Miss Universe is one of my favorite events of the year! I’ve been a fan since I was a little girl. When I was growing up in El Paso, Texas, which is in far west Texas on the border of the U.S. and Mexico, the state directors of the Miss Texas USA pageant were located in El Paso. They were a duo called Guyrex Associates. Under their watch, five Miss Texas’s in a row won Miss USA. We were proud and it created a lot of buzz in our city! While I’ve never competed in a pageant, several of my friends competed in Miss Texas Teen USA and Miss Texas USA. So needless to say, I’m a Miss Universe fan!
I like Miss USA, and Miss America, too. But my favorite is Miss Universe because it’s international. It’s my Super Bowl! Most of the contestants won their respective national pageants, and then go on to compete internationally at Miss Universe. It’s a lot of fun and even a good way to learn about other cultures!
Another fun thing about Miss Universe is having a Miss Universe viewing party! I love inviting friends over to watch the pageant. It’s always fun to root for our favorite contestants and talk about which evening gowns are our favorites!
If you’re going to have a viewing party, you’ll need snacks to serve your guests. Having a game related to the event will also make for a fun evening.
In terms of snacks, you can either provide the refreshments or have a pot luck where you ask each guest to bring something. If you provide the snacks, an international spread of finger foods is perfect for a Miss Universe party. There are a lot of great options in the frozen section of Trader Joe’s, your local grocery store, and warehouse stores like BJ’s or Costco.
I recommend finger foods for a party because they’re the easiest for guests to eat. If people are walking around, it’s cumbersome to have to juggle a drink, a plate and utensils. Finger foods make things easier. While this is certainly not a complete list, a few international finger foods that would be perfect for a Miss Universe Viewing party are:
- Mini Pierogies: You can find these in the freezer section at your local grocery store. Mrs. T’s is a good brand. These are excellent sautéed in butter and served with sour cream.
- Chicken Samosas: They have good ones in the freezer section at Trader Joe’s. Just heat them up int he oven!
- Chicken Empanadas: I found good chicken empanadas at BJ’s. These are also easy- just heat them up in the oven.
- Mac N Cheese Bites: Another Trader Joe’s favorite! Pop these in the oven and you’re good to go!
- Spanakopitas: I also found these at BJ’s, but have also seen them at the grocery store and Trader Joe’s. Another heat and serve snack!
- Macarons: Trader Joe’s has macarons in their freezer section. These are easy – just take them out of the freezer to thaw about 30 minutes before your guests arrive.
- Mochi Ice Cream: Also from Trader Joe’s, these are ice cream wrapped in a sweet rice dough. If you serve anything that involves ice cream, you’ll probably want to keep it in the freezer until you’re ready to serve it. 🙂
If you have a pot luck, you can either ask everyone to bring a snack based on the country of their ancestry. Or you can just have each guest choose a country and bring something from that country.
I also like to have a game at my Miss Universe parties. I usually find out which countries are participating that year (you can find that by visiting the Miss Universe website and then click on Contestants). Then, write each country on a small piece of paper. Put all of the countries in a bowl and have your guests draw countries. Guests then root for each of the countries they draw. (To see how I conduct the drawing, visit my Miss Universe Viewing Party video.)
On terms of how many countries each guest draws, here’s an example. To make it easy, let’s say there are 100 contestants this year. If you have 10 guests, including yourself, then each person draws 10 countries.
But what if it’s uneven? What if there are, say, 86 contestants but you have 10 guests? In that case, have each guest draw eight countries. Then, put the remaining six countries in a second bowl with four blank pieces of paper. Then, have each guest draw one more country. Six guests will get a bonus country and four guests will get a blank.
It’s always fun to have a prize too! You can keep it as simple or elaborate as you’d like. I’ve found that a tiara from the party store and a gift certificate for a manicure are well received by my friends. It all depends on what will go over well with your guests! In any case, the most important thing is to have fun!
Let me know in the comments section what snacks you would serve at your Miss Universe viewing party!