Eurovision viewing parties are a time-honoured tradition, both across Europe and of course in Eurovision’s adopted homeland of Australia!
This year, with the event being held in Austria, the land which we are so often confused for, why not honour our sister-nation with an Austrian-themed Eurovision party?
Just follow the tips below for costumes, food, drinks, games and décor and you’ll soon be hosting an evening that would make Vienna proud!
What to wear
Knit a Conchita beard
It’s thanks to Conchita that the contest is this year being held in Vienna, and of course her beard last year became something of an international symbol for tolerance.
It was certainly embraced by the youth of Vienna who got out their knitting needles and knitted beards in support of Conchita. ORF, the Austrian public broadcaster, got behind it and created the fabulous “Knit for Tolerance” campaign.
For German speakers, they also created this great video on how-to make your own. Non-German speaking knitters may still find the demonstration helpful as it’s a very simple style to knit up!
Dress up like a Klimt!
Vienna is of course home to one of the most iconic Art Nouveau artists in the world- Gustav Klimt. So why not pay homage to the stunning decorative style of the artist just like Conchita Wurst did here? This stunning photo tribute to one of Klimt’s most famous works, Golden Adele, was specially shot by celebrated fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth to promote the charity event Life Ball, to be held in Vienna in May to raise money and awareness for Aids Life.
Keep it classic
Of course, for the more traditional Austrian look, your local costume store should be able to help you, with some classic Lederhosen for the boys and Dirndls for the girls!
No doubt, as often happens at Oktoberfest, you may wish to purchase your costume two sizes two small for that classic beer-wench appeal for the ladies while the blokes can of course enhance their Weisswurst to maximum effect in too-tiny shorts!
What to eat
Vanilla Crescents – aka Vanillekipferl
Vanilla sugar-coated biscuits made in a ‘kipfler’ or horse-shoe shape. Get the recipe at SBS Food.
Traditional food of Austria, Germany and your local RSL. Who doesn’t love a good shnitty? Get the recipe at SBS Food.
Said to be the oldest known cake in the world and named after the Austrian city of Linz, this tart, known for it’s classic lattice top and it’s sweet jammy filling, it is sure to go down a treat with young and old! Get the recipe at SBS Food.
What to drink
While Europe is in the midst of glorious Spring for the Eurovision Song Contest, your Eurovision viewing party will come just as things are cooling down back in Australia, which means it’s time to warm things up with this sweet, delicious, warmed spice wine! The recipe will just add that extra touch of European glam to your party – plus it makes the house smell fantastic! Get the recipe at SBS Food.
Games to play
Literally tanslated as crate-running or beer-running, this is effectively the hoarders equivalent of “taking one for the road”. Usually consisting of two people per team, each team must carry a crateful of beer, which they must consume as they run (or more often, simply walk) to their destination.
Typically, the distance covered is about five to 12kms so while it’s not exactly game to be viewed while actually viewing Eurovision on SBS, this could be the daytime game leading up to and transporting you to your viewing party.
Hammerschlagen (Also known as Nailspielen)
Also popular in Germany and reportedly dating back to the first Oktoberfest in 1810, it’s perhaps not the most convenient of games, as to play this you’ll need a big stump of wood, or a barrel top.
Everyone gets a nail, which is embedded in the wood and ready to be nailed all the way in, and everyone takes a turn getting one swing at their nail. The trick is that you can only use the wedge end of the hammer, not the far more convenient flat end.
Inevitably, neither safety nor accuracy are improved with the traditional simultaneous imbibing of alcohol. The first person to get their nail all the way in of course gets a shot and the last person has to buy everyone a round!
The Austrian national colours are red and white, so go crazy! If you’re a Swans or St George supporter, a Canadian, a subliminal Coca-Cola advertisement, Where’s Wally or Santa Claus, you should no doubt be all set with the appropriate décor!