8.12.2016

Luke's Construction Party + $250 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!

Luke's 4th birthday party was last weekend.
He has been talking about having a "diggy" party for the past few months.
(Whenever he sees a Digger or Construction machinery, he calls it a "diggy")
Here is the invite to his party:
 The party was a Construction theme, but it was also a pool party (Luke loves swimming, we have a pool & he has a summer birthday, so every single one of his parties has been a pool party along with theme)
We had 30 people at the party, but it was mostly family. We invited both sides of our immediate family (we are lucky that we all live in the same town) and we invited 2 of our close family friends, 1 family who's son is one of Luke's best friends & the other family is one of our neighbors & their son and Luke are good buddies also.

Since it was a construction party, I had road signs up as people entered the party:

Bathroom sign...aka "Pit Stop"
 
 No Parking Sign:
Entering into our kitchen area:
 The party was at 4pm, which meant I would be serving dinner at around 5:30, so I had a lot of appetizers out for people to snack on before dinner.
Here is the appetizer table:

 I always have fun with naming the food to go with the theme.

Nuts & Bolts (Chex Mix)
Wrecking Balls (Cheese Balls)
Safety Cones (Bugles):
2x4's (Veggie Sticks)
I used some of Luke's construction toys as part of the decor.

 Corn Dip is one of our favorite appetizers! Recipe {HERE}
I thought the appetizer set up turned out cute!

 Close up of the Luke's banner I made:
Opposite view of the appetizer station:

  "Wrecking Balls' hanging from the ceiling:

Orange, Black & Yellow isn't my favorite color combo, but it totally worked for this theme:

 Cups/Straws/Napkins:

Luke's party was also a pool party, so we decorated the pool fence with caution tape & balloons:

I added a "Pool Area" sign to the pool fence:
 
Kids also jumped on the trampoline which I name the Kids Play Area :)
 
 The drink station:

The dinner set up:

Pulled Pork:
Hot Dogs:

Broccolli Slaw:
Tortellini Pasta Salad {Recipe HERE}
Watermelon:

Close up of the Dig In sign:
Dinner was simple & I was able to prep most of it ahead of time!

Now...onto my favorite...the dessert table! :)

I was able to incorporate more of Luke's toys on this also!
 Close up of Birthday sign:

I made a sign to put in the flowers.....Junk Zone...perfect for all the junk food I had at this table :)
Here is some of the junk food I had on this table:
Vanilla Cupcakes with fondant toppers:
The fondant toppers turned out so cute:
I got them {HERE}
Brownie bites:
YUM.
 Spare Tires...aka Chocolate Donuts:
Lumber.....aka Wafer Cookies:

Pebbles....aka Reeses Pieces:
A Rock Pile....aka Milk Duds:
Boulders....aka Whoppers:
Road Rubble....mini Snickers & mini Reeses PB Cups:
The dessert table is always my favorite thing to decorate:

And...of course....the best part of the dessert table....the cake!

If you have read my blog for a while, you know my Mother in law makes the most amazing birthday cakes for our kids!
Luke wanted a big rock pile cake with his "diggys" on it:
This cake did not disappoint...it was amazing!

I got the toys HERE and the cone candles HERE

This was the most chocolatey cake I have ever had! Luke LOVED it.


For the favors, I gave out cookies like I do for pretty much every party/shower I host.
Luke's Crew:
The party was loads of fun :)
I LOVED how the cookies turned out!!! So cute!
Cookies from THIS Etsy shop
They were so cute:

And, they were delicious!

There you have it....Luke's Construction Birthday Party!

Check out his 1st, 2nd & 3rd birthday parties:

To see all my other parties, click the Parties Tab {HERE}

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In case you missed Monday's post, this week is my blog's 8th Golden Blogoversary, so I hosted a week of giveaways! 
Today is the final giveaway & it's a good one!
$250 Nordstrom Gift Card
  Who wouldn't love a $250 Nordstrom Gift Card

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Today's giveaway ends August 19th!
 
The other giveways are still open until next week:
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Enter Tuesday's $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway HERE.
Enter Wednesday's $100 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway HERE.
Enter yesterday's $100 in Rodan + Fields Products Giveaway HERE

Good luck! 
This week has been so fun hosting all the giveaways!
I don't remember the last time I blogged 5 days in a row...it has been YEARS!
Ain't nobody got time for that anymore....but I thought my 8 year "Golden" Blogoversary celebration was a fun reason to blog everyday this week.

