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  • Posted on August 26, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    Whether you are planning a super surprise party for a bestie, a family gathering for your sister or your own swanky soiree to celebrate this milestone, a 30th birthday party should be nothing but one helluva good time! The Chic 30th Birthday Party theme is the perfect inspiration for all of your party details.

    Chic 30th Birthday Party Decorations: Black & Pink theme from BigDotOfHappiness.com

    Chic 30th birthday party invitations are adorable and have all of the important party details but you can't help but smile when you impress your guests upon arrival. They will adore this amazing party you styled.

    Black table covers set the stage for the rest of your 30th birthday party decorations. Layer with personalized placemats to bring the theme to all areas of your birthday party space. Adorn each placesetting with a favor box filled with goodies, a wrapped treat cup with sweet treats and a water bottle that is decorated in the 30th birthday party theme as well. Top it off with this crazy-cute party hat for a complete table.

    Chic 30th Birthday Party Decorations: Black & Pink theme from BigDotOfHappiness.com

    Shaped cut outs will add a touch of whimsy and, of course, a photo booth to capture all of the party moments. You will have memories to last a lifetime with this 30th birthday party event!

    Chic 30th Birthday Party Decorations: Black & Pink theme from BigDotOfHappiness.com

    GET THE LOOK!

    A. CUPCAKE WRAPS | B. FAVOR BOXES | C. DIY WRAPPERS
    D. PHOTO DIY WRAPPERS | E. PLACEMATS | F. PARTY HATS

    Chic 30th Birthday Party Decorations: Black & Pink theme from BigDotOfHappiness.com

    This post was posted in Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board and was tagged with Adult Birthday Party Ideas, Birthday Party Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, DIY Ideas

  • Posted on August 13, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    It has been a roller coaster ride of excitement this first year of parenting! My son, Hunter Thor, was born July 10th, 2014 and like any other first time parent, I’ve had the most incredible, fun, scary, exhausting, beautiful experience getting to know my tiny human. So of course, I’ve been looking forward to celebrating his first birthday in style!

    The World Awaits: First Birthday Party Ideas | BigDotOfHappiness.com #HappyDotEvery day has been a journey of discovery with our Lil Bub (as we affectionately refer to him), so it fit perfectly to celebrate both the first year of, and the beginning of the rest of that journey, using the World Awaits themed decorations!

    We kept lunch light with a help-yourself sandwich buffet and the candy boxes actually made the perfect single-serving-sized holders for the chips. More of the DIY wrappers decorated the utensil jars as well. Keeping the food picnic style definitely made it easy to spend our time enjoying the party, rather than having to focus on serving food.

    The World Awaits: First Birthday Party Ideas | BigDotOfHappiness.com #HappyDot

    Of course, the centerpiece of the entire party was definitely the photo booth area we set up! A simple laundry hamper was quickly turned into a hot air balloon with just some string, balloons, and a little help from the triangle decoration kit! We used the luggage tag shaped paper cut outs and attached them to some streamers, with the adorable personalized banner to complete the backdrop. The photo booth prop kit was a hit with the whole family; even 15-year-old “Aunt” Katherine got in on the fun! To display the props, we just took some quart mason jars, filled them with old wine bottle corks, and wrapped the DIY party wrappers around them. They were so quick to put together and such a cute accent for the photos!

    The World Awaits: First Birthday Party Ideas | BigDotOfHappiness.com #HappyDotHunter definitely enjoyed his party and all of the attention. I can’t wait for his second birthday! I’m already starting to make plans and I’m so looking forward to seeing what fun, new themes come out in the next year as we prepare to celebrate again.

    -Elizabeth, Big Dot Hostess Hero

    The World Awaits: First Birthday Party Ideas | BigDotOfHappiness.com #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board, Real Parties and was tagged with 1st Birthday Party Ideas, Party Planning Tips, Birthday Party Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, DIY Ideas, First Birthday Party Ideas

  • Posted on June 11, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    Create a red, white and BOOM! Fourth of July with these party ideas. Festive decorations and a fun photo prop kit will get all of your friends and family excited. Hang the stars and stripes garland banner at your buffet table or use it as a backdrop for your photo prop party pics. Then add the bottle tags to your beverage bar to finish off this easy Independence Day decoration idea. Go the extra mile with Chevron Red plates and napkins to add some spark to your event.

