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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Rocking all over Europe

Written by Melonie Clarke
With so much to celebrate this year, it's hard to know where to start when it comes to planning a party. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee (don't panic! We have it covered in our jubilee edition on 25 May), the Olympics and of course, the Eurovision song contest!

But never fear, The Lady is here with a guide to all the essentials for the ultimate Eurovision bash.


No get-together is complete without a great playlist. If your playlist isn't up to scratch it could be a huge nil points for your party. We have a list of the top 10 tracks that should be included in any Eurovision playlist:

1. ABBA: Waterloo

2. Lordi: Hard Rock Hallelujah

3. Bucks Fizz: Making you mind up

4. Dana international: Diva

5. Scooch: Flying the flag (for you)

6. Cliff Richard: Congratulations

7. Sonia: Better the devil you know

8. Charmed: My heart goes boom

9. Prime Minister: Northern Girl

10. Fly: Hello from mars


Cheese and pineapple, mini pizzas and cocktail sausages have been the staple of many a British party buffets. But why not take you party food Euro?

Norway: one of Norway's biggest food exports is tørrfisk, or dried cod. Try whipping up a Norwegian fish pie. A good recipe can be found on

Sweden: Swedish cuisine varies as you move from north to south, meaning you could find anything from reindeer to meatballs on the menu. But another Swedish tradition is their pastries, known as fika. This includes yeast buns, cookies and cakes

Russia: The largest country in the world, Russia's cuisine is extremely divers. Pirozhki are a small short crust pastry pie filled with sautéed mushrooms and onions and are popular all over the nation.

France: The home of great cheese and wines, why not make France's contribution to your Eurovision feast a liquid one? Stock up on some great French wines or even Champagne!

Croatia: Croatian cuisine changes as you move from the coast inland. A dish that is popular throughout is Cevapcici, which is a type of meatball made with spicy beef or pork

Cyprus: for the Cypriote input to your party, try serving a selection of haloumi cheese, olives and flat bread

Greece: Greek cuisine uses lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil and breads. But as clichéd as it may be, it has to be a Greek salad!

Spain: Spain is steeped in maritime history so inevitably its cuisine features lots of lovely seafood. Paella is the perfect dish and would definitely score dix points with your guests.

Israel: incorporating foods eaten all over the Mediterranean, falafel, hummus and couscous would be a great Israeli addition to your party.

Germany: German cuisine isn't just about sausages and beer; they are also famed for producing some amazing cakes and deserts. And a black forest gateau would go down well at any Eurovision party.

Decorations and party props

A party just wouldn't be a party without lots of decorations and fun goody bags and there are lots of party props to help you Eurovision party be top of the scoreboard.

There are a wide variety of flags and bunting featuring flags of the participants available online from various stores such as You can even find complete party packs with every decoration you would ever need, one of which can be found on the following site

Everyone is a critic and you can be too as scorecards are available to print from the BBC's website, along with lots of other goodies such as posters of the acts.

The ultimate party prop is, of course, a toy microphone. If you hit your red button whilst watching the contest, the words of the songs will pop up on screen. You will be able to sing along to the best and the worst songs of the night!

Fancy dress

Fancy dress is always fun and there is a whole host of outfits that would be perfect for Eurovision, including the hosts! You could don a suit and go dressed at Terry Wogan or Graham Norton. Or you could dress up as a contestant. From ABBA to Humperdinck, there is no shortage of fancy dress ideas available! And you could make the fancy dress theme as competitive as the competition itself and give a prize to the best dressed.

If you don't fancy coming as a contestant the other option is to dig out the face paint and paint the flag of whichever country you are representing on your face.

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