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

  • 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 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 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

  • Posted on June 5, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Chevron has quickly become the hottest trend everywhere and party planning is no exception. We have collected our best and most unique chevron party ideas below - pin them for later and then follow our board for more inspiration.

    From plates and napkins to personalized party decorations for every event, our chevron party supplies are the key to hosting a trendy event. We have colors to suit everyone's taste and to coordinate with the rest of your party decor.Unique Chevron Party Ideas: Tableware and Personalized Decorations @BigDot #HappyDot
    Unique Chevron Party Ideas: Tableware and Personalized Decorations @BigDot #HappyDot

    Shades of Gray: Gray Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot Blue Crush: Blue Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot Tickled Pink: Pink Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot
    Shades of Gray: Gray Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot Rainbow Bright: Rainbow Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot Tickled Pink: Pink Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot
    Sunshine Yellow: Yellow Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot Rainbow Bright: Rainbow Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot Purple Passion: Purple Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot
    back in black: Black and White Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot back in black: Black and White Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot Green Envy: Green Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot
    back in black: Black and White Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot mix + match colors: Chevron Gray and Yellow - Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot Green Envy: Green Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot
    Gender Reveal Baby Shower Party: Pink and Blue Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers @BigDot #HappyDot mix + match colors: Chevron Gray and Yellow - Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot Red Hot: Chevron Party Supplies for Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and Bridal Showers @BigDot #HappyDot

    Mix and match chevron colors for a truly custom look. Yellow and Gray chevron is super trendy right now. Together, they will help create a great summer time event such as a baby shower or a bridal shower.

    Yellow and Gray Chevron Party Supplies @BigDot #HappyDot

    Pink and blue chevron are also a fab combination. We have a Chevron Gender Reveal baby shower party theme that is perfect for creating they YOU-niqe look at your event.

    Pink and Blue Chevron Party Supplies: Gender Reveal Party Ideas @BigDot #HappyDot #BabyShower

    Gray is the new neutral and a party must-have. You can easily accent your event with Gray Chevron party supplies. The pattern makes them the perfect backdrop for pops of color. Imagine bridal shower buffet tables in this gorgeous gray chevron with bright splashes of the bride's favorite color.

    Gray Chevron Party Supplies: Tableware and Personalized Items @BigDot #HappyDot #BabyShower #Bridal Shower

    And if you simply can't decide, there is a Rainbow Chevron party theme that will shine bright in your party space. Filled with fun colors in vibrant hues, this rainbow pattern is instantly a crowd favorite! Chevron rainbow has been a trending birthday party theme - we even had someone use it to accent their art party (read about it here).

    Rainbow Chevron Party Supplies: Tableware and Personalized Items @BigDot #HappyDot #BabyShower #Bridal Shower #BirthdayParty

    Still can't decide? Browse all of our chevron party supplies to find your inspiration!

    Shop all Chevron Party Supplies @BigDot

     

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Baptisms, Birthday Parties, Bridal Shower, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board, Graduation, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Baby Shower Tableware, Birthday Party Decorations, Bridal Shower Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies, Everyday Party Ideas, Baby Shower Favor Ideas

  • Posted on June 3, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    We've collected our favorite easy party craft ideas to help your inner DIY diva make YOU-nique party favors and decorations. With our wide variety of personalized DIY party supplies, you are able to create impressive party favors that have your own special touch. Check it out and then let us know what your favorite is and remember to post a photo of your party craft ideas on our Facebook wall - You earned the bragging rights!

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    Shop all DIY Party Supplies on BigDotOfHappiness.com #BigDot #HappyDot
    Easy Party Favors + Crafts for Baby Showers and Birthday Parties #BigDot #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Baptisms, Birthday Parties, Bridal Shower, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Baby Shower Favors, Birthday Party Decorations, Bridal Shower Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Everyday Party Ideas

  • Posted on June 2, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    This DIY treat stand is a fabulous addition to your buffet table. Crafted in just a few minutes with easy-to-find materials, you can display all of your personalized party favors and yummy treats on it and not feel guilty getting rid of it after the celebration is over. It looks impressive with our Chevron Party Supplies but will make any party theme 'pop'.

