Wimbledon madness is almost upon us, with the top tennis aces serving up the action from 24 June until 7 July. However, getting tickets is almost as hard as hitting a return from Rafael Nadal, so instead of sweating it out on Centre Court, why not host your very own Wimbledon party? Here’s how to make your DIY tennis day a smash-hit:

Food

Indulging in strawberries and cream whilst watching Wimbledon is a tradition that’s as old as the event itself. Synonymous with the start of summer, a punnet of fresh fruit is a common sight at the championships. Simply serve up a bowl full of berries and fresh cream as you kick back and watch the game on the big screen and don’t forget to top it off with other English delicacies such as scones, cupcakes and finger sandwiches.

Drink

It goes without saying that it wouldn’t be Wimbledon without a Pimm’s Cup. Observe tradition and mix up a classic with Pimm’s No. 1, lemon juice, ginger ale and a slice of cucumber for a refreshing sip after a particularly grueling rally. If you’re going to be popping some corks in celebration, make sure it’s a bottle of the players’ choice – Lanson Champagne.

Decorations

Purple and green are the Championship’s official colours, so deck out your table with crisp white linens and splashes of the shades on napkins, cups and plates. Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, so it’s time to put on your airs and graces. Add an old-fashioned touch by hanging up some bunting and digging out the British memorabilia.

Games

No childhood was complete without a game or two of Swingball. Whether you tag-teamed for mixed doubles or played solo serves, a Swingball set was the epitome of summer. As an alternative, take the game, set and match into your living room with a round of Wii Tennis to see who the real Federer is amongst your friends.

If this all sounds a little too much like tennis overload, consider getting off the courts for a summer in Cyprus, where you can cheer Andy Murray on from afar. Just one thing… Don’t forget the swingball!

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