Polka dots are fun and whimsical, making them a great general theme for a birthday party. You can incorporate the dots into almost every aspect of the party planning. With a little creativity, your birthday party fun will be spot on.
Start by getting dotty with the party invitations. Cut out lots of circles in different sizes and colors. Write one piece of party information on each circle. For example, write the date on one circle, time on another and location on a third. Glue the polka dots together to create a cluster of dots to form the invitation.
Another idea is to make one large polka dot for the party information. Tie a polka dot ribbon in a bow at the top of the circle.
How do you decorate for this party theme? With lots of polka dots of course. Cut out lots of circles from poster board. Choose a few main colors as the party color scheme. Hang the polka dots on the wall. You can also hang some of the dots from the ceiling.
Use round objects to make three-dimensional polka dots for the party area. Paper lanterns are a good example of colorful party decorations that work for the polka dot theme. You can also use round balloons with polka dots printed on them.
Cut smaller circles to make a birthday banner. Tie the circles together in a long row using polka dot ribbon. Write a birthday message on the banner.
Think round when you plan party activities for the polka dot theme. Many kids’ activities involve round objects. Examples include ring toss, marbles, hula hoops and anything involving balls. Use these items as general activities for the polka dot party.
Crafts also work well for a polka dot theme. Get round sponges or stamps and paint. Let the kids stamp the circles onto paper or another item. For example, get each child a t-shirt and let her stamp polka dots on it with fabric paint. Or get cheap flower pots for the guests so they can make polka dots on them. Pompoms are another round craft material that work well for craft projects. Let the kids glue the pompoms together to make their own creations.
Another way to incorporate circles into the activities is to let the kids decorate cupcakes or round cookies. Offer up round decorations, such as M&Ms, round sprinkles or blueberries. The kids frost the cupcakes or cookies and top them with the edible polka dots.
For an active game, cut out several polka dots from poster board. Put them on the floor. The kids race across the room but must jump from dot to dot. Make it a relay race. Or play a different version of musical chairs. Have one less polka dot than players. Have the kids dance around while music plays. When it stops, the kids run to a polka dot. The child who doesn’t get her own polka dot is out.