Gathering around to watch the annual SBS broadcast has become such a time-honoured tradition these past 30 years that hosting a Eurovision party is practically mandatory!
Posting to social media with the hashtag #SBSEurovision, fans of recent years have shared their viewing parties and Eurovision excitement with us. Check out some of the most enthusiastic followers below as they show off the various components that make a perfect Eurovision party.
Be sure to share your party pics with us during this year's Eurovision broadcast by adding the hashtag #SBSEurovision to your posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Who knows, this time next year we may be admiring your awesome costume or cake-making skills!
1. Costumes: Dress to impress
There’s no other viewing event in the world where the competitors attract as much imitation from their fans. The costumes of the Eurovision stage are so avant-garde outrageous, intriguingly traditional or downright saucy, you’d be remiss not to get in the spirit and play dress-ups for the three-night party!
2. Décor: Style before substance
Flags, flags and more flags! They tend to be a staple decoration at any good Eurovision party. If you're decorations that don't pertain to a certain country, then you must invest in glitter! Strobe lighting adds a wondrous spectacle, too. Douze points to the host who has all three elements!
3. Food: What's more cultural than cake?
Perhaps one of the best things about Eurovision is that the multicultural theme lends itself to a delicious spread of potential party snacks. (Head to our Eurovision recipe collection for inspiration.)
This means Eurovision viewing events are the perfect occasion for a culturally diverse pot-luck dinner! Many guests take to this with great gusto, cooking a dish to reflect their own heritage - or the heritage they wish they had. If your bring-a-plate idea devastatingly falls through, you can always rely on multi-coloured flag cupcakes to get the party started!
4. Epic squad: Call up the crew
In our sports-mad country, most households are all too familiar with team bonding in front of the TV. Bring that squad spirit to Eurovision this year and invite an epic crew of friends and family to attend your viewing party and cheer on their favourite team. Eurovision evokes a different kind of enthusiasm to territory-based sporting events, because no matter who wins, everyone has an amazing time singing and dancing along with their mates!
Last year’s SBS viewers loved nothing more than showing off their impressive gatherings on Instagram. Check out the epic crews below!
5: Conchita beards: If you can't grow it, paint it
So beloved was last year’s victor and her signature look, that the fake fan beards she inspired deserve their own mention! In 2014, it seemed that man man, woman and child adopted bearded style via various crafty means. Whether you have face paint, paper, wool or glitter at your disposal, a chin-warming costume is in your reach!
Conchita will return to screens in 2015, as the contest is hosted by her home city, Vienna. She’ll play the green room presenter, looking fabulous and running around to interview contestants. You can bet there’ll be plenty of Austrian and international fans donning the bearded lady look again!