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Summer, sun, World Cup!

Your perfect World Cup barbecue party

It’s not just the sun, ice cream and swimming that awaits us this summer as the Football World Cup is being held too. Besides the live public screenings, why not use the warm summer evenings to invite your friends to a barbecue party at your home to cheer on your favourite football team in front of the television?
We have put together a few ideas for how you can organise the perfect World Cup barbecue party. Be inspired!

It’s time to barbie.

One of the most wonderful summer activities with friends is definitely barbecuing. It’s uncomplicated and doesn’t involve a lot of work. The ingredients can be sorted out quickly, everyone can bring what they like with them. As a host, you mainly have to make sure that the barbecue is heated up early enough so that your hungry guests don’t have to wait too long – as it always takes quite a bit of time for the meat to be cooked. And at the end of the day, nobody wants to miss the football match.
And heads up! Don’t forget your vegetarian friends, provide plenty of aluminium foil and dishes so that the meat can be barbecued separately from the vegetables. Our tip: spread cream cheese on mushrooms and small potatoes, wrap them in aluminium foil and put them on the barbie. Meat lovers like these too.

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Besides classic sweet drinks, like Coke and Sprite, you can also prepare refreshing drinks for your guests easily and quickly yourself. This summer’s trend: vitamin water. This is tasty, refreshing and definitely more exciting than pure tap water and also has an extra portion of vitamins. Wash and chop any fruits of your choice, anything is possible from strawberries, lemons, pineapple, melon to kiwi, into small pieces and put them in a carafe filled with water. Leave it to rest for a while and hey presto your vitamin water is ready. The practical thing is that the carafe can be topped up time and time again as with a little bit of ice the fruits stay fresh for a long time.

Guests often offer to bring salads or other side dishes with them. However, you will always be on the safe side if you provide something too. The most obvious choices are classics like bread, potatoes or rice, various dips, sauces and crisps.You can jazz up ordinary lettuce with tomatoes, peppers and onions or have you ever tried a salad with feta cheese, halved grapes and roasted seeds? Quick and easy to make but absolutely delicious! A tasty tomato and mozzarella salad or Parma ham with honeydew melon always taste good too. But maybe you could season them this time with a bit of honey and pepper instead of balsamic vinegar.

You can put any leftover crisps in fun popcorn bags for that stadium feeling as a snack for the football match afterwards. And you should definitely use the glowing embers for delicious barbecued chocolate bananas! Desiccated coconut or chopped almonds are a particularly good topping for these.

And which team is your favourite?

It goes without saying if the national team is playing on that evening and you can therefore decorate your table in the colours of the national flag. However, if you are inviting people to a match where other teams are playing, you and your friends are bound to have different favourites among yourselves. Our suggestion is therefore: stick to black, white and green! These are the classic football colours as they symbolise a football and the football pitch turf. Draping the football motif around the table in different shapes and sizes is a really lovely idea, for example with personal table cards. Folded single greeting cards are particularly ideal as you don’t have to a lot more creating.
Select the motif, order them and enter the guest names at home. This not only gives your table decoration a bit of finesse but will also make your guests’ day.

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Here are a few table card motifs to order

Did you bet correctly?

We can’t imagine the World Cup without betting games now, as they bring added excitement to the evening. Everyone bets and simply cheers along, hoping of course that they will win the jackpot. Little prizes like vouchers or chocolate provide an extra incentive here – or be creative and design a personalised football as a main prize. Balleristo offers you the chance to design footballs in three sizes at Ifolor.ch. Printed with a photo or your own text, there are no limits to your creativity!

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