I Threw an Olympics-Themed Party Last Weekend!

I know, I know.

The London games haven’t officially begun, but I can’t help it. I’m getting so excited. I LOVE the Olympics, especially the Summer Games!

I was out of town when the gymnastic trials took place a couple weeks ago, but I had them recorded them on my DVR. So since I had friends coming over to watch them with me,  I couldn’t resist throwing an Olympics-themed party.

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I’m a simple girl (read: lazy) so I didn’t go completely nutso, but I still had fun with it.

I knew I wanted to serve dishes from several countries around the world, and I decided on Italy, Mexico, China, Great Britain, and of course, the United States.

I printed out some world flags and attached them to wooden skewers to display by the matching country’s dish on my buffet table. (I printed out a few other countries just for fun too.)

World-Flags

I also took some wide patriotic ribbon, wrapped it around a couple of red licorice twists, and then displayed them in a clear glass for guests to grab and enjoy.

USA-Licorice Twists

And my favorite thing was making Olympic ring shaped cut-out cookies. I used colored gels to tint a light icing with the 5 Olympic ring colors, and then I painted the tops of the cookies in those colors.

Olympic-Ring-Cookies

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Pasta for Italy

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Nacho dip for Mexico

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Stir fried veggies and rice for China

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Fish and Chips for Great Britain

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Hamburgers and Hot Dogs for the USA

We had such a good time watching the Olympic trials that I’m very, very tempted to do this again when the official Olympics actually start. In fact, this would make an excellent tradition!

Olympics-party

Watch the London 2012 Summer Olympics July 27th – August 12th on NBC. Check your local TV listings here.

NBC provided compensation to help me throw a party, but all opinions are my own.

What are you most excited to watch when the Olympics start next week?

 


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