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Facts & Figures
Football has long been established as a popular sport in Peru, with British immigrants introducing it to the locals in the second half of the nineteenth century. However, it wasn't until 1912 that the National League was esablished, and it took until 1927 for Peru to play their first international match.
Ideas for a Peruvian Themed Football Party
Peru's famous white strip with the diagonal red stripe on the shirts has been worn since the very early days of the national team (even before the diagonal "sash" was used, the shirts had red and white stripes). This gave rise to the team's nickname of La Blanquirroja (The white & red). Given the team's away strip is all red, and the nation's flag is also red and white, a red and white colour scheme for your party is pretty much essential!
The major parties and celebrations in Chile often mark religious calendar dates, but sometimes combine ideas from the Spanish Roman Catholic traditions with those of the indigenous Inca people. The resultant fiestas and celebrations are often vividly coloured, with costumes and decorations in lively combinations of greens, pinks, reds and blues - almost any combination will do, as long as it's extremely bright!
Peru Party Decorations
Food for a Peru Themed PartyLike many Latin American countries, Peru's cuisine has been influenced not only by the early Spanish settlers, but also by many immigrants from other European countries over the years. Combine this with the local indigenous people's cooking styles, plus smaller but still significant groups of immigrants from West Africa and Asia (particularly China), and something of a unique blend emerges. Peruvians and Chileans argue about the "ownership" of a number of recipes, including most notably Ceviche and Pisco Sour, to the extent that many people would assume that the two countries have similar culinary styles. While there are some similarities however, Peruvian cooking tends to include a lot more chillies than that of their Chilean neighbours.
Traditional Peruvian staples are corn, potatoes (many varieties, plus a whole host of similar tubers which aren't technically potatoes), quinoa and beans. Ths Spanish introduced wheat and rice. Fish and seafood are extremely popular in the coasatal regions and also inland around the major rivers and lakes. As well as Ceviche, this is used in a variety of dishes, one of the most popular being a prawn soup - you could get close to this by following our recipe for Peruvian Chicken Soup, and replacing all or some of the chicken with prawns and other seafood.
Other recipes from neighbouring South American countries have found their way into everyday Peruvian cooking, so it would be prfectly acceptable to serve these at your Peruvian party, especially Empanadas (individual meat pasties) and Papas Rellenas (potato balls stuffed with minced meat).
For a themed Peruvian football party, start the event off with some Pisco Sours to get the party going!
Finger Foods, Starters and Accompaniements
Drink for a Peruvian Themed PartyPeru does produce some wine, although it's not always easy to track down outside the region. With the popularity of Argentinian and Chilean wines, Peru has been somewhat overlooked in this respect, but you can find a couple of options at DrinkSupermarket.com. Some beer is also produced, but again, it's not easy to find outside Peru. The most popular brands are Pilsen Callau, Cusqueña Lager (which you can find at DrinkSupermarket.com), and Cristal.
But without a doubt "pisco sour" is seen by most Peruvians as their national drink. Chileans also claim pisco sour as their own, but it doesn't really matter. Just make sure you don't drink too many, as they're lethal! You really need a supply of the pisco spirit in order to be able to make it. Fortunately, DrinkSupermarket.com have a good selection. If you can't get hold of it, the nearest substitute would be a white (clear) brandy of reasonable quality. If you fancy a go, try our Pisco Sour Recipe.