What fun it was to put together a party again. We were supposed to have this exact party theme for Watson’s 4th, but it was scheduled for the weekend after everything started shutting down last
What fun it was to put together a party again. We were supposed to have this exact party theme for Watson’s 4th, but it was scheduled for the weekend after everything started shutting down last year due to the pandemic. After much debate and back and forth, we decided to celebrate him with a small party this year. The 5th is a big one to celebrate! And we did so with our families and a few of Watson’s closest friends. It was a great day and I’m really excited to share all the details with you today.
The cake was done by Ashley Bakery–and it was just as delicious as it was beautiful! If you’re a Charleston bride, you’re probably well aware of their gorgeous wedding cakes, but they can do smaller ones as well for any special occasion. I can’t get over how cute it turned out… even down to the 5 on the flag. Not a detail was spared!
We had a few activities, like a jump castle and slide combo, which we rented locally, and a “putt putt” golf area! This sign, and all of the signage down to the invitations, food tents, and favor tags were all done by Katie Corley. I knew five year old children wouldn’t like small golf balls, so I bought these small beach balls to use instead and it was a big hit!
The food, with very few exceptions, was all done by Hamby Catering. (I believe it was only the orange slices, spinach dip, chicken nuggets, and doughnut holes that I picked up elsewhere.) Hamby is a local caterer that does large scale events, but also smaller ones, too. And they have a market, where you can order online and pick up right there—and that’s what I did! The market also has delicious boxed lunches and random pickup items, like chicken salad, wines, casseroles & quiches, and so forth. Sometimes I’ll stop by on a Friday afternoon and pick up a shrimp salad croissant and it always hits the spot.
I’ve had my fair share of preparing my own food for parties and let me tell you, outsourcing it is the only way to go! Between decorating, getting myself and the children ready, setting everything out, and all the other party prep tasks….let’s just say I was 10000x less frazzled since I didn’t have to worry about preparing any food… just plating it!
We tried to stick to a Master’s/golf theme, so all of the food had some sort of punny title. “Club” sandwiches and Master’s Pimento Cheese Sandwiches are above. Below are housemade chips & spinach dip, which I called “chip shot,” which you’ll recognize if you’re familiar with golf lingo. By the way, those chips have sea salt, black pepper, and parmesan cheese on them—made by Hamby as well. They are incredible!
Below are “birdie bites, another golf term, if you’re left wondering, and “putt-ato salad!”
Hamby made these precious “fill your divots” cake pops and I wanted a cute way to display them. So I bought two of these trays and filled them with florist foam, which I used a knife to cut into the right shape. Then I covered the foam with this green moss sheet to resemble grass. The reason I used the moss instead of the faux grass is because the grass pieces are not penetrable and I wanted to be able to stick the end of the cake pop into it. But we ended up displaying the pops the other way around since they have a flat top to them! So in retrospect, I would have used this grass for the displays instead of the moss.
Donut “Hole in Ones” and Orange “Wedges” — okay, enough of the golf puns! Again, all the food signs are by Katie Corley.
Know how hard it is to find a pretty piñata? Actually not that hard if you check out this Etsy shop. I was really stressing because the only piñatas I could find were either tiny or didn’t exactly go with this theme. But this Etsy shop offers custom pinatas in whatever color you can imagine! I ordered it on a Sunday night, it shipped on Monday, and I received it on Tuesday. And the price was the same as many I was seeing on Amazon that were half the size. I added some extra flair to it by tying some pretty ribbons on the top that matched the theme—green and blue gingham… and then little bits of red and yellow to bring in a touch of Master’s.
I rented the jump castle from Charleston Fun Factory and they were wonderful!
The piñata was a HUGE hit. I filled it with little junky toys I found on Amazon and it was the greatest thing ever to the kids!
We used Sequins & Lipstick for the custom items you can see below, like the cups, koozies, and napkins. These made such a difference in bringing the theme all together! I am so so happy we had these made—and then we get to continue using them after the party to remember such a happy celebration.
See that golf ball basket I’ve got on the table? I put florist foam in the center of it, then filled it with these foam golf balls, and then stuck some of these red flags into the foam. It made for really cute centerpieces! I made three of them to set throughout.
That’s my dad below, along with one of our best friends & Brandon.
Rosie’s best friend from school. They are so sweet!!
My dress below is from Mi Golandrina. My sunglasses are these. Brandon’s shorts are from Amazon (his favorite style for 3 years!) and his sunglasses are on sale here! His polo and belt are Peter Millar.
My mom, brother, and my niece!
Not too many pictures of Watson because he was so busy playing the entire time, so I’ll leave you this one of these sweet girls!
faux grass squares: I used this style and this one
gingham tablecloth: the ones I bought sold out but these look great!
Clothing: My dress is from Mi Golandrina. My sunglasses are these and earrings are these. Brandon’s shorts are from Amazon (his favorite style for 3 years!) and his sunglasses are on sale here! His polo and belt are Peter Millar.