The World Cup starts June 12, and we can’t wait. It’s the perfect occasion to gather friends for a fun, laid-back viewing party. And no need to stress just because you’re hosting — the only ones breaking a sweat should be the players on the field. Here are some simple ways to make your soccer celebration special:

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First, let the event guide the theme. A soccer ball cake is a no-brainer, and we love the idea of mimicking the look of a soccer ball in other elements of your party decor as well, from faceted geometric vases to patterned take-out containers perfect for serving popcorn or pasta salad. Display bite-size, circular fare such as miniature crab cake bites and doughnut holes atop stylish trays (we like this striped one that mimics the American flag and this white tray that looks like a big and small ball).

Finally, drinks! Display beers of the world in a cheery picnic cooler, encouraging guests to help themselves. For non-brew fans, jazz up a signature drink with an American flag cocktail pick — soccertinis, anyone?

Clockwise from left: World Brews gift pack, BevMo; flag cocktail pick, Crate and Barrel; Dwell Studio faceted black vases, Shop Waiting on Martha; dual circle server, CB2; picnic cooler, Crate and Barrel; Wilton soccer ball cake pan, Amazon; party tile food boxes, Crate and Barrel; awning stripe tray, Crate and Barrel.

Now invite your best pals to a viewing party with one of our Evite sports invitations.