Thursday, 15 May 2014


We got a request approximately a month ago from a lady asking to throw a one of a kind surprise for her fiancé. The trick was that this lady would be out of station for the birthday and we had to do something that would make the fiancé feel loved in spite of her not being around.

The lady mentioned for her fiancé was a foodie, so we recommended that she go for our DOTTEDi Take Home Chef experience.

The process was quite simple, our client mentioned what all her fiancé cannot eat and on consult with our Chef, we whipped up a yummy menu which was instantly approved by the client.

On the day of the birthday, our Chef along with two DOTTEDi consultants showed up to the house. Least to say, her fiancé was extremely surprised.

In the next two hours, our fabulous Chef cooked a 5 course meal for the fiancé and his friends. The friends had a blast learning tricks of the trade from the chef. We are all quite amazed at how simple it was to make such food. The menu was Bruschetta, short skewer food, Beetroot salad with yogurt & dill. Main course was finger licking chicken schnitzel with roast potatoes and buttered vegetables. Dessert was hot chocolate fudge!

We got a hand written testimonial from the birthday boy himself!

So the next time you feel eating out ain’t special enough, call us and we’ll bring the DOTTEDi Take Home Chef experience to you!

Monday, 7 April 2014

One stop solution for heat and ache!

 In the morning if my face is a little puffy I'll put on an ice pack while doing stomach crunches. I can do 1000 now - American Psycho

After long days of work or just listening to people nag and crib, we inevitably end up with a bad headache or body ache. To this we add the scorching summer heat that making everyone want to stick their head in their freezer! 

Whenever i complain of a body ache, the older generation at home gives me this huge hot water bag to use. I know how effective they are but I rather be dead than to step out of my house using them. Boy but they sure do get rid of body pains!

So we at DOTTEDi thought, “why not make hot water bags that do not look from the last century?!?”.  And we sure did!

We went one step ahead and thought, let us make this into an ice pack/ hot water bag. This makes this item perfect for summer heat cool off session and for any body pain.

This simple product is available on our online store in two funky designs for a price of Rs 250 each.

Now you got a stylish solution to all your problems :)

Monday, 3 March 2014

Valentine's Day Surprise

Being creative is not just a hobby; it is a way of life - Anon

The minute I fully accepted this, I applied at The DOTTEDi. The moment I looked at the company website I knew this was the place I had to be.

Today is my day 7 at The DOTTEDi. This last week has been extraordinary! I was given the freedom to explore my areas of interest. I took a shot at client servicing, designing creative’s, organizing and marketing the DOTTEDi Valentine’s Day Surprise, website designing, packing products, shopping for gift hampers and now blogging!

Valentine’s Day is the busiest week of the year here. On my first week on the job the main event given to me was handle the DOTTEDi Valentine’s Day Surprise. 

The surprise began with a BMW receiving the client from their doorstep with a bouquet of red roses and a card. All throughout the journey we built up the suspense of the venue and what the night had in store for the surprised guest. At regular intervals our chauffeur handed the surprised guest a personalized card. We went wild with these cards, we drew on them, wrote mushy and quirky quotes, we colored on them, hinted them on the location, it was so much fun! Once the couple reached the fabulous Prakriti Windflower resort, the couples were received warmly by the hotel staff and escorted to the dinner table.

One client dreamed of a romantic pool side dinner while the other wanted a dinner under a gazebo (quite like the movies!). Since we are in the business of making greater than life dreams come true, of course we got it done! All around the pool side we poked hearts on the ground and placed tiny candles on the ground. 

The resort had a gorgeous stone pillar structure on the midst of the lawns. We simply twisted tiny ornamented twinkling lights all over the structure. The bougainvilleas creepers grown around the structure added the natural touch of perfection that no artificial decoration could do.

Each table was designed in a manner that the couple felt the world revolved around them during the meal. We placed customized the table mats with pictures of the couple and threw in a few quotes. The items on the menu card were renamed with elements of the couple. If I have to talk about all the details of the evening like the personalized wine bottles, personal butler, elaborate table setting, gift hampers, etc this blog post is going to get very long to read!

The couples were offered an overnight stay at the resort along with complimentary breakfast. One of our couples could not manage an overnight stay but opted for a full day stay instead.  We gave them a complimentary lunch instead. We always want our clients to feel the worth of every bit of the money they spent on this magical evening.

We obviously will claim the night to be a success even if it wasn't. But we have proof. One client spoke of seeing his fiancé with tears of joy, even before the night was over she was so happy that she could stop the tears from rolling down. You would expect a couple stuck in the Bangalore traffic for 2 hours would have dampened spirits but our chauffeur couldn't help but comment on how cheerful the couple was the entire ride back home. They were so impressed by the whole surprise, we received a personal call of thanks the very next morning.

