2010 football fever parties that dazzle
Valerie Poyurs talks about ways to light up your soccer celebrations
FOOTBALL mania has reached fever pitch and with the final matches under way there will be fans in the stands, in living rooms, in sports bars and anywhere live coverage is available.
In SA it’s going to be party season with a capital P. Whether your team’s match is preceded by a braai, a lawn or a pool party, or just a communal gathering of friends and family, you want to get the ambience right. Here are some ideas to light the way.
First up you want your team’s colours on display — and we all know there’s more than one team you will be rooting for depending on lady luck and how skilful your favourites prove to be on the day. Light-emitting diode (LED) tube lights, which can be bought by the metre in green, yellow, red and blue offer myriad possibilities. These tubes are highly flexible and weatherproof so you can twine them around pillars and trees or inside your home around doorframes in the shape of a team logo. You can even try your hand at creating a light sculpture by winding tubes around a football-like object that can act as a centre piece in the garden. LEDs are extremely energy efficient so at least you will keep your electricity bill down at the same time.
If you are after a lighter, more sophisticated look, try some decorative fairy lights in different shapes in the garden, indoors or even on the dining table. There are also finer, net-like LED-lit mesh lights that can be hung across a window or displayed in bar areas. The colours of the down lights along walkways or in the home’s entertainment areas can be changed to create a softer lighthearted mood, and there are also coloured globes for pendant lights, table lights or occasional lamps.
And of course you cannot do without LED ice for your guests’ drinks. Another innovation from Radiant is little plastic jewels that look like ice blocks but have tiny LEDs inside that change colour. Imagine their effect in brightly coloured cocktails on a balcony overlooking a cityscape or at the poolside. In fact you may want to investigate the latest in pool lights. A great option is a pool light that gives you 12 different colours from which to choose according to your preferences. You can select the colour combinations of your team, or, if you have no pool, lift your gaze to your security lighting. There are globes in a number of colours that will suit most standard security fittings.
The World Cup will put SA firmly in the global spotlight. Add a little imagination, some lighthearted creativity and colour, some friends and a sporting spirit and you may just create an event that is remembered for more than just that defining goal that puts your team into the finals.
Coloured fairy lights, left. Green pool light, top right. Yellow tube light, bottom right.