Ole, Ole Ole Ole !! It's that time every four years when the world congregates to celebrate sports most beautiful game. FIFA fever is in full swing with soccer enthusiasts burning the midnight oil, cheering on their favourite teams. This year the games are in Brazil at the far end of the world for us, making the game timings seemingly difficult. It's hard to go out to a sports bar and watch the game which means it's the best time to host a house party. Not just any regular party but a special one dedicated to watching the match! Here's how you make sure you create an environment that spells FIFA fever like no other -
Big Screen TV - There isn't anything like watching a match live at the stadium but getting to Brazil this season might seem a bit complicated. In that case, the next best option is to watch the match on the largest screen possible to feel like you're in the stands right there cheering your team. Not everyone has a projector screen but a nice big flat screen TV will do. Make sure you don't wake up the neighbours with the volume but a good screen TV is essential for any football party.
Food & Drink - How can any game be complete without a healthy dose of snacks and alcohol. The game timings are well into the night and dinner unless it's a late one isn't an option so instead make sure you have enough snacks and munchies to pass around because with all the liquor everyone is bound to get the munchies. If you really want to get into the spirit of things, then you can even have snacks from the countries that are playing the match! We would recommend a Brazilian dish or two! Beer is the universal choice for most games but you can mix it up with some fun cocktails, maybe even colour coordinated to match the team colours or then even some colourful shots. Here's a couple of cool suggestions!
Themed Jerseys - It's always fun to dress up for a party. Even if the party is at home, lounging in front of the TV and cheering on your favourite team. Many football fans have their own jerseys but in case your guests don't have one specific to the team, you can make sure that they still come dressed in the team colours. It's a small thing but it still gets everyone excited and will add to the fun of the night.
Drinking Games - It's almost impossible to watch a game, at a bar or even at home without a drop of alcohol. At home there isn't any worry of drunk driving on game night, it's the more the merrier philosophy when the party is at home. One can set the mood with a bunch of fun and sometimes incredibly silly drinking games. friendly betting is a great pre - game warm up and gets everyone is a slightly competitive mood as well. Beer pong and flip cup are great examples, but you can make up your own ones as well that includes lots of football trivia. For e.g., who ever can't name 5 players on one of the teams that's playing the match has to take a shot. We're guessing a lot of shots will be taken!
Friendly Betting Ring - What's a match without some friendly betting? Drinking, chatting, friendly banter and pre - match predictions are all part of the ritual but friendly betting is a great pre - game warm up. It can be small amounts between friends or even fun bets with drinks. Exchanging money for gummy bears, beer cans or shots can make it far more interesting than cash. Everyone boasts about which team they think will win and some are more confident than others, this is an excellent way to make them put their money where their mouth is and see who walks away with the most loot at the end of the night!
Have a whale of a time in your FIFA House Party but remember to Live Responsibly!
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