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FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup starts tonight, we are all so excited and looking forward to the matches! We started our Big Match Planner in style by hosting a pre-World Cup Party for our family and friends.
As Brazil is hosting this year’s World Cup, we wanted our guests to experience my Brazilian roots and passion for football. The atmosphere in Brazil is amazing, it is great how Brazilians get together to watch each match and how we celebrate back home.
Being Brazilian, I was brought up watching football and supporting the Brazilian national team. As you may be aware, football plays a massive role in our culture, we breathe and dream football.
We love celebrating, it is very exciting being part of it and seeing the whole country getting together when Brazil plays, especially during World Cups. No matter your age, sex or religion, we all love watching matches and cheering together as one united country.
In preparation for our pre-World Cup party, we decorated the house with bunting, flags, balloons, ready to receive our guests for a fun-filled afternoon.
Every party needs delicious food and great drinks, we went to Tesco to purchase our party supplies, including Coca-Cola’s 1.5 litre bottles, available in 4 x 1.5l promotional packs for only £4.
You can also find Coca-Cola, Coke Zero and Diet Coke in the same great offer to keep you refreshed during the matches. The promotion is available from now until the 17th June, so stock up while you can!
Living in London with a Greek husband, we are an international family, so we decided to make our BBQ with a selection of typical dishes from a few countries taking part in the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
We had burgers and sausages for England; a range of pizzas and avocado, mozzarella and tomato salad for Italy; pourkouri, Mediterranean vegetables and oregano chicken, leg of pork souvla and Greek salad for Greece.
Brazil is known for its delicious desserts and cakes made with condensed milk. During our party we served typical Brazilian party sweets, coconut balls (Beijinho de Coco recipe) and chocolate balls known as Brigadeiro, in the shape of the Brazilian flag.
We also enjoyed a traditional Brazilian dessert, Crème Caramel (Pudim de Leite Condensado recipe), typically enjoyed after BBQs and Sunday lunches.
Not only Coca-Cola keeps us hydrated during the party, I also made a very moist Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake (recipe here) – as seen on the first picture on this page. I was told by hubby and our guests that it was one of the best cakes they have ever had.
We also had some delicious Ice Cream Coca-Cola Float, which reminds me of my dad. He loves coke and ice cream, so I would usually find him having them together after his meal, while watching a football match.
We also had some pretty football themed cupcakes with toppers of flags of our favourite countries taking part in the World Cup and some football toppers. The children loved playing with the cupcakes in the football pitch place mats.
To keep little ones entertained we had a handprint activity, in which they had to pick their favourite country and make a canvas in the colours of the flag. The party game was a success with the children, they loved getting messy and making a keepsake to remind them of this World Cup hosted in Brazil.
We absolutely loved hosting our pre-World Cup party, our guests mentioned they had an amazing time and loved the whole football inspired theme.
We cannot wait to host more parties during the World Cup. As we are an international family, we should celebrate whenever my country Brazil plays, hubby’s country Greece plays, and also the beautiful country we live in, England. May the best country win!
How are you celebrating the big matches during Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup? Check out #BigMatchPlanner website for inspiration!
I’ve made a Pinterest board with lots of pictures from our World Cup party, check out: