Luke’s Dukes of Hazzard 1st Birthday Party!! Part 1 – Decorations

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I still can hardly believe that my little guy turned 1 last week! It’s amazing to think how much Luke has grown and learned in a single year. I love being his mom so much!

I started thinking about Luke’s birthday party a few months ago. I asked Andy what he thought the theme should be and he immediately said “The Dukes of Hazzard”. At first I wasn’t so sure, but then realized that even though it’s not a typical kiddie theme, it kind of fit perfectly. After all, the General Lee is number 01 and the color scheme (orange and black) is great for an October birthday, so I went with it! I had SO much fun planning this party and would love to somehow make some money doing this. If anyone has a party coming up that needs planned, let me know! :)
First some pictures of the birthday boy taken by April Ingram! It was so nice to know that she was snapping photos throughout the party so I didn’t have to worry about it! One less thing to stress over!
Invitations – Back in August, I had gotten an offer for 12 free stationary cards from Shutterfly and 20 free 5×7 photo cards from Snapfish (just had to pay shipping for each), so I used these for the invitations. I managed to get one okay picture of Luke with his remote control General Lee, which I used on the invites. I think they turned out pretty cute!

Decorations – The mantle was my main focus of decoration since everyone would walk by it to get to the back yard with the food, moonwalk, and other yard games. I found some cool vintage Dukes of Hazzard twin flat and fitted sheets on ebay that I centered a lot of the decorations around.

I didn’t have to purchase much for this mantle. The big frame in the middle is actually the autograph frame from my wedding 7 years ago. I just flipped the mat over and put in a picture of Luke. The collage frames are from our bedroom and hold pictures of Luke from each month (the months are numbered with black vinyl).
The pendant banner is one of my new favorite things to make. I’m sure you’ll be seeing varios versions of it around here in the future. The framed picture on the right is actually our friends, Tatiana and Mike’s, and is an autographed photograph of John Schneider – Andy’s really jealous of that! Andy couldn’t find an orange General Lee, so he bought this one and painted it orange. Then I made the decals. This is the first of many toys Andy buys “for Luke” just so he can play with them!
I sort of became obsessed with making banners and made three more. This pendant banner was in the entryway and was made with the Dukes of Hazzard sheets. The back side is orange and black felt (so I can use it for Halloween). I also got a free 11×17 photo cling from Walgreens to stick up on the front door.
 I wanted to make a paper banner for the kitchen windows but never got around to buying orange and black paper. Then I realized that I bought way more paper plates than we would need, so I created a banner out of them. I used my Cricut Expression to cut the paper plates and strung it up with ribbon. I really liked the way it turned out! Also on each side of the window is a framed 11×14 print from Luke’s 11 month photo shoot with April. I love them so much that they’re going to permanently reside in our kitchen!

I hung the final banner I made above the kitchen cabinets. I used Holiday Inspirations-Halloween Dot Orange/Black and Halloween Diamond fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I thought this one turned out really good too and will be changing the wording to read Happy Halloween this week!

Since balloons are the universal symbol for “party over here”, I made a balloon wreath like the one I did here. They’re so easy to make! We also hung balloons on the mailbox and had them all over the kitchen. We had some regular 11″ balloons, 17″ round balloons, and even a 36″ balloon – all orange. Some were helium-filled and others were just lying on the floor. They seemed to be a hit with the kids though.
Stay tuned for more on the desserts, favors, food, and fun!
Posted by at October 11, 2010
Filed in category: Banners, Crafts, Family, Fun, Parties, Wreaths,

7 Responses to Luke’s Dukes of Hazzard 1st Birthday Party!! Part 1 – Decorations

  1. Carol L. says:

    I think your party was awesome. You are certainly very talented. What a great theme. My son loved The Dukes of Hazard growing up. Loved your balloon wreath and everything else. Little Luke is very lucky to have such caring parents who made his first birthday incredible. :)I'm going o send my daughter to your blog. Her son just turned one and I want her to see how creative you are.
    Carol L.

  2. April says:

    I was absolutely blown away but the creativity and attention to detail at Luke's party. It was a literal feast for my camera. Of course, it was no surprise that you were able to come up with it all. You are insanely talented. If you ever decide to get into party planning, we can exchange business cards. And if you ever want to try your hand at planning weddings…I can find you some brides!

  3. Ali says:

    Thanks Carol! That's so sweet :)

    Aww, thanks so much, April! I would love to get into party planning…just don't know where to start. If I do, we'll definitely exchange cards :)

  4. Balloons says:

    Thank you giving this information. Best of luck for the future.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have to say that this is awesome. My son is only 5 months old, but we're already thinking of doing Dukes of Hazard for his birthday. Whenever he is crying and we can't get him to calm down, we put in a DVD of the Dukes, and he quiets down immediately. If he's bouncing in his jumperoo and hears the General's horn, he'll stop, stand still and stare at the tv and giggle (he LOVES watching the jumps). :-D There is NOTHING online to purchase for party supplies… so THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the ideas. :-D

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