Got tennis togs? You can’t argue with the visual appeal of preppy tennis whites and grass courts - it’s the perfect backdrop for an outdoor party. Tastemaker Amy Stevens of A Lively Affair came across a few silver trophy urns filled with florals and ran with the idea to create a stunning Wimbledon-inspired engagement affair.
For true tennis fans, what better way to watch the U.S. Open over Labor Day weekend than donning some crisp whites and sipping a Pimm’s Cup cocktail?
Whether it’s a love match you’re celebrating, the U.S. Open, or simply the waning days of summer - the tradition-steeped game of tennis allows for all kinds of party possibilities.
What to serve at your tennis party? Why, the simply haute dish of strawberries and cream, of course. Simply top juicy berries with whipped cream, or if you want to go the authentic route, find some English double cream and dollop that on. A sprig of fresh mint adds a final touch.
In another simple variation of the theme, set out a vanilla or sponge cake layered with fresh whipped cream and plump berries.
Every party needs a signature drink: here, it’s the classic Pimm’s Cup. This refreshing cocktail is made with Pimm’s No. 1, a gin-based liqueur with herbal notes. Mixed with lemonade or ginger ale with a cucumber garnish, the amber-hued drink is delicious to sip all through summer. Soft sprays of pink roses and hydrangea keep the table decor light and airy.
Pimm’s Cup Recipe:
- 2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1
- 2 oz. ginger ale or lemonade
- lemon slice
- cucumber slice
Pour the Pimm’s No. 1 into a tall, ice-filled glass. Top with ginger ale or lemonade. Stir and garnish with lemon and cucumber.
A nattily dressed server offering refreshments is always a welcome sight - especially with a silver tray loaded with summery cocktails and berries!
After a summer filled with events and shoots, Tastemaker Amy Stevens of A Lively Affair next turns her sights towards an upcoming trip to Africa, where she hopes to find all kinds of creative inspiration.