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Olympic Party

Hi friends! Sorry for the lack of posts as of late.  I've had a lot of things on my plate and a lot of things I'm prepping for just around the corner.

Many of you may not know, but my husband Jon has been in Afghanistan for the past several months.  And I'm happy to announce that he will be finally arriving home a week from this Saturday!  And a week after that, we are going on a nice relaxing vacation to Napa Valley!  I'll give you more details on where we're staying in an upcoming post, but I can say it truly looks like it'll be heaven on earth...and that it was recently named "The Best Taste of Wine Country" in the summer travel issue of Martha Stewart Living.

As if that wasn't enough excitement, the Olympics are also right around the corner!  Will you be watching the opening ceremonies?  I know I will, and I can't to see the show.  According to the news, milllions of people will be tuning in as well.  Sounds like a great reason to throw a party to me.

Here are a few ideas that I think would be great for an Olympic soiree.

Beverages:   First up, are the drinks.  Serve your guests a themed beverage to get them in the spirit as soon as they walk in the door.  Look at this fun cocktail that has Life Savers floating in the bottom to resemble the Olympic rings.  I love it!  (You could easily use these in a non-alcoholic beverage as well).

Food:  Next up, is the cuisine.  Because the Olympics are all about the nations of the world coming together, why not have a menu to reflect that?  Serve appetizers reflecting countries from all parts of the world and make food labels with the corresponding country's flag.

Examples
Pizza (Italy)
Egg rolls (China)
Grilled bread with feta and tomatoes (Greece)
Chips and salsa (Mexico)
Pastries and cheese (France)
Hamburgers (USA)
and so on...you get the idea.
You can do the same with wines (one from each region of the world).

Also feature a few themed treats like these Olympic ring sugar cookies from The Decorated Cookie.  So fun and so festive!

Games:  For a little competition of your own, split up all of your guests into three teams and have everyone play a game of Olympic trivia during the commercials.  Here is a link to just one the many websites you can go to for questions.  For more hands on fun, create a few mini sporting events of your own and have guests compete--ring toss, potato sack race, relay race, etc.  When the ceremonies are over, you can tally up the team scores and have your own presentation of the metals, giving each team a homemade gold, silver and bronze metal (or any fun prize you like).

Attire:  Since the games are taking place in London, tells guests to come dressed in their best facinator or hat--the crazier the better.

Lastly, have fun!  As you know, the summer Olympic games only happen every four years, so enjoy!




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