Summer football party ideas
Football fever is alive and kicking, so it’s time to embrace the beautiful game and celebrate with friends, family and great food. Win, lose or draw, we’ve got a selection of recipes inspired by the different nations heading to Brazil, so you can feed the fans through half-time, extra time and dare we say, penalties.
We’ve hand-picked popular dishes from 9 nations involved in the biggest event in football, one from each group, not forgetting an extra English favourite. Experiment with these new recipes or use them as inspiration to give your favourite party food an exotic twist.
Look to Germany for a recipe that combines 2 footie favourites - hot dogs and beer. The Germans are experts when it comes to sausages, so why not try Bavarian Bratwursts instead of your everyday hot dogs. For more German recipes try our Zwiebelkuchen and German potato salad.
For a simple starter that's a guaranteed fan favourite, look no further than nachos. Our tortilla melt includes all the essentials such as jalapeno peppers and tomato salsa, and is ready in just 10 minutes. For more Mexican recipes why not try our spiced corn or beef and black bean chilli with tortilla strips.
Fire up the barbecue just before half-time and don’t forget the chimichurri sauce for an Argentinean twist. If you prefer beef to chicken, try our other Argentinean recipes such as steak salad with chimichurri dressing.
The Spanish swap and share tactic with traditional tapas is a great way for your guests to sample a whole variety of food, including patatas bravas. For more Spanish recipes try our homemade sangria or a vegetable tortilla with tapas.
For a taste of Italy, it has to be pizza and pasta. Simplicity at its best, pizza and pasta dishes are some of the most popular in the world for a reason. For more Italian recipes try our spicy bacon, mushroom and tomato pasta and burrata with roast tomatoes and pesto
Think outside the box with a Japanese take on the classic all American burger. Simply swap beef burgers for mini tuna burgers and tomato ketchup for wasabi sauce. Win-win we say. For more Japanese recipes try our prawn tempuras.
For football-friendly French food, try the French café favourite croque monsieur.
Football burger challenge
As burgers tend to be staple football fodder, we’ve asked a selection of food bloggers to create tailor-made burger recipes themed to a selection of countries that are taking part in the games. Impress your guests with these football-themed burgers or try your hand at creating your own unique burger recipe.
Rustic Italian burger by Hannah
A fusion of pancetta, prosciutto, fresh basil, mozzarella and sundried tomatoes, these aromatic flavours of Italy will leave your taste buds dancing in delight.
View the full recipe at Burgers and Bruce
Portuguese burger with aioli by Annie Robb
Pork mixed with piri piri and topped with a generous helping of garlic mayonnaise makes this the perfect burger for Portuguese food lovers.
View the full recipe at Just Annie QPR
The deconstructed moussaka burger by Nick Andrews
What better way to taste a traditional Greek dish than with a moussaka style burger. A mixture of aubergine and cheese sauce makes this a real treat.
View the full recipe at Hamburger Me
Le Fusil de Dembele by Simon Doggett
A twist on the well-known Belgium ‘American’ sandwich, this combination of meats, frites, sweet bière onions, carrots and brésil sauce will not leave a burger lover disappointed.
View the full recipe at Burger Anarchy
Viva España! Burger by Jeff Lyall
This Spanish burger sensation blends chorizo, smoked paprika and manchego for a real kick. Topped off with popular tapas dish patatas bravas on the side.
View the full recipe at Newcastle Eats
Burger de Boeuf avec Brie by Jonathan Swain
A brie crowned burger with a hint of Dijon honey mustard captures the flavoursome and filling taste of France in every mouthful.
View the full recipe at The Edinburgers
Fancy footwork and carnivals - the Brazilians know a thing or two about football and how to party. Here are a few tips on how to get some Latin flavour to your party courtesy of the host nation. When in Brazil…
Brazilian food is influenced by both European and African cuisine and varies greatly thanks to the country’s immigrant and native populations. For something sweet try a Latin American favourite - churros. These deep-fried treats are mostly found heavily coated in sugar and filled with chocolate or condensed milk.
Hit the bar with only 1 cocktail in mind - Caipirinha. Brazil's national cocktail will get your guests in the celebratory mood.
Brazilian music & decoration
Get the party started with upbeat Samba party music and percussion orchestra music from Rio Carnival. Mainstream Brazilian pop music will also get a different type of fancy footwork going. For decorations, choose the traditional yellow, blue and green of the Brazil flag as your colour scheme, you could also include bright reds, purples and oranges associated with Latin American cultures.
Decorate your home with the following props: carnival-style bunting, Brazil flags and cocktail stick flags, coloured paper pom-poms, inflatable palm trees, balloon clusters, Vuvuzela horns, exotic feathers, glittery masks, brightly coloured plants and flowers.