The 19th Hole – Golf & Forever Love

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, The 19th Hole – Golf & Forever Love, DADDY IN HIS GOLF CAP

INSPIRATION: My Dad’s lifetime love for the game of golf, and our eternal love for him.

I don’t want this post to be a downer, but we are fast approaching the one year anniversary of my Dad’s death. My Mom, husband and I went to his “condo” (mausoleum) at the cemetery to visit over the Memorial Day weekend. We kept it light, brought his favorite golf clubs along, and just tried to remember the good times. In his honor, I set a very casual tablescape for the Memorial Day barbeque at our house. The threat of storms forced us inside to eat, but this is a tablescape that would be ideal for a golf banquet, Father’s Day, a fun birthday for the avid golfer, or for just getting together after hitting the links.
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Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,, The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love - Full table and buffet This tablescape began with a hunter green 90″ x 132″ tablecloth from that represented the lush greens of the golf course.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love, Place setting   Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love: Flatware, Napkin, Golf Tee Napkin ring collage   Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Custom-made golf menu, stemware collage Each place setting began with a clear plexiglass charger. Beneath it I placed a custom-made menu for our Memorial Day meal bearing a photo of my Dad in full golf mode. Simple white Corelle dinner plates are used, along with clear glass stemware. The hunter green napkins are corralled with a green rattan ring embellished with a couple of Daddy’s golf tee’s. The casual white flatware is from T.J. Maxx.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Customized "19th Hole" golf clubhouse miniature centerpiece     Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Custom-made "19th Hole" golf clubhouse     Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  "19th Hole" Clubhouse details collage My Mom & sister found this birdhouse with “The 19th Hole” on it in the clearance aisle at Tuesday Morning. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it generally refers to the golf clubhouse where golfers gather after the final hole of play. I added the words “Honoring Jim Wilson” to the portico using a Sharpie. I trimmed the rooftop with ivy to cover a missing dormer and add a little more character to the miniature structure. The personalized golf ball is one created by my cousin to put in memory bags for family members at Daddy’s funeral last June.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Golf balls on tees in faux grass   Golf balls from Daddy’s stash pop up on tees from pots of faux grass as an extension of the centerpiece.

 Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Golf flags in pots of faux grass I created golf flags – usually found on the putting green – using our home computer. I just used a thin strip of hot glue to affix the banner part to a kabob skewer.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Full buffet   Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Faux grass in glass vase with golf balls   Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Carnation Titleist golf ball collage   Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Golf glove, ball, clubs, shoes, towel collage The buffet behind the dining table is dressed with a “Titleist golf ball” made of carnations. (To see another carnation centerpiece ball, click HERE for “Boys of Summer Baseball Tablescape“.) The floral ball is set atop a weathered wood pedestal from Pottery Barn. I cut the logo out and affixed it to the floral ball using black pearl head pins. The carnation golf ball is flanked by clear glass vases filled with Daddy’s golf balls and brimming with faux fountain grass. In front of the floral ball are a few items from Daddy’s golf stash including a tournament glove & personalized towel and a real Titleist golf ball. On the side of the buffet are a few clubs from a set of one of Daddy’s many, many, many and a pair of his golf shoes (minus the cleats on my carpet! 🙂 )

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Vintage tea cart with "Hole In One" 5-Flavor Pound Cake   Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  "Hole In One" 5-Flavor Pound Cake   Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Hole In One 5-Flavor Bundt Pound Cake collage


Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One,,The 19th Hole – Golf & Eternal Love:  Miniature grapevine wreath with golf motif

The vintage tea cart in the corner holds my “Hole In One” 5-Flavor Bundt Pound Cake on another of the Pottery Barn pedestals to cap off our Memorial Day feast. The miniature grapevine wreath will go on Daddy’s “condo door” on his birthday in December, but for now it’s just decoration. (Want the recipe for the 5-Flavor Pound Cake? Just click HERE to visit the “Recipes” page!)

I hope your Memorial Day weekend was one of both relaxation and reflection.
Thank you so much for stopping by!



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AND…don’t forget to visit our “Summer” page for even MORE tablescapes!!!

