Pops of Polka Dots Soiree Inspiration

You know those days, where you just see something and it’s just lovely? It’s bright and cheery, and just brings a smile to your face when you see it? Maybe it’s a bunch of fresh flowers. Or maybe it’s a decadent dessert in a bakery window. There’s something special other there for everyone, custom tailored to make that person’s day.

For me, something that brings a huge smile to my face is my inspiration boards. I always love making them, and I am especially fond of the ones that instill an extra sense of happiness when looking at them, even on an unconscious level. There’s just something about this week’s idea board that sparks that in me, and I hope it has that effect on you too.

This week, I wanted to create a bright, cheery board sure to brighten up your day, and hopefully your guest’s days too. This theme can be used for a wedding or gala, a fundraiser, milestone anniversary party, or toned down to be a baby shower or luncheon color theme.

The touches of polka dots really help add the fun to this black and white inspiration board with those accents in yellow. Here’s what I had in mind:

Pops of Polka Dots Soiree Inspiration

Pops of Polka Dots Soiree Inspiration

See where all of the images in this week’s inspiration board were found for more details on each of them:

Black and White Polka Dot Cake – created by Eva Salazar and shared on The Cake Blog

Black and White Polka Dot Cake – created by Eva Salazar and shared on The Cake Blog

Black and White Polka Dot Cake – created by Eva Salazar and shared on The Cake Blog

Printable Black on White Polka Dot Place Cards – created and sold by ThePoshEvent on Etsy

Printable Black on White Polka Dot Place Cards – created and sold by ThePoshEvent on Etsy

Printable Black on White Polka Dot Place Cards – created and sold by ThePoshEvent on Etsy

Black and Yellow Polka Dot and Stripe Paper Straws – made and sold by OutsidetheBoxPapers on Etsy

Black and Yellow Polka Dot and Stripe Paper Straws – made and sold by OutsidetheBoxPapers on Etsy

Black and Yellow Polka Dot and Stripe Paper Straws – made and sold by OutsidetheBoxPapers on Etsy

Black, Yellow and White Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post on Celebrations at Home

Black, Yellow and White Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post on Celebrations at Home

Black, Yellow and White Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post on Celebrations at Home

Polka Dot Invitations – created and sold by ThePaperProposal on Etsy

Polka Dot Invitations – created and sold by ThePaperProposal on Etsy

Polka Dot Invitations – created and sold by ThePaperProposal on Etsy

Yellow Bicycle Cocktail – Recipe shared on Chowhound

Yellow Bicycle Cocktail – Recipe shared on Chowhound

Yellow Bicycle Cocktail – Recipe shared on Chowhound

Yellow and Black with Mirror Party Food Buffet Station – shared on Hosting Essence

Yellow and Black with Mirror Party Food Buffet Station – shared on Hosting Essence

Yellow and Black with Mirror Party Food Buffet Station – shared on Hosting Essence

Do you love seeing that bright hue of yellow pop with polka dots as much as me?

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Vibrant Summer Birthday Party Idea for Her

It’s later in the day – the sun is still shining. The guests are starting to arrive, and the music is the background to great conversation. The drinks are cold and the aromas of sensational food are sifting through the air. The mood is light and upbeat, with the sun shining in through the windows. A bottle of champagne is popped and the toasts for the guest of honor start.

That’s the sort of mood I’m envisioning for this week’s inspiration board. I really want something bright. Something up beat. Something high energy with a relaxed undertone. Here’s what I had in mind:

Vibrant Summer Birthday Party Idea for Her

Vibrant Summer Birthday Party Idea for Her

Be sure to see where I found all of the images in this week’s idea board:

Turquoise and Floral Cake – share by Le Dolci Cupcakes and Cakes on ModWedding

Turquoise and Floral Cake – share by Le Dolci Cupcakes and Cakes on ModWedding

Turquoise and Floral Cake – share by Le Dolci Cupcakes and Cakes on ModWedding

Pink Gladiolus Flowers and Lime Centerpiece – shared on Hostess With the Mostess

Pink Gladiolus Flowers and Lime Centerpiece – shared on Hostess With the Mostess

Pink Gladiolus Flowers and Lime Centerpiece – shared on Hostess With the Mostess

Colorful Tablescape with Gold Accents – shared on Oh Joy Blog

Colorful Tablescape with Gold Accents – shared on Oh Joy Blog

Colorful Tablescape with Gold Accents – shared on Oh Joy Blog

Vibrant Balloon and Tassel Décor – shared on Bash, Please

Vibrant Balloon and Tassel Décor – shared on Bash, Please

Vibrant Balloon and Tassel Décor – shared on Bash, Please

Vegetarian Light Blue Frosted Cookie Recipe – shared by ShugarySweets

Vegetarian Light Blue Frosted Cookie Recipe – shared by ShugarySweets

Vegetarian Light Blue Frosted Cookie Recipe – shared by ShugarySweets

Lemoncello Cocktail Recipe – shared by A Communal Table

Lemoncello Cocktail Recipe – shared by A Communal Table

Lemoncello Cocktail Recipe – shared by A Communal Table

Raspberry Sorbet – recipe shared by Crème de la Crumb

Raspberry Sorbet – recipe shared by Crème de la Crumb

Raspberry Sorbet – recipe shared by Crème de la Crumb

Gold and White Polka Dots Party Favor Box – made by Gracefuleventfavors on Etsy

Gold and White Polka Dots Party Favor Box – made by Gracefuleventfavors on Etsy

Gold and White Polka Dots Party Favor Box – made by Gracefuleventfavors on Etsy

I think this would be a perfect color scheme for a woman’s birthday party this summer, but how else could you see this theme working for? Maybe a bridal shower? A wedding?