Needless to say I was pushed out of my comfort zone throughout the week. The entire Team DOTTEDi was extremely supported all throughout. Finally, the sense of accomplishment you get on seeing extremely satisfied customers makes everything seem worthwhile. 

If this has post has got you interested, we have alot more! Check out DOTTEDi surprises

Sunday, 2 March 2014

The Hangover Kit is here!

The holiday season is almost here. Yay!! Are you all set to have fun, enjoy the holidays and party too? 

With parties, especially too many of them, come hangovers too - could be the alcohol or non alcohol induced ones. Hangovers often come with a brain crushing headache (you don't think that can happen, ask someone who has experienced a hangover), nausea accompanied by little or lots of throwing up (ewww), bad breath, bad taste in the mouth, loss of ability to walk straight, see clearly and a couple of other not very nice effects. As a result you could end up looking like this the next morning - 

Or like this -  

So if the night before was a little too much fun and you need some help to get moving, we have the perfect cure with our latest, exclusive and unique product - The Recovery Kit

This is a modern day first aid kit which takes away your headache, body ache, heart ache, errr well that last one is a tough nut and so no guarantees for that.

Read the detailed instruction sheet that comes with the kit and rest assured it will help you be ready to go wherever you need to. Or if you want to be well prepared in advance, carry that with you and use it after the party :) 

The kit contains - 
Eye mask, Ice pack, Funky band aids, Party Smart pills, Electral - oral re-hydration salts, Mouth freshening chewing gum and an Instruction sheet.

Use the ice pack to take away those body aches and pains, the eye mask to have a restful, undisturbed sleep. Electral will help you restore that salt balance and hopefully make you feel less pukish. The gum is to refresh your mouth and take that bad breath away, especially if you are in a hurry coz you overslept and are late for that lovely afternoon brunch with your friends! 

The funky band aids cover any embarrassing hickeys, bites, scratches or make for perfect conversation starters after the hangover ;) 

It has been tried and tested on hung-over humans. And we promise this product will help in getting rid of the previous night or day's shame-inducing, memory-erasing and generally-loud-and-crass behaviour!!

So go on and party and don't forget to use our Hangover Kit for a quick recovery. You can buy it from our website as always.

Happy Holidays!!!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

How to surprise a golgappa lover!

Here at Dottedi, we just LOVE giving SURPRISES! Big ones, small ones, special ones, out-of-this-world ones. Out of all our surprises, golgappa surprise is one of our fastest sellers. In a week’s time we have about three orders. Yeah, people love it that much :)

What does it include?
As part of the golgappa surprise, 100 golgappas are delivered to the person to be surprised. An authentic golgappa walah comes along and sets up everything. Along comes a Dottedi representative who brings some fun activities and games for the surprised guest and their friends to play and eat. Since it is a 100 golgappas, the whole family and friends can enjoy the experience. This surprise makes for a unique and fun experience. Something that you and your guests will remember for a long long time. 

How does it work?
So once you have decided you want to surprise a golgappa lover, reach out to us via email or phone.
We will get back to you asking the date, time and venue details. We will also need some basic information about the guest of honor - their name, what do they like, dislike, their favorites. 

On the actual day
Our team will bring all the cutlery, crockery. You will need to provide us a table to set up stuff. 
We will even bring the real golgappa stand. How cool is that? 

We will ensure that the golgappas, the water and the serving everything is done hygienically. 
We will make the guest do some fun tasks and activities, even serve golgappas to other guests - all this while eating golgappas themselves!

Make sure you encourage your guest to participate in all those tasks. In case there is any extra food left over after the event, we will hand it over to the guest. 
We bet that your friends and family will love this awesome surprise. Here are a few of our very happy customers. Oh yes, we do give out a certificate of being a certified golgappa champion to the guest. 

And if you want (you can select this option while placing the order) we will send you a picture of the champion in a frame in 2 to 3 days post the event. 

Have fun surprising a loved one!! Check out other surprises that we can arrange for you, here

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A bucket full of love!

Did you know that at Dottedi we have this lovely collection of buckets? Some really lovely, unique and funky ones at that. Errr... before you think why would we sell funky bathing buckets, let me tell you these are gifting buckets - some empty, some full. Curious? Excited? Wanna know more? 
Here is our latest collection of buckets with some old and very popular ones and some new additions.

Know of friends or family expecting a baby or have had a baby? This cute little baby bucket is the perfect way to gift baby stuff in. You can fill in goodies or things that the baby will need. You can buy an empty bucket or a toy can be added. It can be reused later in multiple ways. 

Want to gift something to someone and are bored of the options available? Or just want to brighten up a spot in the room? Try this colourful Polka dot bucket. It is so much fun! It comes empty but you can use it to gift stuff or store your stationary, candy, clothes pegs, napkin rings, art accessories and so much more.