    Easy DIY Treat Stand: 3-Tier Buffet Table Display #BigDot #HappyDot

    We really wanted the purple to stand out at this party so we crafted our DIY treat stand with white crepe paper streamers but you can use any color that matches your party theme. Our selection of purple chevron paper plates and napkins filled up the table and finished off the look.

    Easy DIY Treat Stand & Purple Chevron Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDot

    Purple Chevron Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDot

    THE INSTRUCTIONS

    Supply List:
    - 3 Boxes, small, medium and large, so they can stack getting gradually smaller toward the top.
    - Wrapping Paper, Crepe Paper Streamers & Ribbon in matching or coordinating colors.
    - Scissor, Tape & Hot Glue

    Wrap the boxes in the wrapping paper, just like you would wrap a present.

    Cut your crepe paper streamers into a fringe, making sure not to cut completely through the width.

    Starting at the bottom, tape the crepe paper fringe to the sides of the box, wrapping the entire circumference of the box in the fringe. Do this three times per box, evenly spaced (or as many times as it take to fill the sides of the box entirely with fringe).

    Place a bead of hot glue along the top of the last fringe at attach the ribbon.

    Stack your boxes in order, large-medium-small, on your buffet table and fill them with treats and party favors.

    Shop Chevron Purple Party Supplies #BigDot #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Baptisms, Birthday Parties, Bridal Shower, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Baby Shower Tableware, Birthday Party Decorations, Bridal Shower Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Chevron Party Supplies, Everyday Party Ideas, DIY Ideas

  • Posted on May 23, 2014 by Yvette Falkner

    Customer Moments with Yvette #BigDot #HappyDot

    Did you know about our brand new updated Concierge program?? It is awesome!! We have all new colors to choose from and font choices. You can change any of our personalized items colors or fonts. For example we just had a customer call and stated that she was viewing her invitation proof and she was disappointed that her font was not easy to read. She has several older guests that would have trouble reading the invitation. We simply switched her font to Centry from the CK Daydream (that is a bit more whimsy) and made the text larger and it was much better for her. She saw her proof and was ecstatic that they were easy to read and we got them shipped to her right away. She also emailed us once she received her invitations and said several of her guests had called her to let her know that the invitations were really nice too…concierge success!

    As for color changes- if you need a purple monkey- we can do it. The only items we cannot change the color of is our plates, napkins and cups. We have had some amazing changes happen that have turned out so nice for customers- and we really owe that gratitude to our designers who do amazing work. Pretty much anything you can dream with our items- we can do. For example- we just had a customer use our Blue Elephant Birthday Theme- but added one of our cross designs to it. I have included a picture below to check out. Adorable idea!

    Click here to read about our Concierge Program

    We look forward to working with you to plan your next special event and don’t forget to checkout our Concierge program too!

    Big Dot of Happiness Concierge Program - We can make any of our themes YOU-nique! #BigDot #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Baptisms, Birthday Parties, Bridal Shower, Holidays, Graduation, Everyday Parties and was tagged with Big Dot Culture

  • Posted on May 13, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Enter for a chance to WIN A $100 BIG DOT GIFT CARD! Submit a photo of your kiddo celebrating their 1st birthday with a face {or fist) full of cake.

    Second Place wins a $50 Big Dot Gift Card. Third Place wins a $25 Big Dot Gift Card.

    CONTEST | Smashing the Cake #BigDot #HappyDotOFFICIAL RULES
    1) Email one photo* to Smiles@BigDotOfHappiness.com, along with you + your kiddo’s names. 2) Only photos submitted via email will be considered for this contest. 3) Photos will be posted to Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram the next business day after they are received via email. 4) Contest ends Thursday, May 15th at 11:59 p.m. CST. 5) Three Winners will be selected at random & announced Friday, May 16th. Via mail, the winners will receive their gift card only good at BigDotOfHappiness.com.

    CONTEST | Smashing the Cake #BigDot #HappyDot

    This post was posted in Big Dot Culture, Birthday Parties, Customer Moments and was tagged with Big Dot Culture, Birthday Party Decorations, Contests

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