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How to host the perfect Eurovision party: Friends, food, bingo!

Bruno Cooke May 13, 2022
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 marks the 66th edition of Europe’s cheesiest shindig. 

Eurovision may not be for everybody, and 2022 may not have started out in a way that made you think, “hey, you know what? Let’s have a Eurovision Song Contest party, with all our friends”.

But the contest is upon us, and there are those for whom it’s an excuse to celebrate. Celebrate what? Who knows. If you’ll be joining in this year and need a few pointers, look no further. Here are some ways in which you can make your Eurovision Song Contest party the best it can be.

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How to host a Eurovision Song Contest party in 2022 – step one

Invite people you think aren’t into Eurovision. 

Not everyone talks about it; not everyone is up front about it.

Heck, there are plenty of people out there who don’t even know they’re into it.

The secret to coaxing them out of the woodwork is to let them know they can enjoy it ironically. You’ll be hosting, all they have to do is show up. And eat, and maybe drink.

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Let them believe they’re humouring you, doing you the favour of accompanying you on your strange Eurovision journey. Soon enough, their blasé attitude will melt into a kind of serenity only European cheese-pop can achieve.

Step two: Cook the food of the host country

You have a year to prepare for this. 

Cook the food of the host country. They’re putting on the show, so the least you can do is pay culinary tribute.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is taking place in Turin, Italy. This could not be a better year to start hosting Eurovision parties!

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What you choose to cook depends on your level of kitchen confidence, the time and energy available to you, and numbers in attendance. But anyone can roll out a pizza base. Anyone can tear up a ball of mozzarella di bufala and stir it into a pasta dish.

Achieving step two will also help you with step one. Inviting people by saying, “We’re having Italian!” is more likely to yield a positive response than, “We’re going to watch television for approximately four hours!”

Final step: Activities!

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One thing the world is not short of, however, is Eurovision Song Contest bingo cards.

Find them at Bingo BakerMission Eurovision and ScandiKitchen. There are certainly others. 

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Activities keep people engaged, create the illusion of genuine interaction (you can also vote in real life, but sometimes that’s too much to think about) and generate opportunities for competition within your group of friends.

Another option, which involves setting up an Excel spreadsheet – trust me, it’s easier this way – is to invite your guests to score each entrant. Then, using only basic formulas, you can calculate average and total scores, see who are the most and least generous among you, and determine whom you collectively think should win. What fun!

Well, what are you waiting for?

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.