How to Throw the Ultimate Masters Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Masters Tournament Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Masters Party

One of the biggest annual events in golf, the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament, kicks off tomorrow at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Since most of us can’t make it down South for the tourney—much less secure tickets—we’ll be watching from home.

And since we love to entertain, we’ll be hosting a viewing. We reached out to a pair of bona fide Southern gentlemen, Hobson Brown and Billy Nachman, founders of vintage-preppy apparel label Criquet Shirts, for their tips on hosting the ultimate Masters party.

Read on for their entertaining wisdom.

many of you out there, we recognize the Masters as one of the greatest, tradition-rich sporting events around. Sure… the other major golf tournaments are special and bring out a unique sense of excitement for the fans.

 None, however, compare to the Masters, its history and tradition, and the competitive journey that the players endure to take home the coveted green jacket. For the players, the Masters represents an opportunity to etch one’s name permanently into the game's history.

 For fans, us, it's a chance to live (if you are lucky enough to go to Augusta National), or recreate some of the traditions that make this tournament so unique and unparalleled. 

We, at Criquet, are about to host our annual watch party at the Criquet Clubhouse here in Austin. Taking from our own personal Masters party experiences from years past, we’ve put together a list of suggestions that will be sure to take your own party to the next level. Get in the Hole! 

One of the greatest but least talked things about being at the Masters are the concessions. Un any other Major golf tournament, or major sporting event for that matter, there are no visible sponsorships on the grounds at Augusta National.

Meaning, no Coca Cola, Visa, or Budweiser signs anywhere. It’s glorious and makes it feel you are at a party at a friend’s very exclusive country club, and there just happens to be an amazing golf tournament going on.

 For drinks—we’ll only talk about the frothy kind—there is light beer and regular beer, and it’s served from kegs. The best food at the Masters is the homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, which are wrapped in green waxed paper and cost $1.50.

 Serve the same at your party (without the $1.50 charge of course) and you’re guaranteed a strong foundation.

Everyone immediately recognizes CBS network’s Masters theme music, which plays practically non-stop during the broadcast. Some say it transports them to their “happy place.” However, not everyone knows that it was written and performed by none other than long-locked jazz-meets-soft-rock composer Yanni.

A nice touch at any party is to play the Masters theme song anytime a new guest enters the room. If you can’t hire Yanni (he’s a busy man!), we recommend a good blue grass or Americana band The Harmed Brothers to keep things grooving.

Other mood-setters include giving away prizes for the best dressed, the rowdiest guest (aka The John Daly), or the most pimento cheese sandwiches eaten.

Another great tradition of the Masters are the rules of fan etiquette off the course. These rules should also be applied to your party.  at the actual Masters, seats are saved.

 Meaning, you get to the party early, you get pole position on the couch, and it’s yours all party. You can feel free to go to the bathroom as many times as you’d . And the Masters, cell phones must be turned off. Not even on vibrate mode.

 You’d be surprised how this makes for much better conversations.

Of course, style is subjective, but it should not be optional… a Masters Party is no exception. Dress you are there to win it. the Kentucky Derby, it’s an opportunity to show folks what you’ve got. For the gents, remember that you are not playing in the tournament, but are watching it. Leave the performance shirts, slacks, and golf shoes at home, and don your best 19th-hole attire.

Of course, we would recommend any of our Players Shirts paired with your favorite shorts and shoes (flip flops and cowboy boots allowed). In general, opt for a casual, but put-together look. For the ladies, sundresses are always well received, and don't be scared of your favorite special occasion hat.

Parties are always more fun when you look the part, so take advantage of the opportunity.

Behind any great golfer is a great caddy. It’s a team none other in sports. At the Masters, caddies are required to wear the club's famous caddy suits.

 Nothing adds to the charm and authenticity of a Masters party than your own party caddies.

 Whether they are pouring beers, offering insight into the days round (Who has the yips?), or are helping read the putts of the crowd, they will be sure to take your party from a B to an A. 

