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Wimbledon: how to get in the mood!

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It’s not just football that’s coming home this June. Wimbledon kicks off in a couple of weeks, and we’ve been looking for ways for all you Murray fans to get amped for that first serve! So don’t worry if you can’t get to Centre Court. We’ve got everything you need for an ace celebration right here.

Have a Wimbledon party

Put June 23 in your diaries, snatch a little time off work and have a Wimbledon opening party. Or if you want to include the kids in the mix/keep the boss happy, serve up your celebrations on Sunday 22. Cater for mum and dad with strawberries, cream and Pimms. You can make a child-friendly non alcoholic punch, do some patriotic face painting and of course organise a knockout rally tournament. Oh, and don’t forget the cucumber sandwiches!

 

Get down to the Mound

You don’t have to have a ticket for one of the courts to enjoy Wimbledon up close and personal. Pack a picnic basket and take the whole family to Murray Mound for some good old fashioned screaming and shouting. You can book cheap train tickets or car hire through redspottedhanky.com, and you’ll even earn loyalty points to spend on future journeys. Let’s hope you’ll be using them to get back there for the final!

 

Bake a Wimbledon cake

Wimbledon and afternoon tea go hand in hand – so why not unleash your inner master baker and whip up a Centre Court cake? You can use mascarpone cheese, coconut and green food colouring to make a realistic (and super tasty!) grass surface, or you could opt for a fondant if you’ve got a really sweet tooth. Serve with champers for the grownups and healthy juice for the kids. Top tip: for a really guilt-free, child friendly bake, make the interior a low-sugar carrot cake. Yum!

 

Serve up a Wimbledon-themed BBQ!

Wimbledon traditionally heralds the arrival of the British summer proper, so what could be better than combining the tournament with a fully themed BBQ? Serve up traditional Wimbledon snacks for an upper-crust feel to your afternoon, or go for traditional beer and burgers but with a tennis twist. Food in ball form’s an easy way to pop a touch of theming onto the menu: think falafels for the veggies and meatballs for the carnivores. Match point to the chef!

 

Get artistic with the kids

Children love to get messy with face paints and crayons – so why not help them channel those creative energies into some Wimbledon-themed fun? Do face painting with water based colours (so you can wash them out of clothes with ease), or get everyone to draw their favourite player. Get some old plain t shirts and have the little ones design their own tennis outfits. Draw posters for the tournament. The only limit is your imagination!

 

redspottedhanky.com can help you get to the action for less, with cheap train tickets and car hire. Every time you buy your travel, you’ll get loyalty points to spend on your next trips. Now that’s what we call a great service!

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