How to Host a Football Viewing Party
June 07, 2024

Are you ready to bring the electrifying atmosphere of the European Football Championship to your garden? Get ready to chant “It’s coming home!” as England tries their chances at winning. But before the first game starts, it’s time to transform your garden into the ultimate football viewing party for your friends and family. So, read on as our experts list their top tips to transform your garden into the perfect football-viewing destination with BBQs, garden furniture and outdoor firepits for those evening games.

Prep Your Garden for a Summer of Football Watching Parties

First things first, let’s talk about setting up your garden. To wow your guests and to make sure your garden is the talk of the town on match day, you’ll want to mow your lawn to perfection - think of it as your very own football pitch where the only goals scored are those of fun and camaraderie.

If you’re in the market for a new lawn mower, you’re just in luck. We have a wide range of garden lawnmowers to keep your grass pristine before your football viewing party. Better yet, discover our Lawnmower Buying Guide to help you find your perfect cutting tool to keep your garden footie party-ready. 

To cover all grounds, pop up a gazebo to keep your guests cool and dry, because let’s face it, the British weather can be as unpredictable as a penalty shootout. The Outsunny 3 x 3 Meters Pop-Up Gazebo is perfect for the job: The 2-in-1 design of removable walls will shield your guests from the rain when the inevitable downpour happens.

Big Screen, Big Dreams: The Best Projectors for Your Viewing Party

No viewing party is complete without a big screen to catch every pass, goal, and nail-biting moment when watching England play. The Philips Neopix 120 HD Ready 720P Projector is an ideal piece of kit for transforming your garden into an immaculate football viewing party – simply pair it with the Homcom 120 Inch Portable Projector Screen kit to watch the game of the season on the big screen. 

If the sun appears and makes it difficult to see the game, then a cantilever parasol will be your saving grace. The crank handle allows for easy up and down use, and the parasol can be moved around the garden to create shaded areas to relax in after the football.

Fueling Up Ahead of The Game

Watching the football in your garden pairs perfectly with a barbecue and if yours is looking worse for wear, why not upgrade your BBQ ahead of your party? The Livingandhome Charcoal BBQ Grill is the ideal match with the additional shelving and easy manoeuvring features to make outdoor cooking a breeze. Or the Tower 2-in-1 Firepit and Barbecue can easily convert from a fire pit to an outside cooking area with its dual-use feature – great for cooking up a storm once the game has finished.

Don’t forget that every good barbecue deserves the right tools. This Fancy Flames BBQ Tool Kit features everything you need to grill, flip, baste and clean. Presented in a handy carry case, your guests will know you mean business when they see you take this out. Discover our Complete Guide to BBQ Cooking Times to perfect the grilling times of your burgers and most beloved BBQ foods for your guests. 

To avoid unwanted accidents, invest in picnicware – it will withstand the enthusiastic displays of celebration the football might encourage. 

Half-time Refreshments

Cheering on your favourite team (or boo-ing your least favourite!) can be thirsty work. But of course, dragging your fridge onto the lawn isn’t an option.  So fear not, as we have just the trick to keep your drinks cool throughout the match – a portable mini cooler! The Russell Hobbs 14-litre Portable Cooler is the perfect solution. It just needs an extension cable to keep it powered and it’s big enough to store 14 x 330ml cans or two 1.5L bottles.

Make The Most Of Evening Matches

Ensure your garden space is ready for late-night kick-offs with an outdoor fire pit.  This stylish and generously sized La Hacienda Pittsburgh Industrial Heavy Duty Steel Fire Pit is ideal for creating a warm, cosy environment to watch your favourite team play. If you’re seeking the best firepits for this season, read our latest guide, for which our experts have hand-picked their favourite open-top firepits and more.

Solar lights are a great way of adding additional ambience come sundown. These Festoon Party Lights offer multi-coloured accents, or you might want to try these Smart Solar Superbright Decobulb String Lights for a perfect subtle lighting scheme to complement any existing garden decor.

Show The Professionals How It’s Done

If you’ve been known to offer players a little bit of…let’s call it ‘constructive criticism’, then why not use halftime to show off your own footballing skills? These flexible cones are perfect for practising your dribbling skills, whilst the Target Practice Frame will sort the professionals from the amateurs. Better yet, the kids can join the fun to show the adults how it’s done. 

There you have it, your ultimate guide to creating a memorable football viewing party in your garden. The key ingredients are fun, food, and a love for the game - now, let’s get the ball rolling and make this summer one for the record books! Discover our garden range of outdoor  furniture, BBQs and more to transform your green space with Robert Dyas.