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Host the Ultimate Masters Viewing Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Masters Party

If you’re hosting a a viewing party for the Masters tournament this year, you have come to the right place! I’m sharing where to find recipes for all your favorite Masters foods as well as decorations for a golf-themed party!

My daughter was born on Masters Sunday, and my husband is in the golf industry. It’s basically a must that we embrace golf in this household, and I’m all about it. I love the tradition and history behind the Masters.

We always have it on and since it’s around my daughter’s birthday every year, we’re usually hosting family and friends.

Last year, we threw a “golf part-ee” since she turned “fore” so if you want some ideas for kids, it’s a great post to check out!

If you’re hosting family and friends or just looking for a few Masters-themed foods to enjoy this week, this Masters party post will have you covered. I’m showing you everything from the famous foods and drinks to how to style your tablescape for the occasion. Let’s get started!

Masters Viewing Party Food

Between the Arnold Palmers, the green jacket, and those gorgeous pink azaleas, the food is one of the most popular parts of attending the Masters. Bring the famous Masters foods home by recreating them for your own viewing party.


My favorite part of any party is hands-down, the FOOD. In Augusta, pimento cheese sandwiches reign supreme. You can make them miniature for an easy Masters party appetizer. The famous Masters pimento cheese recipe is super simple, you can grab it here on Intentional Hospitality!

Check out how I served them last year at my daughter’s party on a silver tray.

Egg Salad Sandwiches

Just the pimento cheese sandwiches, use soft white bread for your Masters sandwiches!

Grab the recipe for the egg salad sandwiches from Hel on Heels!

Masters Club Sandwiches

Definitely not as popular as its pimento and egg salad cousins, the Masters Club Sandwich is definitely a great one to include in your viewing party. They’re a bit more “crowd-pleasing” than pimento and egg salad which are not everyone’s cup of “tee” (pun intended). I added golf tee picks to these I served at Blakely’s party last year.

Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwich

When it comes to dessert, there is one popular choice at the Masters. Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches! It’s actually a a creation of the Christie Cookie Co.

based here in Nashville, TN and they’re only available during the annual Masters Tournament. Now, one could make homemade peach ice cream but if you’re hosting a crowd, keep it easy.

Pick up peach ice cream and sugar cookies (or make your own cookies Borrowed Heaven who made these delish copycats)!

Augusta National Sour Cream Pound Cake

A couple of years ago, I bought the Tee-Time at the Masters Cookbook published by the Junior League of Augusta. It includes a recipe for their famous Sour Cream Pound Cake. You can also find the recipe here at Plain Chicken. Doesn’t it look divine?

The Azalea Cocktail

The signature cocktail of the Masters and named after the gorgeous flowers blooming during the tournament, this is a must-try! I love the gorgeous color of this drink made from a mix of vodka, grenadine, and lemonade! Yes, please. Grab the recipe from Plain Chicken (she has the best recipes)!

John Daly Cocktail (Spiked Arnold Palmer)

Basically an Arnold Palmer with vodka, the John Daly is another must-have for any Masters viewing party. Grab the recipe from Karyl’s Kulinary Krusade. I suggest whipping up a big batch of Arnold Palmers and splitting it so you still have some Arnold Palmers for those who don’t want alcohol.

I served my Arnold Palmers in a large beverage dispenser and extra mint for garnishing.

If you really want to wow your viewing party guests, order some Masters-themed cookies these AMAZING cookies from Jana Lee’s!

Masters Party Decorations

Emily McCarthy always shares fabulous entertaining ideas her Masters party set-up. She has tons of cute party items napkins and cups for the occasion.

As for decor, yellow and green reign supreme. If you don’t have a gorgeous green table (jealous, Emily McCarthy!), then you can easily grab a green tablecloth for a similar style.

Head to the store and grab some yellow flowers! Or if you’re lucky and have access to pink azaleas, they’re a very fitting option too. I prefer silver vases for this occasion, but any vase will do!

