Let a troupe like the L.A. Samba Dancers spice up your World Cup party. (lasambaentertainers.com).
The World Cup is currently underway in Brazil, and people stateside are engulfed in the tournament. The competition, which began on June 12, pits the national teams of 31 countries against each other. This is the second time the FIFA World Cup has been hosted in Brazil with the first being in 1950. Brazil is the largest country in both Latin America and South America and the fifth largest in the world. The country is filled with people who are fun, flirty and love to party. For people who are hosting World Cup parties in the United States, here are three easy tips for the perfect Brazilian inspired soiree.
The first step for the perfect party is to greet your guests with a World Cup-inspired cocktail. The most popular cocktail in Brazil is the caipirinha. This cocktail is made with sugar, lime and cachaca. Cachaca is a spirit distilled from sugar cane, much like rum. There are two varieties: white and gold. The white is un-aged, while the gold is aged in wood barrels for around three years. The caipirinha is very basic, so you can chop up any type of fruit and muddle it in with the lime and sugar. This yields a delicious, tropical concoction. The best bet is to pre-mix these drinks in a pitcher so when your guests arrive, you can simply pour and toast to your favorite team.
The next step it to prepare a traditional Brazilian appetizer. The easiest and quickest is Salpicao. This dish consists of chicken, apples, raisins and a mayonnaise-lemon dressing. You can also toss in some pineapple to continue the tropical feel of your party. An easy shortcut for this dish is to buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store, and the key is shredding the chicken into tiny pieces. Dice up the fruit and add it all together. Simply serve on a croissant and you have an easy, traditional Brazilian appetizer.
Following the cocktails and the game, party goers are going to be ready to let loose and celebrate their team’s victory. What better way than learning the samba? The Samba is recognized around the world as symbol of Brazil and Brazilian Carnival. It is one of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions. For those not well versed on the dance, the solution is simple. You can simply reach out to a local dance studio and hire a samba instructor for an hour or two. This individual will help you and your party folks dance the night away and feel like you are in Brazil celebrating the World Cup.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup ends on July 13, so you have plenty of time to bring a touch of Brazil to your World Cup festivities.