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  • Posted on November 19, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    The look and feel of your event completely depends on your party style. From shimmering elegance to crafty casual, these Thanksgiving table setting ideas will inspire you to host a memorable event that is perfectly YOU-nique.

    Your Party Style: Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas #BigDot #HappyDot

    Each Thanksgiving party featured below was styled with the same Give Thanks theme, showcasing different uses for the party supplies to easily create stylish Thanksgiving table settings.  By swapping a few items, you can create the look you want for an impressive event.

    Your Party Style: Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas #BigDot #HappyDot

    If you dream of a Thanksgiving party full of glittery goodness, fine china and a table that makes everyone ooh and ahh, this elegant Thanksgiving table setting (above) will inspire your tables in the upcoming holiday. The party theme began by customizing party invitations as menu cards for each guest, then a beautiful Thanksgiving table setting was planned.

    A key piece in this tablescape is the impressive table runner. Customized with your name at the sides, this extra-wide runner eliminates the need for individual placemats. Top it off with a neutral charger, white and gold china, and a pine cone place card for a dramatic Thanksgiving table.

    Then give your guests an unexpected treat by adding a shaped favor box to each spot. Fill it with decadent chocolates and they will have a take-home sweet treat to enjoy.

    Shop this elegant Thanksgiving table setting:
    Shaped Favor Box // Menu Cards // Table Runner // Place Cards

    Your Party Style: Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas #BigDot #HappyDot

    Creating a more casual atmosphere without sacrificing an impressive Thanksgiving table is easily done by mixing chevron party supplies with the Give Thanks party theme (above). Laying your table with coordinating party supplies, and mixing in a few DIY decor elements, will make this party one to remember!

    A simple white tablecloth and custom placemats at each spot laid the foundation for this chic casual Thanksgiving table. The black plates paired with gray chevron plates brought out the chalkboard inspired theme of the party (and will make clean-up a breeze!).

    Shaped cut outs offered numerous easy DIY craft ideas to bring the entire table to life. By adding one on top of each napkin and to the front of mason jar mugs, the party was fabulously festive. Place cards attached to pinecones finished off this stylish Thanksgiving table.

    Shop this casual Thanksgiving table setting:
    Placemats // Gray Chevron Plates // Shaped Cut-Outs // Place Cards

    What's your party style? Do you have any fun decorations planned or family traditions? Share them below in the comments.

    This post was posted in Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Holidays, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Party Planning Tips, DIY Party Ideas, Holiday Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies, Everyday Party Ideas

  • Posted on November 12, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Planning a baby shower is a great opportunity to get to know both sides of the new baby's family and playing this baby shower game will definitely encourage the families to talk. Maybe you haven't had a chance to get to know Daddy-To-Be's grandma or maybe there is an Aunt that lives out of town but is flying in just for this special occasion. Whichever it is, taking the time to get to know each other at the baby shower is going to lead to a even better experience for everyone.

    This free baby shower game is a great way to get the crowd buzzing. The fun questions will have both sides of the new family whispering and laughing as they enter their answers for Mommy and Daddy-to-Be.

    Click here to download your game and print on your home printer.

    Free Baby Shower Game: Questions About the New Family #BigDot #HappyDot

    How to Play:

    First, be sure to print enough playing cards for everyone. Click on the image above to open the downloadable baby shower game. There will be 2 sheets. Print only one answer key (page 1) and a game card for every guest at the party (page 2).

    Before the baby shower, have Mommy-To-Be fill out the answer key. Keep this in a secret place until you are ready to reveal it at the baby shower.

    When you are ready to play, hand a card to each guest and set a time limit for them to fill in the blanks.

    When the time is up, read the answers from the key that was filled out earlier.

    The winner is the guest with the most correct answers, according to Mommy-To-Be.

    Are you looking for more free baby shower game ideas? Click here for all of our free baby shower games or choose from our selection of ready-made games by clicking below.

