My Birthday Party {Target.com e-code Giveaway}

Monday, February 21, 2011
"Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance."

~Dave Barry








My birthday is this week! This will probably be my last birthday in Oklahoma, at least for a while, so it's a good excuse to throw a party!

I'm transforming my house into a nightclub for an evening, and I'll be posting my progress/ideas here for you all to see as the week goes on.

To celebrate, I'm offering one winner a $15 Target.com e-code!



To enter:

Give me an idea for my party! It could be food, inexpensive decor, or anything else you think might help me set the club mood.



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The last day to enter the giveaway is Sunday, February 27 (02/27/11). I will use random.org to choose a winner and will contact him or her by email (please leave an email if it is not visible in your profile).




144 comments:

  1. Mysharona said...:

    I like making a dip w/ velveeta, crumbled sausage and green chilis...people love it.

  1. Janet said...:

    Cupcakes are the best party accessory! okay, and good lighting!

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  1. Linda said...:

    how about meatballs in the crock pot and a 7 layer salad to start with.
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  1. Deb said...:

    Go Glam. Shop thrift shops for 70's or 80's gowns, decorations and glassware, etc.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    To get a club feel i think it would be good to have somewhat an upscale club scene. I would say have a few friends serving drinks like as waiters but you want them to have fun too so not too much of that. But you could have refreshments such as chips and dip, meatballs or chicken wings,a fruit tray, or even a oster fondue pot which can be purchased for $25 at Target. You can always keep this for the future. For music you should have a friend control what is being played. I know it may take time but have cds that someone can pop in and out with your music everyone will enjoy. If you have lamps in your house then you can easily replace the bulbs with different colors bulbs to have a great effect!

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    To get a club feel i think it would be good to have somewhat an upscale club scene. I would say have a few friends serving drinks like as waiters but you want them to have fun too so not too much of that. But you could have refreshments such as chips and dip, meatballs or chicken wings,a fruit tray, or even a oster fondue pot which can be purchased for $25 at Target. You can always keep this for the future. For music you should have a friend control what is being played. I know it may take time but have cds that someone can pop in and out with your music everyone will enjoy. If you have lamps in your house then you can easily replace the bulbs with different colors bulbs to have a great effect!

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  1. Katie said...:

    You've definitely got to get a disco ball!
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  1. sksweeps said...:

    I'd go with lots of jewel toned balloons like in your blog header, and you could echo that with the plates, napkins, centerpieces...! Happy Birthday!

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  1. traciet said...:

    I love to serve appetizers from a crockpot such as buffalo chicken dip! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  1. jennem said...:

    Change out your lightbulbs with colored bulbs or black lights.
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  1. dawns41 said...:

    I would have Creme Puffs as a dessert. You could put them in the Gold Foil baking cups and arrange them on a tray.
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  1. mogrill said...:

    We make plain cupcakes and get frosting, sprinkles,candies etc... and let the kids decorate them instead of a big cake.
    Thanks for the chance.
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  1. llinda29 said...:

    I like to have tacos for fun

  1. buzzd said...:

    Have an island theme party with fruity drinks in coconuts, flowers etc. You could put have a tiki head and other fun beachy items around.

  1. Meredith said...:

    Hang a disco ball from the ceiling!

  1. Valerie said...:

    hummus and pita bread!

  1. Jamie said...:

    Make sure there is a good place to dance!

  1. Pink Sade said...:

    Ah! If you're gonna have a nightclub setting, you should definitely set up a your ps3/xbox/etc with the DjHero game! It's fun!
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  1. clc408 said...:

    Make your club a cantina. A fiesta theme could be fun and inexpensive. Brightly colored linens and a taco bar are easy to prepare ahead and everyone helps themselves.

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  1. Stephanie said...:

    You can cover lamps/lights with inexpensive cuts of fabric or scarves to create a moody, club feel with lighting (just make sure the fabric doesn't touch the light bulbs), then definitely get some great music going. You can invent a special drink for the night in honor of your birthday to serve to everyone. Most importantly, have fun with it, don't stress over it and celebrate another year of life!!!
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  1. BethElderton said...:

    Change to combination colored and black bulbs; move the furniture back for dancing,set a long playlist for music, don a fabulous gothic ball gown!
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  1. Stephanie said...:

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  1. hale2005 said...:

    Archer farms ice cream for your party.