Thanks again for reading the past 8 years!
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232 comments:

  1. I would use the gift card to buy my husband a new jacket.

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  2. follow on BL as https://www.bloglovin.com/people/lisabrown748-1344076

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  3. You are one creative lady! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. I love your parties- so much fun! Your pizza parlor one a few months ago was adorable too! My daughter is planning a motorcycle biker brunch for her 5th birthday. I'd use the Nordstrom card to buy nice shoes to teach in and some new jewelry. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Allie agalnamedal.blogspot.com

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  5. Like you, I go all out for birthday party themes. I would say my favorites have been Winnie-the-Pooh (both of my kids' 1st bday parties was Pooh) & Nemo. Altho I have to admit, I'm starting to get party themed out. HAHAHAHA!!!!

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  6. the "diggy" party was too cute! thanks for sharing. I would use the giftcard to buy some back to school clothes!

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  7. I think I would use the Nordstrom gift card on some new clothes for Me! I just bought my boys new wardrobes for back to school, it's my turn now :)

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  8. This party is too cute! You did a fabulous job! xoxo

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  9. Cute party ideas! If I won the gift card I would get some Frye boots or handbag :)

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  10. My favorite party theme I've done was my daughter's "rainbow butterfly" theme, which she came up with for her 5th birthday. I would definitely use the gift card on new work clothes!

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  11. I am planning a flamingo theme for my daughter's second birthday party and I am SO EXCITED!

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  12. I would buy shoes! Nothing is like a pair of beautiful shoes)))

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  13. My husband thinks I am crazy but I also love giving the food items fun names and making cute signs for them!

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  14. I would buy some clothes and Christmas presents!

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  15. I love the cake and the decorations. . .very nice!

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  16. I wish I was this talented to pull off a bday party like this!! Love all the ideas!!

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  17. Oh my gosh, this party was amazing!! I love the theme and everything you did with it! My favorite party I've planned/hosted would be my sons 5th birthday, it was a carnival theme and it was so so fun!

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  18. I love all your creative and fun ideas for your parties, You are one talented, creative and FUN Momma!! =)

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  19. That party looks like so much fun and such cute decorations! My favorite theme I've done for my kids is my daughter's first birthday party with pink and blue owls, it was so cute!

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  20. Your parties are so amazing!!!! Looks like so much fun!

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  21. Now I need a vanilla cupcake AND a sugar cookie...bad!
    Cutest party! I love the theme and all the signs and "diggy's". Well done :)

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  22. Such a cute party!!

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  23. That cake though! SO CUTE!

    My favorite party I've thrown was a Superheros and Villains party (come dressed as one or the other)...it was a college party so it had a bit of a different atmosphere but it could totally work as a theme for a kids party or an adult birthday party.

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  24. Loved the party details! I would buy new fall clothes! :)

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  25. I am planning a monster truck party for my 4 year old in a few months! And Nordstrom..all the heart eyes!!

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  26. I'd use the gift card to get some new work clothes

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Very cute party theme and execution!

    With a Nordstrom gift card, I'd get all the fall clothes I didn't budget for during the #NAS :)

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  28. My favorite party theme is princess.

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  29. We did dinosaur one year. This year I am going to my a car cake. I don't know what to do for my daughter. I want to do something that is girly, but not princesses.

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  30. OMG, you thought of everything for that party! That is so awesome. Lucky little boy!

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  31. Cute party! Thanks for sharing your ideas. I would use the gift card to buy my husband some new items as he never seems to get anything for himself!

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  32. I'd use the giftcard to splurge on a new purse :)

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  33. That cake was on point! So amazing. I would love some new clothes for teaching. I teach preschool!

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  34. Love this theme for a little boy! My favorite for my son was a science themed party. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Your parties are always so amazing!!!!!

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  36. Love how creative you are for all the parties - impressive!

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  37. I always love reading your blog!! Fingers crossed I win this one!! Thank you for being so generous.

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  38. I love your party ideas, especially for boys. Thank you for al the giveaway opportunities.

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  39. I think I would start my Christmas shopping!

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  40. My daughter is having a roller skating party this year.

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  41. I would buy fall clothing. Follow on bloglovin: bloglovin.com/elena1509

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  42. I like space themed parties for kids.

