The 2014 World Cup is here, and just because you're not in Brazil doesn't mean you have to miss out on the action. You can recreate the colourful party atmosphere the World Cup is known for in your own home with these five tips!
The 2014 FIFA World Cup runs from the 12th of June to the 13th of July this yeari and it's a great reason to party! Some fellow soccer fans and a TV might be all you really need to host a World Cup party, but why not make the most of the occasion and throw an unforgettable party by really getting into the spirit of the world game?
The 2014 World Cup match schedule is out, with Australia set to play Chile on the 13th of June at 6pm local time. After their match against the Netherlands on the 19th of June, the Socceroos will be playing incumbent World Cup winners Spain at 2am AEST on the 24th of June (Thursday). Watching the games from Australia might mean that they're live at less than ideal hours, but that doesn't have to dampen your World Cup party!
||AEST (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Canberra)
||CST (Darwin, Adelaide)
|AUS vs CHILE
||13th June, 18:00
||14th June, 08:00
||14th June, 06:00
||14th June, 7:30
|AUS vs NETHERLANDS
||18th June, 13:00
||19th June, 02:00
||19th June, 00:00
||19th June, 01:30
|AUS vs SPAIN
||23rd June, 13:00
||24th June, 02:00
||24th June, 00:00
||24th June, 01:30
1. Bring out the big screen!
The most important part of your World Cup party will be ensuring that everyone has a good view of the game. If you don't have a big screen TV, it might be a good idea to consider hiring (or even buying) one. Another option could be to hire a projector plus large screen to watch the game in a really spectacular fashion.
2. Get snacking!
It's not a party without finger food! There's nothing wrong with dip and crackers but since the World Cup is being held in Brazil this year, why not embrace the theme? Pastelsii are a popular finger food from Brazil; they're fried dough stuffed with fillings like mozzarella cheese, chopped garlic and onions. Panqueqa de Carneiii are Brazilian-style pancakes stuffed with meat, usually minced beef or chicken, and perfect as party food - they're guaranteed to go down a treat. For some sweet Brazilian delicacies, try Bolinhos de Cocoiv, or Portuguese Coconut Kisses, which are delicious and simple to make. If you're feeling adventurous, the national cocktail of Brazil is Caipirinha made with a sweet Brazilian rum, Cacha, lime, sugar and icev.
As the first three games take place in the middle of the night or early morning, you'll do your guests a favour by offering coffee and tea, or caffeinated cold drinks as a pick me up in between the first and second half of the game.
3. Have fun with the decorations
Everyone will be focused on the game, so there's no need to go overboard but it can be fun to decorate your home for the party. One simple idea is to hang some bunting or streamers in the colours of your favourite team; or you could embrace the Brazilian theme by incorporating the flamboyant national green and yellow flag into your decorating. Another fun suggestion is to cover the table with fake grass to mimic the soccer fieldvi. Soccer-themed paper cups, plates and cutlery can also help to set the stage for your World Cup party.
4. Don those jerseys
You might not think of getting dressed up when you're making plans to watch a soccer game, but it's all part of getting in to the World Cup spirit! Jerseys are a great way to make the party more colourful, but you can also show your support for your team with wigs, face paint and temporary tattoos. Your wild outfits will add to the party atmosphere and can certainly make things memorable for your guestsvii.
5. Keep your home safe while you enjoy the party
Whenever you have a big group of people over, there's always a fear that things in your home will get broken or go missing. If you have valuables or fragile items that you want to keep safe so you can enjoy the party without worrying, consider putting them in a room where the door can be lockedviii. Make sure to either tape loose cables, for example from the TV or the projector, to the floor or hide them behind furniture, as you don't want to risk your guests tripping over them.