In case you’ve been living under a rock or the past few weeks, this weekend was the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. As you may know, us Europeans (and Australian’s who also take part in Eurovision) take Eurovision very seriously so it only seems natural to want to celebrate in style with a Eurovision themed party.
This is the first year me and my family have had a ‘proper’ Eurovision party and it surprisingly went really well so I thought I’d share my tips with you.
1. Pre-Eurovision preparation:
Considering the UK has a track record of being rather cheesy and unsuccessful at Eurovision, we decided that this year we weren’t going to support our national act (you would too if you were British, trust me ) and decided to shake it up a bit by each randomly drawing one country from each of the semi-finals which took place on Tuesday and Thursday (I suggest you do this before the actual day of the final to give people enough time to get ready). I drew Malta and Belgium and hence set about listening to their songs and praying that I’d actually picked countries with decent songs and, thankfully, both songs were fairly good.
If you’re going to invite guests, make sure you let them pick out countries to support too or pick them on behalf of them.
Flags are essential to Eurovision – what else are you going to wave around when you’re favourite song comes on? This year we ran out of time to make proper flags, although we did make some small flags to decorate the table which you will see later on. You don’t even have to go out and buy flags, you can make them yourself too – whatever works!
As well as supporting the countries we drew at random during the contest, we decided to base our food/snacks around those countries too and tried to include a snack from each of the countries we were supporting plus a few extra. Here is what we made:
Malta – Maltese Almond Biscuits (which are VERY easy to make and absolutely delicious – this was my contribution):
Belgium – potato waffles (ok so not strictly Flemish but if we bought Belgian waffles we would have too many sweet snacks so potato waffles were the only alternative! This was also my contribution).
Russia – Russian Tea Cakes (they were very nice and had walnuts and almonds in I think, either way they were lovely and we’ll be definitely making them again some time)
Spain – for Spain we had tortilla chips and a salsa dip which I’m not really sure is Spanish or Mexican but either way they were awesome! But I couldn’t get a photo because they were hiding at the back of the table.
Greece – Greece didn’t even make it to the final, I know, but we still bought some Greek food because why not? (or at least I think it is Greek…it’s all Greek to me). We had falafels and some lamb and chicken thing (I think they were called Koftas but not entirely sure).
Italy –this is kind of a mixture of Italy and France because we had French bread pizza.
France – bread sticks (not sure if they are really French but just go with it).
Germany – pretzels which are also shown in the picture above.
Switzerland – Toblerone (of course) even though Switzerland didn’t get through to the final (I could be wrong, I just don’t remember them).
Eastern Europe – we managed to draw a lot of Eastern European countries (or just countries we couldn’t find any recipe’s for) – Armenia, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Latvia etc so we just grouped them all together and made Potato Latke (which I think is actually Russian but oh well). They took a lot of preparation before you couold actually cook them but the end result was worth it! We ate them with sour cream and apple sauce which made them even nicer.
5. Pre-final entertainment:
I always wonder why the BBC never does a pre-Eurovision show or a Eurovision countdown show because I always end up sitting around and waiting for ages for the show to ACTUALLY start. This year, however, we put on a bit of Abba (who if you read my post about seeing Mamma Mia the Musical, you’ll know I absolutely love) and had a good ol’ chat.
6. WATCHING THE SHOW!!!!
Obviously this is going to be the best bit of the Eurovision party so find somewhere comfy, switch the TV on and sit back and enjoy the show! (Try not to get too stressed out during the results though although I was literally clinging to the edge of my seat yesterday because the new voting system is SO TENSE ARGHHH).
Hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed watching Eurovision – I certainly did although I’m still annoyed the Netherlands (my favourites) didn’t win. BUT OMG THE UK GOT POINTS!!!! LIKE ACTUAL POINTS!!!!! YAYAYAYAY!!!
This might be my last blog post for a while because my exams start tomorrow so I’ll probably be too busy revising and stressing to blog much. but good luck to everyone else doing exams at the moment – you can do this!!! 🙂
P.S. The featured image does not belong to me.