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How to Host the Perfect Last-Minute Eurovision Watch Party

Nikkie Thorpe

The Eurovision Song Contest has been held annually since 1956; it is one of the longest-running television programs in the world and is watched by millions of people every year.

The contest brings together singers and performers from all over Europe to compete in a musical extravaganza that has captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide.

Hosting a Eurovision watch party is an excellent way to bring friends and family together to celebrate one of the most popular television events of the year. You might have left it to the last minute, but never fear: you can throw a great party together at short notice at low cost.

In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide to hosting a Eurovision watch party – with extra tips and tricks from a Eurovision superfan – that will be remembered for years to come!


My name is Dan; I’m a college coordinator and a part-time DJ, and I’ve been a huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest for over 30 years. I have attended three Contests in Malmo (2013), Copenhagen (2014) and Stockholm (2016). The trio of experiences were amazing and it was fantastic to see such a community spirit between countries as we all joined together to enjoy our shared love of Eurovision. I’ve also hosted many Eurovision watch parties over the years.

This year, I’ll be attending my fourth Eurovision in Liverpool, and can’t wait to see what the UK has in store for international viewers and our European friends!

Step 1. Set the date and invite your guests

The first step in hosting a Eurovision watch party is to select the venue.

Do you want an intimate affair with a few close friends in your living room, or are you hoping to throw a bigger bash involving hiring a venue? If you want to hire a venue, you’ll need to get booking ASAP!

Next, set the date for the event. The most logical choice is the night of the Eurovision final, which is on Saturday 13th May 2023, so you can watch live. If that’s really not possible, you might like to plan it for the following day (Sunday) to try to minimise the chance your guests will have the winner spoiled for them!

Next, you should start inviting your guests. You can use social media (perhaps setting up a Facebook group or a group chat) or email, or you might prefer to send out paper invitations to ensure that everyone knows when and where the event will take place.


Ask guests to arrive at least half an hour before the contest kicks off. The Euro-obsessives will get annoyed if the casuals turn up at 7.59 and talk all over the opening credits!

Your invitations should make the dress code for the event (if you decide to have one) very clear. You could request fancy dress (famous characters from assigned nations is a fun one, as is former Eurovision acts!) or ask guests to dress up to the nines to embrace the glamour of the contest.

You may also like to get your guests in the mood by inviting them to a pre-Eurovision event! Many of these events are in and around Liverpool as the host city, but make sure you keep an eye out for local events, too: the UK’s hosting of the contest is a big deal and you may be surprised how many Eurovision fans want to celebrate it!

  • If you happen to be in the Liverpool area, they’re hosting a multitude of events in the month leading up to the contest to celebrate it visiting their city: from art exhibitions to rave parties, there’s truly something planned to suit every taste!
  • You’ll need to hurry if you want to attend the London Eurovision party on the 16th April. Tickets are sold out, but you can join a waiting list and snag cancelled tickets or be notified of a new ticket drop.
  • If you’re in London the weekend before the contest (Saturday 7th May), you could attend the amazing drag brunch The Best of Eurovision, hosted by the inimitable Wilma Ballsdrop. Warning: this is DEFINITELY an 18+ event!
  • Flight Club are hosting Eurovision Brunch socials all over the UK on the day of the competition (13th May). Nothing will get you in the mood for the contest more!
  • If you’re an avid reader, you may like to check out the Hay Festival’s Eurovision book contest: they’re taking nominations for the best books to come out of the 37 participating countries. Perfect for immersing yourself in the competing cultures!
  • Should you choose to avoid hosting a party of your own, cities all over the UK are screening the contest at major locations! Perfect if your idea of heaven is getting lost in the crowd, though wrap up warm as some of the screenings are outdoors. If the idea of the outdoors leaves you cold, but you like the idea of the camaraderie, over 500 cinema screens UK-wide are screening the grand final!

Step 2: Plan the menu

A Eurovision watch party is incomplete without delicious food and drink.

You can opt for a potluck-style meal, where everyone brings a dish to share, or you can plan a more elaborate menu yourself, depending on how capable you are in the kitchen!

Either way, a buffet is a good idea because it means people can keep coming back to it all night and eat at their own pace… plus it ensures you’re not slaving away in the kitchen and missing all the fun!

Traditionally, hosts serve popular dishes from the nations competing; this may include Swedish meatballs, Spanish paella, French crepes, or Italian pizza. If you wanted to try the pot-luck approach, you could assign a country to each guest and challenge them to bring two or three popular food items from that country along with them.

The website Mission Eurovision features some amazing recipes for food and drink which fit the theme.


The idea of having food from every nation is wonderful, but bear in mind not all countries get out of the semi-finals: do you really want that baklava from North Macedonia sitting in your fridge until June 12th?  Be selective about the dishes you provide and ask guests to bring to avoid waste.

Step 3: Decorate your home

To create a special festive atmosphere, you may want to decorate your venue. An obvious choice for decoration would be to hang flags from the competing nations around the room, representing the competitors and the ideal of unity that Eurovision aims to bring about.

