How can we not talk about the Eurovision Song Contest without
acknowledging Australia's love affair with Eurovision parties? Are you
hosting one? Are you attending one? Share your ideas here!
Every year thousands of us cram into living rooms, and sometimes bars and restaurants, to watch Eurovision. It's a bit like the World Cup of Pop. There's nothing like cheering for your country of choice as they battle it out for music glory.
Whether it's a last-minute suburban gathering around the telly, or a big screen high-end event in a public venue, Sunday night will see hundreds of Eurovision parties across the country all glued to their TV screens.
Some participants insist on dressing up in traditional outfits. And you don't even need any particular affiliation with the country you're supporting. If you suddenly become a Spaniard for the night, or adopt the native tongue of Sweden for the night, who's to argue?
One of the best ways to celebrate is with a smorgasboard of cultural food. Frankfurters from Germany, Cheese from Switzerland, Pastries from France, Chocolate from Belgium â€“there's no end to the possibilities. Maybe the main course this year should be Russian?
The trick of course is in making sure your guests only partake of the food when the country actually takes to the stage. If it means you end up having desserts first, it's just part of the fun of your Eurovision night!
For a drinking game you could also take a swill every time you see the wind machine getting a good workout. Just make sure you have a designated driver, please!
Sweeps are another big part of Eurovision parties. It's pop's own version of the Melbourne Cup. There are 25 countries in the Final. Try dividing them up between your guests and make sure you have a special prize allocated to the last place too. Checkout the Sweepstake kit available here.
Of course fundamental to any Eurovision party is the need to make sure you are Spoiler-Free. Just like an Oscars party, there's nothing worse than knowing the winner before it's declared. A word of advice: the winner of Eurovision will be plastered over media on Sunday, online, radio and in TV news. If you are serious about avoiding the winner, don't go near electronic media anytime from Sunday morning!
Finally, we want to hear about YOUR ideas for your parties, and if you are a venue having a public party, feel free to plug the address, including any entry fee.
See you by the big screen!