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  • Posted on September 17, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Black and gold are the perfect backdrop for adult Halloween parties. From cocktail and costume parties to themed dinner parties, the Spooktackularly Sophisticated Halloween party theme will bring the night to life.

    Spooktacularly Sophisticated Halloween Party Ideas: Black and Gold Decorations #BigDot #HappyDot

    A few key pieces created the perfect adult Halloween party. Spooktacularly Sophisticated triangle decoration kits are incredibly versatile and can be purposed in numerous was to fill your space. We used the kit at the candy buffet to create backdrop banners and a pennant banner for the front of the table. We also use a table decoration kit with confetti and shaped paper cut outs for all of our craft ideas.

    Spooktacularly Sophisticated Halloween Party Ideas: Black and Gold Decorations #BigDot #HappyDot

    Custom placemats, skull bottle toppers and cupcake wrappers made fang-tastic black and gold placesettings while black and white chevron tableware coordinated perfectly and brought the entire Halloween party theme to life.Spooktacularly Sophisticated Halloween Party Ideas: Black and Gold Decorations #BigDot #HappyDot

    Skulls and spiders, mixed with shimmery gold accents is what our Spooktaculary Sophisticated theme is all about. Start planning your costume party or cocktail hour now and you are sure to have an amazing Halloween event!

    Spooktacularly Sophisticated Halloween Party Ideas: Black and Gold Decorations #BigDot #HappyDot

     

    This post was posted in Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Holidays, Inspiration Board and was tagged with DIY Party Ideas, Holiday Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies, Everyday Party Ideas, Halloween Party Ideas

  • Posted on September 10, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Styling the perfect party may seem like a overwhelming job but finding a themed decorating kit will help take the pressure off of hand-crafting every.single.decoration. This triangle cut-out kit comes with 70 pieces that will easily fill your party space - and make you a Hostess Hero.

    With a few craft supplies (wooden skewers, tape & ribbon), this 70-piece party kit will add a little party pizzazz to your cake, candy buffet and walls. We offer this geometric decor kit in all of our popular themes, plus our concierge service will change any color to perfectly match your event. It doesn't get any easier!

    70-Piece Party Decoration Kit: DIY Party Craft Ideas

    Each 70-piece kit comes with:
    - 25 triangle banner pieces (3” X 4.5” folded)
    - 15 pennant triangle paper die cuts (6.25” X 5.25”)
    - 30 small triangle paper cut outs (2.25” X 2”)

    These 4 party styling tips will help you create similar party crafts for your baby shower or birthday party.

    Style Tip 1 | Cake garland banners are super fun and trendy right now - and they are crazy-easy to do. Simply attach some small triangles to a length of ribbon or party twine, stick two wooden skewers (found at your local big box store in the home goods section) into the cake, and tie the one end of the garland to each skewer.

    Style Tip 2 | This one is the easiest! Small triangles are the perfect size for table confetti. Scatter them along the buffet table or at the dining tables to add some color to your party. This kit comes with 30 small triangles so you are sure to have plenty for multiple tables.

    Style Tip 3 | A pennant banner is a party decoration that everyone will love! You can add the large triangles to a length of ribbon and tie them to the front of your candy buffet table. Or, you can simply tape them to the front of the table for super easy but fun, party decor.

    Style Tip 4 | Hanging decorations will fill your party space and dress up the walls. This party kit comes with 25 triangle banner pieces, perfectly suited for creating wall or ceiling hanging decorations, or to craft one long garland banner for behind your buffet table.

    Do you want to create your own geometric triangle party decorations? Start here >

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board, Tips and Tricks and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Party Planning Tips, Birthday Party Decorations, Candy Buffet Ideas, DIY Party Ideas, Monkey Boy Baby Shower Ideas

  • Posted on September 3, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Give Daddy-To-Be a barbecue man shower that is YOU-niquely him with these Daddy BABY-Q party color trends. You can easily plan the party menu - brats, burgers and craft brews will be enjoyed for sure. Then add a few salty snacks like popcorn and pretzels, and easy-to-eat cupcake treats. Top it all off with the perfect man shower party theme and some "DAD-vice Cards" for seasoned dads to offer up their best advice, and you will create a memorable man shower for Daddy-To-Be.

