The excitement is reaching fever pitch this summer with England through to the semis, so get your footie-loving friends and family together to celebrate in style with a football party. (*Within restrictions of course...) We’ve got fabulous food, awesome activities and other football party ideas for an award-winning bash in celebration of the glorious game.
Whether you’ve decided to hold your football party on Wednesday for the semi-final or you're holding out that we will make it to the final on Sunday, you’ll need to make sure there is plenty of space for everyone to watch the big match. Where possible move furniture to the outside of the room, angle the TV so everyone can see it and place pillows and rugs across the floor for anyone who misses out on a seat.
Football Inspired Food
What do you think of when you need summer football party food? Yes, BBQ! We've got a whole section of snack ideas & recipes perfect for the Euros! Or, take your guests on a European trip with these dishes inspired by the competing nations:
- Homemade Turkish chicken kebabs - Thread chunks of chicken onto kebab skewers with peppers, onions and mushrooms, marinade for two hours in paprika, garlic & Greek yoghurt before cooking on the barbeque.
- German hotdogs – Serve frankfurters in soft bread rolls with beery onions, mustard & even sauerkraut for a football party recipe favourite.
- Spanish tapas recipes – A Spanish Tortilla, garlic prawns and Catalan tomato bread makes for the perfect grazing dishes for a tasty accompaniment for a warm summer’s day meal.
- Tuna Nicoise - If you think your guests might prefer something a little lighter, why not serve up this French dish? A delicious plateful of lettuce, tuna chunks, baby tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, cooked green beans, plump black olives, and warm new potatoes, drizzled with a little dressing of your choice – we like garlic and herb or a simple Caesar.
- If you are looking for something a little simpler why not create a charcuterie board for people to snack on during the match?
Football Party Decorations
Why not cut out lots of circles from white card and get the kids involved decorating them and threading them together to act as bunting? You could even use it as a chance to test your knowledge on European flags by creating a football to represent every country taking part in the tournament.
Football Party Ideas: Games
When you’re looking for football party ideas for games, remember the big kids will be pretty well entertained by the match. But for smaller kids, try setting up a football-style obstacle course in the garden so they can work on their dribbling skills. Kicking the ball through hoops, around posts and up and over hurdles, is a great way to burn off some energy and build up a hunger for that football party food you’ve been working on. You could even encourage older kids to time all the participants and hand out small prizes to the fastest dribblers.
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If the weather is not looking so hot, or you’re looking for a quieter activity, collect photos of footballers from newspapers and magazines and then blank out their faces. Stick them up around the house and see who can find, and guess, the most correctly. Prizes or simply kudos on offer for the winners!
Whichever football party ideas you go with, make sure you head down to your nearest convenience store to pick up any half-time snacks, feasts for fans or match day meals.
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