THE Eurovision Song Contest is a long-established singing competition dating back to 1956 – and with it being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, fans have been eagerly waiting for it to return in 2021.
This year, Eurovision is being held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands following the country's victory in 2019 , with the grand final taking place on Saturday May 22 – if you planning on having a party to celebrate, here's everything you need to know.
How to throw a Eurovision party
It’s a long-standing tradition for many people to host or go to a Eurovision party, and with hours of entertainment, it’s worth making an effort.
If you’re hosting, one quick and easy way to spruce up your living room is with bunting.
Virtually any material or pattern will do, but if you’re feeling particularly proud you could go for the Union Jack, or flags of the world would go down a treat.
Some bits of sparkle help jazz up a room, and party poppers make a great addition that you can leave out for guests.
What Eurovision costume can I wear?
While there’s no dress-code for a Eurovision party, there are a few routes you could take.
Going all-out on the glitter and sparkles is a tried and tested outfit which never fails to disappoint.
Or you could go for red carpet glam, putting on your best dress and heels.
But if you want to fully embrace the Eurovision style, try copying some looks from the contestants.
Alternatively, you can dress head to toe in your country's colours in support.
What food can I make for a Eurovision party?
Website Mission Eurovision has a host of themed food and drink ideas.
If you’re cooking en masse you might want to stick to simple recipes which you can make a lot of.
One of these is pizzas, and you can buy plain bases then add on toppings to theme them by country.
If you want to make an effort but are a bit wary of new recipes, you could opt for an English theme and put on a spread of afternoon tea sandwiches.
But if you really want to impress, here’s a selection of Eurovision recipes.
For a German twist, try Bratwurst sausages and onions, which you can make into hotdogs by adding finger rolls.
Or to keep it authentic, try frying potatoes to have on the side.
If you are feeling inspired by France, this can easily be replicated with a selection of cheeses.
Try whipping up a cheese board or baking a camembert with bread for guests to dip and share.
Or if Spain makes it through to the final then a selection of tapas is also easy to recreate.
From patatas bravas, Spanish tortilla, paella, croquettes to calamari, you can go as diverse as you like.
If you want minimal effort over drinks, you could get a selection of beers from each country.
But if you want to go all out, you can make Eurovision inspired cocktails.
Mission Eurovison has invented the Storm in a Martini Glass, in homage to the UK’s entry.
Containing gin as its key ingredient, it also features cloudy lemonade and egg whites, with the full recipe here.
And saluting Sir Cliff Richard, who has been the UK’s entry twice, the Stiff Richard cocktail includes gin and sweet vermouth, with the full recipe here.
What Eurovision drinking games can I play?
Drinking is a big deal at Eurovision parties, with numerous rules invented to keep guests sipping their drinks.
According to the website, few classic themes to drink include:
- A contestant wearing feathers
- A contestant wearing sequins
- A glitter cannon
- Thanking the host country for a wonderful evening
- A wind machine
- Token / novelty act
- Someone wearing a hat
- The UK gets 1 point from a jury vote
- A song about love