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  • Posted on July 7, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Daddy BABY-Q man showers are the latest trend in celebrating new parents. This collection of baby shower supplies puts Daddy-To-Be front and center, ready to take on his new role as professional diaper changer and expert cuddler. Daddy BABY-Q man shower theme comes with three different looks to resemble Daddy-To-Be, with each style having the ability to change numerous ways to create the exact look of Daddy. Our concierge design service will man hair and skin tone changes, as well as any other color or font changes for free so you can have a celebration that is YOU-niqe.

    Daddy BABY-Q Man Shower Theme #BigDot #HappyDotDaddy BABY-Q man showers are perfect for backyard barbeques where Daddy-To-Be can listen as dads swap stories of the fun, the crazy and the sleepless challenges ahead.

    They are also perfect for workplace baby showers where co-workers may not be close with Mommy-To-Be but they still want to honor the new dad. A Daddy BABY-Q is the perfect lunch-time event for the entire team.

    Daddy BABY-Q Man Shower Theme #BigDot #HappyDotEasily decorate without a lot of fluff and frills when you host a man shower. Pint glasses filled with popcorn, dressed up with a custom tag and twine - and washed down with a local brew that is dressed up with our cool dad shades bottle topper - are always crowd pleasers.

    Planning man shower games is easy with our personalized party supplies. Helpful Hints Cards are a great way to get everyone giving Daddy-To-Be the advice he wants, needs and shouldn't hear. Custom Scratch-Off game cards are a great way to give a few prizes to the other Dads - a 6-pack of beer is always appreciated! And, the Bottoms Up baby shower game is unexpected but definite crowd favorite. Simply purchase a baby bottle for each guest and fill them with a fun beverage. Then let the chugging begin! The winner is the Daddy who finishes first.

    Daddy BABY-Q Man Shower Theme #BigDot #HappyDot

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    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board, Dad Moments, Man Showers and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Baby Shower Games, Party Planning Tips, Baby Shower Tableware, DIY Party Ideas, Baby Shower Invitation Ideas, Man Shower Ideas

  • Posted on July 1, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas for First Birthdays - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot
    The first birthday party smash cake photo is an absolute must-have. We have collected our favorite customer-submitted smash cake photos to inspire you as you plan your baby's first birthday party. The smash cake photo session can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish - make it you-nique and you will have treasured photos for years to come!

    pssst ... click here for more first birthday party planning tips and tricks.

    1. Breakfast with Tiffany - This adorable smash cake photo puts a mini Audrey Hepburn among Tiffany blue party decorations. Isn't she fabulous, darling?!?
    - PHOTO CREDIT Paige Abeytia at Paige Lynn Photography -

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    2. Red, White & Chew - This little man came to the party ready for anything. The colorful balloons are an easy backdrop and make his dapper red tie stand out.

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    3. Princess Pink - This little lady dressed for the occasion! The tutu and pearls make this one adorable princess. We love the crepe paper backdrop and the paper pom-poms!

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    4. Cake SMASH - This little one listens to instructions so when Mom said smash, he took it upon himself to get the job done. Way to go, little dude!

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    5. Youer than You - A Dr. Seuss party theme is always fun and we think the doctor himself would truly appreciate this little man's enthusiasm as he digs into this giant cupcake.

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    6. Happiest Place on Earth - With a pretty pink tutu, party hat and yummy cake, this photo shoot is giving Disney World a run for it's money as happiest place on earth.

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    7. Lucky Duck - Blue and yellow balloons taped to the floor make a great backdrop for this simple cake smash photo. It doesn't get any cuter than this!
    - PHOTO CREDIT Stephanie Pronschinske at S. Photography -

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    8. Sugar High - This little man couldn't have been happier. A chevron bow tie, fun balloon bouquet and delicious cake - what more could a guy want?

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    9. Think Pink - Hues of pink and accents of lime green make this a cake smash photo fit for any little lady. We love her 1920s' vibe.

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    10. Sweet Little One - Simple cake smash photos are sometimes the best way to highlight your little one's you-nique personality. This guy is loving his sweet treat and isn't afraid to show it!

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    Cake smash photos are a great way to celebrate a first birthday. Find inspiration in our Top 10 favorites and remember, cake is best when shared with friends!

    Top 10 Cake Smash Photo Ideas - You won't see this list on BuzzFeed! #BigDot #HappyDot

    See our entire album of cake smash photos > click here

    **All photos are customer-submitted with acknowledgement that they will be featured on blog posts and social media. If you are a professional photographer and one of these images is yours, please contact us so we can give you proper credit for your fabulous cake smash image.