    Fourth of July Party Ideas - Red White and Blue Party Ideas #BigDotFourth of July Party Ideas - Red White and Blue Party Ideas #BigDot

    This post was posted in Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Party Planning Tips, DIY Party Ideas, Holiday Party Ideas, Everyday Party Ideas, DIY Ideas, Fourth of July

  • Posted on June 3, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    If your like me, you will save documents and images to your desktop because it is "easier" at the time. But after a while, every file gets jumbled up and you end up sorting through an icon disaster zone. This gets even more frustrating when you are trying to plan an event and have to keep track of everything to make sure you are on schedule.

    Free Download: Desktop Organizer for Party Planning #BigDot

    With our free desktop organizer, you can sort your saved items into categories so they are quick and easy to find. Save your emails with orders and tracking info so you don't have to rifle through your inbox when you are trying to track a package. You can also save important lists like your guest list with email and phone numbers, shopping lists and your party planning checklist.
    [Download a free checklist here]

    To use your free desktop organizer, simply choose your color and size, then click to download the image. On your computer, right click the image and choose "sets as desktop background". [If you need to resize, you can do so in your computer settings or preferences]. Then drag your saved icons into the designated areas for quick reference.

    Easy Party Planning: Desktop Organizer #BigDot Easy Party Planning: Desktop Organizer #BigDot
    Easy Party Planning: Desktop Organizer #BigDot Easy Party Planning: Desktop Organizer #BigDot
    Easy Party Planning: Desktop Organizer #BigDot Easy Party Planning: Desktop Organizer #BigDot

    Each party planning organizer has spots for master lists, contacts, photos & scans, websites, tracking emails and printables. The large size has two extra spots, to-do and miscellaneous.

    The small size desktop image has a resolution 1024x768, perfect for laptops and small monitors. The large size is 1920x1080, great for widescreens, large monitors and Macs. If neither size fits your monitor perfectly, simply choose one smaller than your screen and use the settings on your computer to center it.

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Baptisms, Birthday Parties, Bridal Shower, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Free Printables, Holidays, Tips and Tricks, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Party Planning Tips, DIY Party Ideas, Owl Birthday Party Supplies, DIY Ideas, Free Printables

  • Posted on May 13, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    Graduation season is upon us and everyone is excited for the graduating class to walk across the stage and start a new chapter in their lives. Besides the graduation of young adults ready to take on the world, there are other students who also deserve recognition for their accomplishments.

    The youngest of students graduating from Kindergarten will enjoy a kindergarten diploma while even younger ones leaving pre-K to begin the first year of their school days will find joy in a 4-year-old kindergarten diploma. Home school students with grand achievements can be recognized with a Certificate of Completion that you can print and hand out.

    Printable Certificates of Completion are also great for sports, special classes, extra curricular activities and community events. Whatever the occasion, a free printable certificate is sure to bring a smile to the recipients face!

    Fill-In Printable Diploma for Kindergarden, Pre School or Any Other Education Graduation #Graduation

    There are 3 options for you free printable Certificate of Completion:

    The WORD doc printable is ready for you to enter all of the necessary text. Use the text boxes to add your students name, the academic institution and the date. Then print and sign.

    The ADOBE pdf is a great option if you want to print and hand write the necessary info.

    The PHOTO jpg is another option if you do not have Microsoft Word or Adobe programs. Simply click to open the image and print using the letter-sized print settings in you printer's program.

    Word Document Printable Diploma for Kindergarden, Pre School or Any Other Education Graduation #Graduation Printable Diploma for Kindergarden, Pre School or Any Other Education Graduation #Graduation Printable Diploma for Kindergarden, Pre School or Any Other Education Graduation #Graduation

    This post was posted in Do It Yourself Ideas, Free Printables, Graduation and was tagged with Free Printables for Parties, Party Planning Tips, DIY Party Ideas, Graduation Party Ideas, DIY Ideas, Free Printables

  • Posted on May 6, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    Glitter Party Supplies for All Ocassions: Birthday Party, Bridal Shower & Graduation Party Supplies from BigDotOfHappiness.com

    Glitter adds a special shimmer to any event and now you can fill your space with shining party supplies. All of our glitter-inspired party decorations are printed on heavy card stock paper with glitter image so there is zero clean-up afterward. Have you ever tried to clean a room of actual glitter? It will be there. Forever. Seriously, real glitter is a party nightmare!