    Shop All Baby Shower Games #BigDot #HappyDot #BabyShowerIdeas

    This post was posted in Uncategorized, Baby Showers, Do It Yourself Ideas, Free Printables and was tagged with Free Printables for Parties, Baby Shower Games, Free Printables, Free Games for Baby Showers

  • Posted on November 5, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    We know how important it is for you to host an impressive event - and impressive events mean unique and original party decorations. Learn how to use cut-out paper shapes with these inspiring ideas. By adding extra-special touches to your party with quick craft ideas, your celebration is going to be one-of-a-kind.

    How to Decorate with Cut Out Paper Shapes #BigDot #HappyDot

    The best part of shaped cut-outs is the variety you get in just one pack. With multiple characters or shapes, you can have a precisely mixed display of food or party favors.

    craft one // Cupcake Topper = Cut-Out + Toothpick
    This is an easy party idea that anyone can do. Simply attach a toothpick to the back of a shaped cut out using glue or tape. Insert them into the top of frosted cupcakes just before your guests begin to show up. Better yet, add a matching cupcake wrapper and you will have an impressive sweet display!

    craft two // Water Bottle Decor = Cut-Out + Ribbon & Burlap
    Begin by wrapping your water or soda bottles in a thick ribbon that coordinates with your party theme. Add a complimentary color of thinner ribbon over the top and glue both at the back. Then glue a die cut paper shape to the front and display.

    craft three // Buffet Table Accent = Cut-Out + Paper & Frame
    You don't have to buy new stuff just for your party - take a walk through your home and collect things that match your theme. This buffet table accent was made with a frame from the host's mantle. You can quickly glue a paper cut-out onto coordinating scrapbook paper, then place it in the frame. With an easel back, framed cut-outs will fill in gaps on your tables and pull the entire party together.

     

    How to Decorate with Cut Out Paper Shapes #BigDot #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Do It Yourself Ideas and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Party Planning Tips, Birthday Party Decorations, Candy Buffet Ideas, DIY Party Ideas, DIY Ideas, Woodland Creatures

  • Posted on October 29, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Plan a fabulously festive Thanksgiving party with a chalkboard-inspired Give Thanks theme and these fun decoration ideas. With a few must-have do it yourself craft supplies and a timeless menu, you will be hosting a feast that everyone will remember.

    PARTY BONUS: With a few tweaks to the decorations and different personalization, these party ideas are great for a fall baby shower using our Oh Baby! Fall baby shower theme. Pssst - we feature an example at the end!

    Thanksgiving Party Ideas: Table Decorations & Placesettings #BigDot #HappyDot

    This tablescape began with an impressive table runner. The grand size created a great backdrop for the chargers, plates and napkins, as well as the fun centerpieces. To make it more formal, Thanksgiving place cards were added to the top of pine cones and placed at each spot.

    Thanksgiving Party Ideas: Table Decorations & Placesettings #BigDot #HappyDot

    Getting creative with Thanksgiving party invitations, the standard layout was omitted and the menu was printed right down the front. With Big Dot's Concierge Design Service, anything is possible!

    Then a fun pyramid shaped favor box was filled with chocolates and caramels and placed on top of each napkin. This is a great Thanksgiving party favor idea guests can enjoy right after the meal or take home for later.

    Thanksgiving Party Ideas: Table Decorations & Placesettings #BigDot #HappyDot

    Finally, a delicious beverage bar was styled with a choice of drinks and glassware decorated with fall-theme die cuts. Wine, cider, water and apple ale is a great choice to celebrate the season at your Thanksgiving party. Give Thanks bottle toppers add a little something unexpected to this fun display.

    Thanksgiving Party Ideas: Table Decorations & Placesettings #BigDot #HappyDot

    A thankful tree will complete any fall event and give guests something to mingle around. Offer guests leaf-shaped cut outs and some fun pens. After the write something they are thankful for, they can hang it on the tree branches along with the others. After the party, guests can either take home their thankful notes or they can be added to a traveling scrapbook and brought to the next celebration!