Rockin’ blog parties I’m linking to this week:
⇒ Susan’s “Tablescape Thursday” at Between Naps on the Porch

43 thoughts on “The 19th Hole – Golf & Forever Love

  1. Your dad would have loved this table setting, Alycia. It was upbeat and joyfilled, a perfect tribute to him. I made that exact pound cake years ago. Isn’t delicious? Time to make it again! I will forward this tablescape to a friend who lost her husband who was also a passionate golfer. She will love it too.


  2. Oh Alycia what a great tribute table. I like how you used the green tablecloth and the grass in the center. The 19th hole birdhouse was a great find and your embellishments look perfect! The menu is extra special with your dad’s picture. It’s hard to believe it’s almost a year already. Beautiful job from his loving daughter. Hugs, Liz 🙂


  3. I’m sure your Daddy is smiling down from heaven at your special Memorial table in his honor. It must’ve been very rewarding preparing this special table, my friend, and adding all your wonderful touches. Your Dad is with you always. Love and hugs to you.


  4. Alycia, this is a wonderful tribute to your dad. I know it’s painful to face the anniversary of this loss. You know he is smiling down at this beautiful table.


  5. This is SO special and a beautiful tribute to your Dad!!! I love every bit of it and would like to recreate it for Joe’s best friends birthday in Sept. I wil have to save this!


  6. What a charming and beautifully loving tribute and commemoration. Every single thing was perfect for the occasion, so well thought out and so beautifully arranged. Those first anniversaries of occasions are so sweetly poignant, and all the memories are our comforts and heart’s ease.

    Our dear neighbor was an every-week golfer, and when we toured St. Andrews the month after he passed away, I took one of his wooden tees and sank it deeply into the ground overlooking the course.



  7. What an absolutely wonderful tribute to your dad.. I’m sure he’s smiling down from the 19th hole heaven pleased at how you honored him. My husband is a golfer so, I’ll be stealing a few of your ideas…


  8. Alycia, what a beautiful tribute table to your sweet father! I know he is smiling down from Heaven at this gorgeous setting. My hubby is an avid golfer; and I may have to borrow your ideas for a Father’s Day setting. He would love it! You have created quite the masterpiece!


  9. Wow, I know every man in the world right now is wishing this is the kind of table you and I would set every day! Right after they got to play…everyday. Golf to men must be like shopping to women….lol

    I like the way you customized the napkin rings and those plexi glass chargers are very inspiring! I am going to remember those! Fantastic table…


  10. Oh, my lands, Alycia! What a WONDERFUL tribute to your Dad! I’ll bet your mom got a real kick out this, too, didn’t she? You are so attentive to so many details. I just love how you put so much thought into making your guests love being with you. The one year mark is a very emotional one, as I recall, with each of my parents. That pound cake looks terrific too – pinning!


  11. Hi Alycia – This is such a wonderful and perfect tribute to your Father. I love the 19th hole and all of the details are just perfect. You know that Your Father and um… Your Father are upstairs driving the golf cart around and arguing over who has the best put! Oh wait… in Heaven there are nothing but holes in one! Big hugs for a difficult time for you and prayers and blessings for peace and beautiful memories. Holly


  12. Such a touching tribute to your Father. The love of my life would love a table set like this ! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂


  13. Anniversaries are very emotional at the beginning, especially the first one. We are at the point now that we can remember the funny things and enjoy sharing the memories. This table is a wonderful testimonial to your dad.


  14. This was such a beautiful moment and the food was good too. The table setting brought back so many memories, including the many times Jim would have sat at the head of the table and complimented his baby girl on how talented she is. Thanks for the memories Alycia.


  15. I teared up reading this post…your daddy would have been honored to sit at this table. You truly are talented, Alycia! The menu sounds delicious…I am going to make that pound cake for the next family get together.
    Hope you have a wonderful week.


