A Duck Dynasty Birthday Bash!

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.

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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.

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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 …

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A Duck Dynasty Birthday Bash

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The birthday boy bearded up and ready to party!

The Invitations

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.

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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.

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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 …

HEY JACK!

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.

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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.

Duck Dynasty Invitation Printable.

Duck Dynasty Invitation Front Art Printable.

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.

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We camo’d up for this one. I ordered duck blind fabric for the table-cloth and plastic camo netting for the background – which I hung from the chandelier.

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.

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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 …

Duck Dynasty Party Image Printable

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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.

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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.

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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 …

Duck Dynasty Funny Quotes Printable

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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

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.

Duck-Dynasty-Party-10I know my kids have been wearing beards and bandanas for days. And blowing duck calls.

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 …

Camo Party Supplies

Duck Dynasty Party Supplies

The Food

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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.

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I also like to make descriptive food “place cards”. Who am I kidding, I LOVE to make them.

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Especially when you can make them theme oriented and fun!

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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
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Do you see my note pad and Sharpie there? My list is never far away. Nor is my Sharpie. I’m partial to orange at the moment.

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And of course, no Duck Dynasty Party would be complete without a big pitcher of Uncle Si’s famous (or infamous) iced tea.

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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.

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The Cake

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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.

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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!

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I also put out a pecan bars and peanut butter and jelly bars.

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David loved the cake and that is what matters most!

And he got all nine candles out in one breath!

The Fun

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Well, cammo, bandanas and beards are fun of course! And Nathan is fun!

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And friends are fun!

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And water balloons are fun!

Duck-Dynasty-Water-BalloonsEspecially when you have to toss them to your partner without breaking them.

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And built-in entertainment is fun.

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And easy for mom and dad.

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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.

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And a Duck Dynasty floor mat. The greatest gift ever.

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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.

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78 thoughts on “A Duck Dynasty Birthday Bash!

    1. Nikki

      What a great DD party! We are starting to plan ours for April and I got so many great ideas here! And I feel the same way about cheap party favors, lol! Thanks for sharing, this will be a big help, so fun!

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      1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

        Thanks Nikki! I am so glad you stopped by and got a few ideas from our Duck Dynasty Party. It was so much fun. I’m glad to know I’m not alone on the party favors. 😉 I ordered pretty much everything through Amazon.com. I hope your party turns out great and is a lot of fun. Stop back by and let me know how it goes!

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        1. Tanya

          Love all your ideas for a duck dynasty party. Could you please tell me where you got the duck calls and photos, I’m unable to find them anywhere. Could you please email the information

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          1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

            Thanks!! I got the duck calls on Amazon, a couple of the above comments have the link (I need to get it put into the post) but last I saw, they were not available. Hopefully they will be restocked soon!! I am going to work on a printables link as I just copied the images from the internet into text boxes in a word document and printed them up. I will e-mail them to you. Hope you have a great party!

    2. Tesa Cornett

      I would also love the quotes you printed out from the internet! I am planning my tween son’s DD themed pool party birthday and am scrambling to find fun things to print. I just found your blog and love your ideas! Thank you! tesacornett@gmail.com

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  1. apuginthekitchen

    What fun, must say I have never heard of Duck Dynasty but it makes for a great theme party. The food looks great and the kids look like they had a wonderful time. Pool envy!! Happy Birthday to David.

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    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Thanks Suzanne, you’ll have to Google Duck Dynasty and check it out. It is crazy but pretty funny. Everything went well and we all had a great time. Here in Arizona a pool is almost a must and is hours and hours of entertainment. We really enjoy it. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  2. cityjulep

    oh what fun this must have been! food looks great and the boys look great with the beards… this is definitely a party they will remember… lovely post..sarah

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  3. Fig & Quince

    What an amazing birthday bash, wow! You know I’m completely floored that you made and designed the invite using Word! That’s unbelievable, my hat’s off to you, and color me impressed. The party looks like it was a ton of fun. Happy birthday to your young man.

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  4. Rhonda Sittig

    Danielle– you really know how to throw a party!! It looked like all the planning and work paid off for a wonderful, fun filled day!! I hope David had a blast!

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  5. Pride in Photos Photography

    I had to come back here and tell you, Because of this post, my husband and myself are now HOOKED to this show!!! After reading this, went home and told hubby we have to give this a try. Well, we couldn’t shut the tv off!!! Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Too funny! I will forever be known as the girl who brought Duck Dynasty into your world. 🙂 It is crazy and funny stuff and we’re hooked too. I know what you mean about not being able to shut the TV off. It’s good to laugh – even if it is because of the antics of bearded rednecks.

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    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Shanna, you are too kind. It was just a heck of a lot of fun to put together and to enjoy. I want you to know how much I enjoy your blog and the truth and encouragement you share. Thank you so much for visiting, come back anytime!

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  6. sara

    What awesome details!! My twins are turning 3 next week. I am in the process of getting everything together for their party, but am at a loss for camo table cloths!! the Mossy Oak is all sold out. 😦 So then of course i was looking for duck blind or the cheap plastic netting.
    Thats how I was directed to your blog!! May I ask where you purchased your duck blind and netting??
    thanks in advance!!

