After 4 years of speculations, controversies, analyses, and of course waiting, the much anticipated Cricket World Cup finally kicked off on Valentine’s Day. It’s that season when you’ll find the game’s ardent fans glued to television sets, radios, livescore-providing websites or anything else they can get their hands on to keep themselves in sync with all of the mega tournament’s happenings. So how about clubbing these acts of fanaticisms with a nice little house party? Here are some pointers for you to host one of those.
The bigger, the better, they say. And when it comes to viewing, nothing says big like a Projector! So it’ll be great if you can get your hands on one for the big matches. Although, a big screen television works just fine too.
Tell people they’re in the right place. Create a sporty feel by borrowing your neighbor’s kids’ cricket bats, balls and stumps and place them around the house. Surely you won’t forget sticking your favourite player’s posters on the wall for some added motivation, would you? And if the neighbours permit, keep chanting slogans and throw around a few whistles, vuvuzelas, etc. too.
If it’s your home team’s game, you can trust everyone to show up in the same colours. But in case of a neutral game, show everyone where your loyalties lie by wearing the jersey of the team you want to pitch for. Also awaken the Picasso and Michelangelo in you and start a pre-match-start-up face painting parlour.
A simple snack of chips, popcorns, and sandwiches should serve you well, but if you want to experiment with varieties, you can hold a Potluck. As far as the liquid diet goes, keep a stash of your favourite beverages handy. To add to the semblance, give your cocktails some crickety names like the Pinch-of-Finch, the mysterious Kohli-ki-Paheli, or Joe-Root-Beer. And yes, don’t forget the tissue papers.
The Side Show
While watching, munching, gulping and cheering are default, you can always keep some fun activities to keep everyone on their feet. You can mute your viewing device and make everyone mimic their favourite commentators. Keep friendly bets, where the wager can be wackadoodle penalties for those who lost like sharing one’s grub, making them praise the player/team they hate out loud, not allowing them to use the washroom till the next boundary is hit or the next wicket is taken. Let the world be your oyster!
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