Tips and Tricks

  1. Do-It-Yourself Party Favors: Personalized Treat Bags

    Do-It-Yourself Party Favors: Personalized Treat Bags
    Creating goodie bags that perfectly coordinate with your baby shower or birthday party theme is super easy with a few craft supplies and personalized squiggle stickers. Place them in rows at the front of your candy buffet for an extra special display or add individual treats to each place setting. Either way, your guests will adore these personalized bags – and you will shine as the Hostess Hero! To make paper treat bags, you will need: Flat Paper Merchandise Bags in a size appropriate for your treats Ribbon Personalized Squiggle...
  2. A Simple Baby Shower Favor Idea: Tissue-Wrapped Cookies!

    A Simple Baby Shower Favor Idea: Tissue-Wrapped Cookies!
    Wrapped in pretty tissue paper and sealed with a personalized sticker label from BigDotofHappiness.com, tissue-wrapped cookies are a simple yet elegant baby shower favor idea that anyone can make! Simply bake (or buy) cookies of your choice, then wrap them individually in colorful tissue paper. Fold the edges of your tissue paper over as if you’re wrapping a gift, and seal the fold with a round sticker. In no time at all, you’ll have created your own personalized cookie favor! The decoration and display options for these adorable favors are...
  3. Double Duty: Fabulous 5 Personalized Baby Shower Game Cards

    Hostess Heroes know that layering table decorations will add interest to any party venue and Fabulous 5 Personalized Baby Shower Game Cards will help by doubling as table decorations and baby shower games. This Hostess Hero created her remarkable table decorations by starting with a tablecloth base layer in a color that matched her party theme. Then she added personalized place mats to make the theme really pop – as an extra bonus, each place mat highlighted the guest of honor in the personalized text at the top. A party...
  4. Custom Graduation Banners - Personalized Just for the Graduate

    Custom Graduation Banners - Personalized Just for the Graduate
    Honor your favorite Graduate with a personalized banner that congratulates them for all of their hard work. Our Design Expert Experts will draw attention to Graduate’s school colors by happily changing the color scheme of any Big Dot Original personalized printed product, so your graduation party decorations are perfectly coordinated. Customize any banner with your personalized message and wishes for the future. Hang the banner at the entrance of your event to guide each guest into the party or display it at eye-level and offer a selection of permanent markers...
  5. Baby Shower Tips From Hostess Heroes

    Baby Shower Tips From Hostess Heroes
    A baby shower is a celebration of the Mommy-To-Be and allows her closest friends and family to show their support. Keeping her interests in mind when planning her shower will make it an event to remember and make you a Hostess Hero. Plan ahead. Get your invitations out early so guests can make plans to attend. Make guests feel comfortable. Great each guest and make the appropriate introductions. Provide name tags so that everybody can identify the other guests as they might not know each other. Choose a baby shower...
  6. Do-It-Yourself Ideas: Bandana Garland

    Do-It-Yourself Ideas: Bandana Garland
    Little Cowboy baby shower theme was the inspiration for this impressive event. From Little Cowboy plates and napkins to personalized centerpieces and banners, the Hostess Hero lassoed friends and family to honor the Mommy-To-Be. A personalized Little Cowboy baby shower banner greeted the guests at the door while the beverage bar featured a personalized centerpiece surrounded by shaped plates and Little Cowboy napkins. By tying opposite ends of bandana squares together, the Hostess Hero showed off her savvy DIY skills and created a clever, red bandana garland for the staircase...
  7. 6 Tips for Bargaining with Vendors

    6 Tips for Bargaining with Vendors
    Easily get the the best deal on flowers, venues, music and more with these 6 tips: Set a budget. Vendors are better equipped to help you out when they know what you can spend. Pick your party theme, then buy all of your decorations in one place. BigDotOfHappiness.com offers themed party packs and free personalization so you can make the event YOU-nique! Know what you need. Don’t get sucked into things you don’t really need, like a coat check for a summer event. Ask what packages your vendor can offer...
  8. DIY Birthday Party Treat Cups

    DIY Birthday Party Treat Cups
    If you can believe it, Big Dot of Happiness has just added a completely new section to their already impressive Web site: delicious candies in beautiful colors to match their most popular themes! Of course, Big Dot has thought of everything, and you can order your candy arranged in bouquets (which make gorgeous centerpieces for your tables), but I truly can’t resist putting my own spin on things…so I decided to make use of the bulk bags of candy and create my own little containers to hold it all. I...
  9. Baby Shower Invitation Ideas

    Baby showers celebrate the new parents and their little bundle of joy, usually with an event centered on a fun theme. A baby shower traditionally includes friends and family, fun food and exciting baby shower games, but ultimately it is to support the expectant mother and father with an abundance of good wishes and helpful suggestions. Many hosts and hostesses focus on the baby shower decorations and games, but Hostess Heroes know the most cherished memory of every baby shower is the invitation. Finding creative baby shower invitation ideas isn’t...
  10. Bridal Shower Tips and Tricks: Free Bridal Shower Checklist

    Download and print your own Bridal Shower Checklist. 3 Months Prior to the Bridal Shower: Talk to the bride. What type of shower does she want? Chose a Bridal Shower Theme Discuss a menu – Does she want cocktails served at the shower? Chose a location Set the date! If it is to take place at a restaurant or salon, make reservations Create the guest list 2 Months Prior to the Bridal Shower: Inform out-of-town guests about the shower so they can start making reservations and plans Establish a final...

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