    Our chick pink, black and gold birthday party themes are available for two milestone events, 30th and 40th birthday celebrations. Each adult birthday party theme has vivid black with gold accents, along with two tones of pink. The perfect inspiration to begin styling an impressive event. With the right custom party supplies and a few balloon bouquets, you will have an extra special party for your guest of honor.

    For trendy Brides-To-Be, the glittery gold or silver Mr. & Mrs. bridal shower themes are the perfect choice. With a black and white color base and glittery accents, you can easily pull in the bride's favorite colors when you choose balloons and streamers as accents to your custom party decorations.

    The shimmer and shine is also a great way to honor the accomplishments of your graduate. Whether it is from high school or college, our Tassel Worth the Hassle in gold or silver will properly celebrate reaching their school-year goal. Begin with custom party supplies in the shining gold or silver and then add accents of their school colors - either of the school they just completed or of the school they are headed too. This sophisticated theme is perfect for both girls and boys.

    How will you be celebrating with glitter? Tell us below in the comments.

    Glitter Party Supplies for All Ocassions: Birthday Party Supplies from BigDotOfHappiness.com Glitter Party Supplies for All Ocassions: Bridal Shower Supplies from BigDotOfHappiness.com Glitter Party Supplies for All Ocassions: Graduation Party Supplies from BigDotOfHappiness.com

    This post was posted in Birthday Parties, Bridal Shower, Graduation and was tagged with Party Planning Tips, Birthday Party Decorations, Bridal Shower Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Holiday Party Ideas, Graduation Party Ideas

  • Posted on April 22, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    For more than 16 years, Big Dot of Happiness has been the party experts offering unique party themes and custom party supplies to everyone via our website, BigDotOfHappiness.com. We love creating YOU-nique events, celebrating life's occasions and making memories with every Big Dot Hostess Hero.

    Because of our passion for celebration, we are excited to offer our local Central Wisconsin Hostess Heroes a party room for their special events. The big secret is: WE DO IT ALL! Yup, we will set-up, tear down and host the party activities in between. You can take all the credit for the fabulous party but if you want to brag about us afterward, we'll let you.

    Menomonie Wisconsin Party Room: Big Dot of Happiness Local Events

    This canvas painting event was done in our Owl Girl party theme to celebrate Paige's 10th birthday. With painting instruction for 8, complete photo booth, balloons, tableware, custom decorations and party hats, as well as cupcakes and snacks, this event was a total hit!

    Menomonie Wisconsin Party Room: Big Dot of Happiness Local Events

    The best part was seeing the smiles on everyone's face. The girls loved the private art class and the option to make their painting YOU-nique while Mom loved showing up to an impressive birthday party that her daughter will never forget.

    Menomonie Wisconsin Party Room: Big Dot of Happiness

    If you live in Central Wisconsin and want to plan an impressive event, I would love to help you. We can style the perfect birthday party, create custom art for a bridal shower, or help celebrate a milestone event for any of life's special occasions. Call me - Your party is waiting!

    Lindsey, Event Coordinator
    1.800.274.4282 // FunEvents@BigDotOfHappiness.com

    Big Dot Party Store and Events in Menomonie, Wisconsin // Contact us to see how we can help make your party remarkable! funevents@bigdotofhappiness.com

    This post was posted in Big Dot Culture, Birthday Parties, Real Parties, Mom Must-Haves, Big Dot Local Party Store and was tagged with Party Planning Tips, Big Dot Culture, Birthday Party Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Big Dot Local Events

  • Posted on April 3, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    Nothing says baby on board better than a Precious Cargo baby shower. This vintage travel-inspired theme comes in blue or pink and will delight all of your friends and family!
    Precious Cargo Baby Shower Theme from BigDotOfHappiness.com #BabyShower

