We all had so much fun making the decorations, preparing the meal, and decorating the cake.
I'll start with the decorations. Most of our supplies were found at Hobby Lobby. The decorations were under $50, and a lot of them are decorations the boys have already moved to their bedroom and will continue to use when they go "duck hunting".
I made some posters on Microsoft Word using the Duck Commander logo and pictures I found online and other quotes I got from the show. To save some ink in my computer, I found some camo scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby and printed a lot of the decorations right on the camo paper. If you would like the templates I used, comment below and I will email them to you.
I ran out of scrapbook paper for a couple of the posters, so I just added a camo background before I printed them.
I also found a large piece of camo stiff felt. (A couple of days before the party, we set up the other decorations and did a photo shoot.) I printed some of our Duck Dynasty photo shoot pictures off at the 1-hour photo Wal-Mart and added one of them to the poster I created on the stiff felt.
The other printed photos got posted around the house for added decoration.
You can't have a Duck Dynasty party without beards, so we bought brown, white, and dark gray felt pieces and a piece of brown and white crafting fur from Hobby Lobby. My boys each wanted a beard of their own, so we created a Willie beard for the birthday boy and a Si beard for my older son--also a huge fan of the show.
I just trimmed the crafting fur with scissors, until it fit their face and mouth. We just used tape to attach them to their faces.
For our party guests, we made beards on a stick. I found a beard template online and cut out three beards from each piece of felt. I taped a skewer stick to the back of each of the beards and set them at each place setting.
While we were shopping at Hobby Lobby, the boys came across a rabbit skin. They wanted to buy it for decoration, but I wasn't willing to spend $12 for it. So, as a trade-off, we found a piece of fur in the clearance fabric section. I did my best to cut out two rabbit skins and two squirrel skins from the fabric. The boys used the beard and fabric scraps to create a white-tail deer skin and their version of rat tails. We taped them to the wall.
I made a 4th of July wreath from an idea I found at http://funlovinsistertales.blogspot.com/. So, I took that idea and turned it into a camo wreath. I bought brown, green, and cream colored tulle, a Styrofoam ring, and a piece of outdoor scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.
The first step is to cut 16 pieces measuring 24 inches each. You will do this for each color. To make this step faster, I cut one piece to be used as guide. I then pulled the tulle the length of the first piece and keep going back and forth until I had 16 pieces. Then I went to each end and cut the pieces all the pieces.
After all three colors are cut, you will alternate colors and place them on the ring. For this process, you will fold the piece of tulle in half. Slide it under the ring.
Pull the bottom pieces through the loop you created when you folded it in half.
Then pull the knot tight.
I placed the scrapbook paper behind the wreath on the wall, tied a piece of camo ribbon around the wreath to hang it up, and placed it on a command hook. I thought about hanging a plastic duck figure so it looked like it was flying through the middle, but I couldn't find one. The wreath looks really pretty on the wall and will make a great fall decoration.
The next piece to our party was the cake. I knew I wanted a duck pond of some sort, and my birthday boy really wanted the Duck Dynasty guys to be on the cake. I am not a cake decorating expert AT ALL! I knew I wasn't going to be able to create the Duck Dynasty guys on my own. So I started searching online. Luckily, I found Duck Dynasty action figures on Ebay. :) They were a perfect accent to the cake and doubled as the perfect birthday present!
For the cake, I just baked a standard 9x13" chocolate cake. Using a knife, I cut out a duck pond. I had a jar of aqua blue frosting that worked perfectly to fill the duck pond.
Tinting my perfect cupcake frosting recipe (http://workingmomwonders.blogspot.com/2013/05/perfect-cupcake-frosting.html) I created a mossy green color to cover the cake. This frosting spreads really easily and didn't crumble the cake at all. It does have to be refrigerated though.
As an outline around the duck pond, I molded tootsie rolls. As a little added feature, I rolled tootsie roll pieces to create a beaver dam in the corner. (All the plastic pieces I added came with the Duck Dynasty action figures.)
I used jelly belly jellybeans to create a campfire and made little logs out of tootsie rolls for the firewood. I then put each of the Duck Dynasty figures on a tootsie roll log.
As some added features, I created Duck Commander water bottles and a quote centerpiece.
Using the camo scrapbook paper, I printed four Duck Commander logos to a page. I cut them out and taped them on water bottles.
The centerpieces is a green Styrofoam circle covered with an extra piece of brown felt. I glued on a couple pieces of the camo ribbon to spice it up a little bit. With the rest of the scrapbook paper, I printed different quotes from the show. Some of them were, "Happy, Happy, Happy", "That's a fact, Jack", "Hey, Listen Here, Jack" "It's on Like Bing Bong, Jack", "It's a Party, Jack" "Quack, Quack, Quack", "Duck Commander", "Happy 5th Birthday, David", and the Duck Commander logo. I cut skewers to different lengths and stuck them in the Styrofoam. I found some camo ducks online and added them to the centerpiece. I also used these sayings and placed them in my camo cupcakes. The recipe for those is on my blog at: http://workingmomwonders.blogspot.com/2013/03/duck-dynasty-camo-cupcakes.html
For the menu, we had "frog legs" (chicken wings), fried chicken, a shrimp and sausage boil, biscuits, coleslaw, "boudin"(brats), banana pudding, and sweet tea.
The final decoration was a Willie piñata. I knew I wasn't going to find one in the store, so we made our own. I cut a bunch of newspaper strips. For the paste, take 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of salt and mix until it becomes a paste. Next, blow up a balloon. To save some time, I spread some of the paste to cover an area of the balloon and put the strips, in a crisscross pattern. After I added a strip of paper, I brushed more of the paste over the strip. After I had the balloon covered completely, I hung it out on the clothesline to dry. I did this three times. When it was completely dry, instead of painting the piñata, I taped white tissue paper over the newspaper mold. I glued on a piece of American flag scrapbook paper for the bandana, added some eyes, and one of the cut out beards we made from the felt. I then found some brown yarn and glued it on the top and sides for the hair.
After unwrapping his Duck Commander duck call and lanyard, the night was complete. The boys put on their costumes, and with Duck Dynasty playing in the background, they felt like they fit right in with the guys. :)
We all had a great time!
I think it will be a birthday he will always remember.