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How to host a feast for the Wimbledon and World Cup finals

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It hardly ever happens, but the Wimbledon men’s final and the World Cup final are taking place on the same day. Follow our food and drink schedule on Sunday to truly indulge in the action 

11am: Line your stomach

Nerves will soon be shredded, voices screamed hoarse and livers may find themselves ever so slightly pickled. So make sure to serve a hearty brunch to set you up for the long day of sport ahead. Marks & Spencer’s easy-but-impressive 
mini smoked salmon bagel platter (£15 
for 20; marksandspencer.com) is among
 a plethora of party food options that can be ordered in advance for collection in-store, then presented to hungry gatherers with fanfare and a feeling of smug satisfaction. And ensure there’s also plenty of iced coffee on hand to prevent any afternoon slumps.

12pm: Collate the cocktails

Use the time before the action begins 
to do something vital: craft your cocktails. In a carafe, add 85ml of lemonade, 40ml of bourbon (we like Maker’s Mark; £30, waitrose.com) and 85ml of craft peach cider per person (try Rekorderlig Peach and Basil, three for £5.25, tesco.com). Keep in the fridge and top up with ice cubes as needed. Not a fan of bourbon? Try tennis-friendly Pimm’s Ice Popsicles (£5.99 for three, ocado.com). 

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Use the time before the action begins 
to do something vital: craft your cocktails

1.30pm: Watch the Wimbledon warm up

The men’s singles finalists will soon be on court for their pre-match knock-up, so assemble everyone in front of the TV with a selection of snacks. The Clucking Pig’s Gourmet Scotch Eggs can be ordered online in advance
– rare breed
pork with chorizo gets our vote (£3 each, thecluckingpig.com).

2pm: Be ready for the first serve

Avoid getting stuck in the kitchen when the match is on by pre-ordering a picnic hamper. In London, fortnumandmason.com and piquefood.co.uk are good options, while Carluccio’s (carluccios.com) offers hampers from national branches. Go ‘full Wimbledon’ for dessert: melt a bar of Chocolate Tree Madagascar Ambanja (£5.95; chocolateteadingco.com) then dip in whole strawberries one at a time.

3.50pm: Prepare for the World Cup kick-off

Keep the sustenance 
coming by preparing 
a quick bowl of truffle
 bacon popcorn ahead of
 the 4pm kick-off. Pop
 some rashers of unsmoked bacon under the grill and place a bag of instant popcorn in the microwave. When popped, drizzle with melted butter, season with a pinch of truffle salt (£9.95 for 70g; trufflehunter.co.uk) and scatter with rough-chopped crispy bacon. 

Picnic hampers at the ready

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4.45pm: Upgrade half-time oranges

We see your humble 
half-time fruit segments
 and we raise you an
 Aperol spritz. There’s 
only 15 minutes but it
 should take less than five 
to mix together a round garnished with generous 
slices of orange (Aperol, £10 for 70cl, tesco.com). Mix Aperol and prosecco in equal parts, add a dash of soda water and serve.

6pm (or thereabouts): Final whistle

Depending on extra time and penalties, your guests will be peckish by the time the match finishes. Ceviche is a super quick dinner option. Chop half a red onion and roughly tear a 
bunch of coriander. Cut 250g
 of skinless white fish (sea bass
 or sea bream) into 1cm chunks and rub with salt. Place all the ingredients into a bowl, add the juice of four limes and half an orange, along with a chopped red chilli. Leave it to marinade for 10 minutes then serve with tortilla chips.

7pm: Congratulate yourself on a job well done

Celebrate, commiserate, drown your sorrows, do what you’ve got to do – but make sure you do it with a Happy Endings ice cream sandwich in hand, because it’s only right to end with dessert. You’ll find them at Selfridges Food Hall (£4.50, happyendingsldn.com).

The Wimbledon men’s singles final starts at 2pm and the World Cup final starts at 4pm, both on the BBC 

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