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!



Other Summer-related tablescapes on this site:
Grill It Up!
Ants In My Pants Picnic
Oopsy Daisy!
Daisy Crazy
Black, White & Red All Over
Lemonade From Bill
Summer Orange
Caribbean Queen
Flamingos in Paradise
Hot Tropical
Under A Paper Moon
Carousel Colors
Blue & White 30th Birthday
Sunflower Simple
Stars & Stripes
All-American Seafood Boil
Life Is Just a Chair of Bowlies
Butterfly Kaleidoscope
Float Like A Butterfly
Give Peace A Chance
Boys of Summer
Taste of Wine Buffet
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

Platinum & Pink Valentine Tablescape

Valentine’s Day is just about a week away now, and I’d like to share a simple but impactful centerpiece on a table I have created for one of my upcoming tablescaping classes. While this is a table for four, it could be easily adapted to a more intimate table for two by removing two place settings and moving the centerpiece to the far edge of the table so the couple can sit side by side.

IFThe dilemma always exists in how to make a table suitable for the tastes of a man paired with those of a woman. My solution is to use a color that appeals to both sexes, although probably for different reasons: platinum! Men think of it as the color of a sharp pinstripe suit, tuxedo or morning coat. Women, of course, tend to think of it in terms of “da bling” (with a diamond strapped on that band big enough to break all 5 fingers!!!) 🙂 Either way it goes, it’s a fabulous color that works really well with touches of pink infused for softness. I draped this 48″ round table with a crushed poly platinum linen big enough to gently puddle around it.


Napkin collage

Flatware, Stemware, Favor collageThe china used here is classic Easterling “Majestic” with a deep gray band and platinum rim. The chargers are silver-leafed clay. The pearly pink & silver napkin rings from Old Time Pottery are doubled up to give them more depth. Taking its cue from the centerpiece, a snippet of bling adds a dash of sparkle to the napkin.



IFThe simple centerpiece was created with heart-shaped oasis floral foam. This one is laden with faux carnations for class purposes (to see more on how it was constructed, visit Table Tips, #38), but it could certainly be made with the real deal. Fluffy fresh carnations give you a lot of bang for the buck, and just imagine the sweet clove fragrance!!! I dotted the arrangement with rhinestone stick pins and gently curved stems cut from a bling spray (that regular readers may recognize from my Christmas 2012 tree and living room wreath arrangements) to give it more of a 3-D look. Tri-level silver Revere candlesticks with white candles lined up on both sides of the floral arrangement round out the centerpiece and add a sexy glow.

This table, expanded to seat more guests, would be ideal for wedding-related events, an anniversary, or a special lady’s birthday. The floral centerpiece (used with different supporting elements) would work nicely for a baby shower.

More tables on this site suitable for a Valentine’s Day celebration:
“Should Have Put a Ring On It”
“Queen of Hearts Card Party”
“Be Still My Heart”
“Chocolate Traditional”
“Peonies & Pearls”
“Days of Wine & Roses”
“Love’s Arrow”
“Princess Pink Birthday Dinner”
“Roses in October”
“Pretty in Pink”

The blog parties this week are brimming with love! Join me, won’t you, for Cuisine Kathleen’s Let’s Dish! (anytime after 6:00 p.m., CST on Wednesday), The Style Sisters’ “Centerpiece Wednesday”, Susan’s Tablescape Thursday (anytime after 9:00 a.m. CST on Thursday), and for the very first time Beverly’s “Pink Saturday”. Don’t miss the Valentine blog hop at “Bargain Hunting With Laurie” starting Sunday, February 10th!

 Have a Happy and Loving Valentine’s Day! 

Planning in Purple

Stuck inside with a half-foot of snow on the ground, I was happy to have the company of the Moms who braved the snow-packed roads today for a planning meeting/ladies luncheon.


Even though I officially retired in 2010 (ha!), I find myself drawn to lending a hand to friends and family members who are planning a wedding. The week after New Year’s, I found myself hosting an update meeting with the mothers of the bride and groom. I set up a small table for three near a window so that we could enjoy a view of the untouched snow in our back yard.





We needed room to spread out with notebooks and such, so the table was simply and sparsely set. Beaded edge silver chargers on a crisp white linen were topped with my very traditional Easterling “Majestic” china. When planning a dinner party or luncheon, I try very hard to match the table setting to the taste of the guest(s) of honor. In this instance, both mothers are very traditional, so I stuck with classic pieces including heirloom silver and beautifully cut Mikasa stemware.



Remembering that the mothers share a fondness for the color purple, I paired that with silver and white. (They had both lobbied passionately for purple as a wedding color, but lost that battle to the bride. 🙂 ) It really helped to liven up the tablescape! Tucking a humble purple carnation into each napkin extended the color from the centerpiece.


The silver-painted tree fern from our New Year’s celebration was still going strong, so I pulled it from the plain glass ginger jar from last week and dropped it into a beautiful Waterford crystal vase. It sparkled so nicely against the snow outdoors and the white table linen! (Kept in a cool place – I use our garage – tree fern can last for up to 3 weeks!)


This lively pop of purple carnations is assembled in a shiny silver Revere bowl. So simple to put together in just minutes! I used rhinestone-studded stick pins to adorn each flower to add to the glamour of the table and remind us all of the diamond rings to be exchanged in just 6 short months. (Always remember to cut flower stems on the diagonal to help them take in sufficient moisture from the floral foam. Carnations will keep for a long, long time if you keep them in a cool place with plenty to drink.)

Other posts with tablescapes suitable for wedding-related events on this site:
Love & Orchids
Peonies & Pearls
Purple & Pastel
The Party She Deserves
Something Blue Bridal Luncheon
Bling Wedding
All A’Bloom for Spring
Fairy Tale Wedding Shower
Autumn White Wedding
Roses in October
Candle in the Wind
White Hot
Peaceful Peonies
Fete Noir et Gris
Diamonds Are A Material Girl’s Best Friend
Celebrating 85 Years of Fabulous
Should Have Put a Ring On It
Platinum & Pink Valentine
Chocolate Traditional
Blushing Bridal Shower
Pink Plaid & Posies
Pretty In Pink
French Poodle
Peony Power
Springtime in Paris
Patisserie de Paris
One Shoe Can Change Your Life
My Sister’s Wedding China

Click here to see all the photos for Planning in Purple, or click the “Weddings” tab above!

Don’t forget to join Susan and the other tablescapers this week at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!!!