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.