There’s nothing quite like the World Cup to bring people together in a shared love for the beautiful game. Even casual fans can’t help but get swept up in the wave of enthusiasm as the world’s best footballers all put their skills on show (read: put themselves in the shop window for a big money transfer).
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But the World Cup is also a great time to invite your friends and family round under the pretence of ‘catching the big game’. Even if you’re not a football fan it’s just a good excuse for a party in the height of summer.
But you don’t want your World Cup party to be as flat and lifeless as Steve McClaren’s England squad, you’ll want to make sure it’s decked out with the must-have essentials to make it a riotous success.
John Lewis Deal: Save up to £500 on these Samsung TVs perfect for the World Cup
Here’s everything you’ll need to throw the ultimate World Cup party while saving money with some bargain deals.
A ginormous Samsung 4K TV for the big games
Your friends and family are round to watch the World Cup. No one’s going to be either happy nor impressed if you have them huddled around a tiny screen with the match in standard definition. Grab one of these gigantic 55-inch Samsung 4K TVs and impress the crowd that will go perfectly with the Ultra HD broadcasts for this World Cup. Better yet, you can make a substantial saving on this model.
Bring the sound of the stadium into your living room
Pair the above Samsung TV with this matching soundbar and you’ve got a better upfront partnership than Firminho and Neymar. It’s a great choice if you really want to bring the atmosphere of the World Cup into your living room, packing in 200 watts of power and a wireless subwoofer. So when the World Cup is all done and dusted, your films and music are going to sound exceptional. It supports Bluetooth, too.
Properly wow your guests with a projector
If you really want to wow your guests, break out a big-screen projector to put the footie on. Bring the pub experience into your home with this Optoma model that does 1080p resolution and has two HDMI inputs for connecting other devices like a games console. The low latency makes it great for games, too – perfect for half time FIFA sessions.
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A barbecue to feed your guests
Aside from the football itself, the World Cup is all the excuse you need to fire up a barbecue. This kettle barbecue from John Lewis is ideal for keeping your guests fed and happy, and the clean up afterwards will be a breeze thanks to a scratch-free porcelain enamel body.
Keep your drinks chilled (and to hand)
If not leaving the sofa so you don’t miss a moment of the game is your aim, you’ll want a mini-fridge like this one. It’s got a big enough capacity to keep several cans chilled to the perfect temperature. Don’t forget, it’s not just for drinks. Pop your snacks in to keep them chilled, too. You can even lock it so no one helps them self.
Have your very own draught beer tap at home
If you want to take the pub experience into your own home, you’ll want one of these Krups draught beer taps. Doing for beer what it did for coffee, Krups’ home draught beer solution uses TORPS kegs. The Sub cools your beer to the perfect temperature and pressured for ultimate enjoyment. This is one that’ll guarantee to impress your friends.
Make your guests some healthy popcorn
Popcorn doesn’t have to live up to its unhealthy stigma. This Andrew James popcorn maker doesn’t require any oil, simply using hot air to get those kernels popping. You also get six popcorn boxes to keep your guests happy during the match.
PS4 entertainment for half time
If you don’t fancy the half time analysis and you just want to keep the footie action going, throw on a PS4 and FIFA to keep everyone entertained. FIFA 18 is arguably the best football game in years and there’s just been a free World Cup update with all the latest teams and players.
That’s our pick for World Cup must-haves. Is there anything we’re missing? Let us know @TrustedReviews.