A tennis theme party is a perfect event for all ages and for any time of the year. Make your party a major “hit” by making your tennis party decorations, favors, invitations, menu, and games or activities ideas really stand out! Follow these homemade and inexpensive tips to keep the excitement alive off the court and ensure that your party is a grand slam!
Tennis Theme Party: Decor
1. Serve Em Up
Put away your old traditional trays and serve guests with mini tennis racquets instead! Take plastic wrap and cover the whole racquet, then artistically arrange an assortment of appetizers on top. This makes an easy, yet creative, decoration element for your parties!
2. Beaming Bouquets
Buy a bouquet of white and yellow daisy flowers or roses, the colors of the tennis ball. Or if you want a Wimbledon-themed garnish, purple and green flowers would be ideal.
3. Tennis Court Tabletop
Transform a regular, rectangular table into a tennis court with just a tablecloth and tape! Cover your table with either a vibrant green tablecloth, construction paper, or other supplies. Then, using a roll of white masking tape, lay a piece of tape down along the center of the table to divide the “court.” Next, add the other lines that make up a tennis court. Then, place your delicious food and drinks on this table.
4. Tennis Ball Place Settings
Cut tennis balls in half and make a slit at the top of the head of the ball. Stick name cards in each of the tennis ball halves for great tennis ball decorations!
5. Lovely Vases
Take a large vase (or multiple vases) and fill it with tennis balls as centerpiece decorations, and if there’s enough room, add racquets too. You can also fill the vase with water in addition to the tennis balls and top it off with floating candles.
6. Stylin’ Centerpieces
Place a large bucket or glass vase in the center of your table. Fill the entire bucket with tennis balls and plunge a tennis racquet in the middle. Take small flowers and/or ribbons and lace them through the racquet’s strings.
Tennis Theme Party: Favors
7. The Tennis Court Must-Have Bag
Go to the grocery store and stock up on ChapStick, sunscreen, colorful Band-Aids, mini deodorants, sweatbands, and other inexpensive athletic prizes. Place these items into a green cellophane bag labeled “The Tennis Court Must-have Bag” and tie it with a ribbon or a tennis shoelace. You could also add some refreshments to the bag, such as a Gatorade, a package of mixed nuts, a candy bar, and gum.
8. A “Key” Chain
Buy tennis-themed keychains, like a ball or racket, and attach a note to them like “Thank you for making my party a hit” for these athletic prizes.
9. Pivotal Accessories
10. Festive Cookies
Bake sugar cookies and decorate them with yellow and white frosting to make a tennis ball. Place them into cellophane bags for guests to take home and enjoy.
11. Getting Personal
Use personalized tennis balls as place settings for your party. Write on the balls the guest’s name and add in an inspirational quote about tennis, ideally from a professional tennis player. Encourage guests to take their ball home with them as party favors.
12. Tennis Ball Cake Pops
Make yummy inexpensive cake pops, a treat consisting of small balls of cake combined with frosting. You can decorate them to give them a tennis-ball feel by first chilling the balls, then dipping them in white chocolate. Finish the pops off by topping them with bright green sprinkles. If you don’t have time to make a treat, search online or in a local store for tennis-themed candy!
Tennis Theme Party: Invitations
13. Have a Ball
Make your own invitation by hand by cutting out neon green cardstock paper in the shape of a tennis ball. Write the details of your party in a thick white or black font, the tennis ball’s trademark colors.
14. Make a Racquet
Buy any color cardstock paper and cut it out in the shape of a tennis racquet. When you first buy a racquet, it’s most likely to come pre-strung with an image of the brand’s symbol. So for your invitations, place a large W standing for Wilson, a very popular tennis brand, in the center of your invitation. Incorporate the “W” into your party details too, like We Welcome You to Join Us for a Tennis Party. Or you could do the same with the letter P, for Penn, another famous brand, and instead say Please join us for a day of sports filled fun!
15. Play on Words
Get imaginative with your invitations and execute a play on words, like Let’s have a smashing time as we celebrate Sam’s Birthday! Or, We would love for you to join us for a tennis party! Or Let’s Have a Ball!
16. What to Wear
Indicate on your invitations that guests’ attire must correspond to the theme. Make a Wimbledon dress code and tell guests to wear their nicest whites.
17. Can Cards
Write or type out your invitation and deliver it in a tennis ball can. Or you can take a tennis ball and write out all the party details on there with a sharpie.
Tennis Theme Party: Menu
18. Tea Sandwiches
Finger sandwiches made with cucumber and cream cheese are traditional, delicious refreshment ideas that hold well.
Whip up a homemade fontina and mushroom quiche for a delectable, savory snack.
20. Strawberries and Cream
Nothing screams Wimbledon more than the classic treat of strawberries and cream. The preparation is rather inexpensive and simple. Just slice fine ripe strawberries and serve them with a dollop of cream.
Serve your guests chilled glasses of some delicious bubbly. If there are any children at your party, serve them juice or sparkling cider.
22. Pimm’s Cup
When viewers aren’t popping bottles, they’re indulging in Pimm’s Cup, a gin-based cocktail with ginger ale, cucumbers, and a sprig of mint.
23. Tennis Cake
Bake a cake, or cupcakes, and decorate them with yellow or green frosting. Then, take white frosting and make two curved lines on the cakes to make them look like tennis balls. You can even finish them off by using black frosting to write “Penn” or “Wilson” on them for the real deal.
Tennis Theme Party: Games & Activities
24. Game, Set, Match
If you have any or are able to find any of the infamous tennis matches, like Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe in the 1980 Wimbledon final or Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final, dig them up and play them during your party.
25. Guessing Game
Take a tennis ball can and empty it. Fill it with candies and have guests guess how many there are. Give the candy can to the person who has the correct estimation, or the closest guess.
26. Wimbledon Quiz
What infamous call caused John McEnroe to throw his famed tantrum on the court? What tennis player has the most Women’s Singles titles at Wimbledon? What does the Wimbledon logo consist of? Reward the guest who has the highest number of correct answers with a trophy.
27. Smash Hit The Piñata
While piñatas are great additions to all kinds of parties, in this case, purchase a tennis ball piñata and fill it with lots of yummy candies. Instead of breaking it open with a bat, give guests an old tennis racquet to match the activity with the theme.
28. Tennis Tournament
If you’re near tennis courts, a perfect party activity idea is to hold a round robin among the guests, playing either singles or doubles. Honor the winner (or winners) with a prize, like a brand new tennis bag.
29. Tennis Table Games
Spark your guests’ competitive sides by holding a beer pong tournament. Guests must toss ping-pong balls into cups filled with beer, organized into a triangular shape. Whichever team makes the ball into all of the cups first wins! For those under 21 years old, exchange beer for soda.
As we wait for sports to return from their long hiatus, throwing a tennis theme party can be the best thing to get everyone prepared. Due to the extended absence, some people can forget what having sports feels like and this party is exactly what they need. Wear masks and follow social distancing protocol to have a fun and safe party to celebrate the sports that we love!