If you know me, you know I LOVE the Olympics. I went all out in 2016 for the Summer Games. Even though winter + its athletes don’t get as much attention, doesn’t mean people aren’t gearing up to watch some fun on the ice + snow. You can throw a top-notch party for the opening games – or – the finals of your favorite winter sport! Here’s everything you need to know to medal in planning your Olympics party!
While it may *seem* like the best time to throw your Olympics party is during the first event on February 8th, not everyone wants to party hardy on a Thursday day.The actual Opening Ceremony on Friday night is a great time to throw your party! You get to see all the flash + representation of all the countries. Bonus – the oiled up Tonganese flag bearer qualified for the Winter Games, too. Personally, I like to throw my Olympics party during the heart of the games! Here are some other great options:
- February 9 Pair Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing
- February 10 Mixed Doubles Curling, Men’s and Women’s Ski Jumping
- February 16 Men’s Curling, Women’s Freestyle Skating, USA Men’s Hockey
- February 14 Men’s Halfpipe, Pair Figure Skating, USA Men’s Hockey, Luge
- February 17 Women’s Curling, Men’s Figure Skating, Women’s Bobsleigh
- February 22 Women’s Figure Skating, Women’s Hockey Final
- February 23 Women’s Figure Skating, Men’s Speed Skating, Women’s Snowboarding
- February 25 Men’s Hockey Final, Women’s Curling
Food + Drinks
Food + Drinks are one of the most important parts of your Olympics party. You want to have food that represents the entire world. One way I like to think about it is to choose something from every continent. It also helps to have friends bring recipes that are a part of their heritage. Some of my favorite foods to represent the nations are Swedish meatballs, chips + queso, spanakopita, Morrocan-inspired chicken kabobs, brigaderos, fortune cookies, egg rolls, mini-apple pies, and hummus + bell peppers. This last food item was one of my favorites. We arranged yellow + orange bell pepper in cups to look like the Olympic torch.
For drinks, grab an assortment of domestic + international beer. At my last Olympics party, I had Bud Light, Dos Equis, Guinness, and Blue Moon. We also served mojitos, margaritas, and sangria. My guests brought liquor from some of their favorite countries as well so there were plenty of options.
Games are another aspect to spice up your event. Depending on how much room you have, you may not be able to have too many. Beer pong is always a classic. The rest of the games can theme the games being played in the Olympics. Shuffleboard is fairly akin to curling for party purposes. Placing paper plates on your feet makes a great substitute for speed skating. To emulate ski jumping, you can shoot a ping pong ball up a ramp and aim to land it in certain buckets. You could also turn back to tried and true party games like trivia, corn hole, etc. Don’t forget to create medals for your winners!
This is one of my favorite parts. I love party decorating. The most classic decorations are the Olympic rings. I made these with construction paper just like you did in elementary school + hung them around my apartment. I also printed off flags od many different countries + hung them on the walls. Luckily for the Olympics, you have plenty of colors to work with (blue, yellow, red, black, green). You can add balloon + other color themes decor or you can go the patriotic route + support the USA. For my party – I took decorations a step further and created a custom Snapchat geofilter.
I hope your Olympics party is a huge success. Here are some of my medal winners from the Summer Games!