World Cup theme inspiration
With the 2018 Russian World Cup due to be a highlight
this year, it's a great theme for any summer fair. But how can you
theme your stalls and attractions appropriately? We've put our
thinking caps on to come up with some fun ideas!
The host country
For a Russian-themed fair, try some of these great ideas!
- Russian doll tin-can alley - decorate the tins with card
sleeves to look like Russian dolls.
- Russian doll speed challenge - How quickly can players separate
and assemble the family of dolls?
- Teddy tombola - The perfect way to represent Russian wildlife
with black and brown bears.
- Vodka tasting - One for the adults, offer visitors a range of
vodka flavours (modest measures only!).
- Ballet demonstration - Could a dance demo from budding
ballerinas bring the Bolshoi to life?
- Chocolate Russian roulette - Surround a spinner with tasty
treats, but plant a (not too spicy) chilli-flavoured chocolate
- Spectacular spacecraft - Ask parents to save up their toilet
rolls so children can make Sputniks.
- Fabulous Fabergé - Children can decorate foam eggs to make
ornate ornaments to be proud of.
- Photo station - Think fur hats, moustaches, headscarves and
traditional Russian dress.
- Cake stall - Serve up slices of pavlova and spicy gingerbread
in homage to Russia's tasty treats.
Add more variety by having stalls for the different competing
countries. Here are some of our favourite ideas:
- Senegal - splat the polecat
- Peru - cactus hoopla
- Spain - water into wine
- Egypt - crockery smash
- Iceland - ice lollies
- France - balloon pop (in homage to the Montgolfier
- Australia - inflatables (bounce like a kangaroo!)
- Tunisia - sweet stall or lolly lottery
Theme by country
If it's difficult to come up with stall ideas for every country
(or you don't have the man power for 32 stalls!) then narrow it
down to five or six and have an area for each one.
- For Germany, you could have a pastry stand (complete with Black
Forest Gateaux), an Oktoberfest beer tent and a classical music
- For Brazil, how about a Carman Miranda-inspired smoothie bike,
a carnival craft stall and a soak the teacher stand (well, the
Amazon river is too big to ignore!)
- For Mexico, think panning for gold (small stones sprayed gold
and hidden in sand), a jewellery stall and colourful face paint to
hark back to The Day of the Dead.
Theme by continent
Another way to break the fair up in to zones, what about
continent-themed areas? Dividing the competing teams up into their
continents means you can think of more general ideas that aren't as
limited to specific countries.
Visit FIFA.com to see the countries on a map.
Coming up with ideas
When thinking of stall ideas, these are just some of the things
to think about:
- History (e.g. card games because modern playing cards
originated in France, or a bouncy castle in honour of Serbia's
- Culture ( e.g. a ceramics painting stall for China, or an
Argentine Tango display)
- Cuisine (e.g. a Belgian chocolate tombola, or dunkin' for
bagels for Poland)
- Sport (e.g. Sumo wrestling for Japan, or mini-golf for
- Exports (e.g. a coffee stand for Columbia, or jam jar stall for
- Famous figures (e.g. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen
could inspire a book stall, or how about an interactive science
stall for Germany's Albert Einstein?)
You're sure to come up with some brilliant ideas!
It's all very well having lots of stalls on offer, but how do
you encourage attendees to visit all of them? A stall passport is a
great way to do this. Make the 'passports' out of paper, with
holders getting a sticker or stamp when they visit each stall.
Holders who get a certain number of stamps (depending on the size
of your fair, it doesn't have to be all of them) get a small prize
such as a lollipop. To up the excitement, turn it into a
competition and enter them into a prize draw.
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