Australian Open Party

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The Australian Open is upon us! Believe it or not, I’m actually a big tennis fan! I started to actively watch the various tennis opens during college when my Australian and British friends would spend all day glued to the TV watching the matches. My love for tennis only furthered as I started learning to play tennis and studied abroad to London and went to the Wimbledon stadium for a game. So I think it’s safe to say, I love tennis! I’ve partnered with Cost Plus World Market to show you how to throw your own Australian Open party complete with fun snacks from Australia and a killer cocktail to sip while you watch!

Bring Out Your Tennis Gear!

Dust off those old tennis rackets and fish out all those tennis balls and use them as a fun decor option for your party! We took a fabulous linen table runner to add some more definition to our marble table and scattered tennis balls around the table and added our own tennis rackets. It took all of my attention to make sure our dog didn’t try to steal the balls off of the table!

Create a Simple and Easy Centerpiece 

Now this has to be my favorite and easiest centerpiece I’ve ever created for a party. Simply take a hurricane glass and instead of filling it with a candle or scented flowers, fill them with tennis balls! This is a tennis party after all! It makes a stunning and striking centerpiece that really brings the entire table together.

Munch on Some Australian Candies! 

No Australian party is complete without some delicious goodies to munch on! I’m not the biggest fan of Marmite, it’s simply a required taste, however I do love some Australian licorice! We picked up various flavors to treat our guests to included strawberry, mango (which was my favorite!), and various ginger chews.

Ginger chews aren’t very popular in the States but after tasting them, I’m a devoted fan! They’re a combination of sweet and a little spicy and tastes wonderfully after eating a full meal. Cost Plus World Market has an amazing selection of licorice candies from Australia in a variety of flavors that’ll wow any of your friends.

Sip, Sip, Cheer!

Now you can’t have a Australian party without an Australian themed cocktail! Even those we’re in the midst of winter in the States, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a warmer Australian flare to your tennis party. This Elderflower Collins is both easy and delicious to make. Even better, you can make a large batch of it for your friends to enjoy while watching the Australian Open. Plus, here’s a fun fact about me: one of my hands down favorite liquors or mixers to use is Elderflower. It’s sweet and reminds me of summertime.

I absolutely adore these faceted glasses and even have them as wine glasses from Cost Plus World Market. They make such a splash and really elevate any cocktail. Take yours to another level by adding some fun straws, cheers drink stirrers, and these darling “Cheers Dears!” cocktail napkins.

Elderflower Collins 

Ingredients:

1 2/3 parts Tito’s Vodka
1 part lemon juice
2/3 parts Elderflower and Lemonade Cordial
Soda Water
1 lime

Mix all the ingredients together either in a cocktail shaker (if serving for 1-2 people) or in a large container for a larger crowd. Sip, sip, enjoy!

Since you’re ready to throw your very own Australian Open party, how about we take this up a notch?

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  • A Trip for 2 to Australia to attend the 2018 Australian Open
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Sweeptakes ends 1/29/17

Australian Open Tune-In Message

Watch the Australian Open on the Tennis Channel January 16 through January 29, 2017.

For details: http://tennischannel.com

I personally can’t wait to watch the Australian Open later this week and see who takes home the trophy. Have you ever watched the Australian Open? Do you have any fond memories of watching the event? I’d love to hear all your thoughts in the comments below!

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