    This post was posted in Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Tips and Tricks, Real Parties and was tagged with Party Planning Tips, Birthday Party Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Fir

  • Posted on June 27, 2014 by Michelle Thatcher

    I have been in customer service for about thirty years now. The first 20 were spent working directly with the public, face to face and hands on, the last nine years have been here at Big Dot of Happiness an internet based retailer where all of my customer service contact has been via phone, email and live chat. Two totally different types of customer service, both very challenging and rewarding all at the same time. As you can imagine having dealt with customers that many years I have seen and heard just about every kind of customer service experience you could image. So what have I learned over the years? I have learned first and foremost how to be a customer. Yes that's right, working in customer service has taught me a lot about how to be a better shopper and consumer. So today I thought I would share three of the things I've learned along the way.

    1. Ask for it. Just because you don't see what you're looking for doesn't mean they don't have it or can't get it. Here at Big Dot of Happiness our number one goal is customer satisfaction. If you're looking for a particular item and you can't find it on our website ask for it. Our expert experts in customer service will work with one of our designers or our purchasing agent to do what ever we can to get you what you want. A couple months ago I had a customer who was looking for just the insert on our lollipop stand for one of her customers. We normally don't sell just that one piece, but I worked with our purchasing agent and we were not only able to get the customer the pieces she wanted, but we were able to ship them directly to her customer for her. Had she just looked around on our website she would not have found what she was looking for, but she asked for it and we were able to get it!

    2. Read the description. While this pertains to website shopping probably more so than store shopping it still can make for a better shopping experience. You might have to scroll down a bit on the web page to find the description, but when you do you will find all kinds of helpful information such as size, color, weight, ingredients, and what's all included. Here's a perfect example of how reading the description can be helpful and time saving. We get numerous emails, phone calls and live chats each week asking if envelopes are included with our squiggle invitations (Don't get me wrong we love to talk, email, and chat with our customers) but by reading the description they would have noticed that it states not once but three times that envelopes are included with every invite order. I realize most people are in a hurry and just want to get their order done, but in this case reading the description would actually have saved time by eliminating a phone call, live chat session or waiting for an email response.

    3. Sign up for emails and promotions.
    In today's fast paced world of social media and smartphones emails and text messages have become the way of communicating. It's a great way to receive coupons, new product updates and vital information regarding your order. At Big Dot of Happiness we use emails as our number way of communicating with our customers. We send out exclusive email campaigns with special savings, introduce new products and themes and also send all invoices and order tracking information electronically. Want a quick answer send us an email. Now I'm not saying to give your email and phone number out to just anyone, use caution and ask to make sure that like Big Dot of Happiness your information is kept private and not sold to outside vendors.

    Can't find what your looking for? Didn't see it in the description? Wish you had a coupon code? Our Expert Experts are always here to help!!

    This post was posted in Uncategorized, Big Dot Culture, Customer Moments

  • Posted on June 26, 2014 by Jessy Robelia

    Doughnut + Rainbow Chevron Birthday Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDot
    I just turned the big 3-0 and instead of mourning my 20's being over with a drab, dark "Over The Hill" themed party, I wanted to celebrate starting my 30's with a colorful "Over The Rainbow" party! Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have a special place in my heart and {more often} my stomach for donuts so they made a few appearances too.

    Rainbow Birthday Party Ideas: Rainbow Chevron from @BigDot #HappyDot

    I started with lots of goodies from the Chevron Rainbow birthday party theme. The table decoration kit came in super handy in a few ways. I used the pop up stands to decorate the food table and the confetti helped add some punches of color on the white table cover and tied around a mason jar that held the forks. I got a bit of multipurpose use from the cupcake wrappers as well. They not only looked great wrapped around my rainbow sprinkled cupcakes but they fit perfectly around 9oz plastic cups that I filled with other sweet treats.

    Rainbow Birthday Party Ideas: Rainbow Chevron from @BigDot #HappyDot

    I'm naturally a crafty person so I added some fun homemade touches to my party as well. I attached inexpensive rainbow colored streamers to a ribbon and draped them behind the food table. It gave a real wow factor to the table. My favorite decorations at my party were the donut details. I made the 30 donut banner and strung it up along the bottom of the table. The centerpiece was a donut shaped cake that I made with a bundt cake pan topped with rainbow sprinkles and a HAPPY bunting banner made from some leftover streamers. It was such a perfect touch!

