Up until a few months ago, I had somehow managed to live a Duck Dynasty free life. Blissfully unaware of what I was missing. No knowledge or care for the antics of Willy, Jace, Uncle Si, Phil or the rest of the gang of duck call millionaires.
Then, one fateful day in February, my sister posted on Facebook just how “Ha-Pay, Ha-Pay, Ha-Pay” she was that the new season of Duck Dynasty was starting that night. Duck what? I commented. What are you talking about?
She tried to explain but ultimately said “you just have to watch it for yourself”. I was hesitant as I am not a reality TV show watcher; House Hunters, House Hunters International and about a million cooking shows are as close as I get. But a show about millionaire rednecks? “It is so funny” she promised. Why not. Curiosity won out and my family and I tuned into Duck Dynasty for the very first time.
And you know what? We laughed.
And laughed and laughed and laughed.
And watched about 9 straight episodes because it was funny and kind of like a train wreck where you just can’t seem to look away.
There was a lot to like and a lot to laugh at. Lots of funny one-liners, sibling rivalry and the antics of adult men who act like 10 year olds. An I am who I am and proud of it attitude and of course crazy Uncle Si and his wild stories and complete annihilation of the English language “I’m what some people call, hey cultured, ok? I’m like a fine stinky cheese”.
Cultured. Not exactly what I was thinking.
Actually, watching Duck Dynasty was a lot like being back in my husband’s small hometown in Indiana. Seriously, his little brother’s groomsmen had names like Meat and Cletus and Buck. I’m not making that up and I’m still hoping there was a nickname or two in there.
But “cultured” isn’t what Duck Dynasty is about and something I’m pretty sure those guys could care less about. In fact, the patriarch of the family, Phil “The Duck Commander”, would refer to anyone who is cultured (or lives in a sub-division) as a “yuppie”. And he doesn’t mean that in a good way.
What Duck Dynasty is about is family, faith, sticking together, praying together and loving each other no matter what. It’s about being comfortable with who you are and where you come from. It’s good clean fun and something I feel good about letting my kids watch. That is saying something these days.
And, it’s funny.
My nine-year-old in particular LOVES it so when it came time to start planning his birthday party, I thought how about a Duck Dynasty birthday party? FUN! He was all for it!
Here’s how it turned out …
A Duck Dynasty Birthday Bash
I love to make my own invitations and always have a lot of fun trying to be clever. Don’t laugh at me but I use word … as in Microsoft Word. I do everything in Word, it is all I know. Not very sophisticated or computer savvy but effective enough.
I put a cast photo from the internet at the bottom of the invitation and then folded over the top two-thirds, concealing the interior of the invitation. The Duck Commander logo, which I also found online, along with “You’re Invited” printed on brown cardstock and then adhered to the plain white “fold-over” completed the outside of the invitation.
For the interior of the invitation, another internet picture – this time of Uncle Si with his famous “HEY JACK!” started things off just right. The rest of the invitation read …
IT’S A PARTY!
Ha-Pay, Ha-Pay, Ha-pay (which is what Phil always says and that’s how he says it Ha-pay) Birthday David!
Let me be more “pacific” … (remember how I said Uncle Si has a gift for completely butchering the English language?)
Where: On Brewer Land (something is always happening on Robertson Land which flashes on the screen regularly) with our address.
When: Date and Time
Come sharply dressed in your best cammo and bring a swimmin’ suit. And come hungry ’cause Miss Kay’ll (the family matriarch famous for her cooking, including some non-mainstream livin’ off the land type ingredients) be cookin’ up squirrels and frog’s legs.
RSVP to the Duck Commander at …
It is easy, fun and inexpensive to make your own invitations. If Microsoft Word and I can do it, believe me, you can too!
If you would like to print my invitation, you can do so by clicking the following links and then going into the text box(es) and changing the wording as you like.
The Decorations & Favors
I had a great time putting this party together. I love planning the decorations and decking out the dining room table. Our dining room has been adorned with many themes over the years … Spiderman, Princesses, Cowboys, Surfin’ at the Beach, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Thomas the Train, CARS, Artist easels and canvases and now … Duck Dynasty.
Oh the things that have hung from that chandelier.
The wooden crates came from Michaels and added some elevation to the table scape. I like to make the cake the centerpiece of the table and then decorate around it.
I printed up a lot of fun Duck Dynasty images from the internet and incorporated them into the design, along with a lot of swamp creatures and critters that I picked up at Michaels.
Here are the images I used along with a couple of funny quotes …
This was the birthday wish on the cake. I mounted the photo and salutation on orange card stock, taped a drinking straw to the back and stuck it into the cake. Easy. Cheap. Awesome!
Here is the Printable Cake Topper – just go into the text box and change the “name” before you print.
This is my favorite part. I found some of the funniest one-liners and quotes from the show, printed them out and hung them from the chandelier with raffia.
