Warming up for Wimbledon: Garden Parties
It’s that time of year again! Wimbledon is on the way and there is no better time than now to start planning a garden party perfect for spending time with friends who enjoy tennis and each other’s company, as well as some great food and drink. However, before all of the fun can start, there are several things the host will need to do and prepare for before the invitations are even sent out:
Out with the Old
Wimbledon is one of the most prestigious sporting events in history and your garden, at the very least, should reflect its importance. Take a look around your garden and identify weeds, loose debris, and any other unwanted foliage (around flower borders, lawns, and ponds) and clear it out. When possible, compost the waste and reserve it for future gardening plans.
In addition to dead plants and debris, be sure to take the time to hunt down and remove any remaining hibernating pests as well, including snails, slugs, and aphid colonies. If you have a greenhouse, make sure to give it a thorough clean before your guests have a chance to see how unruly it’s become over the colder seasons. Get rid of those overwintering pests and disease by getting into the nooks and crannies of the windows. Further prevention of plant disease can be accomplished by washing pots and seed trays. But be careful! You never know what you may find in your shed or greenhouse. If the greenhouse or gardening shed becomes too damp after cleaning, it is recommended to leave the space ventilated for at least a few days so any tools, pots, and other gardening accessories can be dried thoroughly.
Dead plants and pesky bugs are not the only things you need to worry about when it comes to getting your garden ready for Wimbledon. Whether you’re having an intimate party or huge bash, one of the last things that you’ll want to happen is for one of your guests to become injured from uneven terrain, loose rocks, or stray gardening tools. Take the time to also consider the safety of your guests and take any necessary precautions to avoid injury.
If your garden fencing or shed is looking a bit shabby and rundown, now is the best time to give it a new paint job or redesign. Broken structures, fences, and tools should also be taken care of as soon as possible. Wooden structures and tools should be cared for with a wood preservative during dryer weather periods.
Now that your garden is spick and span, let the garden party planning commence!
Wimbledon Theme Ideas
Traditionally, players and participants of the Wimbledon championship wear all-white ensembles. However, as the years pass, officials have become slightly more lenient and have allowed players to wear additional colours. Nevertheless, the predominant colour you’ll want to keep in mind for your Wimbledon garden party is white, along with a few splashes of summer colour, such as yellow, green, and maybe even lavender.
In addition to colour, be sure to consider what kind of weather your region will be experiencing during Wimbledon and make the necessary alterations. Even if you expect nothing but clear skies and warm weather, anything can still happen. Consider adding an appropriately sized marquee that will protect your guests from unexpected rain as well as to provide your guests shade if the day becomes too hot.
Whilst the Wimbledon matches will likely occur only during the daytime, there have been plenty of circumstances where the games carry on into the night. And for this reason you should also think about what kind of lighting to have. White holiday lights will be one of the simplest solutions and they are versatile enough so they can be strung along fences or garden borders, wrapped around trees and bushes, or creatively placed in clear pots or vases on the floor surrounding your guests.
And last, but certainly not least: the food! As your Wimbledon garden party will most likely take place during lunch, guests will not be expecting heavy meals. Instead, keep it simple and offer your guests items like finger sandwiches, a variety of cheeses and crackers, and seasonal fresh fruit. A barbeque may also be appropriate, but consider the nature of tennis and the tradition of Wimbledon. The less mess you have to clean up, the better!
As for beverages, something refreshing will always be well liked by your guests, such as sparkling water, soda, or even sangria (depending on the age of your guests).
Keep these Wimbledon garden party ideas in mind and have a great tennis season!