So you want to have a party for the big game in Brazil. Sure, you could make do with the barebones basics: a few bags of chips, some dip, a few friends and a working television.
But since we tend to get a little worked up about the world championship here at HuffPost, we’ve decided to show you how to throw a viewing party that goes above and beyond. We've partnered with the Comfort Inn® brand -- no strangers to great hospitality -- to bring you indispensable rules for hosting your own.
We'll refrain from predicting the outcome of the final game, but if there's one thing we know for sure, it's that a good party is a win in any book.
Rule #1: There's no such thing as too much guacamole
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Especially when it's themed to look like a soccer stadium complete with pretzel soccer nets and sour cream field lines (pipe them in using a simple pastry bag).
Rule #2: Timing is everything
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Besides rooting for your home team, one of the best parts of the international soccer tournament is making predictions about who will emerge victorious. Memorize this schedule by heart (or, uh, just print it out and tape it to your fridge), check out the Associated Press' predictions for the most exciting match-ups, and plan your party (and bracket) accordingly.
One thing we know for sure? With the ball on their home field and their fans in a frenzy, all eyes will be on Brazil. You can't go wrong planning a party around that kind of excitement.
Rule #3: Make sure you have plenty of comfortable seating.
May we recommend this absolutely awesome soccer beanbag chair?
Rule #4: Make soccer-themed snacks...
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These soccer-themed cupcakes are both clever and delicious. While these bake goods represent the pinnacle of tournament theming, you can forgo the intricate fondant, buy festive flags, and decorate each cupcake in team colors.
Rule #4a: ...or play up the international aspect with snacks that embody the competing countries...
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These Italy-themed ice pops are actually colored with all-natural ingredients. (Avocado ice pops, anyone?)
Rule #5: Don't forget the drinks (or the ice)!
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You can play up the international angle here as well. How about beer from the competing countries? Try Victoria or Negra Modelo for Mexico, Peroni for Italy, Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss from Germany ... you get the idea.
Rule #6: Pump up the tunes
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If you're planning on making your viewing party an all-day affair, and you want to make sure your guests are entertained during every time-out, nothing's better than a rocking playlist. Add the below playlist via Spotify, and you'll be halfway to the best halftime dance party ever.