Need an excuse for a good knees up? We’ve put together some Six Nations party ideas if you want to combine the wonders of rugby, food and of course, beer. Let’s face it, the year so far hasn’t exactly been brimming with goodness, so when we were all reminded that the Six Nations was on its way, this brought a smile to the face of even those who aren’t really into sport. So instead of just plonking yourself in front of the TV, think about planning a Six Nations party around the next Saturday fixture and put those other worldly woes on the back burner for a bit.
You can order decorations for pretty much any party theme these days, so it shouldn’t some as too much of a surprise to discover that rugby party accessories are now readily available. Suppliers like Amazon now have not just a dedicated rugby section, but a dedicated Six Nations section no less, complete with rugby accessories (think pretend trophies and ball-shaped wall hangings), flag bunting, rugby-themed balloons and of course, actual national flags to drape over tables and shoulders depending on who you’re supporting. And if you’ve got a range of nationalities attending, make sure they’re all catered for.
Talking of catering to different nationalities, this is the perfect opportunity to get creative with your choice of party food. There’s an endless range of national dishes to choose from here and we suppose your selection is all going to come down to cooking expertise, personal taste and who you have coming to visit. Obviously, there’s plenty of choice in the French food canon to pick from, but are dainty canapes really the direction you want to be going in for a Six Nations party?
We love the idea of tucking into a bowl of Welsh Cawl on a cold February afternoon and this traditional soup that uses beef with seasonal winter vegetables is easy to prepare in advance. If you fancy having a go at whipping up your own batch of Welsh Cawl, check out this BBC Food recipe, put together by the Hairy Bikers. Other ideas might be a large bowl of creamy pasta that guests can help themselves too. Thank goodness for Italy being that sixth nation.
Whatever dish you prepare for your six nations party, you can stock up on everything you need to cook up some delicious nosh using our Waitrose voucher codes to help you save on ingredients and snacks.
Well, the most obvious choice here is beer, but what kind? Don’t go for the usual bog standard cans of Stella but perhaps consider a broad selection of British craft ales and French speciality beers. If you're looking to pick up something a little extra special, you can save on an impressive range of craft beers from your favourite brands and breweries with the help of our Beer Hawk promo codes. Not only do Beer Hawk have a huge selection of craft beers from UK independent breweries, they also have a wide variety of lagers and ales from all over the world too - perfect for sticking with that six nations theme. For those who prefer spirits over beer, take a look at our Master of Malt discount codes which will save you a bundle on a great range of whiskies, gins, rums and loads more. Not only will you find your favourite brands including Glenfiddich, Tanqueray and Absolut, but you'll find rarer brands and special blends from all over the world too. And for those who prefer vino, may we suggest this is a great opportunity for guests to compare the merits of English sparkling wine versus French Champagne (if you’re feeling extra flush that is)? Continuing the theme of British drinks, you could also take a look at some of our suggestions for British-themed cocktails.
Of course if you really want to go the extra mile with your six nations party, you'll be needing to look the part too. Thankfully, you can shop for rugby jerseys, t-shirts and accessories for the whole family using our England Rugby Store promo codes, so you can get everyone kitted out in style! Alternatively, you can find some great savings on rugby shirts and accessories with our Sports Direct discount codes, perfect for those wanting to find a bargain!
In amongst all these preparations, just make sure you don’t forget about the actual rugby, yeah? Check your widescreen is in full working order beforehand or you might have a few hacked-off rugby fans to placate and you don’t want to get in the middle of an angry, impromptu scrum. If you want to invest in a shiny new telly, our AO.com discount vouchers are a great way to save money on some top tech to help you watch the match in style - from 4K Ultra HD TVs to those all important accessories and cables, they've got it all. Why not invest into something a little extra special to really enhance your match experience too? You could go for a projector to help catch all the action on the big screen, or perhaps enjoy the experience in surround sound with a hi-spec soundbar or speaker system? Either way, you can get these extras at some great prices using the likes of our Currys voucher codes!
So whether you’re a rugby devotee or just a fair-weather fan who just likes a get-together, a Six Nations party with great savings from My Favourite Voucher Codes could go some way to brightening up your February and that’s always a welcome prospect.
By Anna Scott, 6th February 2017