Thomas turned one a few weeks ago and we had the MOST fun day ever celebrating his first birthday. I wanted to put together a blog post recap since I know it will be fun to look back at with him once he’s older! And hopefully it can be an inspiration for a kid’s golf themed birthday party for you!
A little backstory: Tommy and I love golf. Tommy’s dad is a golf pro, and Tommy golfed in college. I play a bit in high school and then started playing more when Tommy and I started dating. Playing nine holes is one of our favorite things to do together, and we finally got to bring Thomas with us for a few holes about a month ago in Boone.
Back to the birthday party… I’ve seen some pretty elaborate children’s birthday parties on Instagram and Pinterest over the years, and that was NOT the plan for Thomas’s party but I wanted to do something sweet and special for our loved ones to get together and celebrate our favorite boy! My mom was in town from Utah for the week, so we thought it would be fun to put together a little party with family and some close friends (not tons of guests!) at the playground. All I really wanted was to let Thomas enjoy the chocolate cake that I made for him (and I was satisfied by the results).
Easy Kid’s Golf Themed Birthday “Par-Tee”
Hannah (my assistant) loves to plan parties (in fact, she was actually planning her wedding at the time!), so she helped me come up with the whole idea! I told her that I wanted to do something cute for Thomas, but nothing that took too much work.
She pitched the idea of a golf party or “par-tee” and found everything (except one or two details, which I’ll share below) on Amazon two weeks prior to the party. I sent out an evite (they also had a par-tee themed invitation) and that’s it! I didn’t need to hear any other party ideas ;).
The idea was to have one long table with all the cute decorations and food, and let that be the only thing we really “set up”. It was super easy because it didn’t take a ton of thought, and everything was super cute paired together! This was very “diy”ed, and easy!
This is what we ordered on Amazon:
- Golf paper plates
- Green napkins
- Golf balloons (you’ll need to have them blown up at Party City near you) as a high chair backdrop
- Green balloons to alternate with the golf balloon
- Golf ball baskets (I lined these with green napkins to serve house chips out of!
- Golf cart cake topper toy (if you had cupcakes instead, these would be cute toppers)
Another party idea was to have golf ball cake pops. That would have been super cute if we had time!
We didn’t have party favors, but these would be super cute if we had them customized. It comes with a custom golf ball and golf tees.
Food and Drinks
There are a few ways you can go with this! We wanted to have food people could snack on and eat standing up, and so we went with a golf club themed menu!
- Club sandwiches
- Pimento Cheese sandwiches (a Master’s special!)
- House chips (you could call these chip shots!)
- Sugar cookies (decorated by Caroline’s Cookie Company)
- Arnold Palmers (a perfect beverage cart drink for a party!)
- Water (or you could do water-bottles with logos on them!)
This was a little bit expensive for a child’s costume, but lucky for us, it was too big so he can keep wearing it AND it doubles as his Halloween costume. The velcro name and the number one one the front are removable, so we could also easily share this with friends if they wanted to use it for a similar party! And since it only has our last name, and not “Thomas”, we can use it again if we have another child!
I got this caddie jumpsuit on Etsy, and the vendor shipped it really quickly! It was absolutely a hit, and although not the most comfortable for Thomas all day, worth it for the cute pictures ;). Make sure to take it off for cake time!
Obviously Tommy and I didn’t wear anything special, although Tommy wears golf clothes pretty much everyday anyway, but if you really wanted to ALL out, I love this tennis dress from Tuckernuck. Pair it with a visor and sneakers! SO cute.
We didn’t play any golf games (other than Thomas swinging ;)), but if your child is older, putt putt would be such a fun place to host this party! You could play golf ball relays (hold the golf ball on a spoon, like an egg relay),
It was quite the celebration! We had so much fun.