This post is sponsored by Wimbledon.
We don’t typically host many sports parties… but I’m always game for hosting a brunch! So when a sporting event calls for exactly that, you can be sure to sign me up. And when I learn the brunch can be created around sweet English treats and gorgeous drinks that have historical twists, well, you can be sure that my sport-averse side quickly fades away and an eager host who is ready to play brunch takes over.
To set a perfect Wimbledon viewing party brunch, we started with a vintage tennis ball vase we found. (Here’s a similar one.) Colorful accents back a table filled with tasty brunch-style sweets and treats. Here are a few of my favorite brunch things to serve for my new favorite sport.
To sip at the Wimbledon-inspired brunch, I turned to my favorite summer sparkling Prosecco and updated a version of Pimm’s Cup, making a drink I will turn to for every brunch all summer long.
Prosecco Pimm’s Cup
To make the Prosecco Pimm’s Cup you will need:
1 slice lemon
1 slice lime
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cups Pimm’s No.1 Cup
1/2 cup Prosecco
Mix the juice from the lemon and lime with the bottom three ingredients in a cocktail mixer with ice. Shake and strain into glasses.
No Wimbledon brunch can be complete without the traditional strawberries and cream. I love to see classic dishes updated into cakes and this strawberry cream cake is a fun take on the historical sweet.
Strawberries & Cream Cake
To make the strawberries and cream cake you will need:
- Favorite Strawberry Cake Recipe (here’s mine)
- 1 lb. fresh strawberries, washed and de-stemmed
- 1 package whip cream
1.Make the cake according to your recipe directions adding in fresh strawberries when possible. Bake the cake in a bunt pan.
2. Once the cake is baked and cooled, remove from bunt pan and fill center with a mixture of strawberries and whip cream. Line the top of the cake with strawberries and center with cream in the middle.
A Wimbledon cake that fills the traditional treat craving in our signature festive style.
I topped our cakes in a fun floral garland that has all our favorite tennis greens spotted with a few delicate pink florals. Wimbledon is a unique tournament, as it invites some of the world’s best players to compete on the ever-challenging, less common grass court surface. So I symbolized the grass court with a pretty take on a cake topped in greens.
Green Leaf Garland Cake Topper
To create the look, we cut out leaf petals from a few favorite colors of green and combined them to create a winner’s garland for the cake.
The brunch set-up was finished with scones, english toast, crackers with smoked salmon and small bowls of popcorn and nuts. Now THIS is a championship and a sports bar I can definitely get behind.
The Wimbledon Finals are coming July 9 & 10. Two days of the finest tennis you will ever see, and the perfect time to celebrate with friends. Visit www. wimbledonweekend.com to learn more.