Party Planning- Throwing an Olympics Party

I’ve always preferred the Summer Olympics because I like watching the gymnastics, swimming, and diving. I know, you and everyone else, Carrie. I’ll be trying to watch this year’s Olympics through Internet streaming and other people’s televisions, but I’m looking forward to catching what I can of the Games. We’re throwing an Olympic-themed potluck at work, which is what sparked the idea for how to throw an Olympics party. Here are a couple ideas for you.

For food, we suggest serving a number of international dishes to represent various countries participating in the Games. Definitely consider including a pot of Thai chicken noodle soup, the U.S. athletes’ favorite dish at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. We found two recipes that look promising.

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup (gluten-free)

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

We would also recommend serving a few popular English dishes to recognize the Games’ London location. Some good options include fish and chips, savory meat pies, or a bread pudding.

Fish and chips

Mini meat pies

Brioche bread pudding

For dessert, we love the idea of incorporating the Olympic rings.

Olympic rings fruit pizza

Olympic ring sugar cookies

For decorations, most party stores will be offering some version of the Olympic torch, the rings, and medals. We also think mini flags from around the world would be festive and bring in the Games’ international perspective. For entertainment, host a few simple, yet silly games and award medals to the gold, silver, and bronze winners. I like the idea of horseshoes, a hula hoop contest, and a jump rope contest.

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