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World Cup Soccer Party - South African style!

The USA might be out of the 2010 World Cup, but there's still a week and a half of "football" action left!  Just like the Olympics, the World Cup is held every four years in a different location.  Give a nod to this year's host with a South African infused soccer party.


South African cuisine is full of flavor and influence from several different cultures.  Round out your usual game time menu with these dishes:

Frikkadels - Braised meatballs, common at SA cocktail parties
Prawns with lime - Nothing more than ready-to-eat shrimp spritzed with lime!
Mealie bread - A sweetened bread baked with sweetcorn and traditionally buttered and eaten while still hot out of the oven. Yum!
Cupcakes iced like soccer balls - An age-old South African tradition.  Ok, not really...



Amarula on ice - Amarula is a cream-based liqueur from SA with a caramel/berry flavor.  Available at larger liquor stores, near the Baileys and Kahlua.

Mango-Rooibos-Mint punch - Omit the rum and you have a chic non-alcoholic iced tea.



Your buffet space mimics the field when decorated with soccer plates, yellow napkins, and a green tablecloth.  And...oh my...there's even such a thing as a soccer ball piñata.  (Perhaps you can whack it with a vuvuzela?)

Not into soccer?  Confused about it in general?  Check out this tongue-in-cheek comparison of World Cup squads to American sports teams.


Thanks to SCS intern Steph for concocting this party concept!
Additional photo credits: meatballs, prawns, amarula, cupcakes

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