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    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Hi Sara, thanks so much – it was a fun party. I found everything on Amazon.com – the duck blind fabric was “cammo burlap” from Mossy Oak and the plastic cammo netting was from Forum Novelties Inc and was itemized as Green Camouflage Netting. Amazon uses a lot of different sources but they are a good “one stop shop”. So sorry Mossy Oak is sold out – maybe Amazon has another source. Good luck to you! I hope your twins have a wonderful birthday. Come back and visit anytime!

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    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      So happy to have found you through Debjani of Keep Calm and eat on – whom I LOVE! Duck Dynasty is such a funny show and it really was a great party theme. We had such a good time! It is an easy show to get hooked on.

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    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Hi Jamie, so sorry I am just now answering your questions. I will update my post with exact measurements soon but for now, I used 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in landscape orientation and printed two invitations a sheet. The cut invitation measures 4 1/2 w x 8 1/2 h and folds to fit in a note card size envelope. I hope that helps!

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  7. kelly

    hi love your ideas. I was wondering where you got the little ducks you put on the cake? also the duck calls? Thanks

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    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Hi Kelly, thanks so much. I got the ducks and the beavers at Michael’s craft store. They have a display of bins, usually near the kid’s stuff, filled with little animals and fantasy characters. I ordered the duck calls from Amazon.com – good luck with your party!!

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  8. Debbie Rodrigue

    Do you still have the images that you printed (such as the images you hung and the Si iced tea sign and the one for the watermelon)? If so, do you mind sharing?

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    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Hi Debbie. I will e-mail them to you and you should just be able to print them out. All I did was make a text box on a Word document and then I copy/pasted the image from the internet into the text box, sized and printed it; if you want to give it a try. Thanks for stopping by!

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      1. Debbie Rodrigue

        Hi Danielle~ I really don’t mean to be a bother…but, I accidentally delete your email. Do you mind resending it to me?
        Thank you so much 🙂

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  9. Alicia

    I LOVE All of ideas for the DD party. I am planning one for my son and I am unable to find the duck calls you said you purchased from Amazon. Do you have a link or a specific way you worded it to find them. I need them asap as party is in 6 days and can’t find any affordable for party favors. Thanks and I love the way your want was done

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        1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

          Hi Jodi, so sorry I haven’t gotten back to you until now. I took a bit of a blogging hiatus for the month of December and am catching up now. I will work on creating some cupcake toppers to add to the post as the idea is great! Unfortunately not in time for your daughter’s party and school celebration but I hope she had a wonderful birthday. My daughter just turned 12 – it goes by so fast!

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  10. Patricia

    Danilelle, the party ideas are phenomenal!!
    Where did you get the plastic duck call party favors?? I’m looking on amazon but haven’t found them

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  11. Kari Cox

    Planning a 40th b-day for my husband who loves Duck Dynasty. You have given me great ideas…even though I will be tailoring it to an adult party. Anyway I could get you to send me your printable quotes, too? Thanks! karicotpc@msn.com

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    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Hi Jamie and thank you! I have had so many requests for the “printables” that I am going to work on creating a link to them – time to learn something new! I am behind on e-mailing them out to people so I will do my best to get them to you today. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome Duck Dynasty Party!

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  12. Tammy

    LOVE this!!! We are having my son’s duck dynasty party tomorrow and I hopped on the computer to make or find some printables. And then I came across you!!! If you are sharing the printables, I’d LOVE to use them!!! My fav is Willie with the Cake! LOL;)
    Thanks so much…& Good Job on this awesome party!
    tam_me@att.net

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  13. Kayla

    I LOVE all these ideas and my son recently changed his mind and has chosen to to his party in DD i have about 2 weeks now! I would absolutely love if you could send me any printables you have that we could use! Thanks so much for all the ideas!! My Email is kgill109@zanestate.edu

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  14. Juliana Daurio

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!
    THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!
    You save me hours researching for my daughter’s party.
    This is exactly what I had in mind. You are a genius!
    I am so Ha-pay, Ha-pay, Ha-pay!!!!!!!!

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  15. Lynnette

    OMG! I am going to get the “Step” mom of the year award if I can pull this off! I love all of your ideas and can’t wait to have this PARTAY!!

    We have 4 boys “blended” and finding inexpensive ways to make each party special is very difficult… You have saved the day!!!

    I got all of the downloads ready to print and wondered if you had any of the recipes? I love the Caprese Salad, Croc Tails, and Sausage bite ideas!

    If you have them or links I would love it!!

    Thank you!

    LynnetteQuick@gmail.com

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    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Thank you so much, Lynnette! Step-mom of the year is big stuff, so happy and honored I could help! 🙂 The food was pretty simple, I will update the post with more details but for now … The Caprese Salad is just sliced tomatoes (of any variety but the smaller grape and cherry tomatoes are pretty much always guaranteed to be sweet and flavorful), fresh mozzarella and fresh basil julienned and sprinkled over the top, drizzle with Balsalmic vinegar and olive oil or a Balsalmic dressing. The gator tails are just marinated chicken tenders – use your favorite marinade – skewered and grilled (soak the wooden skewers in water for a bit before adding the meat so they don’t burn on the grill) and the sausages came from Costco – spicy and mild Kielbasa. We just grilled them, cut them up in bite sized pieces and served them with BBQ sauce. Keep it simple and have a great time! I’d love to hear how it turns out and all about your award, of course!

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