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  43. Oh my word... you throw the best parties!!! I hope my kids don't ever see what they are missing out on. Ha! ;)

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  44. What a cute party! The gift card would be great for Christmas gifts!

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  45. I love getting to read a blog from you everyday!

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  46. I get married 4.22.2017 so I would love this card to use to buy my bridesmaids' gifts. :)

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  47. I would love to use the gift card to buy me some a new Tory Burch bag.

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  48. What a wonderful birthday party!! I would love the gift card to buy Christmas presents! It'll be here before we know it!

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  49. What a great job you did on Luke's party. A new Fall/Winter handbag would be good to shop for.

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  50. Ahh what would I buy??? I need a military jacket, so maybe one of those. There was a pair of shoes I was eyeing during the Anniversary Sale but didn't buy, so maybe I'd wait for them to go on sale again and grab those too. :)

    You seriously have such an eye for party planning/details! This is so awesome!

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  51. Oh! I LOVE a good theme! I'm sure Luke had a blast celebrating!

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  52. I would by a new pair of polarized sunglasses from Nordstroms!

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  53. I would definitely put that Nordstrom gift card to good use. There are so many things that I want there, but a pair of Hunter Boots is on the top of my list. Thanks for the opportunity!!!!

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  54. It's hard to pick a favorite party theme! The Cute As A Button one I did for my daughter's first birthday and the woodland creatures one I did for my son are tied right now.

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  55. We throw a big luau party every year...I love the cheesy theme!!

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  56. It is apparent that you love to throw parties. You make it look so easy!

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  57. Looks fun and adorable! Love the cookies. The cookie artist is incredible. I looked at her store on Etsy and she has so many designs. Another awesome party in the books!

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  58. I loved party themes when my kids were little (pre Pinterest). I especially liked a Harry Potter party and a Knights party.

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  59. Your parties are amazing! I'm not a huge party planning person, but I love finding special ways to celebrate people I love.

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  60. Great party! We did this theme (complete with swimming) for my son too and I loved it. So easy to use tools and toys we had in the decor.

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  61. I would use the gift card to get winter coats for my family.

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  62. So cute! I would use the gift card for new clothes 😊

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  63. I would use my gift card for some new fall clothes!!

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  64. I would get my mother cute sneakers, workout clothes and accessories. She started a weight loss journey for health reasons, so I think this would be a nice encouragement. :)

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  65. I would buy my mother cute sneakers, workout clothes and accessories. She started a weight loss journey for health reasons. So I think that would be a nice encouragement. :)

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  66. My favorite party theme is everything pink, for a kid's party - pink popcorn, pink hats, pink drinks, pink cake, they love it!

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  67. I love the idea of a Harry Potter themed party!

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  68. We did a Harry Potter themed party for my daughter last year that was fun to put together. Also a rock star party, complete with a limo ride for the kids. :)

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  69. Love Luke's party theme! This would be a perfect theme for our little boy!

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  70. What a cute party for Luke! My favorite theme party for our son was a fishing party. Naming the food was so fun!
    -Renae

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  71. I loved looking at pictures of Luke's party! Thank you for sharing.

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  72. I had a construction theme for my son when he turned four also! I'm now planning his Lego-themed 7th birthday party! How can this be? I'd love the Nordstrom gift card, the anniversary sale was so much fun but I still have several things on my wish list!

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  73. loved the pics of Luke's bday! I would use the money for back to school shopping for my 3 kids!

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  74. Love your party posts! Happy Birthday to Luke! - Christy

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  75. We had a construction party for my son as well this year. Thanks for giveaway chance

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  76. I'm going to plan a construction party! Fun menu and decorations. I would spend my gift
    card on fall clothes and shoes.

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  77. What an absolutely amazing birthday party! Probably my favorite them was a Blue's Clues I did for my teen, many years ago!

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  78. I loved the construction cake!
    My daughter is turning 40 in November and I would love to get a splurge moto jacket for her big day!

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  79. Great party! I would use the Nordstrom card to start Christmas shopping!! Thanks for the chance to win. xo

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  80. I would use the gift card to buy something special for my husband!

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  81. I would love a new handbag for the fall!

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  82. A pirate theme is always fun! Arg matey!

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  83. Wow! What a great party! I would buy a new pair of boots for the fall.

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  84. Your parties look like so much fun! Everything is so cute!

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  85. Thank you so much. I would use for Christmas mostly, I believe.

