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How to serve up the perfect Wimbledon-themed garden party

The sun always shines on Wimbledon (except for when it’s raining!). A time when sporting heroes collide and our favourite athletes battle it out for the title, this event has become synonymous with the Great British summer. Whilst we can’t all be sitting courtside next to the likes of Victoria Beckham, Samuel L. Jackson and Fergie, we can recreate the feel good summer vibes with our own Wimbledon-themed garden party.

Get your polo shirts and Pimm’s at the ready, it’s time for a traditional British summer knees up. Whether you pitch up a gazebo on the patio or line your lawn with the dining room chairs, we’ve got a few tips to help you host a successful gathering.

Make sure your guests are on form

God forbid Murray, Federer or the Williams sisters break the sacred on-court dress code at SW19. The same should go for your guests too. Nothing says summer like a crisp white polo shirt and shorts. Perfect for an afternoon of relaxing in the garden, white clothing is the perfect way to ensure everyone sticks to your Wimbledon theme and remains cool in the sun.

Does your garden look the part?

Jazz up your lawns with table runners, bunting and subtle fairy lights for when the sun eventually goes down. You don’t have to go all out, as we’ve no doubt your summer blooms will decorate your garden beautifully, but it always helps to have those little finishing touches to add to the ambience.

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Give your Pimm’s a punch

The classic summer tipple, Pimm’s is always the perfect concoction to cool your guests down, however this year we’re mixing things up a bit. Whilst cucumber and mint may be the conventional way to serve this classic summer treat, there are plenty of variations to turn your Pimm’s into a perfect party punch.

How about a refreshing Pimm’s and ginger beer combo, topped off with lime? Stored in a self-service Kilner jar, this alternative summer cocktail will be the talk of your gathering! As you can see from the image to the right, no summer garden party is complete unless you’ve got a glass jug full of Pimm’s to hand around!

But don’t forget the classics…

Who doesn’t love sunbathing with a bowl of strawberries and cream? Wimbledon simply isn’t Wimbledon without this sweet combination.

Once you’ve finished with the BBQ, make sure your guests have got room for dessert. It doesn’t take much culinary expertise, but they do say to appreciate the simple things in life! While we’re on the subject, why not serve up your fruit in our Mason Cash Zest Strawberry Mixing Bowl? After all, you can never have too many strawberries during Wimbledon!

Host your own tournament

There’s something this party seems to be missing… tennis! Of course, you can’t celebrate this prestigious sporting event without giving it a go yourself.

You could set up a court in your very own garden, using your washing line as a net. Or you could even simply challenge partygoers to see how many times they can bounce a tennis ball on a racket without it bouncing off down the lawn. These little party games are the perfect way to entertain little ones that may be attending your garden party too. You could also settle the debates over Andy Murray’s tournament chances with your very own Wimbledon sweepstake.

However you celebrate Wimbledon this year, celebrate in style!

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