    Rainbow Birthday Party Ideas: Rainbow Chevron from @BigDot #HappyDot

    I had a blast in my 20s but if this party was at all an indication of how much fun my 30s will be, I'm in for quite a ride!

    Shop Rainbow Chevron Birthday Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Tips and Tricks, Real Parties and was tagged with Birthday Party Decorations, Real Parties, DIY Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies

  • Posted on June 20, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    With a few easy 4th of July party ideas, this Firecracker Bash was a totally custom, you-niqe way to celebration Independence Day. The first thing the guests noticed was the red, white and blue color combination. A step away from traditional, the light turquoise blue chevron party supplies was unexpected and loved by everyone.
    Fourth of July Party Ideas: Red and Blue Chevron from @BigDot #HappyDot

    I began planning with inspiration from the downloadable tags - Get yours here. I used the square tags as utensil wraps for the desserts and dressed up the placesettings by wrapping the plates and napkins with a ribbon, then sliding a printable tag into the center - see it close-up here. The bottle tag make our sparkling grape juice festive and hid the words on the label - win-win!

    Fourth of July Party Ideas: Red and Blue Chevron from @BigDot #HappyDot

    Personalized decorating kits are our all-time favorite party supply since they come with so many pieces - you can get really creative and use them for all of you DIY party ideas. I turned the Red Chevron large centerpiece into a cube and placed it at the center of the table. Next, I used the scalloped party circles from the red decorating kit with the round party circles from the Blue Chevron decorating kit to dress up our milk jar drink bottles. With a paper punch and some twine, the tags were doubled up and made a fun decoration - see it close-up here.

    I also used the round party circle to sew a fun cake topper. By placing them back-to-back and sewing down the center and folding them in the center, then attaching to two striped straws, the angel food cake was dressed to impress! See a close-up here.

    Fourth of July Party Ideas: Red and Blue Chevron from @BigDot #HappyDot

    The kids absolutely ADORED the party hats.That was probably the favorite part of the event ... and the rock candy ... and the tassels! Let's face it, the kids had a blast. They had cake, candy, things hanging from trees that they could jump at. The tassels made a fun backdrop for the party and were super easy to make. You can find a tutorial here.

    Fourth of July Party Ideas: Red and Blue Chevron from @BigDot #HappyDot

    I completed the look with custom party decorations, including cupcake picks in the apple pie cups, cupcake wraps, mini favor boxes, hanging decorations and DIY party tags on top of red Sixlet candy favors. This Fourth of July celebration was as much fun to attend as it was to host.

    Looking for more party ideas:
    See the entire Fourth of July photo album here.

    Free Fourth of July Printable Tags

    Chevron Tableware
    RED Chevron // BLUE Chevron

    Personalized Decorating Kit
    RED Chevron // BLUE Chevron

    All Other Personalized Party Supplies
    RED Chevron // BLUE Chevron

    This post was posted in Decorating Ideas, Free Printables, Holidays, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Free Printables for Parties, DIY Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies, Everyday Party Ideas, Free Printables

  • Posted on June 19, 2014 by Yvette Falkner

    I am soooo happy that summer is HERE in Wisconsin. It has been absolutely beautiful the last couple weeks and we have been lucky enough to be outside nearly every day. Rain or shine, we are outside. We have been having so much fun between the sprinkler, playground, community pool, bubbles, planting flowers, etc. that we hardly have time to sleep! I have included some of my Mommy/Kiddo Must Haves that have been so much fun this summer already. After waiting and waiting till my daughter could do more activities I now wish I could slow down such a busy bee. My step son as well- gaining more and more independence and not wanting to snuggle as often is hard, but being able to play outside and chase them around has been an absolute joy this summer!

    My kids and I love to create new recipes. We found these popsicle molds on our latest trip to Ikea and we have been having tons of fun making our own popsicles. I cut up chunks of strawberries in our latest recipe and they turned out delicious! Here is the most recent recipe I used:

    • 4 cups fresh strawberries (frozen strawberries work, too)
    • 1/2 cup frozen white grape juice concentrate, thawed
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 6 tablespoons water

    Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Then place in your popsicle mold and freeze.

    I hope you and your family enjoy your summer as well. Please share any new popsicle recipes too, we would love some new ideas!