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  86. I would buy some blouses for work!
    dyacafdyassf@yahoo.com

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  87. I would buy some new work clothes for me!!

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  88. I would use it to
    buy new clothes for my twins going into school! And something extra for their birthday on October 6!

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  89. I love all your parties! I also have two girls and my boy came last, so I'm excited to get into the world of boy parties! My favorite theme so far was my oldest's 4th birthday which was an art theme. My little guy would love this theme though. It's pinned on Pinterest!

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  90. I came on to your blog for party ideas tonight and found this awesome post! Congrats on your blog Anni!

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  91. i love holiday, costume, or game parties. I've also really wanted to have a great gatsby theme party too.

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  92. Your parties are amazing!!! I would use the gift card for fall clothes/boots or baby things for baby #2! Due soon!

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  93. I would use the gift card to buy some new tops as I just went through a bi-lateral mastectomy and nothings fits me.

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  94. I love theme parties for grown ups, as my kids are grown now. I would use the gift card to buy new clothes. I have lost a lot of weight and need new things. Thanks for the chance.

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  95. Oh I would love to spend the gift card on some new Kendra Scott jewelry!

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  96. I am not sure what I would use it on...shoes maybe

    I loved this party!! Your food and desserts always look womderful! We make,your corn dip often!!

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  97. You're parties always look so great! My favorite "theme" is a party that incorporates a make-you-own ice cream sundae bar. So fun!

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  98. I would use the gift card to buy a new pair of shoes for work and a kitchenaid mixer pasta attachment.

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  99. What a beautiful party! I would use the money to buy a new outfit for my sister's wedding.

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  100. Your parties are so creative and you think of everything! You really inspire me! I would use the gift card for a new hand bag in celebration of my daughter ( hopefully) being toilet trained soon and me being able to retire my gigantic diaper bag!

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  101. I love hello kitty party theme :) so cute! I will buy clothes that I could share with my mom

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  102. I am a kid at heart who loves Disney. A Pooh party would be ideal for me.

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  103. I would use the gift card for a new wallet and purse.

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  104. I would use the gift card for fall clothes!

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  105. Love the party details! Love the theme. So many great themes for little boys...my sister and I have used airplanes, Legos, Star Wars, Dr. Suess, Toy Story, and the zoo.

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  106. I would use it to get an early start on Christmas shopping.

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  107. You are so creative! Such a cute party. :) That cake is amazing!

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  108. I would use it for back to school shopping. Loved all your construction party ideas. really cute. The cake looked amazing!

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  109. I've been wanting a facial device from Norstrom, so I'd use the gift card to buy one.

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  110. Beautiful job on the party theme. I hope you son loved it! I would buy some warm clothes for my daughter who's leaving for college in the Yukon.

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  111. I would buy some great boots for winter and maybe some jeans.

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  112. I would use the gift card to get something for our home.

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  113. What an awesome party! I love an ice cream themed party!
    Tara | thshopgal.com

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  114. What a cute party! Always love looking at all the decor and fun food!

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  115. I love any kind of Disney themed party! Luke's party is adorable :)

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  116. We celebrated my sons birthday on July 9th (his birthday is on the 13th and he turned 4) and we also used the construction theme! I think it was my favorite party to date! We even had an excavator come so that the kids could sit on it and "operate" it. :)

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  117. I'd get all of my Christmas shopping done. :)

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  118. I'd get all of my Christmas shopping done. :)

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  119. Love the party post...great decor! I like planning summer BBQ parties too.

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  120. Your parties are seriously amazing. I would use the gift card for new work clothes for me and shoes for the kids!

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  121. Happy Blogaversary! I haven't been reading since the start but have been following along for most of it. I keep thinking I'll run into you since we're practically neighbors!

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  122. there are so many party themes that are amazing but I think I love the Candy Shoppe Party theme party the most!!

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  123. My friend just threw her daughter a puppy party... complete with puppy noses drawn on all the kids. I thought that was so cute!

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  124. What a fun party! You are so talented! Thanks for all the fun giveaways!

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  125. What an AMAZING party! I would use the gift card for back to school clothing for my oldest daughter who leaves for her junior year in college next week.

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  126. I dion't have a favorite, it's whatever the guest of honor wants. But I do like party food!