How gorgeous is this Masters dessert bar by Soirees For Days? I am in LOVE with her peach cupcakes garnished with mint.

Use golf balls to fill vases and serve as decor. Scatter theme throughout your bar setup or tablescape.

I styled a golf “tee-party” that has lots of additional decor ideas that you can check out here!

For more Masters-themed party decor, check out both eBay and Etsy! You’ll find everything from invitations to Masters koozies to add a little Masters flair to your viewing party!

I hope you enjoy the tournament, and if you host your own viewing party, be sure to send me pictures!


Graduation Party Ideas – High School and College Grad Ideas 2020

How to Throw the Ultimate Masters Party

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You’ve seen your scholar through countless first days of school, report cards, late-night study sessions, and schedules full of extra-curriculars. Now, you’ve made it! There's no doubt that you're going to throw the ultimate party for your high school or college graduate.

After you finish wiping away your tears (#ProudMomAlert), get creative with these graduation party ideas that include simple DIY decorations, easy-to-make treats, and personalized party accents that you can buy on Amazon or Etsy.

The result? A graduation party that's as fun, sweet, and thoughtful as your 2020 grad. Some of them find a way to look back on all the milestones they’ve reached along the way.

(Did you save all the class pictures going back to kindergarten?) Others will make sure they get some killer Instagram photos — or is it TikTok videos now? — from the big bash.

And there are few ideas that will make sure they head out into the world with some wise words of advice (and maybe even a few dollars in their pockets). And even though the party is basically a gift in itself, take a look at these other gift ideas for your graduating high school, college, law school, or nursing student.

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2 Class Photo Banner



See how big your grad has become — and also how many different hairstyles and awkward smiles there have been along the way — with a photo banner that shows class pictures going back to kindergarten.

3 Origami Money Graduation Caps

5 DIY Bagel Board

Perfect for parties the day after graduation, this easy-to-make board will give recent grads everything they need to fuel up for their weekend of parties i.e. carbs. Or go all-out and do donuts instead.

Get the tutorial at The Okayest Moms »

6 Confetti Balloons

7 Graduation Photo Wreath

Take a trip back to your grad's first day of school (or even, the day they were born!) with this clever photo wreath. It'll give you something to do with all of those leftover school photos.

Get the tutorial at DIY Beautify »

9 Graduation Favor Bags



Since the kids have already filled up on sweets, send 'em home with something salty. 

10 Confetti Cones

Pass out these cones to guests as they walk in the door and then have them shower the grad with confetti whenever they see them. A sprinkle of love, wouldn't ya say?

Get the tutorial at A Bubbly Life »

12 “We are so Proud of You” Banner

Since Mom always finds a way to bring the tears to special occasions … 

14 Personalized Graduation Cake Topper



Congrats, your hard work (read: baking this masterpiece) has earned a cake topper as special as this!

15 Class Rings

Okay, so it might not be a “real” class ring, but we bet your grad will love the Ring Pop version nonetheless.

16 DIY Tassel Garland

17 Graduation Candy Labels



Choose from 16 different color and wording options to dress up your snack table with pun-tastic labels. The most LOL-worthy? The “Student Loans” label for 100 Grand candy bars. 

19 Guest Book Globe

20 Graduation Cap Cupcakes

21 Jenga Guest Book

22 School Color Oreos


27 Best Things Anyone Ever Said About The Masters Tournament

How to Throw the Ultimate Masters Party

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Did you hear what that golf star said about The Masters? Or what so-and-so thought of Augusta National? The Masters and Augusta National have inspired a lot of words over the years.

And we've gathered this collection of our favorite quotes about the tournament and the place. Some are insightful, some illuminating, a few funny. So without further ado, let's see who's talking.

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“There is absolutely nothing humorous at The Masters. Here, small dogs do not bark and babies do not cry.”

