DIY tips to host an epic sports themed party

What better way to immerse in sports fanfare than hosting your own party? Now that the rains are behind us get your friends and family together and make a weekend of it! We’ve covered sports for dummies, the fan gear you need to fit in, and in our final sports season instalment get the inside scoop on hosting an epic sports themed party.

Anyone can go and buy some plates and chuck crisps in a bowl, but if you want to cement your rep as a gold medal (ahem!) host then you can’t beat a bit of creative DIY. We’re only sharing tips that even the most creatively averse can handle.

#1 Football fever themed party

With Euro 2016 well under way, it’s not too late to get in on the action and host a footie themed party to enjoy the matches. This idea comes complete with football lanterns, a cake and even your own pitch to impress guests from every nation.

These simple football paper lanterns are a great accessory for any party, so easy to make and can give your room a real wow factor. Use white paper lanterns and a bit of black card….simple!


Paper football lantern

If you’re a fan of the Great British Bake Off and think your cakes can wow Mary Berry, then try a football cake, not the easiest of things to master but award winning cake decorator and author Lindy Smith, shares her top tips on her blog:

‘If you are doing a Madeira or Chocolate ball shaped cake we find baking the cake in two halves works best. Line the tins as before and sit the bottom half in the stand. Fill almost to the top. Then make a scrunched up ring of foil to sit the other tin half in. Fill that one almost to the top with mixture and then bake the cakes as normal. When the cakes have cooled trim to the top of the tins and sandwich with buttercream.’

Try this semicircle Wilton football cake tin as a brilliant centre piece for your party.Football themed cake tin

To complete the theme create your very own football piñata, full instructions here from Mum in the Madhouse, and fill it with some of these themed piñata fillers . It’s not just for the kids either. Nothing like getting some of the weeks stress out of the way with some piñata whacking!

Home made Pinata

To add the finishing touches you’ll need a pitch. Super easy to make with a mega roll of artificial grass  and some masking tape or spray paint for the markings.

artificial grass football pitch rug

You can use the same idea for a tennis court or cricket pitch. Just customise the markings!


#2 Tennis court themed party

No tennis themed party would be right without tennis balls. So once you’ve created your tennis court (see above), get a pack of tennis balls and cut the tops off. You now have the perfect tea light holders. Get creative by presenting them in bowls or on a block or board.

Tennis candles homemade

Source: Philomena Stott, Pinterest


Pick your floral theme to match with investing in plants with club colours . All England Club’s head gardener, recommends:

“The theme you’re aiming to recreate is English country garden,” he says ” This is based on a palette of club colours in purple, green and white, with the occasional subtle flash of pink or yellow.


Don’t forget those all important strawberries and cream. Serve them with a twist (and a wow factor) by making homemade strawberries and cream flavoured ice-cream.

Home made icecream

Kirsty shares a fabulously simple recipe for Strawberry Ripple ice-cream in her delicious Ever So Sweet blog. No annoyingly -hard-to-get ingredients – just Strawberries, cream, milk, eggs, caster sugar, cornflour and vanilla bean paste. The Kenwood Ice Cream maker is a great find for all that hard churning and takes only 40 minutes to do the hard work for you.

Finally no summer party would be complete without the obligatory Pimms! Presentation is key so go for something like the Ivalo Punch Bowl and get creative with all the best juicy fruit of the season and tons of ice.

Punch bowl for party

So whatever your style and skill level you can’t go wrong with these DIY tips and tricks. So good luck with hosting the most epic sports themed party of the season.

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