By Dabrianna Green | Photo by Arden Haley

It’s a nostalgic outdoor game, suitable for all ages and a great reason to plan a family and friends’ get together.

Dress the Part

White or light-colored clothing

Sun-blocking hats

Pops of bright game colors

Set the Tone Croquet parties lie somewhere between a backyard barbecue and a less-fancy afternoon tea.

Optimal ingredients:

A sunny afternoon

A freshly-mowed lawn

Finger foods

Refreshing drinks

Play to Win

International croquet player Chris Williams suggests using a smooth, pendulum-like swing to see better results

Starting last increases your chances of striking another opponent’s ball

Try not to end your turn by leaving your ball near your opponents

To serve as a reminder, the peg is almost always painted in the playing order

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