If you are looking for some more gifting options, we have this cute Present pail with the attractive presents, balloons, flowers, candy and all things nice, all over it. A welcome change to all the wrapping papers, newspapers and gum and tape.

For all you lovers of all things vintage, we have the "My Little Old Pail". It is flowery, pink and as 60s as it gets. It is inspired from colonial ceramic floral prints. In addition to using it for gifting, you can use it to show off lovely fresh flowers, store those beautiful pearls and trinkets or to keep yummy Christmas cookies safe from naughty little hands ;)

We also have some lovely theme buckets to celebrate happy occasions! Someone you know is getting married soon? How about this bucket with a list of 100 things to do before you get hitched? You can create a customised list of things to do or use the standard list we have. Makes for a fun, unique and memorable experience.

Throwing a bachelorette for your girl friend who is getting married soon? Get this Bachelorette pail which comes with a pack of party cards, 8 printed napkins with a game, a banner, 8 badges and 8 funky balloons. We also call it the "Last fling before the Ring" pail. *Wink Wink!

For the love struck fellows we have these 2 lovey dovey options to spice up your love life. The Love Pail and the 100 Reasons Why I Love You Pail. The love pail has a few 100 quirky reasons why you love your partner- on a toilet roll, a love band, a naughty dice game, a beautiful scented candle and some potpourri. So go ahead buy this bucket and set up that date night! 
The 100 reasons why I love you bucket has a list of 100 reasons why you love him/her. You get a standard list of reasons with the bucket or you can personalise them. Make it oh-so-special for someone!

The next time you think of making someones gift extra special, think of using these pails. Makes for a memorable experience and a unique one at that :) 
Happy gifting!!  

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

To gift and what to gift?

"For the love of God, don't ask me what I am going to gift to friends and family this Diwali. Because I don't know!" said my aunt.
"It is so confusing, same story every year. Should I give the tea set to the Mehtas? Oh, but I think I gave them a tea set last year too. 
Maybe a dabba (box) of mithai for the Sharmas. But the same kind of mithai is there everywhere in the market. Mine will also be just another dabba. I want it to be different, something nice, something new, something fun and something that they will remember for a long time."

Familiar scene during festival season?
Struggling to think of that "nice, different, perfect" gift?
Want to break away from the mundane and cliched stuff ? 

Here are some things you can try out this season and do let us know how it worked out :) 

Cute eh? You can even send tarts and mini cupcakes with a festive theme. 

Sick of all the mithai (sweets) going around? Gift someone the tea hamper to soothe those frazzled festive season nerves, to help them relax. 

Know someone who loves to host taash (cards) parties?? Perrrfect gift for them - the funky playing cards which can be customized with a photograph of your choice.
Or a box of the You're The Bomb mint chocolates. Apt for gifting to your firecracker friends :) 

Are you hosting a party at your place? Need some funky shot glasses? In addition to making people feel happy, they also make for great conversation starters :) 

And for all the post festive season recovery, this Pamper me Spa Pail will be awesome! It is the perfect gift to spoil your friends and yourself ;) 

None of these work for you? Still confused about what to give? No worries. We have some super fun gift certificates for you. Reach out to us. 

Wishing you a fun filled, happy and warm festive season ahead. Happy shopping and gifting! 

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Monstrous First Birthday

This month, 12 years ago I had done 3 birthday parties and promised myself to never be anxious of an order. Now, 12 years later... with over 1500 birthday parties, I am anxious about a new theme. Ahem!! Such is life of a Creative person handling a parent's dream


Client Brief: A Monster Birthday Bash.
Inspired by: Honeymoon in Paris and seeing the costume at a store, plus Monster University Movie.
Di Team’s Task: Sourcing and creating 1 eyed Monsters at a 5 star luxury hotel in Bangalore. 

  • Candy Bar: Monster lollipops, color coded candies and multicolor layered jello cups
 – Incredible  cupcakes cake with lots of eyes, googly eyes and colorful polka dots

  • Centre Pieces: Fur table linen and  decorated buckets with Monstrously cute characters!
  •  Main Course All the dishes converted to Monster Names; example “Monster Lice” instead of Monster Rice
  • Photo Booth:  Decor with balloons to complete the Monster Look
  • Buntings and Paper Danglers with the same theme
From the dozens of googly eyes and colorful candies to adorable felt monsters, Medhansh’s Monster Themed Birthday Party had it all !
A blue and green colour palate with accents of red in a darkened room with smoke machine’s and noises made it mysterious, not to mention the walkway done with only googly eyes all over the place. 
The Decor Around the place was filled with cute Monsters, not to mention, loads of  paper Decor hand cut at our Studio. 


Monster Cake

Cookie Monsters

Bird's Eye View Of the Place

We loved arranging this party. It was super fun!! If you would like to do this for someone you know, do let us know :) 
Have a lovely week ahead!