The European Football Championship is in full swing. Is your country still in the game? Then we highly suggest you throw a viewing party? Ehmm what? Yes, a viewing party! This is a party where you watch the game and plan activities and food around it. So even if your country loses, you can’t be too shattered because there is a big party planned. Does that sound fun to you? Then here are 6 steps to organise a viewing party.

1. Organise the viewing space

You’re probably going to have multiple excited friends in your living room or somewhere else. Most football fans are very fanatic. So, make sure to shove all your fragile belongings aside. Depending on how many friends you’re going to invite, you need to have enough space for everyone to watch. So, place some standing tables in or around the viewing area so some can stand while others can sit down. 

2. Let your neighbours know

Also make sure your neighbours are informed about the viewing party. If your country is playing, there’s a big chance that they’re watching as well, especially if it’s the semi-finales or so. However, you being the football enthusiast that you are, combined with some of your loudest friends. It might be a wise idea to enlighten your neighbours about what is going on. 

3. Does your video and audio equipment really work?

I mean, your TV and big speakers always work, why wouldn’t they work now? Well, it always breaks down at the least convenient time. So, we suggest checking your TV, big screen and audio the day before. Do you want to organise your viewing party outside? Renting a big screen or beamer can be an excellent way to knock your friends off their feet.

4. Drinks and Food

Make sure you have plenty of food and beverage options for your friends. The tension of the game might get some to eat a lot. Do yourself a favour, spare yourself the time and hassle to cook during the viewing party. Because you don’t want to be in the kitchen when a goal is scored, you’ll never forgive yourself. That’s why you need to prepare beforehand. We suggest making little bites such as finger food, which is easy to serve and hand out. During a football match, you can never go wrong with crisps and some salty nuts. Depending on what time the match starts and the weather, you can also throw a barbecue. A barbecue will put everyone in the mood. But when it comes to the beverage part, if you have beer and wine, you’ll be sorted. 

5. Make it a fun bet

Another fun way to make sure everyone is invested in the match, is betting on the final score [valid where legal]. Everyone has to write on a piece of paper what they think the end score will be. Who wins gets to choose the forfeit of the one who was furthest off. This could be, dressing up in Christmas dresses (Dutch: kerstjurk), carnival clothing (Durch: carnavalskleding) or wearing a princess dress during the next match. Or the loser might have to sing “I Will Always Love You” on karaoke. We’ll sure it’ll be very funny.

These are our tips for a viewing party, have fun!

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