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Today marks the official start of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Tonight at 9pm (UK Time), Brasil and Croatia will kick off this huge Football tournament at  Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo.  


Whether you are planning to hold your World Cup Party tonight or at the Weekend when England play their first match (against Italy) here are some ideas to help you “have a ball!”


1.  Decorate


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Print out Flags and make World Cup Bunting

Make light work of decorating your World Cup Party by including this as part of the entertainment.


Print and cut out World Cup Country Flags and thread string to make Bunting. Hang this up to decorate your home or garden.


Feeling a little more crafty?  Cut paper or newspaper into triangles and paint the World Cup Flags.  Leave to dry and thread to make fun bunting.


2.  Food


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Have an “all around the World (Cup)” buffet.


Choose all your favourite foods from the different countries qualified to take part in the World Cup.  You could serve, for example, pork pies from England, Pizza from Italy, Tortilla Chips from Mexico and Bolinho de Bacalhau (salt cod fritters)from Brazil. 


For more World Cup Recipes see the Big Match Planner.


3.  Cupcakes


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A party always needs cupcakes!


Save time by white icing fairy cakes in advance.


Then leave coloured icing or icing pens out for guests to design their own “World Cup-Cake”.  They could decorate the cakes with flags or footballs.


4.  Party Games


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Play “Pin Brazil on the World Cup Map”

As well as making decorations, cupcakes and watching the big game also prepare some fun World Cup Themed Games for your guests.


Why not print out a World Map and play “Pin Brazil on the Map” blindfolded?  You can always use this map to record which Country you think will win the World Cup once the game has ended? 


Perhaps you fancy a game of Half-Time  Finger Football or want to fire up the atmosphere with some music.  


5.  Refreshments


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Finally, refreshments are not just for half time.  It’s thirsty work cheering for your favourite team and shouting at the ref so make sure you’ve stocked up with your favourite soft drinks.


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Coca-Cola are selling their 1.5l of Coca-Cola (Original, Diet and Zero) in a pack of four for £4 especially during the World Cup so pick these up from retailers (we popped to Tesco) while you can.

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Make World Cup Flag Drinks Markers to put in your drinks so you don’t mix them up.  Coca-Cola tastes great with ice and lemon, lime or cherry.


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So, now the decorations, food, cupcakes, games and refreshments are all set, all you need to do is sit down, grab your caxirola and enjoy the football!  SCORE!




Where to watch the World Cup on TV in the UK this Weekend:


Thursday 12 June: Brazil v Croatia (21:00, ITV). Match of the Day re-run 01:00, BBC Two.


Friday 13 June: Mexico v Cameroon (17:00, ITV), Spain v Netherlands (20:00, BBC One), Chile v Australia (23:00, ITV)

Saturday 14 June: Highlights (07:30, BBC Two), Colombia v Greece (17:00, BBC One), Uruguay v Costa Rica (20:00, ITV), England v Italy (23:00, BBC One)

For more recipes, music, flags and entertainment go to Big Match Planner.

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5 Comments

  1. Helen Neale
    June 12, 2014 / 9:55 am

    That looks AMAZING – am loving the World Map game – pin Brasil on the map – not sure whether even I would get that right…I suspect my knowledge of geography is a little poor based on my recent efforts in our World Cup Quiz 😉

  2. Sara-Jayne Jones
    June 12, 2014 / 11:43 am

    I love the flag drink markers! They would save so many arguments! Great ideas 🙂

  3. Eileen Teo
    June 12, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    love the world map game! They are always so fun to play!

  4. Inside the Wendy House
    June 12, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    The map game is a great idea! The World Cup is a good excuse for learning a bit of geography!!

  5. Polly Davies
    June 12, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    looks like it will be a great, fun party x

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