Marry a golfer and you marry golf they say. Well “they” are right. From about March to November I can count on Patrick golfing at least once a weekend, every weekend, and sometimes twice. I am not planning on taking up this incredibly frustrating and expensive sport, I will leave that to the husband. However, I am not opposed to wearing preppy golf clothes, vacationing at lovely golf resorts and throwing a golf themed party when called for. The Masters is actually the one golf tournament that I used to watch even before I met Patrick, simply because Augusta is that beautiful. Even before HD the greens just always seemed so green and the rows of azalea bushes in bloom made you want to don a funny hat and some white pants and start wacking around a little ball. I decided the best way to celebrate this annual event was with a party, so the golf lovers could watch the Saturday rounds, and those of us less invested would have yummy food and drinks to keep us entertained. I may have gone a little theme overboard but that’s part of the fun. Here are some great menu and decoration ideas to get you ready for the 2017 Masters. You know I love a party favor and personalized tees were a no brainer for this one. I got them at Oriental Trading and then put them in cello bags with Masters green ribbon. Super easy to do and actually functional (if you golf).
Every party needs a bar and a signature cocktail. The signature cocktail here was really easy – a John Daly. This refreshing mix of lemonade, iced tea and vodka is a twist on the original Arnold Palmer and named for another, lets say more notorius golfer. I split the difference on making my own iced tea and adding Trader Joe’s lemonade. Just make sure to make a BIG pitcher and add fresh lemon slices, easy on the vodka. This is an all day drinking affair so slow and steady wins the race. We also had a selection of beer and wine over in the bar corner as well as in the other rooms. For the bar set up I decided to riff on the famous Amen Corner of the Augusta National Golf Club. Amen Corner is a nickname for the 11th, 12th and 13th holes and has something to do with the first time Arnold Palmer won his first Masters (ask a golf expert please – my expertise is parties). Anyway since our fireplace is a perfect bar set up and in a corner – viola! Some letters from Paper Source and we have Amen Corner.
Since Augusta is in Georgia I went with a Southern theme for the food. Pulled pork sliders are delicious and easy to keep warm in a slow cooker so people can help themselves through out the day. I made my own but you can also make life easier by ordering from your local BBQ place. You also need a classic slaw that acts as a veggie side and works so well inside those sliders. Make sure to have a spoon handy for people to serve the pulled pork and a big bowl of buns.
To keep the table themed and fun I used a grass table runner you can find on Etsy and glass jars full of golf balls. The Masters always serves Pimento Cheese sandwiches so I made them using Southern Living’s recipe and then added cute little flags I made out of toothpicks and yellow paper. Round things out with chips and mini corn muffins and people will have enough food to hang out all day.
Last but not least you are going to need something sweet so I made Peaches and Cream Oatmeal cookies (georgia peaches get it??) and had a friend bring her delicious brownies. Golfers and non golfers alike had a blast – I hope you enjoy this year’s Masters in style.