The Cricket World Cup 2019 has started off on a high note, and that only means one thing: more cricket match screening at home. Sure, watching a match at a pub can be a thrilling experience but the pendulum swings both sides. Sometimes, bad service, poor food quality, and the long queues to get a table can leave you out (literally in this case) for a duck.
So why not throw a house party instead? Simply screen all your favourite matches and watch cricket with your friends the way God intended it? Here, we list down all the essentials you’ll need to host a killer cricket house party. Let the innings begin!
1. The Coin Toss says it’s “All Blue”
Nothing beats a themed house party. And you know you need to keep an all-blue theme – no points for guessing there. You could ask people to wear blue Indian jerseys/t-shirts. Additionally, you could decorate the place with “bleed blue” posters and banners, vintage cricketer posters (if you have any), blue and silver balloons, blue ribbons etc. The idea is to create an environment that instantly makes the on-looker feel like they’re transported to a cricket stadium – right in the comfort of your home.
2. Score with Great Seating Options!
Having comfortable seating in a home is what an umpire is to a match – absolutely essential. If the matches last for hours, you can’t really expect the guests to stand. At the same time, extra care must be taken to ensure that the place doesn’t look too crowded. If you’re looking for a low-seating solution that can accommodate many, rent the “Bounce,” an award-winning, floor-seating solution that is custom-made for house parties such as this. The best part is you can alter the seating based on your requirements. It can be placed all together, as individual seating units, or as a sofa. Plus, it comes with 4-floor pads that are held together by Velcro, 2 pouffes, and a utility box with a folding laptop table. Available at pocket-friendly prices, it really doesn’t get any better than this.
3. Hit Sixes Out of the Park with Delish Food & Chilled Beverages
If you wish to be a crowd-pleaser, stocking up on munchies and beverages is a must. The menu need not to be too complex. A variety of finger food will do brilliantly. Plus, in order to beat the heat, you could load up your fridge with your favourite beverages – from beer and mocktails to soft drinks and simple lemonade, there are plenty of options to choose from. You could also “tag” the dishes based on your favourite cricketer, team, etc. Get the creative juices flowing and host a night everyone will always remember!
4. Prepare for the After-Match Clean Up
Who wants to clean up after a match? Surely not us. So make sure to use disposable cutlery and place garbage bags at every corner so that the mess is always in control. Small initiatives like this make throwing a house-party a breeze!
5. Pull “The Don” with Comfy Throw Pillows, Cushions, & Rugs.
An important tip: You’ll notice that either people tend to move around in a match or the superstitious ones might stick to one place if the team is playing well. So make sure to place rugs and floor mats on which people can sit comfortably. Also, throw in some throw pillows and uber-comfy cushions for those nail-biting moments! You can thank us later.
6. Be a Good Sport & Create a “Cheer Corner”
You could also have a section with blue, orange, white, and green watercolours and paint brushes and glitter. People could paint their hands/arms/faces in the form of an Indian flag and get the adrenaline flowing. You could also create an “Insta Corner” for people to click pictures and post on social media Make sure to create a dedicated hashtag and ask everyone to use the same. Who knows, you may just go viral!
What are your ideas for bringing the Cricket World Cup home this year? Share your exciting ideas below and let’s get the ball rolling (pun not intended).