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 Party Packs 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. Other ideas might be a large bowl of creamy pasta that guests can help themselves too. Thank goodness for Italy being that sixth nation.
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. 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.
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.
So whether you’re a rugby devotee or just a fair-weather fan who just likes a get-together, a Six Nations party could go some way to brightening up your February and that’s always a welcome prospect.
By Anna Scott, 6th February 2017