THE Eurovision Song Contest is on tonight, so you have to have an ironic gathering to celebrate this kitschy event. Here’s how:
Wear national dress
Go to an inordinate amount of trouble to dress up as a Bavarian peasant, Spanish senorita or similar. This will add absolutely nothing to your enjoyment of the evening, and will actually cause you physical pain if you’ve decided to be Dutch and wear clogs.
Forget that the music is f**king shit
Arrive at the party full of excitement about all the fun you’ll have. Then realise that the key part of the evening is listening to several hours of execrable music: mystifying Bosnian folk-disco, an ultra-bland British pop act, and Norwegian soft metal. At least one act will appear to be taking the piss, and will probably win.
Discuss the confusing rules of Eurovision at length
Make sure to have a long and boring conversation about why Israel can enter when it’s not in Europe. Some clever dick – perhaps you – is bound to patronisingly explain it’s because the contest was originally set up by various TV companies not restricted to Europe and has f**k all to do with heartwarming cross-border friendship.
Make terrible food
Make horribly complicated arrangements for each guest to bring the food of a different nation. This will lead to one lucky bastard just bringing an Asda pizza, while someone else will have spent hours trying to cook the Albanian national dish tave kosi and made it totally inedible.
Get embarrassingly drunk out of boredom
After two hours of glumly staring at the TV while the Maltese Celine Dion shrieks out a forgettable power ballad, you will probably be hitting the booze quite seriously. Various regrettable behaviour is now an option, from throwing up in the kitchen to attempting to dance and falling into the telly.