    Daddy BABY-Q Party Trends: Man Shower Decoration Ideas #BIGDOT #HappyDot

    1. Chevron Gray Plates // Gray Chevron plates and napkins will create the perfect backdrop for all of your themed party decorations. The bright blues and reds will pop off the table when you use this neutral tableware to anchor all of your barbecue placesettings.

    2. Navy Blue & White Balloons // Balloons are an easy and economical way to decorate your party space. Style your man shower with navy blue and white to make the party pop!

    3. Sunglasses Bottle Toppers // Party guests love to be surprised with unique party decorations, special treats or over-the-top party crafts. Sunglasses bottle toppers will fit beer, soda or water bottles so you can go above and beyond to create an impressive man shower beverage bar.

    4. Red Utensils // Finish off table placesettigs with red utensils to pull the entire man shower party theme together. The reds pop off the table when they are paired with the Gray Chevron partyware.

    Our Daddy BABY-Q party theme has the perfect red picnic pattern for any backyard barbecue. BUT if you want to style an extra-special event for Dad, you can use our Concierge Design Service to change the theme to his favorite team colors. Make the red a bright orange, or change Daddy's shirt from blue to green. Then switch out the red and blue party basics with the team colors to pull the whole event together. Whichever team is Daddy-To-Be's favorite, we can make this man shower theme represent! Best of all, our concierge design service is free! Learn about it here >

    Daddy BABY-Q Party Trends: Man Shower Decoration Ideas #BIGDOT #HappyDot

    Daddy BABY-Q man shower theme is available with three different daddy's but you can also use our Concierge Design Service to change the hair and skin tone to perfectly match your guest of honor.

    With our themed man shower party supplies and free design service, you are going to have an great grillin' and chillin' celebration!

    Daddy BABY-Q Party Trends: Man Shower Decoration Ideas #BIGDOT #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Man Showers and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Perfect Party Color Trends, Man Shower Ideas

  • Posted on August 27, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    The nearest science museum (1.5 hours away) had a traveling dinosaur exhibit and We.Were.Going. These monsters stomp around day in and day out. We talk about longnecks and sharp-tooths, what they eat, where they came from and where they went. Dinosaurs are alive and well in our house.

    On Saturday, I packed up the kiddo and The Hubbs and we were off. We stopped at McDonald's on the way there and that is where it all went downhill. That little flying fairy toy my child got in his lunch was the highlight of the day. It was all he talked about. Seriously kid - there is fascinating, awe-inspiring, older-than-dirt creatures right before your very eyes!

    Later at dinner, he looked at me and said "Mommy, I really loved seeing the dinosaurs today. That was awesome." My heart smiled - he loved it! Then, he turned to The Hubbs and in his sweet little voice "Right, Dad? That's what you told me to say."

    #MomMoment - We do our best to give our children everything. Sometimes, we should just get ourselves new shoes.

     

    I am sure the kiddo absorbed some of the fascinating info and our dinner conversations have certainly turned back toward the giant beasts that once roamed the earth - so it was totally worth it. I think a dinosaur birthday party is still at the top of his birthday party theme list!

    Shop the Dinosau Party Theme #BigDot #HappyDot

    What's your Mom Moment? Tell us below in the comments and it may be featured as one of our favorites.

    This post was posted in Birthday Parties, Mom Moments and was tagged with Dinosaur Party Ideas

  • Posted on August 20, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Are you ready for some football?!!? You are going to give the team a perfect play with these football party ideas. The fun end zone decorations mixed with black and white chevron is straight from our newest playbook and is sure to get your team ready to rally.

    Football Party Ideas and Decorations #BigDot #HappyDot

    Big Dot's Football Party Playbook

    Line of Scrimmage //  Set the tables to maximize your party supplies. Custom placemats make a great backdrop to each seat, top them off with a football plate, and a black and white chevron cup and napkin to add interested to each place. Then, draw a line down the center with our accordion-folded centerpiece. The custom centerpiece will get every guest's attention and make your party pop!

    Team Huddle // Your buffet table will look amazing when you group all of your End Zone Football party supplies together. Cover water bottles and sports drinks with personalized water bottle labels to hide unsightly branded bands. Then place football party favors and sweet treats on miniature stadium tiered stands for the full impact.

