The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Thursday 14th June, which means it’s high time to start planning a viewing party!
Whether you’re footy mad or just love the atmosphere and an excuse to throw a party, everyone can enjoy the World Cup. So invite your friends round and read on to find out how to throw the ultimate World Cup viewing party!
World Cup Viewing Party Ideas
Pick a match
First things first, pick a match for your viewing party! You can view the whole World Cup schedule here but here are a couple of key dates:
Thursday 14th June – Russia v Saudi Arabia
Monday 18th June – Tunisia v England
Sunday 24th June – England v Panama
Thursday 28th June – England v Belgium
Monday July 2nd – 2nd round match featuring England’s group winners
Tuesday July 3rd – 2nd round match featuring England’s group runners-up
Tuesday July 10th – World Cup semi-final
Wednesday July 11th – World Cup semi final
Sunday 15th July – World Cup final, 4pm
Send out invitations
Next, send out some football themed invitations! The World Cup is a big deal and people make their viewing plans quite far in advance so make sure you give people a couple of weeks’ notice. Download and print your own below!
Then it’s time to plan your decorations! We’d recommend decorating in the colours of the country you’re supporting (or go half and half for each team!)
Alternatively, make it all football themed – we’ve got some great ideas on the Football Party Ideas blog.
Serve themed party food
You don’t want to spend ages preparing party food for a World Cup party, so try and stick to finger food that’s easy to snack on during the match. We’d recommend:
- Sausage rolls/pork pies
- Tortilla chips and dips
- Country-themed snacks
If you’re supporting a particular team and want to get creative with your party food, you could even theme the whole buffet around that country! Check out some of our wilder ideas on the World Cup Party Food blog.
Give out cardboard masks
When your guests arrive, give them a cardboard mask of a famous footballer to wear during the party!
Set up a sweepstake/place bets
Then before the match kicks off, make it more competitive by placing bets on who will win or setting up a sweepstake to run throughout the whole tournament! Download our kit here:
Fancy throwing your own World Cup viewing party? Check out our full range of football party supplies or stay on our blog for more inspiration!