Well, as we all know very well by now, sometimes the “best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Just a few days prior to the official start of the quarantines, Paige Minear and I teamed up to create and style a table for a Master’s themed party that would easily transition to an Easter tablescape (since the two events were supposed to take place on the same day this year). However, due to the coronavirus, the Masters Tournament was postponed. I thought my husband might actually faint when he heard the news. The Masters is basically considered a national holiday in our home, and the entire weekend is usually blocked off for un-interrupted golf watching. We drink Arnold Palmers, eat egg-salad sandwiches (that I purchase from a local shop of course), and it’s the one time of year that I actually enjoy watching golf as well- ha! However, this April, there will be no Masters. Easter will of course still take place on April 12th, but it will most definitely look very different for people this year, as we cannot gather together in groups or even dine together with family members who might be considered at-risk to contract the virus. However, Paige and I still want to share our table designs with you as they are oh so happy and fun. Plus, you can still use them at inspiration for your gatherings this year, even if they are only for 10 people or less. There’s no reason to sacrifice good taste just because it’s a smaller group! Not to mention, I truly believe that celebrations on any level are even more important right now during these stressful times.
When we started brainstorming ideas for this table, we knew we wanted something fresh and bright with a nod to the Masters’ signature colors, but something that wasn’t too expected (aka “theme-y”). And since originally this table was planned to work for Easter as well (with a few detail changes of course), we kept the Masters’-specific items to a minimum. Once again Paige pulled out some of her private collection for the china that we used on the table (she has an amazing collection of vintage china). Her mixture of vintage salad plates with green Spode dining plates was a nod to the traditional, which I love since the Masters is such a great tradition in and of itself.
We used my favorite silverware, Royal Pacific Silver Bamboo, which works for both formal and casual place settings. Every place setting received its own bottle of Perrier Sparkling Water with Lemon along with a Juliska Vienne Wine Glass, and the most darling Lettuce Ware Canape Plates. Paige found these fabulous Green and White Bamboo Napkins from the K. Sweigart Collection, which we layered with Masters Ribbon that could be used in so many creative ways. Kate Fabling Calligraphy provided us place cards in the perfect shade of Masters green.
For an additional flourish, we added a Lemon Tree Die-Cut Gift Tag from WH Hostess to each Perrier bottled and tied them up with a green and white stripped straw.
As for the incredible centerpiece topiary with lemons, that’s 100% thanks to Paige. She MADE it y’all, and you will have to visit her blog found here, to learn more about that. We placed smaller arrangements around the main centerpiece, that were a mixture of seasonal yellow flowers found at Trader Joe’s that we casually arranged in mint julep cups. If you live in the South and don’t own a set of mint julep cups which I use all the time for both beverages and flower arrangements, then it’s time you purchased some. They are a staple in my “party closet,” and you don’t have to spend a fortune on real silver ones. There are great affordable stainless steel options, and you can find some here.
If you ask me, the cookies are the star of this table. Once again “my girl” Summer from Summer’s Sweet Shop made fabulous Masters’ themed cookies that make the perfect dessert or gift for guests. I actually ended up freezing the cookies so that I can pull them out this fall, and enjoy them when the tournament actually takes place!
For our “dress to the decor” piece of this party, Paige and I each chose green and white of course! Here are the links to our clothes and accessories, and I hope all of these ideas and images bring some sunshine into your life right now. I know I need it!
- Paige’s Top
- Paige’s Shoes
- Paige’s Earrings
- Paige’s Golf-Themed Wine Tote
- Mary’s Dress
- Mary’s Earrings
- Mary’s Shoes
Photography by: Lele Fain Photography