Player would know, having first arrived at Augusta National in 1957. The men in green jackets – the Augusta National members – run a tight ship with complete control over everything during tournament week.

Even the broadcasters and what they say. Why do you think The Masters is the only tournament on TV during the year in which broadcasters refer to fans as “patrons”? Because the Augusta National poobahs tell them that's the way it's going to be.

To be fair, The Masters has loosened up a bit in recent years. Augusta has, among other things, admitted its first female members and hosts the adorable Drive, Chip and Putt Championship for kids.

But during tournament week, you'd best obey the rules. Remember: No running!

Nick Faldo:
“This is the The Masters. It's got the beauty, it's got the color, it's got the sound and the breezes. Everything together makes this place special.”

Alistair Cooke:
“The Masters is more a vast Edwardian garden party than a golf tournament.”

Cooke was a British journalist and television personality, best-known in America as the decades-long host of PBS' Masterpiece Theater. A man who knew his garden parties.

Lee Janzen:
“You get the feeling that Bobby Jones is standing out there with you.”

Hale Irwin:
“You start to choke at The Masters when you drive through the front gate.”

Said a guy who never won The Masters, so maybe we should believe him. And this takes us to our next category …

Golfers and their caddies walk off the first tee at Augusta National during the 2015 Masters.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Chi Chi Rodriguez:
“The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life.”

Chi Chi didn't really shoot 83 in his first Masters round – it was only a 77. But as Chi Chi once said in another context, “I never exaggerate, I just remember big.”

Dave Marr:
“At my first Masters, I got the feeling that if I didn't play well, I wouldn't go to heaven.”

Marr's first Masters was 1960. He tied for 34th. Hmmm, that might put him in Limbo …

Roger Maltbie:
“By the time I got to the first tee in my first Masters, I was so scared I could hardly breathe. If you're not a little nervous there, there isn't anything in life that can make you nervous.”

Maltbie overcame those nerves just fine: He shot 72 in his first round at Augusta National, and tied for ninth in the 1976 Masters.

Fuzzy Zoeller:
On an approaching tee time for the first hole of The Masters: “The greatest natural laxative in the world.”

Oh, that Fuzzy. He's a pistol! We'll hear from him again.

Phil Mickelson plays from the bunker at No. 12 during the 2015 Masters.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Hord Hardin, Masters chairman:
“We could make the greens so slick we'd have to furnish ice skates on the first tee.”

Gary McCord:
“At Augusta National they bikini wax the greens.”

McCord's comment is pretty much the same as Hardin's, just more colorfully expressed. But Augusta National took such offense at McCord's remark (and a couple others) that they banned him from future television broadcasts.

Paul Azinger:
“This place always seems to have some kind of a ghost waiting around a pine tree or something for me. I remember all the places I don't want to be.”

Azinger had only one Top 10 finish at The Masters.

Jim Furyk:
“I can't think of another course in the world that the more you play, the more you learn.”

Gary Player:
“Every shot is within a fraction of disaster. That's what makes it so great.”

Keep this quote in mind when you read the final ones on this page of our feature. Augusta National puts pressure on golfers not just to hit good shots, but to do so when the margin of error is very thin.

Gene Sarazen:
“You don't come to Augusta to find your game. You come here because you've got one.”

But that doesn't mean you can't find your game at Augusta. Mark O'Meara once said (bonus quote!), “I always get a kick the guys who say they're getting their game ready to peak at the majors. I'm not that good. Hey, I went into the Masters with low expectations. Look what happened there.” What happened is O'Meara won the 1998 Masters.

“If you hit it long and straight and throw it up in the air high and putt well, you'll do well here. That's always been the formula at this golf course, and I don't think that it's changed.”

Tommy Tolles:
“This is probably the only golf course I have spent a week on and never felt comfortable over a shot. I was off-guard all week.”

Bobby Jones:
“We want to make bogeys easy if frankly sought, pars readily obtainable by standard good play, and birdies – except on par-5s – dearly bought.”

