How to host the ultimate World Cup garden party

by Housesimple on 20th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup isn’t just a sporting spectacle – it’s the perfect excuse for a summer garden party. However, if your outdoor space has seen better days, fear not – there are plenty of ways you can quickly spruce your garden ready for the big game.

Set the scene

First, prepare your outdoor space. Clean your decking and apply its annual coating, or if you have a paved patio, brush it and pull out the weeds. Make sure you've got plenty of garden furniture for everyone to sit back on and enjoy the game.

The perfect garden party demands decoration to match the theme. World Cup favourites include wall charts, national flags, bunting and balloons. For a more classic garden party look, try arranging vases of fresh blooms to reflect team colours. Next, help guests create a party atmosphere with whistles, rattles, or the mysterious ‘spoons of victory’, Russia’s answer to the vuvuzela.

Set up the screen

Arrange the viewing area close to the house for easy access to power, and a quicker pack-up process if rain stops play. If you don't want to risk your prized TV or you want your guests to enjoy the match on a big screen, you can even set up compact projectors, viewing screens and outdoor speaker systems.

Cook up some culture

The 2018 World Cup is taking place is Russia, which makes this a great opportunity to experiment with new food and drink ideas. Wow your guests with golubtsy (stuffed cabbage rolls) or knish (potato-stuffed pastries), washed down with a refreshing berry kvisel.

Put on a show

The big match is only part of the spectacle, so make sure you've got some entertainment to keep the party going when the game isn't on. A small five-a-side goal can provide you with your own half-time shootout, and garden party favourites like croquet, boules, giant Jenga and Connect Four always go down a treat. For family gatherings, you’ll need to spend a little time making your garden child safe too.

Think about flow

Even the most avid football fan isn’t going to sit in front of the big screen for the whole party. Create a layout that allows guests to move and mingle. Avoid bottlenecks by placing the viewing area away from main thoroughfares, and set up separate food and drinks tables away from seating areas to avoid overcrowding. You could even create a designated kids' play area if anyone is bringing their little ones. And if you’re expecting new visitors or you've just moved house, consider adding signs so everyone knows where to find the loos, food and drink.

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