Football, footy, ‘the beautiful game’ – whatever you call it – you can’t ignore the buzz that is starting to build ahead of this year’s rescheduled European Championship (June 11th – July 11th 2021). But with pubs still subject to Covid secure measures, many of us will be looking to our gardens as the arena in which we enjoy this year’s showcase of the best football has to offer..
Here, the experts at Robert Dyas outline all the products you’ll need to throw the perfect al fresco Euro-viewing party.
The big screen
Whilst we can’t be in the stadium with the players, we can watch them on the best screen possible, and what could be better than a weatherproof TV? After all, this is the UK and our weather is a tad unpredictable! With an anti-reflection and IP55-rated screen, this 55-inch TV can withstand wind, sun and rain. The 4k QLED display means you will be able to see every blade of grass and bead of sweat that graces the pitches throughout the tournament.
If budgets don’t stretch to a new TV, then a projector, like this Philips NeoPix Ultra 2 Home Projector, is the ideal solution. Simply connect to your PC, Mac, cable box, gaming console or HDMI video player and you are ready to watch the big game in full 4k quality. A top tip is to project onto a plain wall, or position an old white sheet on a wall or fence for optimum viewing.
If the sun gets in the way, then a cantilever parasol will provide some cover. The crank handle allows for easy up and down use, and the parasol can be moved around the garden to create quiet shaded areas to relax in after the football.
Fuel up for the big game
A game of footy pairs perfectly with a barbecue, so why not upgrade your barbecue game? This two-in-one smoker and grill will evoke feelings of America’s Deep South, which is famed for its tender slow-cooked meats and smoky flavours, whilst this Tower 2-in-1 Firepit and Barbecue converts from fire pit to an outside cooking area easily, which you can be sure your guests will want to gather around for cosying up in the evening, or cooking up a storm. If you aren’t known for your ability to get the coals glowing, then a gas barbecue will be your top choice. The Outback Omega Two-Burner is a great entry-level option, whilst the Outback Meteor Hybrid 6-Burner Barbecue is the weapon of choice for barbecuing aficionados. Still not sure which fuel is for you? Why not have both with this stunning all singing, all dancing Tower Multi-Fuel BBQ Wagon! And, don’t forget, every good barbecue deserves the right tools. This Flamemaster 18 piece barbecue set features everything you need to grill, flip, baste and clean. Presented in a handy carry case, your guests will know you mean business when they see you take this out.
If your guests are a little clumsy, then you might want to invest in some picnicware that can withstand over-excited displays of celebration or commiseration. From bamboo bowls, to wooden cutlery, Robert Dyas has you covered.
A refreshing drink to cool you down at half time
Cheering on your favourite team (or boo-ing your least favourite!) can be thirsty work. But, let’s be honest, dragging your fridge onto the lawn really isn’t an option. Fear not, because the Russell Hobbs 14-Litre Portable Cooler has you covered. Big enough to store 14 x 330ml cans, or two 1.5L bottles, this little cooler just needs an extension cable to keep it powered.
Make the most of the evening matches
With the Euros Championship travelling around the continent this summer, there are bound to be a few evening matches. As the sun sinks beyond the horizon, make sure your garden space is ready for cooler temperatures. This stylish and generously sized La Hacienda Pittsburgh Industrial Heavy Duty Steel Fire Pit will provide your guests with a nice fire to warm cold bodies. Picnic blankets are perfect for keeping off the chill at night, whilst also adding more places to laze about on during the day.
Solar lights are a great way of adding additional ambience, come sundown. These Festoon Party Lights offer multi-coloured accents, or you might want to try these Vintage String Lights for a more subtle lighting scheme.
The rule of six
Current restrictions mean that we’re still having to limit gatherings to a set number but one positive is that you all get a comfy seat to watch the game from. Robert Dyas offers a selection of six- and eight-seater garden sofa sets, including the LG Oslo design, which features a table that can be easily switched between a dining table and a low-level coffee table, or the Monaco 9-Seater Set, which features high backed chairs for the ultimate in relaxation.
Show the professionals how it is done
If you have been known to offer players a little bit of…let’s call it “constructive criticism”, then why not use half time to show off your own footballing prowess? These flexible cones are perfect for practising your dribbling skills, whilst this Target Practice Frame will sort the professionals from the amateurs.