Fab­u­lous ideas to amp up the foot­ball fun at home

As you cheer for your favourite team dur­ing the FIFA World Cup, start­ing to­day, here are some party hacks to host the per­fect game night

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - MY CITY - Etti Bali ■ etti.bali@htlive.com

Foot­ball sea­son has gripped the coun­try and there are a lot of bars and restau­rants of­fer­ing deals and dis­counts to make a match day even bet­ter. But if you are plan­ning to watch the matches in the com­fort of your home with your friends and fam­ily, there are plenty of ways of turn­ing your house, flat or pad into a hot prop­erty for match view­ing. Here are a few tips to ace the match sea­son and let the good times roll.

SCREEN IT

A white sheet or a re­ally neat white wall, a lap­top or tele­vi­sion with HDMI port and a good qual­ity pro­jec­tor are all that you would need to screen live matches. Don’t for­get to check the au­dio to recre­ate the am­bi­ence of a field, and turn your den into an adda for your foot­ball-crazy friends.

DECOR MAT­TERS

Dec­o­rate the TV room with posters of your favourite foot­ballers. Tell your guests to don jer­seys and colours of their favourite teams. String colour­ful stream­ers, and hang ban­ners and flags rep­re­sent­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries.

MUNCH IT

From foot­ball cup­cakes to sand­wiches in your favourite team’s colour, there’s so much you can serve at a house party. Serve sal­ads, tacos, na­chos and other bar nib­bles along with pitch­ers of home-made mar­garita. You can also take round cracker bis­cuits, layer them with thinly sliced sausages, and top them off with slices of ched­dar cheese and dec­o­rate them with ranch dress­ing to make them look like a foot­ball. You can make an av­o­cado-based dip, serve it in a rect­an­gu­lar bowl to recre­ate the look of a foot­ball field.

SERVEWARE

Cut out one-inch flags with your favourite teams’ in­signia and glue them on to tooth­picks. Use them to serve snacks.

You can also do the same with stir­rers. For glasses, make prints of flags and jer­seys, and stick them along the girth of beer mugs and high ball glasses.

GAME ON

De­vise fun party games as the play­ers kick it on the field. For each goal that the op­pos­ing team scores, take a shot; two shots for a free hit, and bot­tom’s up for every penalty. Safe to say, last man stand­ing wins it all!

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From foot­ball cup­cakes to sand­wiches in your favourite team’s colour, there’s so much you can serve at a house party Kids birth­day party Foot­ball theme. Dough­nuts dec­o­rated with foot­balls and team dresses on tooth­picks.

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