    Fair Catch // Party games don't get any easier than personalized scratch off cards. Place them at each table or give them away as guests arrive. Either way you choose, you are bound to have an excited winner - just be ready for the playoffs if you don't have enough prizes!

    Touchdown // This football party is a winner - and you will be coach of the year! With special touches like custom tags on popcorn bags, do it yourself decorations out of party circles and paper fans, and a mix and match style that brings the entire theme to life, this is a football party without a time-out.

    Football Party Ideas and Decorations #BigDot #HappyDot

    We love how versatile the End Zone Football party theme can be. Use it to celebrate the super fan and her newest team member with a fun football baby shower. Or honor your own little quarterback with a football birthday party.

    You can even pull together a fantastic team event with these football party supplies. Whether your are celebrating a big win or the end of the season, your team of all-stars will appreciate the extra effort put into making their season memorable.

    Football Party Ideas and Decorations #BigDot #HappyDot

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    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Chevron Party Supplies, Football Party Supplies

  • Posted on August 13, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Our partner site, WhenPoochComesToShove.com, styled an adorable pooch party using a few key Girl Puppy party supplies and our new dog-shaped cut outs. With creative puppy party ideas for both the people guests and puppy guests, this dog party is certainly YOU-nique.

    Puppy Party Favor Ideas: Shaped Cut Outs for Do It Yourself Party Favors #PoochPawty #BigDot

    See the do it yourself party favor tutorial below then dream up all the different way to use it at your puppy party. The party trainers at WhenPoochComesToShove.com used it on rawhide bones but it would be perfect on rock candy, candy sticks, bubble tubes - any party favor you plan on having at your puppy themed celebration!

    The set of 24 paper die cut shapes is perfect for all of your do it yourself party crafts. And after the party, they will make a great addition to your scrapbook pages of the celebration!

    Puppy Party Favor Ideas: Shaped Cut Outs for Do It Yourself Party Favors #PoochPawty #BigDot

    The Supply List:
    - Girl Puppy Shaped Cut Outs or any of our themed die cuts - go ahead and get crazy-creative!
    See them all here >
    - 1/8" Hole Punch - This is smaller than the standard size
    - Small Metal Brads - Also smaller than the traditional gold brads
    - Color-Coordinated Ribbon in 1/4" width
    - Puppy or People treats and party favors (Rawhides & bones for dogs; candy sticks & bubble tubes for kids)

    STEP 1 // With the hole punch, make two holes just beneath the puppy's chin and just inside of the pink border.

    STEP 2 // Push a small brad through a length of ribbon, right in the center. Fasten it off by spreading the tines on the back.

    STEP 3 // Thread each end of the ribbon through the two holes in the paper cut out, making sure the brad is in the center to resemble a dog tag.

    STEP 4 // Turn over and tie to your puppy or people treat. Trim the ends.

    STEP 5 // Display at your designated favor table. Remember to save any extra die cut shapes for your scrapbook pages!

    Puppy Party Favor Ideas: Shaped Cut Outs for Do It Yourself Party Favors #PoochPawty #BigDot

    Ribbon, a hole punch and some toothpicks is all that was need to create this adorable puppy themed table scape with the Puppy Girl Shaped Cut Outs. For the people guests, special red velvet cupcakes were topped off with a DIY puppy girl cupcake topper and wrapped in our fun Girl Puppy cupcake wrapper. Adding themed puppy tableware and making it pop with yellow chevron accents completed the look for a perfect party.

    Puppy Party Favor Ideas: Shaped Cut Outs for Do It Yourself Party Favors #PoochPawty #BigDot

    The pooches got treat bags topped off with die cut bones, their dressed-up rawhide and of course, a party hat. See more of the puppy celebration here >

    Shop Puppy Girl Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board, Tips and Tricks and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Party Planning Tips, Birthday Party Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Girl Puppy Party Ideas

  • Posted on August 6, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Hostess Hero Lynn styled this adorable shabby chic Cherry Blossom celebration for her daughter's first communion. Pairing pink cherry blossom party supplies with vintage vases and lace tablecloths created a table scape that was perfect for her little girl's special day.

    Cherry Blossom Decorations: First Communion Ideas #BigDot #HappyDot

    These 4 party styling tips will help you create a similar shabby chic celebration, whether it is for a first communion or a different type of party. The Cherry Blossom party theme is great for a baby shower, birthday party or bridal shower.