    1. Banzai Aqua Drench 3-in-1 Inflatable Splash Park // We just purchased one of these slip and slides because our babysitter had one and the kids love it! Plus it is nice that it has a pool, slip and slide and the sprinkler part for the little kids to enjoy it too. Both of our kids- our 1 1/2 year old and 4 year old love this and I think have a secret plan to wear it out by the end of this summer.

    2. Imperial Toy Super Miracle B Solution with Wand // The bubble supply at our house has to be endless- we have had tears over not having enough bubbles! We play with them every single day outside and they are also a nice past time when we go to watch their dad Race, attending the latest farmers market, etc. We recently brought them to the nursing home to see my grandfather who enjoyed watching his great granddaughter run around chasing bubbles.

    3. Radio Flyer Fold 2 Go Tricycle // My 1 1/2 year old daughter is on her Tricycle every single day. We even bring it inside when it rains for her to zoom around. It also has a cool little trunk in the back so she can take her baby for a spin too.

    4. Crayola Outdoor 24 Ct Sidewalk Chalk // Chalk is another must at our house. You know you have found our home because of the awesome drawings out front where the kids have decorated..and the repeated places where both are trying to write their names!

    5. RIP Curl Women’s Gypsy Queen Swimsuit cover up//Don't forget something cute for mommy to wear while chasing after the kiddos playing outside.

    6. Chosigt Popsicle Mold // A mold to help with making the endless supply of popsicles that you will need this summer. I have found so many yummy recipes that include fruit, yogurt, juice, etc. Yum!!


    This post was posted in Mom Moments, Mom Must-Haves

  • Posted on June 17, 2014 by Stephanie Pronschinske

    Every Sunday when I was a little girl I would run up to my grandpa at church and crawl up on the pew next to him to watch him make me a paper boat. He would make all of his grandchildren boats to keep them entertained during church and was well-known for his boat making skills by other children in congregation. As I got older my grandpa taught me how to make my own paper boats and it has always stuck with me. Little did I know that this skill would become useful for my job one day.

    Nautical anchor baby showers and birthday parties are a hot party theme right now, and we are in love with how customers are using paper boats to decorate their anchor parties. Here are some of our favorite paper boat trends and a step-by-step guide on how to make paper boats for your party.

    How To Make A Paper Boat - DIY Nautical Party Ideas

    {What You’ll Need}
    8 ½ in by 11 in paper (or any size cut into a rectangle)
    White String or Twine
    Wooden Skewers
    Extra paper to make pennant banner for boat or backdrop

    Love the nautical paper we used? Click here to download a free printable of the paper for your party.

    Step By Step Instructions On How To Make A Paper Boat

    Not only are paper boats fun party décor, they are also fun kid activities at parties. Check out our 5 paper boat birthday party ideas for kids.

    Kid Birthday Party Paper Boat Ideas:

    1. Stop at step 6 in making your paper boat and you will have a party hat. These are the perfect party hats for a kid’s birthday party. The birthday boy or girl, and their guests can wear them at the party and they have the perfect look and style to match your nautical theme.

    2. Decorate the straws at your party with a mini paper boat, cut off the top of the triangle point of the boat and slip the straw through the middle.

    3. Use the straw boat décor as a name card for your party guests by adding a flag with your party guests' names to the top of the straw.

    4. Paper boats are also a great party activity for kids. Have each of the kids color an 8 ½ inch by 11 inch piece of paper and then make it into a boat. After the kiddos are done making their boats, use a kiddie pool to set-up boat races. The kids will have a blast racing each other and the fastest boat gets a prize!

    5. Sail on over to our Ahoy - Nautical Pinterest Board for more paper boat ideas and anchor party ideas.

    Nautical Paper Boat Ideas For Parties

    My grandpa making paper boats is a memory that I will cherish forever and a tradition that I will pass on to my son. I hope he enjoys having boat races with his cousins as much as I did. Happy sailing and we would love to see your paper boat creations.

    This post was posted in Do It Yourself Ideas, Free Printables and was tagged with Ahoy - Nautical Party Ideas, Free Printables

  • Posted on June 16, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Sail away with Ahoy! Nautical party ideas. Perfect for baby showers, birthday parties, bridal showers and everyday celebrations, this nautical party theme is a great way to show your love of the sea.

    Ahoy! Natucal Party Ideas: DIY Party Supplies and Custom Party Decorations from @BigDot #HappyDot

    A few personal touches will make your party memorable. You can easily set your event apart from all the others when you use these unique DIY party ideas. See how to make life saver bottle wraps here.

