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Cricket is back with a bang. Thanks to Indian Premier League aka IPL, the gentleman's game will invade our lives and throw the nation into a tizzy for almost a month starting this Saturday.
So, how about cheering for your favourite team with your friends, gulping downs cool shots and digging into some yummy food - all this in the confines of your home?
Here's how you can be the envy of your friends! Throw an IPL bash with these simple, but cool tips to celebrate cricket in style:
Dress code

We are sure by now you must have already chosen your favourite team. Now all you have to do is buy the team jersey or (recessionista tip!) sport the colour of your team with any t-shirts you own. So, if you are cheering for Mumbai Indians, Delhi Dare Devils, Rajasthan Royals or Kolkata Knight Riders, you can pick from blue, red or black tees.

Better yet, buy some fabric paints and paint the name of your team along with their logo on the t-shirt or maybe even on your face (ditch the fabric paint though!).

Snack time

The cheering, screaming and swearing is sure to drain you out. You and your pals would sure want to tuck into some delicious food that can be rustled up in a jiffy! But theme the food as per your team. So if Mumbai Indians is your favourite team, you can opt for vada pav, pav bhaji and dabeli.

Take your pick from gol gappas, samosas, rosagullas or bhujia, boondis and nimkis if you are cheering for Kolkata Knight Riders or Rajasthan Royals. Choose from an array of idlis, dosas and appams if you are an avid supporter of Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers or Bangalore Royal Challengers. And if you are a Delhi Dare Devil or Kings XI Punjab fan, then it's time to dig into samosa, jalebis, aloo chaat and chole bhature.

Down the drinks

Swig some drinks while hooting for those fours and sixes. Tap into your creative side and concoct some heady drinks like tequila panipuri, white rum gola and jaljeera vodka. Pour out these drinks into funky glasses and decorate them with cherries, blue umbrellas or mint leaves, depending on the colour of your team. Down these drinks and get heady.

Let's play it loud

It's time to get high on some music. So go ahead and play latest chartbusters and get in sync with your team. Play rocking remixes of Jai Ho, O Saaya, Jee Karda, Appadi Pode, Aa Dekhen Zara, Chandni Chowk to China every time your favourite player hits a four or a six or grabs a wicket.

Cheer it on

Poms poms and cheerleaders are so passé. It's time you jumped into action to cheer your team. So get into the bhangra mood if you are a Delhi Dare Devil or Kings XI Punjab fan. Bring out the lejhims if you are a Mumbai Indian fan. You can arrange for Bhangra or lejhim players from your local mandals. They can break into a gig every time you have something to cheer for.

You can also buy drums and bugles and blow your own trumpet when your team is on the winning spree. Go ahead. Have a blast!

Which is your current favourite IPL team? Leave us a comment and let us know.