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  1. Anonymous said...:

    I think your party needs a Star Glam Party Size Dip Chiller. I've never used one, but I feel it would be the hit of the party. Dip Chillers are the like the water cooler of all the hippest clubs... right?

    Not completely sure on where to get one, but I've seen one at a Christmas Party Dirty Santa once. Funny that no one wanted to steal it... Their lose!

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  1. Michelle said...:

    I'm lazy so I just go with pizza.

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  1. deanna said...:

    have a red carpet outside
    place snacks like nuts and pretzels around
    Have a person walk around with trays of small food like mini burgers or chicken on a stick
    create fun drinks with colored sugar around the edge of the glasses
    disco ball
    have a cool DJ
    dance floor

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  1. Erica C. said...:

    Go buy a sexy outfit to feel awesome during the party!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Themed nights are great....we had a british themed night. Fish and chips....bangers and mash etc.

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  1. Michele said...:

    Thank you for the giveaway. 3 Cans Rotel, 1 brick velveeta and tostito scoops!
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  1. Andrea D said...:

    u could have cupcakes..cupcakes and more cupcakes


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  1. Heather W said...:

    My fiance and I have a tradition of throwing two random ideas together for a silly, wild party. Last yr, I had a Mexican Dinosaur party (Mexican food with dinosaur decorations lol)
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  1. Karen said...:

    I like to fix a mexican dip that everyone loves!
    2 cans of refried beans
    8 oz. sour cream
    1 envelope taco seasoning
    Mix all together and put in pie plate.
    Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes. Then sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese, return to oven to melt cheese.
    Serve with tortilla chips.
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  1. great_boo_02 said...:

    The right music is a must. Play some songs that get people to dance. Once you get a few people to start dancing it seems like people dance all night.
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  1. Taleah said...:

    Christmas lights! They're great for low lighting, and you (hopefully) have them in different colors!

  1. Julieh said...:

    I love a disco dress up party, myself. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

  1. barbara.montyj said...:

    A good party tip - you can get lots of your appetizers for next to nothing at a dollar store!
    Thank you.
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  1. Hippie4ever said...:

    How about one of those balls that has different colored circles inset and rotates around an internal lightbulb. Finger foods, but not to messy...stained clothes, rug, furniture: maybe delectable sandwiches cut into small portions, rolled lunchenmeats/cheeses around roasted red pepper, olive assortment, a chocolate tray might be nice - bite size variety of different chocolates...Ghiradelli has a # of different bagged and individually wrapped varieties, nuts (try to be sparing on salt...it will make your guests thirsty and if you're serving alcohol make sure each group has a designated driver or plan for a sleepover).

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  1. I've seen that you can make glowing cocktails. I think you add soda water. You could google the recipe. I haven't tried it, but it might be fun. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

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  1. Melissa O. said...:

    I'd have your friends make some playlists to put on an ipod to connect to speakers to ensure a variety of music...with stuff you might not choose yourself but your guests may love.

    Have fun!

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  1. dandmrobbins said...:

    Have someone at the door pretending to be the bouncer and stamp their hand

  1. Tammy said...:

    Serve wings, nuts, and pretzels!

  1. Liz said...:

    I'd get some sparkly 70s bar-style glass candle holders (kind of like this one: http://i842.photobucket.com/albums/zz348/msmolka/415candle.jpg)!

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  1. Mandy said...:

    dancing and a disco ball
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  1. amied027 said...:

    Mardi Gras beads would be a fun addition! They are cheap and everybody loves them! Thanks! ard1977@gmail dot com

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  1. Beth said...:

    Happy birthday! I like to have crab and artichoke dip at parties (don't know if you have Costco in your area, but they sell a good one), as well as cheese plates and crackers. Some low, ambient type music and a bunch of good people are all you really need!