    SHOP Precious Cargo Girl >      SHOP Precious Cargo Boy >

    a. Cupcake Wrappers | Each Precious Cargo themed cupcake decoration has our fun plane icon and says "hello world."

    b. Hanging Decorations | One of the best ways to fill your party space is to add decorations to the ceiling. Each Precious Cargo baby shower hanging decor has a postcard feel with an air mail post mark.

    c. Mint Tins | No baby shower is complete without a fun take-home party favor for each guest. Custom mint tins will be a keepsake everyone holds onto long after the party is over.

    d. Candy Boxes | Party themed treats look so much better when they are displayed in a fun container. This vintage mail themed candy box is perfect for all sorts of small snackables!

    e. Scratch-Off Game | Whether you have a rowdy crowd who loves games or a small group that just wants to chat, scratch-offs are a great -and easy- baby shower game.

    f. Shaped Cut-Outs | These versatile DIY cut-outs are a party must-have. Attach them to toothpicks and use a cupcake picks; scatter them along the tables; hole punch and string as a garland banner - the possibilities are endless!

    g. SHOP Precious Cargo Girl | This theme is perfect for the jet-setting mom who loves all things travel. Decorate in pinks and neutrals to bring the entire theme to life.

    h. SHOP Precious Cargo Boy | Every Mommy-To-Be with a love for vintage chic will adore this baby shower them. Blues and neutral decorations will set this Precious Cargo baby shower apart from all the rest!

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Baby Shower Favors, Baby Shower Games, Party Planning Tips, DIY Party Ideas, Baby Shower Invitation Ideas, Baby Shower Favor Ideas, DIY Ideas, Presious Cargo Baby Shower

  • Posted on March 18, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    With a few do-it-yourself party supplies and some key decorations, you will be able to create an impressive western party. The Little Cowboy theme is perfect for baby showers or birthday parties. Read below for tips and tricks on these party decoration ideas.
    Western Party Ideas: Little Cowboy Theme from BigDotOf Happiness.com

    This party was all about DIY. Personalized circle labels in the Little Cowboy theme are a key component to this entire event. They were used multiple ways to bring the theme to life and perfectly coordinate all aspects of the buffet table. With the addition of beverage labels, Little Cowboy tableware and cookie toppers, this backyard event was a ready for a good time!

    1 Custom Food Picks // By attaching two circle labels, back-to-back, around a toothpick, these food picks dressed up the BBQ buffet.

    2 Theme Tableware // Nothing dresses up a table better than themed tableware. By adding a fun plate and napkin, as well as a matching cup, to your buffet table or at each placesetting on the dining tables, you bring the party theme to all aspects of your event.

    3 Custom Beverage Labels // Cover unsightly labels and printing on all of your beverages. These wraps are perfect for water bottles, soda cans and bottles, juice boxes and any other single-serving beverage container.

    4 Personalized Party Favor // A miniature tin bucket planted with a shoot of aloe is a great parting gift for all of your guests. Dress it up with custom circle label and you have a wonderfully personalized party favor everyone will love.

    Planning an impressive party doesn't have to break the bank. With these few DIY party supplies and creative uses, you can also host a perfectly themed and customized event.

    Western Party Ideas: Little Cowboy Theme from BigDotOf Happiness.com

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Baby Shower Favors, Baby Shower Tableware, Birthday Party Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Little Cowboy Party Ideas, Baby Shower Favor Ideas, Little Cowboy

  • Posted on March 13, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    Hostess Hero Shyla created this amazing Under the Sea Critters baby shower for Mommy-To-Be, Crystal. Her use of return address labels and round sticker labels to create these themed, personalized DIY party favors with soap was a hit!
    Under The Sea Critters Baby Shower Ideas: DIY Party Favors

    From Shyla: "These stickers came in handy to make our party favors pop!! Soap wrapped in netting!! Love it!!!"

    See the rest of this adorably styled Under the Sea Baby Shower:

    Under The Sea Critters Baby Shower Ideas: DIY Party Favors

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Do It Yourself Ideas, Real Parties and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Baby Shower Favors, Party Planning Tips, Baby Shower Tableware, DIY Party Ideas, Under the Sea Critters Party Ideas, Baby Shower Favor Ideas, DIY Ideas

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