This year marks a huge milestone for Big Dot of Happiness - 15 years of celebrating life's moments by providing YOU-niqe and original party supplies to Hostess Heroes everywhere. We have gathered our favorite memories to share, a sort of sneak peek into The Dot and how we celebrate.
"Hearing the Boss Man play his favorite football team's rally song over the PA before each big match-up."
"When Steven surprised Sherri by jumping out of a box wrapped in bubble wrap - Absolutely hysterical!"
"I've been at Big Dot for a little over eight years, so there are many memorable moments: the time I dressed up as a pregnant momma and went bowling (much harder than I could ever imagine), a blindfolded bus trip that took us to the mall, madly grabbing for dolla-dolla bills in a money machine and company-wide dancing to the tootie ta. For me, there is not one particular memory that I hold near and dear to my heart, but a particular place... the Creative Room. It became my home away from home, a place that brought out the crazy (fun) in all of its residents. A place where an afternoon Flarp dance could relieve all the stress. (Side note: never heard of Flarp? Do yourself a favor and get some. You're welcome.) When the days got long and someone needed a break, or a little inspiration, an impromptu fashion show occurred. What are these fashion shows? Grab whatever you could find: some fabric-turned-babushka, a Funfari paper plate crown, monkey rattles as a belt, then strut your stuff down the runway. By now you might be thinking, "When do they work?" We work extremely hard, but also know how to play hard (company value #3). A large part of the reason I love my job is the people I do, and have, worked with. We make a great team. One last note: What happens in the Creative Room, stays in the Creative Room."
"My favorite memory is when we were surprised with a road trip to Eau Claire. We were blindfolded and ended up at the Oakwood Mall, and told we had money to spend and we had one hour to do it! I bought a special necklace in memory of my Dad who had just passed away. What a generous, fun gesture provided to the Big Dot employees."
"When my team dress up like bees for my birthday (my nickname is 'Bee'), gave me a black & yellow tutu and a tiara, and let me be "Queen Bee" for the day. Amazing ladies I work with!"
"When Beth put me in a box and told Steve to carry the box to ship out. He was questioning why it was so heavy, then opened it and Beth and I laughed because I was in there!"
"Our trip to the National Stationary Show in NYC. It was my first real business trip & my first time on a plane ever! We got to see the FRIENDS fountain, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. We had a ton of fun! Oh, and the show was pretty great, too. :)"
"Hmmm…..it is not possible to pick one because over 15 years there have been so, so many! But certainly one of my most favorite memories would be the very first online order that Sherri received 15 years ago! I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was in the basement of our house doing sheetrock work, and remember Sherri running down the stairs with a piece of paper in her hand screaming 'Finally, finally, I got my first order!' She had worked for months without any success…..but now look at us 15 years later and 100,000’s of customers later…..WOW!"