Wimbledon officially kicked off on Monday and considering it has become synonymous with the Great British summer, we think it provides the perfect inspiration for garden parties galore this summer. Here are a few of our ideas to throw a truly unforgettable Wimbledon themed garden party.
Get your garden game ready
Did you know the grass at Wimbledon is kept as precisely 8cm throughout the tournament but is looked after all year round? The grass courts are preened to perfection so make sure you get your garden in tip-top condition before your party.
Make sure you've also got plenty of seating for all your guests so the party can go on long into the night. If you are planning on serving a sit-down meal, an outdoor table and patio chairs may be the perfect option. However, you may prefer to go for a slightly more relaxed feel, keeping preparation to a minimum and maximising enjoyment. If that's the case, rattan outdoor furniture like a rattan garden sofa is a great option - you can fit loads of friends on a garden sofa and they're super comfortable too!
For those that are going all out, we absolutely love the garden bar table and chairs sets. They're absolutely fabulous if you love to entertain and are certainly Wimbledon worthy for serving all that refreshing Pimms!
And what about decorations?
Make sure your garden looks the part by decking it out with decorations perfect for the occasion. Fairy lights not only look great but they'll also light up your garden long into the evening. Table runners (perhaps in a grass green with a couple of tennis balls as a centrepiece to boot) and bunting are two other great options to make sure your garden looks the part.
Depending on the space you've got to work with, you might fancy going all out and setting up a tennis court in your back garden. Or perhaps swing ball may be a better option!? Not only will this make sure your garden looks the part, you can also turn it into a mini-tournament from the comfort of your garden. It's a great idea if you've got kids coming too (but no doubt the adults would love it too!)
Why not pay homage to the 'all white' rule at Wimbledon by having a dress code for your guests. Get everyone in the mood to play tennis and relax with crisp white shorts and summer dresses.
Alternatively, you could opt for a sports luxe theme - comfy and casual, perfect for a garden party in the middle of the day.
Ready, set, SERVE
Food and drink is clearly a key part of throwing a smashing garden party! With Wimbledon, it's really easy to keep preparation to a minimum and please your guests all at once.
The classic Pimms and lemonade is a staple for any BBQ or garden party, but it's even more appropriate at a Wimbledon bash.
The theme of dessert is also sorted, of course, with strawberries and cream. If you love to go all out, you could even serve three different strawberry desserts as a trio - perhaps the classic strawberries and cream (or Eton mess if you'd prefer), a strawberry cheesecake and a Victoria sponge with strawberries - all simple but absolute crowd pleasers!
Have you invested in any reclaimed wood furniture for your garden this summer? Perhaps you've thrown your own Wimbledon themed garden party already? We would love to know!