Celebrate one of the biggest sporting tournaments of the year with these simple-yet-sophisticated tennis-themed garden party ideas
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If you weren't lucky enough to bag yourself a ticket to this year's Wimbledon Championships, there's no need to queue for hours outside the All England Club with the possibility of being turned away. What if we told you, you could bring the Wimbledon party to your own back garden?
Watch your favourite tennis stars right through to the finals surrounded by family, friends, the great British summer sun, and the traditional Wimbledon treats, with these stylish tennis-themed party ideas.
Embrace English country garden style
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Wimbledon is not only the oldest tennis tournament in the world, but has been held at the All England Club since 1870. Due to the tournament's rich English heritage, it has adopted many traditions associated with the British summertime and quintessential Englishness.
Pay homage to the traditional elements of Wimbledon by opting for English country garden style decor. Your outdoor dining area is the focal point of the party, so here is the best place to set theme. Drape a red and white gingham tablecloth over your dining table with matching crockery and wicker cutlery pots. Gingham is a versatile print with a rural, vintage-feel; team the print with natural materials makeing a winning Wimbledon look.
Introduce the colours of Wimbledon to your garden decor
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Although tennis players strictly wear all-white attire, the official Wimbledon colours are made up of much more vibrant hues. The colour palette is in fact made up of strong purples and greens; colours associated with luxury and nature.
Flowers are also synonymous with Wimbledon, and a team of expert gardeners maintain them all-year-round to add to the beauty of the All England Club. With flowers in full bloom, you can add natural beauty to your party too. Simply forage for purple flowers to place in vases decoratively around your dining table. Flowers such as lavender and clematis are perfectly fitting for the theme and give off fresh floral scents.
Dress your Wimbledon garden party with a garland of buntings
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Bunting is a staple decorative accessory for any type of party, so don't leave them out at a Wimbledon party. Look out for ditsy floral print, or gingham union jack bunting, if you're feeling particularly patriotic. Hang them above your dining table, brimming with traditional treats such as strawberries and cream to munch while cheering on your favourite tennis players.
Bake Wimbledon themed foodie treats
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When we think of Wimbledon, we often think strawberries and cream- and tennis, of course. No Wimbledon themed party would be complete without the sweet summery combo, washed down with a Pimm's Cup, but why not go one step further, and bake your own showstopping strawberry sponge cake laced with Pimm's syrup?
Make Wimbledon's signature drink, a Pimm's cocktail
Embrace the summer sun and quench the thirst of your party guests with refreshing glass of Pimm's Cup. There's no drink more synonymous with the Wimbledon Championships than England's most iconic fruity cocktail, so follow this Pimm's recipe with strawberries, cucumber and mint and sip your way through summer.