This is what Jones said about the golf course during opening ceremonies in the early 1930s. It's a mark of how great a job Jones and Alister Mackenzie did designing Augusta that these goals are still being met today.

Angel Cabrera flips his putter in the air after missing a birdie putting during a playoff at the 2013 Masters (Cabrera lost to Adam Scott).Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

David Duval:
“Finishing second at The Masters was getting kicked in the head.”

It happened to Duval twice: In 1998, when he tied for second one stroke behind Mark O'Meara; and in 2001, when he was two behind Tiger Woods.

Seve Ballesteros:
When asked by reporters what happened when he 4-putted from 15 feet on the 16th hole at the 1988 Masters: “I miss, I miss, I miss, I make.”

Roberto De Vicenzo:
“What a stupid I am.”

Those were De Vicenzo's immortal words after signing an incorrect scorecard at the 1968 Masters, the penalty for which kept him a playoff against Bob Goalby (who got the solo win as a result).

Less known is something else De Vicenzo said later that evening at a dinner: “Maybe you think I'm a stupid Argentine, but you spell my name wrong on the seating plan, the place cards and the menu – and different each time.”

Tom Weiskopf:
“If I knew what was going through Jack Nicklaus' head, I would have won this golf tournament.”

He didn't. This comment was made on live television as Weiskopf was broadcasting during the 1986 Masters. Weiskopf did finish runner-up a record-tying four times (twice to Nicklaus), however, but … see Duval's quote above. Perhaps that explains why Weiskopf also once claimed that “… in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, alone there are four courses as good as Augusta.”

Spoiler alert: There aren't. But that's OK! The Masters and Augusta National are not churches or natural wonders, they are highly manufactured entities. It's OK to be critical. Really, it is.

Peter Thomson:
“The Masters has been mostly lost by someone leading before it is won.”

Five-time British Open champ Thomson is another golfer who's been critical of Augusta National at times. A highly regarded course designer himself, he once said, “A golf course should be a bit wild, at least in some corners. A weed now and again would be a great relief.”

But he's also written with great appreciation about Augusta National and the design choices made by Mackenzie and Jones. And his comment here is very insightful about winning and losing at The Masters.

“The Masters doesn't begin until the back nine on Sunday,” is a popular, if erroneous, saying. Consider Thomson's take, though: Think of all the guys who've had the lead late, or been near it, only to plunk a ball in the water at No.

12 or No. 15, or made some other fatal mistake.

It's that excitement generated by the razor's-edge nature of the golf course and the final-round pressure that Thomson is talking about, and that gets to those “someones” who lose it before the champion wins it.

Yep, winning The Masters has the effect on you. (Pictured: Adam Scott in 2013.).Harry How/Getty Images

Phil Mickelson:
“The winner of this tournament doesn't just win a major, he becomes part of the history of the game, and that's what excites me. This tournament creates something that is very special, and year in, year out, history is made here.”

Demaret was the Masters' first three-time champ; he won it in 1940, 1947 and 1950.

John Daly:
“I've heard the winner of the Masters hosts the dinner. If I ever won it, there would be no suits, no ties and McDonald's.”

Daly never got the chance to serve McDonald's at the Champions Dinner but, truth be told, he wouldn't have been allowed to do so anyway. The defending champ selects the menu, but the food is created by the kitchen of the Augusta National dining room.

At the 1998 Champions Dinner, though, Tiger Woods served a meal that Daly would have loved: cheeseburgers and milkshakes. (See more Champions Dinner menus.)

Fuzzy Zoeller:
“I've never been to heaven and thinking back on my life I probably won't get the chance to go. I guess winning the Masters is as close as I'm going to get.”

We have no comment on Fuzzy's odds of getting into heaven (we hear his vodka is pretty good, though). But Fuzzy will always be a Masters champ. He won it his first time at Augusta, 1979. Zoeller is the last golfer to win The Masters in his rookie attempt, and one of just three overall (Horton Smith, in the first Masters played, and Gene Sarazen, in 1935, are the other two).


