Eurovision Party 2017: Necklace Flags

Yay! So excited to be getting ready for another Eurovision. Today I started the pickling process for some plums we’ll have at our party, and I’m also starting to look for decoration inspiration and, of course, recipes.
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I’m also going to try putting together the invitations & judging booklets a little earlier this year, so I put together some beaded necklaces for each country based on the theme artwork. (PDF)
Eurovision 2017 Flag Beads

Devastated about the loss of Julia & Sam as Australia’s commentators, but I’m willing to have an open mind. *sigh*

Eurovision 2016 – Judge-Along Booklets

Printables

Here are the printable booklets for the 2016 semi-finals so you can judge along at home. We give a score out of 5 for song, outfit, & performance and use that to determine who would get our douze points. Each semi-final is printed two-sided on one piece of paper and then folded into a neat booklet with no need for glue or staples.

(Right-click and “save-as” if they don’t show up correctly in browser.)

Folding instructions here.

Eurovision 2015 – Judge-Along Booklets

Eurovision Judging Booklets 2015

Here are the printable booklets for the 2015 semi-finals so you can judge along at home. We give a score out of 5 for song, outfit, & performance and use that to determine who would get our douze points. Each semi-final is printed two-sided on one piece of paper and then folded into a neat booklet with no need for glue or staples.

(Right-click and “save-as” if they don’t show up correctly in browser.)

Folding instructions here.

Eurovision Denmark Party Decoration Ideas

I’ll admit that very little came to mind when it came to decorating for a Danish-themed party. Denmark flies a bit under my radar in general, except for Princess Mary, Australia’s royalty. The only other icons that come to mind are Hans Christian Andersen, author of many beloved fairy tales, and Victor Borge, the first comedian I was ever allowed to watch. But then there is LEGO and a whole host of Danish design icons to explore… so with that in mind, these are a few of my Danish Party decorations.

Lego Crayons
I found some LEGO crayons at Officeworks which will be used to fill out our judging forms (see next post).

For artwork, I love these minimalist book covers for Hans Christian Andersen stories: The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Ugly Duckling.

I’m also using these love birds by Danish designer Kay Bojesen somewhere.

We’ll have Mary in a framed place of pride as well.

JoinUs Gems
I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers, but I’m hoping the #JoinUs and diamonds of their theme art will play a big part in the show. So I’ve made these sweet origami paper diamonds with the hashtag to frame the television.

Straw Shapes
I’ve also hacked together some geometric pyramids and diamonds out of straws. I don’t know if this will come into play with the set or not, but they were in some of the website backgrounds… so we’ll see.

Then as a bit of inspiration, I’ve put some Hans Christian Andersen quotes over photographs of mine. I’ve got these hanging around the house, and you’re welcome to use them too. (Click photos for larger images.)
Miracles called Ordinary quote by Hans Christian Andersen - photo by lostcarrot.com

To Travel is to Live quote by Hans Christian Andersen - photo by lostcarrot.com

One Must have a Little Flower quote by Hans Christian Andersen - photo by lostcarrot.com

Eurovision 2014 – Judge Along Printable Booklets

Eurovision Semifinals Judging Form
Like last year, I have put together booklets for the semi-finals so you can judge along at home. We give a score out of 5 for song, outfit, & performance and use that to determine who would get our douze points. Each semi-final is printed two-sided on one piece of paper and then folded into a neat booklet with no need for glue or staples.

Folding instructions here.

Eurovision Semifinals Judging Booklets

Sochi-Inspired Diamond Quilted Flag Printables

quiltflags

Inspired by the patchwork quilt design of the Sochi Olympics, I put together some flags for our decorations. I started out with Russia, Australia & U.S. And then went on to countries of ethnic origin for us and some of the friends we know. Unfortunately, I didn’t really consider that I should check whether all the countries have teams representing at Sochi. So even though there won’t be any South Africans to cheer for, you can still wave their banner. (Oops.)

RU_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 US_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 AU_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014
NZ_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 CA_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 UK_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014
NL_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 PH_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 ZA_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014
PL_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 BA_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 KR_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014

Click for larger rectangular images. Flags are:
Russia, United States, Australia
New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom
Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa
Poland (Indonesia), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Korea

I realize I’ve neglected a lot of the likely medal winners, so if you have any requests, I still have all my diamonds saved off.

Edited to add Poland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Korea, by request. (Poland also doubles as an upside-down Indonesian flag!)

Eurovision Party: The Table

Time to concentrate a bit on the table. I wanted my table to reflect Sweden a bit, and to me nothing is more Swedish than Swedish fish! But alas, they are hard to come by in Australia.

I had a little budget to pick up some things from Ikea, but it would be easy to use them as inspiration and make your own. I’ve also made up some menus and labels for the different dishes we’re serving… inspired by Marianne Nilsson’s “sill” design. These would work for any Swedish-themed party and not just Eurovision.

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  • Fish Poster – A trip to Ikea got me the the centrepiece and inspiration for my decorations. It was quite cheap, but with a few supplies, you could also make your own version.
  • Åkerkulla Curtain Panel – another swipe from Ikea to use for a table runner. It would also be easy to translate this into your own design if you had some craft paint or markers and a long piece of fabric or even paper.
  • Swedish Menu Printable (PDF) – One column has two menus with headers in Swedish, and the second column has menus with headers in English. If you print this double-sided, you’ll end up with 4 menus with English on one side and Swedish on the other. I used the magic of Google translate to get the names in Swedish… love the extra characters they have in their alphabet… å ä ö!
  • Swedish Heart Butterflies (PDF template) – One Swedish-y decoration I came across was the Swedish woven heart. If you’re like me, you probably made the basket version of these for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s day at some point in your childhood. (This place has a crazy number of variations if you ever need to know. And also this fancy version.) With this year’s Eurovision butterfly theme, I modified the heart to make Swedish butterfly wings.

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  • Swedish Food Labels (PDF) – My food labels are more of the herring (sill) pattern that I created. Again I put the Swedish name large on top of the lines and then put the English translation smaller underneath. The little stands I was going to use to hold these up by the food were a craft fail, so I’m back to the drawing board, but it would be easy to use the old binder clip stand solution. The first link is to the blank label file, but if you’re doing the same menu as me (read: mostly Ikea food), you can also use my filled out cards (pdf).
  • Loreen Cubicon – a little figure in tribute to the girl who brought Eurovision to Sweden.