Image courtesy of Football Federation Australia
Photographer Brian Tonks
Half-assing your FIFA World Cup celebrations will not win anyone over. Fact. So, to make sure you have everything you need to host the best World Cup shindig at home, here’s our guide throwing a World Cup party.
It’s not every day (or year) that the FIFA World Cup occurs, but when it does, you MUST make a big deal about it. The best way to watch the game is with like-minded mates by your side, and a stubbie in your hand.
Now if you’ve decided that the trip to the pub to catch all the action is out of the question (those 2am games are gonna be brutal) then your best option is to host the party at your place.
The pros to this decision are MANY:
- You can drink all you like without having to organise a designated driver/attempt to hail a taxi at 4 in the morning
- You can surround yourself with company you actually want (not some random drunk dude you met at the bar. Sorry random drunk dude, I know you’re just here to have fun)
- You can rock up in your jersey top and PJ bottoms and no one will care
- You can roll out of bed at 1:59am and not have to miss a second of the action
- You don’t have to pull out your wallet for food or drinks
- You don’t get to make friends with random drunk dude
- Somehow your mates are going to have to find their way home (wait, that’s their problem, not yours...)
Your next step is to not half-ass things. That means: NO Facebook inviting the day before, NO pulling apart the cupboards for random foodstuffs to feed your guests hoping you’ll have enough to feed the masses, and NO rewiring the TV minutes before the game starts. There is some preparation that needs to go into this event, but if you follow our guide, all you’ll need to worry about when the game starts is your team winning.
Know when the games are
Pick the games you’ll watch by which team you personally follow. That being said, if you’re a true soccer fanatic, you’ll want to catch all these top games you can’t afford to miss. That includes all Australian games (patriotism is a thing when it comes to the World Cup, and semi-final and final dates and times). Then, send out the invites. This can be verbally or via Facebook and as early as possible so you can get an idea of numbers, and see if you can rope anyone into bringing extra food or beers.
Get your entertainment right (and make sure it’s working before your guests arrive)
Plasma, digital, surround sound, you name it. Your television is the focal point of your evening, so you’d best make it a good one. And IF you’re lacking in that department, then here are a few you can order in time for the big finale.
Organise your food
Footy food needs must be met. That means chips, dip, hot greasy foods, and beers. Running to the shop for these last-minute is not what you need, especially if it involves a 1am shop at the only 7-11 still open nearby. Cut your losses and order (or make things) early, so that everything you need will be at your fingertips on the day.
Organise your half-time entertainment
Whether it’s the little kids or the big kids you’ll need to entertain when the game reaches half time, there’s heaps of fun activities to kill the time (and keep you awake).
Organise your outfit
Jerseys, beanies, scarves, you can never have enough FIFA 2014 World Cup fan gear. Socceroo supporters, eat your heart out with these ripping threads:
Supporting another team? Rebel Sport has you covered, too. Here are a few of the other nations they have merchandise for.
Be a good host until the very end
The rules behind this are simple. The first is to not allow them to fall asleep until game time is completely over (penalties included). Let that happen and you’ll cop an earful of, “Why didn’t you wake me up, you bastard?” and, “Why did you let me fall asleep, you bastard?” and, well, you get the point.
To help you adhere to this rule, there’s this:
The second rule is to give them somewhere to comfortably roll onto. That is, AFTER the game has come to its end and they’re looking a lot less like Homer (see above) and a lot more like this little fella:
Clearly, sharing YOUR bed is out of the question. These options though, are still open for the taking:
For those unafraid to break the budget, there’s this:
For everyone else. Well… have fun!