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Football’s Coming Home – World Cup Garden Parties with DWH

As the FIFA World Cup is well underway, David Wilson Homes Southern has compiled some unique ideas on how to throw the best garden party in a new Hampshire property.

The world’s most eagerly awaited and widely viewed sporting event is back on our screens, providing homebuyers with the perfect opportunity to host a party in the summer sun with their friends, family and new neighbours.

Rob Allen, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes Southern, said: “For new homebuyers, a fantastic way to take advantage of the warmer weather is a get together in their garden.

“The World Cup is a great spectacle for everyone to get involved in and the nation’s excitement can be shared amongst family and friends, as well as providing the occasion to get to know new neighbours whilst following England’s journey.”

David Wilson Homes’ top suggestions for hosting a World Cup garden party are:

Introduce a fun theme for your guests

One way to really revel in the World Cup fever is by ensuring the garden party has a theme. This would depend on the matches televised, as the dress code for the event and the decorations would create a fun atmosphere for everyone involved.

With flag banners in your garden, make the neighbours question why they’d ever go to the pub to watch the big game when they have the perfect host or hostess living next door. Whether it’s wearing a sombrero for Mexico or having a dance to some lovely flamenco music on the eve of Spain’s matches, a themed party is the way forward.

Create a comfort zone for the big game

The main event is, of course, the football matches being played on the day of the party. To watch the games in style without missing out on the nice weather, homeowners can design an area to sit back and enjoy the match in their garden.

Either bring the TV outside with an extension lead or set up a projector in a darker corner of the garden to provide guests with an unmissable experience during the Three Lions’ campaign. To maximise comfort, opt for bean bags and padded chairs for guests.

Keep the grill filled with a garden barbecue

With up to four televised matches a day, the games go beyond dinner time and a garden party would be incomplete without a delicious spread of food. A barbecue would be a brilliant way to cater for your guests and simultaneously enjoy the sunshine.

The barbecue could fit in with the theme, serving food of the nations involved in the competition. Homeowners have the chance to get creative with a ‘Flags of the World Cup’ menu accompanying the barbecue, such as using some Bleu d’Auvergne cheese, bread and butter and red grapes to make the French flag.   

Welcome some friendly competition

To make the World Cup even more engrossing, every group of friends and neighbours must have a sweepstake. Holding a sweepstake allows everyone to support a team aside from their home country and this will be a reason for neighbours to celebrate at the garden party.

Creating a fair draw, why not offer prizes to the best team, the worst team and quirky ideas like the first own goal or the most ill-disciplined team in terms of red and yellow cards. This will give everyone something to follow during the matches, in addition to making those who picked out Egypt and Panama feel slightly better.

Set the scene with some football related games

For that half-time entertainment, provide guests with some football related games to play, for instance table football or Subbuteo would present the ideal activity to enjoy in the garden whilst waiting for kick-off.

A short quiz would also be a welcome addition to the party, testing the football knowledge of your guests with a range of questions, picture rounds and audio clips for entertaining recreation.

Rob added: “To make for a delightful venue to host a World Cup garden party, our sought-after new homes are designed with open layouts to comfortably accommodate guests, allowing homebuyers to become the number one host or hostess.”

David Wilson Homes is currently building properties across the county at the following developments: Gillies Meadow and Spiers Meadow in Basingstoke and Locksbridge Park in Andover.

For further information about any nearby developments, please call the David Wilson Homes sales team on 0844 811 4333 or visit www.dwh.co.uk.