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Father’s Day is this Sunday – so a lot of you are probably gearing up for some sort of family celebration – which more often than not will include a special meal…which of course deserves a special table! Chances are that Dad might not get quite as excited about those stunning floral centerpieces as mom would, so you might have to think outside the box a little when it comes to choosing your Father’s Day tabletop theme.

The pastime my own father loves most is golf, so the golf-themed tabletop design you see here was created with that in mind. This tabletop was fun & easy to put together – and I’ve included a few instructions below if you’d like to recreate something similar at home… Remember that even if your own father/husband/SO isn’t a golfer, you can still adapt this concept for whatever sport or hobby he loves most!

For the Golf-themed Centerpiece:
You’ll need:
• 2 plastic box picture frames (1 ea: 8×10 / 5×7)
• small flat of sod (any kind) from your local nursery
• 1 tall bamboo skewer
• 9 golf balls, 1 golf tee
• solid craft paper & sticker numbers
• 3 small clear bowls
• 2 sheets solid 12×12″ scrapbook paper for “table runner”

Directions: Remove the back (chipboard) of the picture box frames and replace them with sections of sod, cut down to fit within the plastic frames. This will create your “tee box” (larger box frame) and “green” (smaller box frame). Insert the golf tee into the “tee box” and place a golf ball on the tee (secure with glue if you like). Next, cut a skinny diamond-shape from your construction paper, fold it around the blunt end of the bamboo skewer and glue the ends together to create the flag. Embellish the flag with numbers or your dad’s initial(s), then stick the flag into the “green”. Flip one of your clear bowls upside down and use it as a “pedastal” to elevate the “tee box” and give the arrangement some dimension. Place the entire centerpiece on the scrapbook paper “runner”. Fill the 2 remaining bowls with 4 golf balls each and set them on either side of the main centerpiece.

For the Table Settings:

You’ll need:
• 12×12″ sheets of scrapbook paper to serve as placemats. Choose papers with a modern argyle pattern or other golf-themed print. *The colors in your “placemats” should work well with grass-green and will determine the color palette for the table.
• white plates
• utensils, napkins, construction paper, utensils, and cups in colors that match your theme
• golf tees and sticker numbers (for the placecard holders)

Set the table just as you normally would – starting with the scrapbook paper “placemats”. Turn the napkin sat a 45º angles so they look like a diamond. Using the golf tees, construction paper, and sticker numbers, make little place card “flags” for each setting. Flip the tee upside down so that it stands on it’s head and glue the actual flag portion to the sharp end of the tee). If you have a hard time getting the place cards to stay standing on their own, secure them to the napkin with a little bit of glue from a gluestick.

**If you have a large family or are creating multiple tables, you can always name each table after a famous golf course and tell guests they are at “Pebble Beach, Hole 4” or “St. Andrews, Hole 9” – and so on…

By |2011-09-19T04:42:57-07:00June 12th, 2007|Father's Day, Party Decor Projects|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Houses, Couches and Babies June 12, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    so cute…I don’t know if a man could appreciate this as much as a woman!

  2. haley June 12, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    so cute! love the golf-tee place cards especially!

  3. karyn June 12, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    My golf-addict husband would LOVE this!

  4. juligie™ June 12, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    OMG this is darling! i would have never thought to use those frames this way — very innovative and so inexpensive! brilliant!

  5. Rachelle June 12, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Oh wow, that is SO cute!

  6. MissChris June 13, 2007 at 8:56 am

    My fiance would absolutely love this. It’s awesome.

  7. Fresh Floral Art June 13, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Love this. Does anyone have a good mail order vendor for wheatgrass?

  8. decor8 June 13, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    This is positively adorable! My uncle would love this.

  9. Something You! June 14, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    This is such a fabulous idea- you are way too creative!

  10. M March 26, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I absolutely love this and plan to use this idea for my son’s graduation party. I’ve looked everywhere for the same or very similar scrap book paper used in these photos for the placemats. Any ideas where they came from or where I can find them? Please help!

  11. hiphostess April 11, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Hi M –
    So sorry for the delay in responding – things have been so hectic around here, and I’ve been trying to find this exact paper, but not a lot of luck yet (we trimmed off the brand name edge before we used them in this photo shoot last year.) However, here are a few other places you might try:

    American Crafts – this is probably my favorite scrapbook company. Check out the “Elegant” series – the colors are aqua, black and white – which could be great for graduation – and the Metropolitan series is good too – there’s a green/blue/black/white combo middle-way down the page.

    A Cherry on top – check out their Arglye options

    You can also try searching for “argyle paper” in google. This brought up a lot of different results for me.

    Hope that helps!

    Jenn :)

  12. Jenny Schmidt April 13, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I LOVE this idea and am using it for my business:

  13. Carla August 18, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I think this is an awesome idea and want to use it for the centerpieces at my golf themed wedding. I am having a terrible time trying to find the picture frames or something like that to use. Any suggestions??….I forgot to mention that I’m on a budget, hence the DIY centerpieces.

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  15. Tiffanie March 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Hi, I love this idea and am going to use it for my husbands surprise birthday party in a month. I was wondering where you got the cups from. I have looked everywhere and can’t find the tinted blue cups with the dimples in them. Thanks in advance and thanks for posting these great pictures!

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