Being Swedish, Eurovision has always been a part of my life.
I remember watching as a child. I loved everything about it. I watched Celine Dion’s performance (competing for Switzerland at the time) fell in love with the Herreys with the Swedish song “Diggiloo Diggiley” (don’t ask), Johnny Logan always winning, Bucks Fizz, to name but a few.
There are so many things that make Eurovision special: random choreography, (milk maid’s anyone??!), costumes/stage clothes, odd song choices, songs about war, songs about peace, the Hosts and their endless costume changes and dreadful jokes, the inenvitable technical hitches during voting, the commentary… I mean, Terry Wogan’s commentary was legendary; clever, witty and sarcastic, and is greatly missed, although I do think Graham Norton is doing a stellar job.
When I moved to England to start University I moved into a flat share with a bunch of other students.
Lucky for me, I ended up with a happy bunch of Icelanders and an Italian who were totally up for some Eurovision love. Later my Norwegian best friend joined who also happened to be a party host extraordinaire and a tradition was born. We would organise an annual Eurovision party and our British friends would attend and laugh with/at (?) our crazy antics.
In all honesty. Eurovision wasn’t cool. Well, it still isn’t really, but I think people embrace the cheese more openly and perhaps with all the Brexit doom and gloom we all need a bit of fun and lighthearted fun in our lives.
Eurovision is a big, flamboyant party covered in glitter and it needs to be shared.
So my husband was, somewhat reluctantly, drawn into/coerced into hosting an annual Eurovision party at our house.
Here’s are our top tips on how to host your own successful Eurovision party:
- Dress up. Fancy dress makes everything better and it’s hilarious to see what your friends will come up with. Each party goer will be assigned a country to dress up as. It can be literal or obscure – the sky is the limit!
- European cuisine. Serve your guest tapas – a smorgasbord of dishes from around the world. Mix and match!
- Come up with your very own European cocktail. I personally like this one
- Party games! Our personal favourite is Eurovision Bingo. There are several versions online – ScandiKitchen always comes up with a great alternative every year – or you can make your own.
- Every guest enter into the Sweepstakes and put money onto the country they think is going to win. Fun and competitive!
- Decorations: if you know me you’ll know I’m partial to decorations generally but I do think it lifts your Eurovision party. A few years back there wasn’t much online but it seems now the internet is catching up in the U.K. eBay and Amazon have loads of stuff like flags and the bunting.
- Embrace the fun and cheese. It’s lighthearted. It’s fun. The U.K. may not win, but it’s still a good laugh.
If you normally watch Eurovision and/or host your very own party get in touch with any more top tips.
I’m off to start making my costume – I’m
Australia this year.
(Yeah, no one knows why there’re in it too, but again, just embrace and go with it).