    Style Tip 1 | Choosing a party theme that has matching plates and napkins will make decorating that much easier. Hostess Hero Lynn placed Cherry Blossom themed party ware and utensils wrapped in themed napkins at the candy and cake buffet to make the entire theme come to life.

    Style Tip 2 | Custom stickers will make all of your party favors YOU-nique. With room for two lines of personalization, you can customize them with any text you wish. Hostess Hero Lynn paired the Little Miracle Girl sticker labels from our baptism party collection with her Cherry Blossom decorations. Even better, our concierge design service will change any color on any items, so your celebration will be perfectly matched or precisely mixed.

    Style Tip 3 | Easily decorate your dessert table - and save a little on the party budget - when you use themed cupcake wrappers. You can order a smaller, decorative cake as the centerpiece but make sure everyone gets a sweet treat by offering them a fun cupcake. Hostess Hero Lynn had an impressive cupcake stand with the perfectly themed cake at the top, then the coordinated Cherry Blossom cupcakes and wrappers below.

    Style Tip 4 | Finally, offering guests a party favor at the end of the celebration is a great way to say "thank you." Hostess Hero Lynn used Pink Strawberry Lollipops with the Little Miracle Girl sticker labels to create custom baptism party favors. This is a fun and easy do it yourself craft idea that anyone can do with the party's guest of honor.

    With a few more Cherry Blossom decorations, such as a custom garland banner and other DIY crafts, Lynn styled this fabulous shabby chic first communion.

    Do you want to create your own shabby chic Cherry Blossom event? Start here >

     

    This post was posted in Baptisms, Decorating Ideas, Real Parties and was tagged with Baptism Decorations, Real Parties, Cherry Blossom Party Ideas

  • Posted on July 30, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Party Decoration Ideas: Personalized Confetti Kits. Extra Large Party Circles are great craft supplies for all of your do-it-yourself party ideas.

    Extra large confetti kits are a versatile craft supply that is perfect for making easy party decorations. These party circle kits come with three different sizes of circles, two that are personalized, so you can let your imagination run wild when you are planning your baby shower party or birthday party. They also come in all of our Chevron theme colors so they will work for bridal showers, summer events, family reunions - any time you need a little extra pizzazz added to your party tables.

    Extra Large Table Confetti Decoration Kit - DIY ideas for party decorations #BigDot #HappyDot

    Table confetti decoration kits come with 27 Confetti Pieces:
    6 – 5.5” party circles with theme character
    9 – 4.25” party circles with personalization and theme character
    12 – 2.75” party circles with personalization

    1. YOU-nique Napkin Rings // Punch a hole in the top-center of the medium party circle and thread a ribbon or twine through it, ends back to front. Open your napkin once, and fold one end toward the center line, then fold it up back up (So the front is halved). Turn the napkin over and fold into thirds. Tie the party circle around, slip your utensils into the slot and place alongside your themed tableware.

    2. Cake Plate Garland Banner // Punch two holes in the top of a large circle and two medium party circles. Thread your ribbon or twine through them and tie off around your cake plate. Add more if you want the cake garland to go all the way around.

    3. Mini Cake Banner // Punch two holes in the top of a medium party circle and thread ribbon or twine through them. Tie off onto two kabob skewers that were inserted into the cake.

    4. Effortless Table Decorations // Extra Large Confetti Kits have many uses but the simplest is super adorable and adds a little unexpected touch to your party. Easily scatter the party circles the length of your table and you have a great table "runner" that is personalized.

    5. Fun Hanging Decorations // Punch one hole at the top of some party circles and one hole at the bottom. Tie together with twine or ribbon for a fun - and personalized - hanging decoration that will add a lot of interest and movement to your party backdrop. Make it really stand out with party tassels - you can learn how to make them HERE.

    Extra Large Table Confetti Decoration Kit - DIY ideas for party decorations #BigDot #HappyDot

    From easy decoration ideas to dressing up party favors, table confetti kits aren't just for scattering along a table. Get crafty and use them throughout your event for a wonderfully personalized, YOU-niqe celebration. How will you use your personalized table confetti kit? Tell us bellow in the comments!

