to make your own party decorations.
- Parties Under $100: Use this guide to celebrate in style without breaking the bank!
- Party Budget Estimator: Download this guide to help budget your expenses.
- More Birthday Theme Ideas: Browse our list of over 130 themed party guides to find tips for your child’s next birthday! Each guide includes ideas for invitations, decorations, food, favors, games and more.
Games and Activities
This activity is free to print out and can be used as a party activity or favor.
Use brownie mix to make delicious polka dot cookies!
Children can use their imagination to create their own pompom animals.
Teach your guests how to play an official game of marbles. They can even keep the marbles they win!
Be the first team to pass a hula hoop down the line while holding hands.
This activity uses up excess energy, and is a lot of fun, too!
Players will race to fill their team’s bowl with cotton balls.
Fill the air with bubbles in different shapes and sizes.