Lots of fun decorations for a golf, Caddyshack, or Happy Gilmore theme party plus food and drink ideas! ⟹
My husband has been an avid golfer since childhood and it’s how he spends most of his free time, both playing and watching. (I’ll give him props here and tell you he is also very good!) So I have come to accept that golf is just an integral part of our lives. Even many of our friendships have evolved from golf, which also means… even more talking about golf.
His golf buddies are a fun group of about 30-40 truly great guys and have their own long standing annual tournament dubbed the “Ryder Cup”. It is several days of doing a whole lot of their favorite “man/golf” stuff…playing, joking, trash-talking, drinking, and probably some betting too.
But of course, my favorite part is the party! We have hosted it at our house several times and were so happy to be able to bring it back last week after the pause of 2020. See the Margaritaville themed Ryder Cup party we had in the past here.
In 2019, we had a full out Caddyshack theme which to my surprise the guys were so into. I requested that the guests dress up with something related to golf or the movie, not expecting much participation. Boy, it really brought out the fun side in some of them!
They changed their golf schedule this year to be playing on the day of the party, so I let the costume request go and just decided to do a general golf theme with my decorations. This also allowed me to reuse some of what I already had, so I’ve got that goin’ for me which is nice (Caddyshack reference!)
I set the stage for what was inside with a couple of Caddyshack signs on the front door where the group entered.
There were nods to golf around all of the main party areas. Just like with any party, a lot of guests hung out in the kitchen, so most of my focus went there with the decor.
I put three “vintage” golf clubs into a vase…my husband used these when he played on the golf team in high school and he got all nostalgic when I put them out. I added faux hydrangeas and real greenery to finish off the centerpiece. It sat on top of a piece of astroturf cut in the shape of a golf green and I sprinkled some tees and balls around. If there are decorations I can shop my house for it’s definitely for a golf party!
I brought back my Caddyshack items. Of course, the gopher is a must! He popped out of the ground made up of oatmeal “dirt“.
Two of the best and most quotable golf movies of all time are Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore, so I spread quotes throughout where guests would hang out. It’s fun to get my husband’s opinion on the best ones and to narrow them down to just a few! (They can be a little raunchy, but this party’s audience is just fine with that.) I gave them a preppy background with a “Mad for Plaid” pad of scrapbook paper.
Can’t leave out this infamous reference to the Caddyshack swimming pool scene:
Even the bathrooms got signs above the two toilets that guests would use!
The kitchen table became the wine and Prosecco station. Three oversized martini glasses served as tees for the paper lantern “golf balls“.
They sat on a grass runner with movie quotes, wood tees, and a couple of old golf trophies sporting new plaques with some inside jokes.
The main bar, AKA the 19th hole, was placed outside on the outdoor kitchen. I revived my signature drink menu from the Caddyshack theme with Gopher Juice, the Carl Spackler, and the Lacy Underall.
The patio dining table was decorated with a couple of old woods, and more tees, balls, and movie quotes.
The family room is where the pairings were announced and some guests hung out. My DIY moss bowl became the perfect golf green for a few balls!
And I added a vase with the extra greenery and more golf balls to the mantel. I dressed it up for the theme with a couple of tees and a ball marker hot glued to burlap and satin ribbon.
We had a mobile hamburger grill caterer come and set up in the backyard to serve burgers, potato salad, and baked beans for dinner. Inside we had an appetizer spread ready for the hungry golfers and their wives as they hung out and visited.
We built this charcuterie offering with folded skewered meats, various cheeses, fruit, and some fig jam.
This was a hit and all but disappeared! I think skewering the meats into small sections of three pieces made it easier to eat.
We also offered a Greek tray:
This platter had Mediterranian noshes…hummus, naan dippers, olives, and cucumbers.
I thought this appetizer was perfect for a golf party in the South. It’s a pecan coated pimento cheese ball on a silver platter. Very Masters-like.
We had a few additional munchies with a couple more dips and several dipper options.
For something sweet, we had two choices.
We had an assortment of cake balls in red velvet, lemon, and white chocolate. I opted to have them coated in all white to resemble golf balls. Some coconut dyed with green food coloring was the underlying grass.
The other dessert option was these butterscotch and Bailey’s pudding shots, topped with Heath crumbles.
We made a couple of big batch signature drinks. The pink cocktail is grapefruit and vodka with a splash of pomegranate juice. The other is a spiked Arnold Palmer.
In keeping with the Caddyshack theme, they were renamed the Lacy Underall and the Carl Spackler.
If you’d like to see the recipe for another delicious golf cocktail, check out my post for the signature drink of the Masters, the Azalea.
The back counter behind this one was filled with a full bar and mixers to choose from.
It was sooooo good to throw a real party again! And all of the stars must have been aligned because one of my very talented party planning friends just happened to be staying with me this week so prepping this time wasn’t all on me. We are in our element when we do this together and it was just like old times! For six years, we used to put together themed teacher luncheons for 150 people. (Yes, they may have been a little over the top!)
I hope this post inspires you to infuse a little extra fun into whatever kind of party you are having!
Go to your happy place, (“Happy Gilmore”)
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