I’m not a sporty person. In fact, for myself, sport could only be described as ‘highly off-brand’. Yet, there’s something about that ‘vintage prep’ tennis aesthetic, reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film, that drew me to the idea of Wimbledon party. So whether or not you’ll be glued to the finals, maybe you can still get into the spirit of it all… perhaps if the tennis balls are a perfect shade of millennial pink?
Sarah, our Marketing Coordinator, came up with this idea and managed to score a gorgeous vintage Jack and Wills cricket cable knit sweater at the Alameda Flea Market, which helped set the tone. We turned pink mylar balloons into tennis balls and decorated a paper tablecloth to look like a tennis court! Our food table included these perfect Sugarpova pink tennis ball gumballs and XO Bakes cookie artist, Becca Jones, made us some pink tennis ball shaped sugar cookies. Naturally, Gin and Tonics were the perfectly preppy finishing touch.
Step 1: Unfold and flatten the round mylar balloon.
Step 2: Paint on the lines of the tennis ball with acrylic paint. The surface of the balloon will get smaller once it’s inflated, so extend the curve of the lines into the center square of the balloon. Let the paint dry completely.
Step 3: Inflate the balloon with helium. Tie a ribbon around the tail of the mylar balloon and trim to desired length.
Step 1: Unfold the tablecloth and lay it on a rectangular table.
Step 2: Using a photo of a tennis court for reference, use white artist’s tape to create the lines of a tennis court. Make the court outline, leaving a 2″ border around the edge of the tabletop. Mark two panels in tape about 3” from the top and bottom of the rectangle. Then, bisect the outer rectangle crosswise with tape.
Step 3: Divide the larger inner rectangles crosswise. Then, bisect the innermost rectangles crosswise once more. All that’s left is to set the table. Game, set, match!
Crafting by Justine Pon
Cookies by XO Bakes