Savings goal! How to throw a World Cup party on a budget
By Brittany Anas
Got room on your calendar for an extra summer party? We thought so. The World Cup is June 12 – July 13 — but even if you’re not a fan of futbol (that’s the cosmopolitan way to say soccer, of course), there’s still plenty to celebrate and room to salute the host country, Brazil, with a Brazilian-themed party. Of course, if you’re a soccer fan, get ready to cheer on Clint Dempsey and the USA with a fun, soccer-themed soiree.
A little primer for your party-planning schedule: The USA squares off against Ghana on June 16, Portugal on June 22 and Germany on June 26. Thirty-two teams are competing for the World Cup Title over the month-long competition.
Here’s a hat trick for throwing the perfect 2014 World Cup party.
The drink: The national drink of Brazil is a caipirinha, which is a cocktail made with cachacha (a sweet sugarcane rum), lime and sugar. You can make individual drinks easily with a couple ounces of cachacha, a tablespoon of sugar and fresh-squeezed lime. For a fruity variation, muddle in some blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or mint. If it’s too sweet, add a splash of soda water. Throwing a big party? Make some pitchers of the cachacha mixed with soda or tonic water so that you don’t have to play bartender all night.
The game: The soundtrack of your party will surely be the excited screams of GOOOOOAL screeching from the television. But for a side attraction, hook up an X-Box so party-goers can play the FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil game. Leave some soccer balls in the back yard for an impromptu game. Find an $8 soccer ball here from WalMart. Money saving tip: Earn Cash Back on your purchases at WalMart when you shop with ShopAtHome.com.
For small kiddos, we scouted out this Nike “U.S. Skills” Small Soccer Ball for $15 at Nordstrom with an apropos Brazilian logo. Earn 14 percent Cash Back on your purchases from Nordstrom when you shop with ShopAtHome.com.
Here are some other World Cup collections on our radar:
- The World Cup shop at Macy’s features some stylish Tommy Hilfiger crewneck T-shirts that feature the colors of each team’s flags. (Earn 8 percent Cash Back at Macy’s when you shop with ShopAtHome.com).
- A fan shop at Kohl’s features sporty T-shirts made by sports apparel brands like Umbro, Adidas and Nike. Our favorite? The one with all of the extra vowels: The Adidas USA Goal Team T-shirt on sale for $17.99. (Earn xx percent Cash Back at Kohl’s courtesy of ShopAtHome.com).
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