    Ahoy! Natucal Party Ideas: DIY Party Supplies and Custom Party Decorations from @BigDot #HappyDot

    Ahoy! Natucal Party Ideas: DIY Party Supplies and Custom Party Decorations from @BigDot #HappyDot

    Click here for more nautical party ideas and inspiration.


    This post was posted in Baby Showers, 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, DIY Party Ideas, Everyday Party Ideas, Ahoy - Nautical Party Ideas, Bridal Showers

  • Posted on June 13, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Aiden is one lucky boy - his Dashing Little Man birthday party was filled with dapper details to make his day extra-special. Mom added her own you-niqe touch to all of the custom party decorations and created a memorable celebration.

    By decorating the buffet table with a custom banner on top of a coordinating table skirt, then adding favor boxes and mini candy cones filled with swirl lollipops as birthday party favors for all the guests, she was able to fill the space with themed party supplies.

    Real Parties: Dashing Little Man Birthday Party Ideas @BigDot #HappyDot

    The custom centerpiece looked wonderful on the dining table while balloons tied to the backs of chairs filled the room with the fun colors of our Dashing Little Man birthday party theme.

    Finally, a fabulous cake and matching smash cake were served on Little Man plates with matching napkins. It simply couldn't have been any more perfect for this special celebration.

    Happy Birthday Aiden!

    Are you planning a first birthday party for someone special? Read our Mom Must-Haves: First Birthday Party Tips here.
    Dashing Little Man Birthday Party Ideas #BigDot #HappyDot


    This post was posted in Birthday Parties, Real Parties and was tagged with 1st Birthday Party Ideas, Birthday Party Decorations, Dashing Little Man Party Ideas

  • Posted on June 11, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Make any celebration YOU-nique with the addition of personalized photo party supplies. Parties are about a special person so why not put them front and center? Photo garland banners have room for 12 special photos, and photo birth announcements and photo party invitations highlight 3 favorite photos.Personalized Photo Party Supplies: Photo Garland Banner @BigDot #HappyDot

    Photo banners are perfect for birthday parties and baby showers. Show off the last 12 months when you celebrate a special birthday or make Mommy-To-Be's baby bump the center of attention with 12 favorite photos. After the party is over, photo garland banners make great keepsakes. You can easily scrapbook the photos or hang them on a wall in the nursery to remember that special time. We have more photo garland banner decorating ideas here.

    Picture Perfect: Photo Birthday Party Inviations @BigDot #HappyDot

    Invite your guests with a party invitation worthy of a front-and-center spot on the fridge. Totally customizable, photo birthday party invitations are perfect for every age and will show off three favorite photos from the previous year.

    Personalized Photo Party Supplies: Photo Birth Announcements @BigDot #HappyDot

    Give friends and family a peek at that little bundle of joy everyone has been talking about with a photo birth announcement. Add the time, weight, length and other important details to the card, then just try to choose three of your favorite photos - it's going to be hard to pick but I know you will find the perfect ones!

    We offer our one-of-a-kind photo party supplies in all of our popular themes but we understand that you want something extra-special. If we don't have one in your theme, consider using party supplies in one of our chevron patterns. Chevron still reigns as the most popular pattern and will look great with any of your themed party supplies.

    Still not quite what you are looking for? Try our concierge design service to make any of our items YOU-nique. We will change any color and any font - even make any of our themes perfect for celebrating twins.

    Big Dot of Happiness Design Concierge Service: Customize Any Theme for Free! @BigDot #HappyDot Step One: Pick A Product
    Once you have selected your item and add your personalized text, you can add your custom requests to the text field under the personalization boxes.

    Step Two: Pick Colors and Fonts
    Use the color and font chart images under the main product photo. Add your choices to the text field under the personalization boxes.

    Step Three: Add to Cart
    Once you have added all your changes, add to cart and keep on shopping!

    Step Four: Repeat
    Add your custom requests to all of your party supplies. Once you check out, our designers will get to work making your party YOU-nique.

    GET EXCITED! You will receive proofs of your party supplies soon so start stalking your email address for that sneak peek at your custom party!

    Do you want a custom party but want someone to help make suggestions? Our Expert Experts are ready to make your celebration memorable. Call us at 1.800.274.4282 and you will get one-on-one party planning help.

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Party Planning Tips, Birthday Party Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies, Photo Party Supplies

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