All posts tagged: tennis

tennis party.

Hubby’s birthday was last week and since he’s a low key kind of guy, I am now an expert in low key birthdays. I love planning and decorating even if it’ll just be the two of us celebrating. This year I went with a tennis theme. Hubby turned 34, so I told him the theme was “34-love” – a play on the weird tennis scoring that I still do not understand. (Who came up with it?!) Decor included green paper garlands, fans, ornaments, and heart balloons, plus a low key sign… ๐Ÿ™‚ I got small lime green plates to represent tennis balls and reddish-orange plates to represent clay courts. For food I made tennis pasta! Take a closer look – the pasta is tennis racquet shaped. And I called in some help from Trader Joe’s – pumpkin and butternut squash pasta sauce and meatballs for the win. I added lots of basil, too. So creamy. I also made celery soup because Novak Djokovic drinks celery juice and Hubby is into it. But the stars of …

tennis tuesday: sectionals.

This week on Tennis Tuesday: Sectionals! Sectionals were held at a few locations in the Monterey Bay Area. We hadn’t been in the area in a few years so we were excited for tennis and to do some exploring in between matches. Hubby and co played at Chamisal Tennis Club in Salinas and at the Carmel Valley Athletic Club in Carmel. Chamisal had a ‘by the water’ feel; I admired all of their landscaping and spectator seating areas (including the lawn where you could view up to four matches at once). Carmel Valley Athletic Club felt more ‘woodsy’ – like a log cabin in Tahoe feel and they had signs throughout the facility that said ‘members only’ – basically ‘keep out.’ I preferred hanging out at Chamisal; I felt more welcomed there. Also, Chamisal had really good fries in their cafe (so good we ate them twice…) and better-at-their-job tennis officials. Chamisal for the win! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Like Districts, there were four matches in three days. Competition was tough, but this made for some exciting matches! …

tennis tuesday: districts.

Happy Tennis Tuesday. Last time on Tennis Tuesday, I shared a banner I made for my Hubby’s tennis team. Today I’m recapping our trip to Folsom, CA for the USTA District Championships. Feeling real Tennis Wifey… Districts were held at Broadstone Racquet Club, home to 22 tennis courts. This was my Hubby’s first time at a tennis competition of this level so we didn’t know what to expect. All we knew was the team would be exhausted. They had four matches scheduled in three days – even the pros get a few days off between each match. As a spectator I learned how to properly prep for matches. Plus, I’ve been reading up on tennis etiquette. I’m still not 100% on the scoring, but I’m getting better at it. Luckily, you’re not suppose to cheer loudly in tennis so I can just pretend I know what is happening with slight nods and smiles. Shh, don’t tell anyone. ๐Ÿ˜ Here’s my checklist for how to be awesome at tennisings: Sun protection is a must! Folsom is …

tennis tuesday: east bay champs.

Hubby’s tennis team made it to the district tournament which makes them East Bay tennis champions! I made a banner per Hubby’s request to commemorate the accomplishment. I used a wool-polyester blend felt in tennis grass green, and all the words – including everyone’s name – in white for good contrast. This was my biggest felt project yet (in terms of letters cut for one project…because do you remember the 200+ pennant orderย I worked on?). There was even math involved with this project! Before glueing everything, I used an iron on the wool setting to get most of the creases out of the giant piece of felt. To hang we decided on a wooden dowel and rope. I finished the banner in our hotel during the district competition. This actually worked out nicely because I got to work on the floor (more room!) and their carpet is the hard kind (not fluffy) so it was flat and firm enough for felt crafting. We waited to present the banner to the team at the end of …