We’ve been waiting four years for the mother of all soccer events to begin: the 2014 FIFA World Cup. That wait is over, as the games have officially begun and run through July. If you can’t get to Brazil to watch the 32 teams compete ao vivo, you can still celebrate in style, by hosting your own World Cup screening party. Here’s how:
- The first thing you need to do is set the venue: if you have cable and roomy digs, why not hold the games at your place? If not, call your favorite local bar to see if they’ll be showing the games. You can reserve a table and save yourself from clean-up! If you’re in Miami, let us do the planning. At Hyde Beach, we’re throwing South Beach’s best World Cup viewing parties, with soccer-themed cocktails and poolside seats to cheer on your favorite teams.
- Next, invite your friends, and make sure they RSVP! A Facebook, email or text invite will do the trick, just make sure to get a headcount so you can properly prepare. There’s nothing worse than prepping for 10 and having 10 extra “pop-ins”showing up.
- If its at your place, ask everyone to bring a bottle of booze or their favorite snack. That way you won’t have to foot the bill for all your thirsty friends, and everyone gets to choose their favorite bev to enjoy. If it’s at a bar, see if the venue will do some kind of drink special as an incentive for bringing all your friends. Maybe a free shot every time the US team scores?
- Don’t forget to decorate. Set the mood for your guests by reminding them why they’re there. Soccer memorabilia, balls, and banners will encourage people to show their team spirit.
The best part is, the World Cup is on Brazilian time this year, meaning games will be screening early in the morning until late at night, so you’ll never feel guilty cracking a beer at 9 am.