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Posted on May 26, 2021 by Christine Crosby in Father's Day, Pat Burns

Hey Y’all, It’s Father’s Day…Yee-haw!

Hey Y’all, It’s Father’s Day. Yee-haw!

For many families Mother’s Day celebration generally includes a fancy brunch where endless mimosas are poured. Maybe even champagne! So what is it Dads and Granddads everywhere usually prefer for their special recognition day? That’s a no-brainer – it’s a BBQ!

father's dayWhether the man of the hour likes hamburgers, steak, seafood, or chicken, it’s always better when grilled on an open fire. Even though a BBQ may be simple, let’s remember to kick it up a notch by creating a western theme for the table – cowboy boots and all.

Just as with every tablescape I design, it begins by envisioning the centerpiece. Setting the stage for this western theme centerpiece, I found a $20 child-sized faux cowhide print rug. Next in the plan is the kind of vase for flowers. I knew I wanted sunflowers and they had to be in a cowboy boot. Luckily, I found the perfect 9” ceramic boot for under $30. Fortunately, I had everything else for the table and didn’t need to purchase additional items.father's day

For at least 25 years, I’ve had stowed away a yellow cowboy tablecloth with matching napkins. Now, with this western-theme tablescape, I’m delighted to bring it out of hiding and use it for a second time. Draped over my buffet table, and tied at the corners with red bandanas, this yellow tablecloth protects my buffet table and allows me to place my oversized wooden western serving board without worrying about scratching the table. The silver steered, long-horned handles helps adjust the board effortlessly and will display all the BBQ menu items hot off the grill. On the buffet table corners, I placed half-cut cowgirl boots lined with plastic with more sunflowers. Over many decades, the rustic wooden plates have been used for countless BBQs and give that authentic cowboy feel for the meal. LED candles set in square vases filled with pinto beans and glass mason jars for beverages complete the look. I can almost hear the chuckwagon dinner bell clanking.

father's day There’s a simple reason we have a fondness for westerns – they were a big part of our formative years. When boys and girls, who are now in their sixties and seventies, were growing up, western programs ruled television. Shows like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Big Valley, The Lone RangerWagon Train, and Maverick to name a few.

So, let’s giddy up and set a western tablescape that’s worthy to celebrate Dad and Granddad’s favorite BBQ meal. Remember to include some great country music, too.

For more fun ideas to make this Father’s Day fabulous, check out the following:

19 of the Best Western Books of All Time



For a list of songs to play while setting up your Father’s Day table check out these fun tunes:

Chris Buck Band – GIDDY UP Fun and upbeat. A bit country


The Git Up – Blanco Brown + Lainey Wilson (two step cowboy slide)


For playing during dinner, here are a few songs to melt your heart

Don Williams – I Believe in You


Giddy-up! The Ace Family




Pat Burns is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Orange County Children’s Book Festival; a Celebrity Journalist, Film Reporter, the author of Grandparents Rock®. Also, a happy grandmother of four.


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Christine Crosby

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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