Entertaining for the Rugby World Cup
The Rugby World Cup. Let’s be specific. The Men’s Rugby World Cup. The Women’s Rugby World Cup isn’t until 2017 and will deserve another post of its own.
But the Men’s Rugby World Cup is happening right now. This could make you yawn, and switch immediately to Eastenders. Or, you could embrace those manly sweaty thighs, metaphorically, and invite your favourite rugger huggers to a Rugby World Cup Final Feast.
The Rugby World Cup final takes place at 4pm on Saturday 31st October at Twickenham. Conveniently this is also the date of Halloween - a cruel trick for some, a delightful treat for others….. Either way it’s a great opportunity (or excuse) to dress up in bizarre clothes and play random party games. We recommend inviting friends over too. It makes it more acceptable.
Whether you’re watching Ozzies on top or the Kiwis prevailing, here are some ideas to get your Rugby World Cup evening kicked off...
1. National dress
Invite guests to wear clothing inspired by a participating country (knocked out teams are fine) - this can be as simple as a colour all the way to national dress.
2. BYO with a twist
Ask your guests to bring drinks related to their country(conveniently bringing your entertaining costs down too)...
Bloody maries or a British fizz like Chapeldown or Nyetimber for England
Fosters beer for Australia - natch
Kronenbourg beer and Picpoul white wine for France
Peroni beer and Gavi white wine for Italy.
3. Create the setting
Now's a great time to pick up discounted World Cup memorabilia in the pound shop. Miniature rugby balls work briliantly as place settings. Personalise them with your guests' names. And put a whistle on your plate. After all you are the referee for the evening.
3. Party games
Get the afternoon / evening started with some simple rules around automatic toasting of drinks with any penalty, try or conversion.
4. Make ahead
Serve food that can be prepared beforehand to limit plate walloping, so you can watch all the action. These dishes are all great.
5. Get culinary inspiration:
Here are some delicious dishes from participating countries that can all be made ahead.
New Zealand Lamb:
The added bonus: the evening will be much less stressful now the British teams are all out of the competition. All that’s left is to choose your team and enjoy your evening.