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  127. Love the fun party~ you are very creative!
    And I ❤️ Nordstorms!!!! They have great stuff- but I would probably pick a new pair of shoes ☺️

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  128. My favorite party theme I've thrown is a CLUE bday! So much fun! I did a construction party for my son once too!

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  129. Cute party! My son would have loved that at that age! You had every detail covered

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  130. WOW, luv the party posts. Divine. I would use to buy much needed clothes to do job interview. you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :)

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  131. Adorable party! I would use the GC for boots or a new purse :)

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  132. Super Cute Party Theme! I'd Use The Gift Card To Buy Clothes.

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  133. I love the under the sea party theme, I did shopkins one year and a fairy garden would be fun! My kids need some new clothes and I would love a new coat.

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  134. Great party ideas. I would buy some shoes or clothes with the gift card if I won.

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  135. I always love seeing the parties you throw for your kids!

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  136. I would buy new shoes with the gift card.

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  137. i would use the gift card for maternity clothes!

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  138. I would buy school clothes for my granddaughters.

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  139. I have always loved Halloween themed parties.

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  140. Another aweso,e one!! Love the cake and back to school shopping!!

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  141. Super cute party. I love all the attention to detail.

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  142. You always do the absolute cutest parties!

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  143. Wow! What a party. The theme is absolutely adorable! I'd use the gift card towards a diaper bag and car seat for our baby due this fall.

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  144. first of all way to go mama, that was an awesome party set up! My favourite party to date was a mad hatter tea party alice in wonderland theme for my daughter. We also did a movie under the stars for my son one year, that was a big hit. Unfortunately my other childrens birthdays are in the winter, so I haven't been able to do that for them.

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  145. Another incredible party!! Girl, I LOVE all of the details! Everything is perfect!

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  146. What a fun party theme!! I desperately need new clothes for the school year, teaching preschool requires looking incredible too!

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  147. How stinkin cute!! I am starting to my plan my daughter's FIRST birthday!

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  148. What a great theme! I love all the details of all of your birthday parties.

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  149. Super cute! I especially love the cake! YUM!

    Hugs,
    Trisha

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  150. I would like to give this to my daughter so she can do her own shopping. She loves shopping and needs some new things.

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  151. I love a roaring 20's flapper themed party.

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  152. I'd save the Nordstrom card for next year's Mother's Day gift. My mom loves Nordstrom and she'd probably indulge in some high end makeup and moisturizer.

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  153. I'd save the Nordstrom card for next year's Mother's Day gift. My mom loves Nordstrom and she'd probably indulge in some high end makeup and moisturizer.

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  154. i would use it for a new fall wardrobe

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  155. Love the party decor especially the food names!

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  156. I would use a gift card on some booties. They look so cute on other people, but I can't find the right ones for me!

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  157. id give to my daughter so she can buy clothes for college

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  158. I'd use the gift card for some non mom clothes! Or some Frye boots!

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  159. You've just inspired me to start planning for our daughter's birthday party next month. She's turning 15, so won't be quite as much detail, but we're having an ice cream sundae bar so that'll be fun!

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  160. Mel- I just love your party themes! Right down to the speed "4" on the signs. You're really creative and it always comes through in these party details! Our favorite parties to throw are at Christmas and we always do a fun themed party- we did a Marie Antoinette party once (decadence with champagne bottles and fancy French desserts, everyone dressed up, and we covered the house in pink, baby blue and gold like The Coppola version, it was great). Anyway, happy blogoversary, and if I won your nordstrom gift card I would use it to buy myself a fabulous new romper and sun hat for my 10th anniversary vow renewal.

    Jenny- mariettaseller@yahoo.com

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  161. I would use this awesome card to get my husband new dress shoes for work. I love all your party ideas they are so fun!

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  162. I would buy back to school clothes for the kids

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  163. Love all the cute details of the party! Great job!

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  164. I would purchase some new fall boots.

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  165. I love a carnival themed party! I'm be picking out back to school clothing for my kids!

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  166. I used to love under the sea themed parties, but now I want to this construction one - like tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

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  167. The gift card would be great for back to school shopping. Thanks for hosting!

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  168. Oh I have to say my favorite party theme is Sharks! We had so much fun doing this theme this year! We hung up jelly fish we made out of paper bowls and curling ribbon hanging down from them...oh it was so fun to do! I LOVE your construction theme you did! I might have to try that theme next year!

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  169. I would buy some fall clothes and a weekender bag. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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