Duke of Hearts

Lincoln celebrated his first birthday like a Duke! When I first met with his mom, she talked about wanting a backyard barbeque on the family’s gorgeous Metchosin property. I couldn’t wait to get started! Dad took it one step further, and suggested a Dukes of Hazzard theme. And so, Lincoln was officially named  the “Duke of Hearts.” I went from being excited, to being over the moon with ideas!!!

The menu was inspired by key themes in the show, as well as items you might find at a Southern United States family barbecue. Decorations were also based on the show. Various styles of start bunting were constructed, picking up on the colours of the General Lee, as well as the infamous confederate flag painted on the roof. The tablescape was also a down-home Southern style, using ginghams, and props that evoke the feelings of a farm.

Linc’s dad gathered some of his Dukes collectibles for me to use on the table, and both he and Linc were wearing Dukes t-shirts! I commissioned a custom art doll for Lincoln for a special birthday gift, and to complement the tables. I contacted a local designer, and told her about the party, she came up with a few ideas, and then presented me with the adorable elephant that the family later named Elephant Lee.

This party was an absolute treat to plan and style. Lincoln, and his parents Jay and Charlotte were amazing to work with, and the guests had a fantastic time!

Loot Bags

A variety of Dukes and “Southern” themed toys packed into a custom designed Duke of Hearts gift bag. The little guests left with things like matchbox cars, bubbles, farm animal figurines, an “at-home” s’moores kit, and old fashioned lollipops. Big guests took home some Duke of Hearts BBQ sauce.


Fried chicken


Cole slaw

Potato salad

Veggie dip cups

Corn cobs




Fruit tray

Cake pops

Rice krispy treats

Apple crisp push-up pops

Oreo pops




Icead tea




Apple juice


DIY Crafts

Star bunting

Custom bag assembly




Cake, cupcakes, cake pops: Schur to Please Wedding and Specialty Cakes

Cookies: Marcia Sedola (contact information available upon request)

Macarons: Bon Macaron

Chicken: Lee’s Famous Chicken

Paper Straws: HomeSense

Press printing: Metropol Print Shop

Invite, topper, label and party design: Jessica Bender Photography and Design

Photography: Jessica Bender Photography and Design

Image of Daisy Duke: Wikipedia

Image of Dukes of Hazzard Cast: Daily American

Image of Uncle Jesse: Flickr Thomas Hawk

Art Doll: A Thymble Full (contact information available upon request)

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