We’ve been celebrating milestone birthdays around here left and right at Belleza e Luce. I’m so happy to share this one with you today because it was styled for my Dad, who turned 60 at the end of July. My Dad was never one to celebrate or acknowledge his birthday – loves to celebrate anyone else’s, but not his, so much so that we couldn’t even say, “Happy Birthday,” to him. However, something happened in this last year and when he started talking about wanting a party, my mother and I just about fainted!
The party theme was obvious – he loves anything golf, and I knew we needed to keep it low-key, fun, and the emphasis not so much on his age, but on gathering with friends and family.
I created a simple invitation with an actual golf tee inserted into the paper; a green and navy argyle patterned bellywrap covers the party details until the big reveal exposing who the party was for (a huge surprise to family and friends!). The mailing label features the argyle pattern and silhouette of a golfer in navy.
This summer, I have been 0-2 in hosting parties outdoors, being rained out twice. Would I strike out? Thankfully, my prayers and sun dances were answered! We had a beautifully sunny and warm day with no threat of any inclement weather.
I used golf tees, golf balls, and wheatgrass everywhere in the decor. I also created 8×10 signs that were placed around the yard with golf sayings (e.g Fore!, Par-Tee, Bogie, etc.), quotes from Caddyshack and from famous golfers.
As guests arrived they were asked to guess the number of golf tees in the bowl with a chance to win the coveted “Par-Tee Tournament Trophy.” The closest guess was 744 with the actual number being 729 (as his birthday is July 29th – clever, huh?)
We had a a 9 hole mini golf course brought in, which provided endless fun for the younger guests and a cut-throat competition amongst the golf-fanatic adults.
We served Arnold Palmers (non-alcoholic) and pitchers of Water Hazards (rennamed Blue Hawaii cocktails), in addition to other refreshments at the 19th Hole.
In addition to the mini golf course, the kids enjoyed splashing in the pool and decorating foam visors with stickers, markers, and glitter.
Since my Dad has always enjoyed the movie, Caddyshack, it was only fitting that the famous gopher make an appearance. He popped up at the dessert table which displayed Donut Hole-in-Ones (munchkins) in golf ball baskets, Water Hazards (blue raspberry jello), Sand Traps (Rice Krispie treats), Chocolate Chip Shot Cookies, and the amazing, delicious tiered cake featuring greens, water hazards, and golf flags by Joy&Cake. Did I mentioned how yummy it was? I created the wheatgrass stand that the cake was displayed on.
Old golf bags and clubs of my Dad’s were placed on the side of the table as well as around the yard.
It was too hot for these guys to make an appearance while the sun was out, so they were placed on the dessert table as the sun was setting.
They are now happily living in my cousin’s pond.
Guests went home with a package of golf balls and customized golf tees that read, “Gary’s 60th Par-Tee.”
The party was a hole-in-one! (Yes, pun intended!)