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How to Host an Epic Euro 2024 Viewing Party with Fireworks

How to Host an Epic Euro 2024 Viewing Party with Fireworks

Euro 2024 is just around the corner, and what better way to enjoy the matches than by hosting a viewing party?

In this article we help you plan an epic Euro 2024 viewing party and also explain how you can add fireworks to the mix to make your gathering even more exciting. Whether you're celebrating a goal or a win, fireworks can add that extra spark to your party.

Let’s look at how you can plan a great Euro 2024 viewing party with fireworks.

Planning Your Viewing Party

Choosing the Perfect Location

First things first, decide where you’ll host your party. If you’ve got a spacious garden, an outdoor setup is ideal. It gives you plenty of room for fireworks and outdoor activities. If you’re indoors, make sure there’s easy access to an outdoor space for setting off fireworks safely when the time is right.

Setting Up the Viewing Area

Make sure your viewing area is comfortable and has a good view of the screen. If you’re using a TV, position it where everyone can see it clearly. For larger gatherings or parties outside, consider a projector and screen.

Arrange seating so everyone has a good view, and think about adding some football and team themed decorations to set the mood.

Invitations and Guest List

Send out your invitations early. You can keep it simple with a group message or go a bit more traditional with printed invites. Whichever way you go, make sure to get a headcount so you know how many people to prepare for.

Creating the Perfect Atmosphere

To make your Euro 2024 viewing party memorable, creating the right atmosphere is key. Here are some tips to help you set the stage:

Decorating Ideas

Start with some football-themed decorations. Banners, flags, and team colours can instantly set the mood. You can also add some balloons and streamers in the colours of your favourite team.

If you have garden space, consider setting up a few outdoor lights to keep the party going after dark.

Music and Sound System Setup

Music can add a lot to your party’s atmosphere. Create a playlist of football anthems and popular songs to play before the match, during halftime and after the final whistle. Make sure your sound system is up to the task, whether it’s a portable speaker for a small gathering or a more robust setup for a larger crowd.

Lighting and Ambience

Good lighting is essential, especially if your party extends into the evening. Use fairy lights or lanterns to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. If you’re outside, torches or fire pits can also add to the ambience and keep your guests comfortable. Just ensure any open flames are safely away from the fireworks setup.

Food and Drinks

No party is complete without great food and drinks. Here’s how to keep your guests satisfied:

Football-Themed Snacks

Keep the snacks simple and easy to eat. Think along the lines of finger foods and nibbles that guests can enjoy while watching the match. Sausage rolls, crisps, and sandwiches are always a hit. You can also add some football-themed treats, like cupcakes decorated with football motifs or a cake in the shape of a football pitch or ball.

Setting Up a BBQ or Food Station

If you have the space, setting up a BBQ can be a great way to feed your guests. Burgers, hot dogs, and kebabs are all easy to prepare and serve. Alternatively, you can set up a food station indoors with a variety of snacks and dips. Make sure to have plenty of napkins and plates available.

Drink Ideas

Keep your guests refreshed with a variety of drinks. Stock up on beers and soft drinks. For something special, consider making a few themed cocktails or mocktails. For instance, you could have a “Goalkeeper’s Punch” or a “Striker’s Spritz” to add a bit of fun to your drink menu.

Game Day Activities

Keeping your guests entertained beyond just watching the match can make your Euro 2024 viewing party even more enjoyable.

A football trivia quiz can be a great way to test your guests’ knowledge and spark some friendly competition. You could also set up a prediction contest where guests guess the score or the first player to score a goal, with small prizes for the winners.

If you have outdoor space, setting up a mini football area can be a hit. A small, portable goal and a football can provide hours of entertainment for kids and adults alike. It’s a great way to burn off some energy before the match starts and during halftime.

Adding Fireworks To Your Euro 2024 Party

Choosing the right fireworks is crucial to adding that extra sparkle to your Euro 2024 viewing party.

Opt for fireworks that are safe and suitable for residential areas. Fountains, sparklers, rockets and small barrages are great choices. They provide plenty of visual excitement without being too overwhelming and needing lots of space.

Here at Epic Fireworks we've curated a selection of the best garden fireworks to help you find the right ones for your party.

Daytime fireworks can be a bit tricky, but smoke bombs with coloured smoke effects can add a lot of fun. These are especially good for pre-match celebrations and can be used safely during the day.

Timing Your Euro 2024 Fireworks

Timing your fireworks display is key to maximising the excitement at your Euro 2024 viewing party.

Best Times to Set Off Fireworks

Set off a few smaller fireworks before the match to build anticipation. Halftime is another great opportunity for a quick, energising display. Then save the biggest and best fireworks for after the match, especially if your team wins. This will give you a perfect climax to your party.

When selecting your fireworks, consider the timing and sequence. A few smaller displays during the pre-match and halftime, followed by a bigger finale after the match, can create a memorable experience for your guests.

Coordinating Fireworks with Match Highlights

If you have a bit of experience with fireworks, try coordinating some smaller fireworks with major match highlights. For example, set off a couple of rockets when your team scores a goal. If done right, it adds an extra layer of excitement.

Post-Match Celebrations

Once the match is over, keep the celebration going.

Plan a grand finale that lasts a few minutes. Use a mix of different types of fireworks for variety – think aerial bursts, fountains, and some loud bangs to end on a high note. A celebratory display can cap off the night perfectly.

Safety First

Safety should always be a priority when handling fireworks. Here are some key tips:

Essential Safety Tips for Using Fireworks

  • Always read and follow the instructions on each firework.
  • Never attempt to relight a dud firework.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case of emergencies.
  • Only light fireworks one at a time and then move back quickly.

Legal Considerations and Local Regulations

Make sure you’re aware of and comply with local regulations regarding fireworks. Some areas have specific rules about when and where you can set off fireworks, so check your local guidelines beforehand.

Fireworks Safety Equipment and Setup

  • Use a sturdy, flat surface for launching fireworks.
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance.
  • Wear protective eyewear when handling and lighting fireworks.
  • Make sure your fireworks are stored in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use them.
  • Have a bucket of water nearby to soak used fireworks before throwing them away.
  • Make sure to clean up all debris to keep your garden or outdoor area safe and tidy.

By following these safety tips, you can ensure that everyone has a fun and safe time at your viewing party.

Get Your Euro 2024 Party Planning In Motion

Hosting a Euro 2024 viewing party with fireworks can make the event truly unforgettable. 

For the best fireworks to add to your party, look no further than Epic Fireworks, the UK’s leading firework retailer. We offer the biggest range of fireworks you can buy, all at unbeatable prices. Explore our selection of fountains, sparklers, rockets, barrages, mines, and so much more.

If you’re not sure what to choose, our ready-made DIY display packs come with a comprehensive firing guide, taking the guesswork out of what to buy and how to fire them.

So all that's left is to get those fireworks bought and start planning an Epic Euro 2024 viewing party.

A photo of one of the Epic Fireworks New Year's DIY Display packs, showing the wide range of barrages, mines, fountains and rockets included as well as the safety equipment.

 

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