John Daly is missing The Masters just the rest of us

How to Throw the Ultimate Masters Party
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This is the week John Daly would normally be at the Masters. A two-time major winner, he hasn’t been a participant in the storied tournament since 2002, but remains an annual fixture while selling his apparel a trailer parked next to a Hooters near Augusta National Golf Club.

For the past few years, Daly arrived the Saturday before tournament week and didn’t leave until the afternoon of the final round.

For 12 hours a day, he sold and autographed everything he brought for purchase: pictures, pin flags, hats, beanies, head covers, shirts and pants.

Golf fans from around the world filtered through his offerings mainly because they wanted to meet Daly, who remains one of golf’s most beloved figures. One time he even signed a woman’s bare bottom.

“It’s Arnold Palmer told me at his locker when me and Fuzzy [Zoeller] and Hubert [Green] were sitting there having a cocktail together,” Daly recalled.

“He said, ‘Look if this ever ends — people taking pictures and asking for autographs — then your career is over.’ It does get tiresome, and as the day goes on people who’ve had a bit too much to drink can get a little mean.

But everybody has a good time and that’s kind of what it’s about.”

The 2020 Masters has been postponed until Nov. 12-15 due to COVID-19, so Daly isn’t parked outside Hooters on Washington Avenue, but practicing social distancing at the golf course he owns in Dardanelle, Ark.

“My brother is the superintendent,” Daly said in a telephone interview with The Post. “My daughter runs the shop. I get out and help my brother by cutting the greens and rolling fairways. Luckily, I can at least get on my course and do some stuff. I’ve only had just family come out and play it. Everybody is keeping their distance and not touching the flags and all that stuff.”

The RV that Daly planned to take to Augusta remains fully stocked. It’s a process that first began more than 20 years ago when some viewed Daly as a struggling golf pro trying to make an extra buck. Daly’s life has played out a tragedy at times, with his general health a recurring concern.

He deteriorated physically to the point at which he sought and was granted permission to ride a cart during the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black last year. He was criticized by several of his peers, including Tiger Woods, for pursuing that option.

Daly, 53, said he had knee surgery on Nov. 5, which has relieved much of the pain and he had planned to walk at the British Open, which was canceled last week. But he is still dealing with dizzy spells that could impact the remainder of his career.

“I’m a newly diagnosed diabetic,” Daly told The Post. “I’ve got to be careful. I’ve got the insulin right. I’ve got everything right. I was having dizzy spells for about a year. Add high blood pressure and not the greatest of livers … to me that scares me more than the knee. I know the knee will get better.”

Daly played in eight Masters, the last in 2002, when he made the cut and tied for 32nd. His best finish was a third-place tie in 1993, when a closing round of 69 left him 5-under for the tournament, six shots behind Bernhard Langer, who won the second of his two Masters.

Daly’s fame erupted when he won the 1991 PGA Championship in his first-ever major and later added the 1995 British Open. The fans haven’t forgotten, at least not the ones who line up outside Hooters during the Masters to buy his gear.

“Even when I played the Masters, I would go to Hooters,” Daly said. “A buddy of mine used to run it and I’d do two to three hours, depending on my tee time and stuff. The last few years it’s just been 12-hour days.

It’s tough on my feet and everything, but I love it. To see the fans and know that I’m still appreciated and let them know how much I love them. If I’m not in the [Augusta National] gates at least I’m close to it.

Daly isn’t sure if he’ll make it to Augusta in November. He’s a regular on the Champions Tour and normally does about 30 corporate dates during the year. The Masters is the only event to which he brings an RV filled with stuff to sell.

“The money is not great, but it’s fun and it’ll pay a few bills,” Daly said. “I’m stocked and loaded. It’ll just have to sit there and wait until November I guess.”

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