Eurovision is all about glitz and glamour, so you might like to select balloons, banners, or tableware with a bit of sparkle! You can’t really be too over the top when it comes to Eurovision, so you can feel free to go a bit wild with the décor. Disco balls and confetti ahoy!

You might also like to create a Eurovision photo booth where guests can take pictures with Eurovision props such as microphones, sequined jackets or glittery hats. You can buy inflatable props and costume items relatively cheaply on sites like Amazon and eBay, or you could ask guests to bring along the jazziest items they own to crowdsource the props!

Step 4: Plan your Eurovision party games

The Eurovision Song Contest is all about having fun, and what party is complete without a few games?

Firstly, it’s essential for any real Eurovision party to allow your guests to award their own scores to the performances!

Eurovision Grand Final Scorecoard

So we’ve created a Eurovision scorecard that guests can use to keep track of the performances, allowing them to award points for different categories such as the best song, best costume, or best performance. Download our scorecard pdf file and print it out for your guests!


Scorecards are a MUST, but as the host, don’t make it too onerous for yourself. You don’t want to disengage your partygoers by making the maths too difficult, or worse, be thrown half-completed scorecards in the interval, leaving the whole thing pointless if a winner can’t be declared. BestNewBingoSites’s simple printable scorecard is ideal as it’s very simple to complete and tot up!

We also strongly recommend playing along with our free and customisable Eurovision bingo card as you watch! The entries on our Eurovision bingo card are superfan-approved, but you can add anything you like and either print off the cards for your guests or send out the link and play on your phones as you go.

Eurovision Bingo Card

With TikTok officially a partner of Eurovision this year, another fun game to play might be guessing which song will go viral on TikTok after the contest! Each guest can pick the one song they think has the most viral potential and enter their answer on their scoresheet. A month after the contest, you can go back and check if anyone guessed right!

Step 5: Create a Eurovision playlist

To ensure the atmosphere is kept cheerful all night long, you could create a Eurovision playlist with some of the most popular songs from past competitions. This is a great way to keep the party going during breaks in the competition, or to get everyone in the Eurovision spirit before the event starts.


Postcards between the songs allow for stage clearance between acts in the arena, but are an important fabric of the Eurovision experience. A Eurovision-obsessive will permit some evaluation of acts between songs, but this should be kept to a minimum. A full debrief can happen during the interval, which is always too long…. and everyone can have a loo break during that.

We suggest your song selections include classics like ABBA, Katrina and the Waves and Celine Dion, but not forgetting to sprinkle in some of the more unusual winners and entries over the years (who can forget Lordi’s winning song, Hard Rock Hallelujah?!)

Step 6: Set up the viewing area

Make sure you have a comfortable viewing area for your guests, with lots of chairs and a clear view of the action on a big-screen TV or projector. You could also set up additional screens around the room to ensure that everyone has a good view of the stage.

If you have a large group of guests, you may even want to consider setting up multiple viewing areas to accommodate everyone. You might need to borrow some extra chairs or cushions to ensure everyone can sit comfortably, as the contest runs for quite a long time and you want your guests to be able to focus!

It might be handy to share the rules of Eurovision with any guests who may not be familiar with them beforehand to help them follow proceedings seamlessly. We’ve provided a short summary here that you might like to provide guests with:

How does Eurovision work?

  • Each participating country must be a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and can only enter one song. The competition consists of two semi-finals and a final; the semi-finals are held in the week leading up to the final, and the top performers from each semi-final move on to compete in the final.
  • Each country is allowed to perform one original song, which must not exceed three minutes in length. The song can be performed in any language and can be sung solo or as a group.
  • The winner of the competition is determined by a combination of jury and public votes. Each participating country has a jury made up of five music industry professionals, and they also each hold a public phone vote. The juries and public vote separately, and their votes are combined to determine the final scores for each country.
  • The scoring system for the Eurovision Song Contest is based on a points system. Each participating country awards 12 points to their favorite performance, 10 points to their second favorite, and then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 point to their remaining top ten. The points are then added up to determine the winner.
  • The winner is the country with the highest number of points after all the votes have been counted. The winning country then has the honour of hosting the competition the following year. The UK, the runner-up of last year’s competition, is hosting this year in place of the 2022 winner, Ukraine, due to the ongoing war in that country.

Step 7: Have fun!

Most importantly, make sure you have fun and enjoy the Eurovision watch party with your guests. This is a great opportunity to celebrate European culture, music, and friendship, so make sure you relax, let loose, and have a great time!


Bear in mind you are going to have a spectrum of fans, from the Euro-obsessives to the casual watcher who isn’t quite sure how the scoring works these days. It’s a good idea to set expectations about how seriously you intend to take the scoring so that nobody is gossiping at the wrong moment!

In conclusion, hosting a Eurovision watch party is a fun and memorable experience for everyone involved. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can create an event that will bring together friends and family for a night of music, food, and fun. So get ready to sing along, dance, and cheer on your favorite performers – Eurovision is coming!

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