Who’s been keeping up with the World Cup this year? There are only 7 games left until the final match, set to play on Sunday July 15th. Who do you think will take it? Will it be a European team, like Croatia, England, Belgium or France, the last remaining Nordic team, Sweden, one of the South American teams Uruguay or Brazil, or the host country, Russia? There is a lot of speculation going on these days, and a lot of people who have seen their teams eliminated (I’m still a little sad about Denmark) have moved on to rooting for one still standing (Heja Sverige! Go Sweden!). No matter who you’re rooting for, these next few weeks are going to be pretty darn exciting. If you’re hosting a Fifa World Cup Finals party, we’ve got some entertaining ideas and recipes (because let’s face it – it’s all about the FOOD!) to make your viewing party especially fun. To help you get ready for World Cup Finals, here are a few tips and recipes.
IDEA #1: Charcuterie, Chocolate, Cheese Boards, Fruits and Vegetables — make big, shareable platters ahead of time! They’re easy to assemble, easy to pick at, carry lots of variety for your guests and aren’t totally distracting to eat. We recently saw an amazing idea on BBC’s Good Food Blog – the components on the platters created the flags of the competing countries. How cool is that?
IDEA #2: Match the menu to the teams playing! A simple and cute idea is to match the regional cuisine of the teams playing to the food you serve. France? Warm up some Brie, slice a baguette! England made it to the finals? It’s never a bad time for easy mini pot pies! And if Russia is still in the mix at the finals, it’s the perfect time to serve the ever-delicious, quintessential Russian party food, Olivye Salad. A Russian version of potato salad, this dish is delicious any time of day. The recipe is below – it might sound a little strange, but the end result is amazing and it’s going to get gobbled up at your World Cup Party, guaranteed.
IDEA #3: Since the game is aired in the morning in the United States (11 am EST / 10am CST / 8 am PST), make it a comfy dress code (pajamas on a Sunday morning? yes please) and serve breakfast or brunch. A bagel bar with lots of different toppings, from cream cheese to tomatoes, avocados, peanut butter or lox would be a fantastic spread, especially with mimosas. Which brings us to the subject of the next idea….
IDEA #4: Don’t fall for the trendy themed-cocktail idea – have a drink station, instead. You want to watch the match too, right? Set up a drink station with lots of different options and a cooler full of ice, and enjoy the game! Choose a spot on a table or counter to put out some juices, coffee or load your bar cart with mimosa or bloody mary makings, and have ice easily accessible. It’s a great way to make your hosting duties less laborious and count on the self-sufficiency of your guests!
IDEA #5: Decorate simply, or not at all! Most people will be getting there in the morning, totally ready to just watch the match on your big screen. They won’t be too occupied with soccer ball decorations in every corner, so why stress yourself out! Be more concerned with making sure your internet connection is working great (if you’re streaming the game), making sure your sound system is on the right settings, all the remotes are accessible and there’s enough comfortable seating for everyone attending.
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Classic Russian Olivye Salad
6 potatoes, peeled, boiled and cubed
4 eggs, hard boiled and cubed
6 large pickles, cubed
1 – 15 oz bag of frozen spring peas, thawed
1/2 cup fully cooked ham, cubed
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
Mix potatoes, eggs, pickles, peas, ham, and dill together in a large bowl; stir in mayonnaise until salad is evenly coated. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.