I don’t care how cultured you are, that’s funny!
Especially to adolescent boys. Who are not cultured.
And their dads. Hmmmmmmm.
Okay, and me.
Here are the quotes if you would like to use them …
I have a confession. I’m funny about party favors. I like quality favors. It isn’t about how much you spend but quality is better than quantity; whether it is one cookie decorated in the party theme and wrapped adorably in a cellophane bag or a few items kids will actually play with. All of those little junky plastic piñata fillers make me crazy. Please don’t take offense to this. I’m not judging. I’m just saying that at my house, those little things end up in the garbage about 4.2 seconds after we walk in the door; sadly making their way to the nearest landfill. I know I’m not alone here.
The Duck Dynasty Party Favors
- Grey and Brown Beards
- American flag and pink cammo (for the girls) bandanas
- Duck Calls – a BIG hit!
- Rubber frogs, snakes and lizards
- Camo bracelets
- And a small nylon camo bag to carry it all home in.
Nothing was very expensive but it all fit the theme well and hopefully will be useful and/or played with. And will avoid the landfill at least for a while.
Loud duck calls.
Okay maybe the plastic spinning tops that don’t spin and dog choking rubber bouncy balls aren’t so bad.
Click the items listed above for the link to purchase. If there is no link, they were not purchased on-line and were purchased at a party or craft store (Michaels or Hobby Lobby).
Additional Party Supply links …
Whenever I throw a party, I like to lay out all of the platters and serving dishes ahead of time and then put the items on them that they will be used for; well the non perishable ones anyway. That way I won’t be scrambling around at crunch time looking for service items. It frees me up to scramble around at crunch time in other ways.
It is either organization and good planning or OCD. Either way, it keeps me straight. And sane.
I also like to make descriptive food “place cards”. Who am I kidding, I LOVE to make them.
Especially when you can make them theme oriented and fun!
The Duck Dynasty Party Menu
- Gator Tail with spicy BBQ dip (grilled chicken skewers, gator tastes remarkably like chicken)
- Miss Kay’s Boudin Sausage Bites with BBQ dip
- Buffalo Style Frog’s Legs (curiously similar to hot wings)
- Bayou Baked Beans
- Pulled Pot o’ Squirrel (pulled pork in the crock-pot)
- Swamp Grass (coleslaw – a must with pulled pork and soft rolls)
- Caprese Salad, Yuppie Food
- Watermelon and blueberries, arranged into “Pretty Yuppie Food”
- BBQ chips, tortilla chips and salsa
- Purple grapes
- Veggie tray with carrots, grape tomatoes and sliced cucumbers
And of course, no Duck Dynasty Party would be complete without a big pitcher of Uncle Si’s famous (or infamous) iced tea.
Only ours wasn’t sweet. Sorry all my southern friends, we’re Yankees – or south westerners at least. There’s no “sweet” in our tea.
I use this three-tiered stand a lot and decorate it according to theme. It is easier than a stacked cake and leaves more surface area for decorating. Of course we had to have ducks and a few beavers and their dam; which the Robertson men do battle with on a regular basis. I used stick pretzels to make reeds on the side of the green duck cake and to make the beaver dam on the chocolate cake.
Which by the way was a Sugar-free/Gluten-free chocolate cake.
And it was delicious. And I got to have cake.
Ha-pay, Ha-pay, Ha-pay!
I also put out a pecan bars and peanut butter and jelly bars.
David loved the cake and that is what matters most!
And he got all nine candles out in one breath!
Well, cammo, bandanas and beards are fun of course! And Nathan is fun!
And friends are fun!
And water balloons are fun!
And built-in entertainment is fun.
And easy for mom and dad.
We had also planned to do some duck target shooting with Nerf guns but as is always the case, the kids really just want to run around and play and swim. So that’s what we did.
Family, friends, food, fun, cake and presents.
And a Duck Dynasty floor mat. The greatest gift ever.
An attempt was even made to redecorate the entry hall.
Sadly, a line had to be drawn.
As a kid, I didn’t have big blow-out parties with thirty of my “closest” friends at giant expensive venues. Don’t get me wrong, those parties are just fine and great fun; we just did it a little differently. We did family parties at home and I loved it. Those are some of my favorite memories and that is how I approach birthdays now that I am the mom. I have done a few of the big venue parties but for the most part we stay at home, in the company of family and friends. And lots of food.
I hope my kids will one day look back with the same fondness that I do. I hope they too will have wonderful memories of the fun we had at home with the people we love.
And of how they were celebrated.
Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday David.
Note: The “printables” shared in this post contain images obtained from the internet and are not official Duck Dynasty merchandise or for sale in anyway. They were created for use at my son’s party and I am simply happy to share. There is a link in the post to official Duck Dynasty Party Merchandise.