We’re very excited for the World Cup here at Multicultural Kid Blogs and a great way to celebrate futbol, Brazil and the world is with a party.
Here are some ideas to get you started in hosting your own World Cup Party
Send an invitation:
- Evite has some colorful and fun options here, with my personal favorite featuring an outline of Brazil.
- If you want to include your kids and some creativity, how about printing this soccer ball template on cardstock, filling out party details in a few white spaces and coloring in the rest – it doesn’t need to be black and white.
- You can also print soccer themed invitations offered free at In Good Company
Decorate your space to set the mood for soccer/football and for a celebration of world cultures.
Set the scene:
- Put out green tablecloths, and black and white napkins
- Make soccer ball hanging lanterns with a tutorial from Young America using some paper, glue and white lanterns (seen above, far left)
- Hang bunting! Mr Printables has a fantastic set of printable world flags bunting (above, 3rd from left) and The Imagination Box has printable soccer ball bunting, in color or black and white.
- Sparkle Box has some great, colorful 3 page banners that can be printed and put up for decor: one for the world cup and one for Brazil. Find the rest of their World Cup printables here.
- For your tabletop, In Good Company offers printable soccer ball tags and table top flags (above, 2nd from left).
- For more tabletop decor, Oh So Printable put together a set of printables specifically for the World Cup that includes mini jerseys, drink wraps, and mini party flags for all 32 countries (above, far right).
When it comes to kids party food, it’s best to keep it simple with finger food like veggies and dip, fruit skewers, and tortillas with salsa. But don’t forget to include Brazilian food to get a taste of the country and culture hosting the World Cup this year.
Serve some food:
- The piri-piri lexicon with MKB has the perfect round up of kid friendly Brazilian party food with recipes: brigadeiros, which are like truffles (seen above, left); pao de queijo, scrumptious cheese breads; and refreshing pineapple and mint juice.
- If you want to add something a little more filling, empanadas are great party food and fillings can be adjusted with kids in mind.
- To serve with those tortillas, Spoonful came up with soccer field dip (above, middle)
- Continue with the flag/world theme by making flag freezer pops (above, right) with recipe by Gimme Some Oven.
Party time can be kept simple by watching the World Cup, but if your kids are anything like mine they will want to a few more options.
Play some games:
- Play a game of soccer! Or practice some ball drills.
- If staying inside, play a game of table top soccer, made with pizza boxes and colored paper.
- Check out MKB’s World Cup 2014 Activity Pack for kids for ages pre-K through to 4th grade which is full of fun, soccer themed activities. The best part is soccer ball shaped mini-books for each of the teams playing in this year’s soccer championship. These would be great as favors to take home as well.
- If you’re up for some soccer fever and noise, have the kids make and play with their own vuvuzela horns with just a few simple materials.
Hope you enjoy World Cup mania with a great party for your kids!
Be sure to follow along with our World Cup for Kids Project as each country represented in the World Cup will be explored with kid friendly activities. You can also follow along on our World Cup Pinterest board.
Marie-Claude is the parent of two rapidly growing girls. Over the years, they have immersed themselves virtually in various cultures. This year they have been exploring the cultures of West Africa, which is being chronicled on her blog at mariespastiche.blogspot.com.
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