How to throw a fantastic football extravaganza

World Cup

The greatest footballing event in the world is fast approaching, kicking off this Thursday at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo. Unfortunately, the majority of us won’t be able to nip over to Brazil to watch England play so we will have to watch the games from the comfort of our own home towns. If you’re not up for getting beer spilt all over you in a crowded, sweaty pub then why not turn your own home into a stadium? Here is our guide to turning your house into the ideal place to watch the football and creating the perfect atmosphere, all whilst earning some cashback too:

The Budget

Firstly, set yourself a budget. Unlike the Brazilian government who have spent at least $6 billion revamping stadiums and the infrastructure for the comfort of the travelling fans, there’s no need for you to go over board and spend a fortune. It’s easy to get over excited and buy yourself a new TV, the finest food and an excessive amount of refreshments, but it’s worth keeping in mind that this is only a month long event and that it’ll be over before you know it.

The Screen


TV's for World Cup

For this party the principal motivation for most party goers will be watching the football, so ensure that you have a TV that is perfectly positioned for all to see - no longer does everyone need to huddle around a small screen in the corner of the room. However, if you want to up the ante, you could try to get your hands on a projector. They can be pretty pricey, so ask your friends, borrow one from work, or there are many places you could hire one – but be quick, many people will have had a similar idea.

Seating

World Cup Party

Getting your seating arrangement right is essential because everyone needs to be able to see the TV, and this can be a logistical conundrum depending on the amount of space you have. You need to know how many people will be coming over to watch the game, so it is very important to know who you’ve invited and who is actually coming. Once you’ve worked out your numbers, get to arranging the seats. Bring in the dining chairs, get out the camping chairs from the shed, and make all the young’uns sit on cushions on the floor.

Decorations

World Cup Flags

The theme for this party has been set already, so there’s no need to spend too much time thinking about this. To create a bit of friendly rivalry you can split the room in two, with half the room decorated in one of the team’s colours and the other half the opposing team’s colours. Your guests can then choose which side they want to root for creating some friendly rivalry. And don’t forget the obligatory England flag!

Food and Drink

The football is the principle focus of this event so you don’t need to go too over the top with the food. A buffet is great for getting your guests moving around and mingling. You can also cook up some traditional food from the nation that’s playing. An easy one for England’s first game against Italy is pizza. For our next game against Uruguay, you can try your hand at cooking some empanadas – a delicious South American alternative to the pasty.

For the drink, you can stick with the international theme and make some authentic drinks from the countries that are playing. If Brazil are playing try knocking up some Caipirinhas; a cocktail made from a Brazilian rum, cachaça. That’ll be the only real expense as the other ingredients are lime, sugar and a bit of water.

Or, if you’ve gone all out on the food, you can put BYOB on your invite. The only problem you’ll have then is disposing of all the beer bottles!

So, there you have it. Keep it simple, ensure everyone can see the TV. If it’s a nice day put the buffet table under a gazebo in the garden. Decorate the room in the playing team’s colours and enjoy! The best thing about this event is the camaraderie, so celebrate or commiserate together.

Posted on 12 Jun 2014  |  Posted in  Cashback Diary, 'How To' Articles
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