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FA Cup Final Essentials - Beers, Food and Decorations

Ready to celebrate the FA Cup final? It's a great opportunity for a party with friends and family, even if you aren't particularly enthused by the 'beautiful game' yourself! Here are some of our favourite suggestions for the essential kit to celebrate the big event.

Stock Up On Fine Ale and Cider

Forget run-of-the-mill lager! Make a proper party of it with quality craft beers and ciders on ice. Sainsbury's are now stocking the excellent Brew Dog range of beers and excellent artisan ciders and pear blends. Check out this Brewdog Punk India pale ale, which explodes with the flavour of hops and boasts a beautiful golden colour. A bottle costs just £1.80, so you can stock up at Sainsbury's and save money when compared to drinking in an over-crowded local.

Decorate Your Cakes On-Theme

This fantastic cake topper set from Tesco has everything you need to create your own match on top of a large green iced cake for a pitch effect or on mini cupcakes. It features sugar paper footballers, footballs and other football graphics which will bring a perfect theme to your baking on the day. Check out the little plastic goalposts too and get on to Pinterest for some inspiration. Find it at Tesco for £5.49 for the set.

Make It Easy

No time to bake? These Fiona Cairns decorated cupcakes from Waitrose come with football-themed icing and decorations and silver wrappers for a celebratory finish. Pick up 12 in perfect readiness for your guests at £13 from Waitrose.

Al Fresco Food

Maybe the weather will be just about good enough for a BBQ. If so, stock up on burgers, sausages, chicken legs, halloumi cheese and accompaniments for the perfect party food experience. These marinated chicken thighs are ready to cook and pre-spiced. Just pop them on the BBQ, cook thoroughly and serve with bread, dips and salad. Get them from Tesco at £4 a pack or three packs for £10.

Get a Party Platter

If it looks as though rain may stop play, then make it easy on yourself and get a platter from Sainsbury. There is a wide range to choose from with different sandwiches, cold food, sweet treats, dips and more, and you can customise your selection to suit your guests. See the full range here >>

Get prepared now and enjoy a party - whether or not you are remotely interested in football or just enjoy a good get-together!

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