  16. Oh Alycia, this is so wonderful, you’ve thought of everything! I am surrounded by avid golfers and there is nothing they like better than to see their stuff lying around so they can tell you about their round! Love your grass growing around the adorable 19th hole and all the balls scattered about~those flower “balls” with Titleist on them are just too brilliant for words! I know it must have been a bittersweet day and that your Dad was indeed smiling down in pride. What a wonderful tribute to him and his passion! Also those plexiglass chargers are full of endless possibilities, and your signature menu is just outstanding!
    psst…your 5 flavor pound cake, aka “hole in one” sounds divine! I might have to borrow your idea with the golf ball in the cake for my guys for father’s day 🙂


  17. What a great table tribute to your dear old dad and his love of golf. Glad you could get together on Memorial Day and remember together and celebrate each other, too. All the golf details are great. Thanks for explaining the 19th hole.


  18. Hi Alycia,
    It looks like your dear father was very trim and physically fit. The table you set is so creative that I am just simply amazed. I know just when I can borrow some of your ideas. I guess we will miss our dads forever, but I, like you, try to just be grateful that I had such a good father.


  19. This is a beautiful way to honor your Dad’s memory. The acrylic chargers are amazing and the way you personalized them is so touching. You my dear know how to work a theme! Perfect masculine table without being cheesy.


  20. Oh Alycia…such a wonderful way to honor your father….I know he was sitting next to you enjoying the beautiful table you created in his honor…you thought of everything down to the menu with him on it…you always do such a magnificent job; however, this one is very special….you hit it out of the golf course….


  21. This tablescape suits the golfer to a tee. Perfect for a (men or women’s) golf luncheon! I like the way you filled the vases with golf balls. Cute idea. And the tee napkin rings are adorbs. I’m sure your Dad would have enjoyed this tribute to him very much! May we practice chipping into the center of that bundt cake? 😉 FORE!!


  22. You did your dad proud! What a beautiful tribute to him, Alycia! The 19th hole birdhouse is perfect. I love your pots of grass, and the golf balls are a wonderful touch. Your carnation “Titleist” ball is something I’m sure every golfer would love! (My grandfather played golf into his seventies. As the youngest of their group, he was known as “the kid”. Haha!) The chocolate cake looks delicious, the golf ball in the center is genius, and the chippy cake stand is lovely, too! I know you miss your father, but sweet memories must really help. Blessings, my friend! 🙂


  23. Alycia,
    What an amazing tribute to your dad!
    I LOVE that your remembrance is an on~going celebration of his life!!!
    Each “Golf Themed” element is absolutely precious!!!
    The napkin rings and the”Hole in One” inserted
    within your bundt cake are priceless!!!
    Thank you for reminding us to celebrate in remebrance our loved ones!!!


  24. Hi Alycia, I know the first year is very hard and with Father’s Day coming it will be a bit tough, not to bring you down. I just know what it was like with my mom. What a beautiful tribute to your wonderful daddy. My dad plays golf and loves every minute. This gives me ideas for him, thanks.



  25. Alycia, I bought the barbecue towels that you featured as napkins from the Dollar Store (if you ever need anymore, just let me know because I had to buy a boat load). Now I can’t find the tablescape where you used them. They are really cute – two different designs. Loved the golf decorations. So clever!! Gayle


  26. Hello dear Lady A,
    I am subbing while browsing/reading your post. It really touch my heart. I just remember my great dad too.

    A lovely gesture to remember you big old man. He is gorgeous too. Hugs to your Mum from D´Nics.

    GB your family and more healthy years for our families.

    I will be a grandMuMma in August. Life is good coz God is great.

    Hugs from D´BoX,


  27. What a wonderful tribute to your dad Alycia. I know creating this table had to be bittersweet. The bird house was such a fun find and addition to your table, along with your creative carnation golf ball. ♥


  28. You’re just amazing, Alycia. What a beautiful idea to design a tablescape in honor of your father. I bet he’d be so proud.
    Hole-in-one for this tablescape 🙂


  29. Hello sweet girl, What a special and lovely way to honor your Dad’s memory. As always, your tablescapes and design are awesome. I’m sure your Dad would be pleased. The first year is anniversary is hard, thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

    Sending you a big hug……..


  30. What a great way to remember and honor your daddy! He looks like a great guy. Love all the great details that you used to create this wonderful table scape. Thanks for sharing your tips and pointers with us.


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