    Shop all personalized centerpieces on BigDotOfHappiness.com

     

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Baptisms, Birthday Parties, Bridal Shower, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Party Planning Tips, Baby Shower Tableware, Birthday Party Decorations, Bridal Shower Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies, Funfari Jungle Safari Party Ideas

  • Posted on July 23, 2014 by Big Dot

    Top 10 Outdoor Party Tips - Bridal Shower Edition with Printable Checklist #BigDot #HappyDot

    It’s the season of beautiful bridal showers and gorgeous brides. If you have chosen to celebrate at an outdoor venue, make sure to follow these easy tips to make your day as wonderful - and stress-free - as possible! Be sure to stay on task by downloading our free printable checklist.

    1. Save the elaborate bridal shower décor, like huge expensive bouquets of expensive flowers. Nature is your friend on this one, so let its beauty compliment your bridal shower theme.

    2. Clamp tablecloths down (or tape underneath the table) in case of a big gust of wind.

    3. Remind everyone at the party to use sunscreen. Keep some extra on hand for guests or create fun bridal shower favors with pretty bottles of sunscreen and a do-it-yourself craft tag.

    4. If your venue won’t let you hang lights, bring along some table lanterns for late-day or evening events.

    5. Pick a place with playground equipment for any children that may be attending.

    6. Be sure to make reservations early. Summer is also the season of graduation parties and family reunions, so park pavilions are in high demand.

    7. Go with outdoor-friendly food. It can be as simple as burgers and hot dogs or you can get fresh pasta dishes from a local restaurant. The object here is not to have to worry about catering and all it entails.

    8. Provide specific directions to the venue for bridal shower guests. (I learned this hard way, when one of my friends ended up driving around for a hour, gave up, and headed home.)

    9. Bring your stereo or iPod dock to play mixes of your favorite party music. The best part about this? There is no chance of hearing a song you don’t like, or of not hearing songs you love!

    10. Bring a few umbrellas just in case an unexpected summer storm comes your way.

    Big Dot of Happiness has you covered on all your needs for this outdoor extravaganza. From the invitations to the decorations and tableware, we will help make your celebration YOU-nique.

    Top 10 Outdoor Party Tips - Bridal Shower Edition with Printable Checklist #BigDot #HappyDot

    Top 10 Outdoor Party Tips - Bridal Shower Edition with Printable Checklist #BigDot #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Bridal Shower, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Free Printables, Weddings and was tagged with Free Printables for Parties, Party Planning Tips, Bridal Shower Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Bridal Showers, Free Printables

  • Posted on July 17, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    The fun zig zag chevron pattern is a party trend doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon - and we are A-Ok with that! We love how versatile it is. Easily accent your party theme with our yellow chevron party supplies or create an entire event with these gray and yellow chevron party ideas. Hue new?
    Party Decoration Ideas with Gray and Yellow Chevron Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDotPerfectly mixed or precisely matched, yellow and gray chevron party supplies will make it easy to create a YOU-nique celebration.

    Gray cupcake wrappers around 9 oz. treat cups filled with yellow Sixlets make a complementary display. Then add yellow mini favor boxes to the treat stand to make the color really pop. {To learn how to make a treat stand, click here}

    Party Decoration Ideas with Gray and Yellow Chevron Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDotChevron tableware will bring the entire theme to life. By layering the colors at your placesettings, the tables will look full and inviting for your guests. Top off each tablescape with a custom centerpiece kit, a water bottle label and coordinating striped straw to complete the look. Then add the beverage napkins and dessert plates to your candy buffet to fill the space and bring the party theme to the entire room.

    Party Decoration Ideas with Gray and Yellow Chevron Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDotFinally, add your own special flair with personalized do-it-yourself party and craft supplies in the yellow and gray chevron pattern. Choose from any of our empty fillable containers, add some coordinating candy and a craft tag or sticker, and you have the perfect party favor.

    Your options are endless - Yellow and Gray Chevron party supplies are great for baby showers, birthday parties, bridal showers and everyday parties. See our entire party album here, then shop the colors below.

    Party Decoration Ideas with Gray and Yellow Chevron Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDot

    Party Decoration Ideas with Gray and Yellow Chevron Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Baptisms, Birthday Parties, Bridal Shower, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Baby Shower Tableware, Birthday Party Decorations, Bridal Shower Decorations, Candy Buffet Ideas, DIY Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies, Everyday Party Ideas, Baby Shower Candy Buffet

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