    CELEBRATION BONUS: Fall Baby Shower

    The Oh Baby! Fall baby shower theme will work with all of these fun party ideas. Styled in a chalkboard-inspired theme with components that say "Oh Baby!", any Mommy-To-Be will adore this festive autumn baby shower.

    Fall Baby Shower Ideas: Table Decorations & Placesettings #BigDot #HappyDot

    SHOP baby >              SHOP holiday >

     

    This post was posted in Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Holidays and was tagged with DIY Party Ideas, Holiday Party Ideas, Everyday Party Ideas, Thanksgiving Party Ideas

  • Posted on October 22, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Perfect for a Mommy-To-Be who loves the outdoors and the furry forest friends that come with it, this Woodland Creatures baby shower theme will inspire you to host an adorable baby shower. Our Woodland Creatures theme is designed with a fun wood grain pattern and has everyone's favorite critters, making it easy to decide on do-it-yourself party crafts and fun baby shower decorations.
    Woodland Creatures Party Inspiration - Baby Shower Ideas #BigDot #HappyDot

    Here are out favorite woodland party ideas:

    Custom Candy Boxes // Personalized treat boxes or candy boxes are an easy way to offer all of your party guests a sweet treat or fun snack. We filled ours with gold candies to bring some shimmering accents to the whole party.

    Chevron Tableware // Chevron party supplies are a great way to add some pattern to your theme and the green plates and napkins were perfect for this woodland party. We placed in them in a dark basket along with brown forks, knives and spoons.

    Scalloped Party Circles // These fun do it yourself craft supplies are part of the table decorating kit. With a hole punch and some twine, it is easy to make all of your party plates, baskets and display pieces perfectly coordinate. Plus, you will have the rest of the kit to decorate all of your party tables.

    Cupcake Decorations // Cover cupcake baking papers with these wraps that are easy to use. They will make your buffet table look amazing and are sure to impress everyone!

    Woodland Creatures Party Inspiration - Baby Shower Ideas #BigDot #HappyDot

    Shaped Cut Outs // Shaped cuts are one of the most versatile party supplies available. This set comes with 4 shapes: a hedgehog, a racoon, a deer, a fox and a toadstool. The shaped cut outs made many appearances in this Woodland Creatures party. (1) Glued to toothpicks for cupcake picks; (2) Water bottles wrapped with burlap and ribbon, then  cut out added to the front; (3) and placed in gold frames with a chevron backing to bring the shimmering gold and zig zag pattern to all areas of the buffet table.

    Triangle Decoration Kit // A fun pennant banner completed this party and was a great backdrop to the buffet table. With a hole punch, some twine and two large sticks, the triangle decoration kit was exactly what was needed to give this party a unique look!

    Woodland Creatures Party Inspiration - Baby Shower Ideas #BigDot #HappyDot

    And finally, the food. This Woodland Creatures baby shower had wonderfully themed snacks for the party guests.

    Toadstool Mushroom Pop // With a wooden dowel, standard marshmallows, red candy melts and some white frosting, these pops were a great no-bake addition to the buffet table. Just insert the stick into a marshmallow, dip in melts red candy chips, and dot with white frosting. They were displayed in a small box wrapped with kraft paper, then decorated with ribbon and a party circle from the Woodland Creatures table confetti kit. Some moss topped it off and completed the display.

    Grassy Cupcakes // These were an easy homemade treat, dressed up with Woodland Creatures shaped cut outs glued to toothpicks and finished with cupcake wraps. To frost,  the grass decorating tip with some green frosting created the fun look. This is one of the easiest cake decorating tips to use and even a beginner can create this look!

    Chocolate Acorns // These are a super fun buffet table filler that everyone will adore! Begin by warming the flat part of a Hershey's kiss in a pan, just enough to get it a little melted. Stick it to a Nutter Butter miniature cookie and top off with a butterscotch chip, attached the same way as the Hershey's Kiss.

    S'mores Party Favors // The guests each left with a fun party favor that they could make at home. Graham crackers, marshmallows and Hershey's Mini Chocolates were packed in a clear cello bag and topped off with a custom craft tag. To make them just a little more special, each mini candy bar was wrapped in a personalized candy bar wrapper with the Woodland Creatures baby shower theme.

    Woodland Creatures Party Inspiration - Baby Shower Ideas #BigDot #HappyDot

    SHOP Woodland Creatures Baby Shower Theme >

    A Woodland Creatures baby shower is sure to inspire multiple party crafts and food ideas. Which ones are your favorite?

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Baby Shower Favors, Party Planning Tips, Baby Shower Tableware, DIY Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies, Baby Shower Favor Ideas, Woodland Creatures

  • Posted on October 15, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser #BigDot #HappyDot

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there isn't a better way to spread the word than with a pretty in pink party. Celebrate someone's victory over breast cancer, support someone's fight against it or host an event to remind your loved ones about early detection.

    A proud supporter of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, we are donating a portion of today's sales to their commitment to finding a cure. No one can do it alone but together, we can be the end of cancer.

    Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser #BigDot #HappyDot

     

    To make it easier to shop for any celebration, we have created a Shop By Color section on our site. You can easily shop for all of you pink party supplies and host an event to remember.

    Our Shop By Color section is also great for coordinating solid-colored party supplies with your main party theme. Pick an accent color and bring your event to life. Silver and pink or gold and pink are hot. Hot. HOT. color combinations right now and will instantly add some party pizzazz to your event.

     

    Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser #BigDot #HappyDot

    We want you to have a memorable event - and we also know what a big job it is to plan one. We make Hostess Heroes out of everyday people so don't hesitate to call and talk to our Expert Experts (they are the four ladies on the top row). They are party planning extraordinaires and will help you get the party started!

    Phone 1.800.274.4282 | Email smiles@bigdotofhappiness.com

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Bridal Shower, Decorating Ideas, Inspiration Board, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Big Dot Culture, Birthday Party Decorations, Bridal Shower Decorations, Chevron Party Supplies, Everyday Party Ideas

  • Posted on October 8, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Represent your guest of honor by adding their favorite color to one of our sports party themes. We made our Goaaal! Soccer birthday party theme completely unique by mixing it with Chevron Purple party supplies, giving the contrasting green and black a softer look and creating a more "girl" soccer party. The idea can also be used to add your team colors to the traditional soccer party supplies.
    Soccer Party Ideas - Mix and Match with Chevron for a YOU-nique Party #BigDot #HappyDot

    When you are deciding on what to party supplies to mix and what ones to match with your sports party theme, it is important remember to have a good balance. Good planning of your buffet table and dining areas will help make sure you order just enough of everything.

    For this buffet table, we decided on large, eye-catching decorations in the soccer party theme and then used purple chevron as an accent. The birthday party banner and favor boxes are always a crowd favorite so we personalized them with the birthday girl's name and put them front and center. Chevron candy boxes were filled with popcorn bags and topped off with a custom soccer die-cut tag for the perfect snack pack while sports drink bottles had mixed labels in purple chevron and soccer themes.

    Soccer Party Ideas - Mix and Match with Chevron for a YOU-nique Party #BigDot #HappyDot

    For this buffet table, we decided on large, eye-catching decorations in the soccer party theme and then used purple chevron as an accent. The birthday party banner and favor boxes are always a crowd favorite so we personalized them with the birthday girl's name and put them front and center. Chevron candy boxes were filled with popcorn bags and topped off with a custom soccer die-cut tag for the perfect snack pack while sports drink bottles has mixed labels in purple chevron and soccer themes.

    Soccer Party Ideas - Mix and Match with Chevron for a YOU-nique Party #BigDot #HappyDot

    And finally, for the dining tables, we started with a purple table cover, then added the soccer themed placemats and centerpiece. Soccer plates and purple chevron cups pulled the entire table together.


    Soccer Party Ideas - Mix and Match with Chevron for a YOU-nique Party #BigDot #HappyDot

    SHOP Goaaal! Soccer Party >       SHOP Chevron Purple >

    This post was posted in Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas and was tagged with All Star Sports Party Ideas, Birthday Party Decorations, Candy Buffet Ideas, DIY Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies

  • Posted on October 2, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Caramel apples and candied apples are an all-time favorite fall party favor or Halloween treat. The tart apple with the sweet coating is something both kids and adults look forward to as summer turns to fall. Whether you make your own (we found some great recipes here on Delish) or buy them pre-made (your secret is safe with us), you can make them extra-special for your event with a few do-it-yourself craft supplies.

    Caramel Apple Fall Party Favors: Great for a Harvest Party or Halloween Party #BigDot #HappyDot @BigDot

    We have dressed up these caramel apples with our die cut tags from the Pumpkin Patch party theme. They are perfect for a harvest party, Halloween party or even at your Thanksgiving Day tables.

    To create this fun look for your candied apples, you will need:
    Striped Straws
    Small Wooden Dowels
    Die Cut Craft Tags
    Ribbon
    Clear Cello Bags (if you are going to be handing them out for guests to take home.)

    1.Cut the wooden dowels (we made ours 6 inches long)

    2.Cut the straws to be a bit longer than the sticks coming out of the apples.

    3. Slide the straw over the stick and tie on the tag.

    It doesn't get any easier!

    Caramel Apple Fall Party Favors: Great for a Harvest Party or Halloween Party #BigDot #HappyDot @BigDot

    SHOP the Tags >          SHOP the Straws >

    This post was posted in Do It Yourself Ideas, Holidays, Tips and Tricks and was tagged with Candy Buffet Ideas, DIY Party Ideas, Holiday Party Ideas, Everyday Party Ideas

  • Posted on September 24, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Whether you are hosting the trick or treat after-party or planning a special event on top of the traditional Halloween festivities, these easy party ideas will get little witches and goblins giggling with excitement - and maybe also from a slight sugar buzz.

    Trick or Treat Halloween Party Ideas #BigDot #Halloween

    We used our Trick or Treat theme to style this adorable Halloween party. With a few craft supplies and a stash of candy, we created a fun buffet table for a wicked-good time!

    1. For Halloween party favors such as cookies or other bakery goodies, use white bakery bags and fold the top over, closing it off with a round party circle and a glittery clothespin. These delicious little goodies look great in a basket at the door or at the end of the candy buffet table.

    2. One of the most versatile party supplies you can invest in is a great set of Mason jars. You can dress them up with any color of twine, craft paper at the top and party circles taped to the front. Fill them with coordinating candies and you have an easy Halloween candy display. (A cast of Mason jars is fairly inexpensive. Save the box and when the party is over, safely tuck them away for the next event - you will use them over and over, we guarantee it!)

    3. Top off your Halloween candy buffet with a custom garland banner. This banner will arrive printed, cut and ready to hang. Just thread the included ribbon through each circle and you have instant party perfection!

    4. For the front of your tables, easily make your own Halloween decorations with our extra large table confetti kit. Tape Trick or Treat party circles to pretty ribbon and hang - do it yourself party decorations don't get any easier!

    5. Finally, fill your space with extra table confetti to complete the look.

    Trick or Treat Halloween Party Ideas #BigDot #Halloween

    This super cute Halloween party was decorated by only two items from our Trick or Treat theme - one set of Table Confetti and a Garland Banner. With a few Halloween craft ideas, we were able to style a fabulous event.

    Will you be hosting a Halloween party this year? Tell us about it in comments!
    Halloween Party Decoration Ideas #BigDot #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Holidays, Inspiration Board, Tips and Tricks, Everyday Parties and was tagged with DIY Party Ideas, Holiday Party Ideas, Everyday Party Ideas, DIY Ideas, Halloween Party Ideas

  • 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

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