Lingerie Shower in Mint and Gold

Breathe in……breath out!

I always find a nice big breath of fresh air to be so relaxing. And there is something so refreshing and relaxing about mint and gold. That combination is always so fresh to me. This week I used that color combo as the inspiration for this lingerie bridal shower. I love the accents of chevrons and cleverly used polka dots. Here’s what I had in mind:

Lingerie Shower in Mint and Gold

Lingerie Shower in Mint and Gold

See where I found all of these inspirational images:

Watercolor Mint Green and Gold Lingerie Shower Invitation Printable – made by posypaperprintables on Etsy

Watercolor Mint Green and Gold Lingerie Shower Invitation Printable – made by posypaperprintables on Etsy

Watercolor Mint Green and Gold Lingerie Shower Invitation Printable – made by posypaperprintables on Etsy

Gold Chevron and Polka Dot Party Labels Set – made by ModParty on Etsy

Gold Chevron and Polka Dot Party Labels Set – made by ModParty on Etsy

Gold Chevron and Polka Dot Party Labels Set – made by ModParty on Etsy

Mint and Gold Glitter Edible Lollipop Favors – made by SmashCandies on Etsy

Mint and Gold Glitter Edible Lollipop Favors – made by SmashCandies on Etsy

Mint and Gold Glitter Edible Lollipop Favors – made by SmashCandies on Etsy

Mint and Gold Circle Garland – made by FunkyFrillsUK on Etsy

Mint and Gold Circle Garland – made by FunkyFrillsUK on Etsy

Mint and Gold Circle Garland – made by FunkyFrillsUK on Etsy

Custom Gold Glitter Cupcake Toppers in Mint and Coral Monogramed – made by WhenItRainsShop on Etsy

Custom Gold Glitter Cupcake Toppers in Mint and Coral Monogramed – made by WhenItRainsShop on Etsy

Custom Gold Glitter Cupcake Toppers in Mint and Coral Monogramed – made by WhenItRainsShop on Etsy

Printable DIY Pennant Banner in Mint Green, Gold and White Polka Dots – made by Sprinkled Design on Ets

Printable DIY Pennant Banner in Mint Green, Gold and White Polka Dots – made by Sprinkled Design on Ets

Printable DIY Pennant Banner in Mint Green, Gold and White Polka Dots – made by Sprinkled Design on Etsy

French Macaroon Cookies in the “Baby Boy Trio” – made by SplendidSweetShoppe on Etsy

French Macaroon Cookies in the “Baby Boy Trio” – made by SplendidSweetShoppe on Etsy

French Macaroon Cookies in the “Baby Boy Trio” – made by SplendidSweetShoppe on Etsy

Mint and Gold Table Setting – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Mint and Gold Table Setting – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Mint and Gold Table Setting – shared on 100 Layer Cake

What other events or occasions do you love to see the mint and gold combination used in?

Navy, Polka Dot and Pearl Wedding

Picture this: It’s the end of summer. You are at a lakeside country club; the sun is getting ready to set for the evening. The “I Dos” are said near a rustic dock, which is perfect for pictures after.  Your favorite vintage car is sitting out front, ready for your grand exit later that evening.

After the ceremony you walk into the banquet room at the country club and see pearly white and polka dot accents throughout the room, and a band is already playing in the background.

I’ve got a retro-y throw back wedding in mind for this event. Retro, but modern. I was trying to capture a little bit of the fifties feeling with this week’s inspiration board. A modern pearl finish cake, a little bit of pearly decorations with some polka dots thrown in for accents.

Possibly my most favorite part of this wedding would be the end. Well not the end of it, but towards the end of the reception. I LOVE the after dinner cordials bar. Set up with the right liquors, fresh hot coffee and hot chocolate, and those chocolate mint stirring sticks everyone loves. How could you not enjoy that?  Anyways, less talking more pictures! I give you this week’s design board:

Navy, Polka Dot and Peal Wedding

Navy, Polka Dot and Peal Wedding

Check out the awesome places these pictures came from:

Navy and White Polka Dot Cupcake Flags – by Bbond0520 on Etsy

Navy and Peach Confetti Wedding Invitation Package – by Love Love Me Do Designs on Etsy

Navy Blue Polka Dot Napkins – by ME2Designs on Etsy

Polka Dot Navy Table Runner by Plumfield Shop on Etsy

DIY Pearl and Candle Centerpiece – seen on this pin

Baby’s Breath and Pearl White Centerpieces – seen on this pin

Navy Chair Sashes – seen on this pin here, shared by Lindsey Pantaleo Photography

Pearl Polka Dot Wedding cake – seen on this pin

Coffee & Cordials Station – shared by Crystal Ballroom NJ on this pin

What do you think about using polka dots at weddings?