Backyard FĂștbol Bash

This time of year is exciting for two reasons: great fútbol and great weather. Hosting a party in your backyard for the next match is a great way to take advantage of both. Here are some quick ways to create memorable gatherings this summer:

Entertainment: Bring the big match to the big screen by hanging a projector in your yard. Set up alternating rows of chairs and blankets so guests of all ages can spread out on the ground.

Lighting: Tiki torches are another great way to keep your home stadium lit and the bugs away. It is also a good idea to wrap a few strands of lights around the seating area for after the sun sets.

Half-time Games: Save a separate area exclusively for the halftime games. Fun activities such as a sack race or an egg toss are a great way to get everyone involved and laughing while waiting for game time to resume.

Food: Nothing says “stadium” like the smell of burgers cooking, so go ahead and light the grill. Sliders are a good option because they are easy to make. Have platters of small buns and toppings like cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and pickles laid out for guests to assemble. Waffle fries are the ideal. Arrange coolers around the yard to create easy access to beverages.

Dessert: For dessert, an ice cream station with pelota-shaped bowls is sure to appeal to everyone. Make sure dessert is served all at once to avoid any ice cream melting. Happy spectating!

by Erin Keene