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  1. Beau said...:

    it's mardi gras season so you can go with a mardi gras theme and use purple, green and yellow or gold streamers, mardi gras beads, serve hurricanes, milk punch or bloody mary's, jambalaya, mini muffelettas, red beans and rice with andouille sausage. Laissez les bons temps rouler
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  1. Shannon said...:

    Party favors!! Along with sweet indulgents like chocolate make parties awesome!
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  1. Marla said...:

    How about those little smokies wrapped in a biscuitt.

  1. Tracey said...:

    Nothing says party like a chocolate fountain and fresh strawberries for dipping.
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  1. Diana said...:

    Find a disco ball!
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  1. kinnairdkath said...:

    you could make steamers with card stock with musical notes
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  1. Beckeesdeals said...:

    I would do some sort of a theme like tropical and have all kinds of tropical drinks, tropical fruit and things like that!
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  1. Rachel said...:

    it's all about the food and lighting, low level lighting, and party food, little meatballs and ham sandwiches

  1. amyd said...:

    hire a dj ith some sort of light show
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  1. Nicole Greene said...:

    A Disco Ball!! Seriously they are a lot of fun!

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  1. Beeb said...:

    Check your local dollar store for inexpensive decor! They often sell party supplies, tinted lightbulbs, even cocktail glasses and ice trays. Have a great party and thank you for the giveaway!

    ~Beeb
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  1. mail4rosey said...:

    Happy Birthday! And my tip is to order everything pre-made so there is zero stress on your time!

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  1. Barbarawr said...:

    borrow as many crockpots as you have friends you can ask, and make a lot of the food in them. That way you can enjoy the party and not be worrying about the food all the time.

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  1. EmmaPeel said...:

    I like cocktail wienys with dijon rolled up in pillsbury crescent dough, yum

  1. Baby Mama said...:

    Make sure to have a signature cocktail like a martini or cosmo
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  1. kellyr78 said...:

    You could decorate with old records or paint old cds on one side and hang them from the ceiling.
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  1. Erin G said...:

    Make the drinks fun colors using food coloring

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  1. kpintn said...:

    I love using the novelty ice cube trays for drinks....my favorite is the one that makes round solid ice balls.

    Oh, and those do-it-yourself ice sculpture/molds makes for convversation........

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  1. Jinxy and Me said...:

    You need a disco ball!

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  1. Diane52 said...:

    Today we played bingo and I gave away goody bags at my party.
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  1. Nancy said...:

    First of all - happy birthday! Some ideas: select a couple of colors and go to a dollar-type store to get tablecloths, cups, plates, napkins, etc for just a dollar each. Get some clear glass vases and fill with colored glass marbles or colored glass rocks that match your colors. Use colored light bulbs to give a nice glow. Have a signature drink - either alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic versions can be made. Have finger food that is OK at room temperature - that doesn't have to stay hot: chips, dip, small sandwiches, chocolate cupcakes, etc. Have fun!

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  1. shawn said...:

    Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your party!!!
    My Tip: Have Fun!! And Do simple Food- Have your guest bring a dish so you are not making it all.

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  1. Christi said...:

    A bubble machine! Or a fog machine, but bubbles are just so much fun!

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  1. Pamela S said...:

    Well if you're havinga nightclub, you must have a disco ball!! Or does that date me too much LOL?!?!?

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  1. Amy G. said...:

    Some ideas I have for a club theme are strobe lights, a fog machine, and cocktails. Thanks for the great giveaway and Happy Birthday!

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  1. dave said...:

    Since your working on food now my idea would be whole grain crackers next to the veggie tray as so many are trying to eat better. This way they can throw sliced cucumbers, or another vegtable slice on it.
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  1. Gianna said...:

    Make a bunch of cupcakes and put out various frosting and toppings. I find it's fun for adults and kids :)

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  1. Ardy22 said...:

    rent a big room at a nice restaurant and invite your friends.

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  1. purango said...:

    I would suggest a beach theme. You can decorate very inexpensively. garrettsambo@aol.com

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