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Birthday party ideas and do-it-yourself birthday party favors

  • Posted on October 15, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

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    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.

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    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.

     

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    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 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 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 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 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 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

  • 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

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