The only way to properly watch the Opening Ceremonies tonight is to throw a party, and we can make that happen in a few easy steps.
First, we need to talk decorations. You could go in a couple different directions with decorations – all international, root for the home team, or a combination of both. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Hang flags over doorways – the smaller, 6 x 7″ flags with the vinyl rope (find them at places such as Party City).
- Get patriotic garland to wrap around banisters, fences, etc.
- Make cutout torches to pass out at the start of the ceremony.
- Utilize The Games rings – you can hang them on the walls or display the rings and colors in your food.
- Make a personalized Summer Games banner for your front door.
- Go all out by getting an athlete cutout that welcomes people into The Village.
- If you want the whole party to participate, tell people to come dressed as their favorite athlete. You can also have a bin of fun accessories they can put on during the party. This bin can consist of sweat bands, light-up necklaces/bracelets, pom poms, and so on.
Next, you need to think about the menu. Whether you plan on serving finger food or a sit down dinner, choose a theme. You can embrace the South African menu, the international mix-of-everything menu, or a USA menu! With the international and USA menu you can offer your guests a lot of variety. For example, an international menu can consist of: sushi (Japan), egg rolls (China), pizza (Italy), hot pretzels (Germany), and so on. We all know what an American menu would look like – burgers, corn on the cob, apple pie, fried chicken, etc.
With food, also comes the beverages! We’ve discovered some great celebratory sporty cocktails, such as the Camarena torch, Star Spangled Sparkler and World Record Splash. Check out these recipes and more here. You can also create gold, silver and bronze drinks and serve them in three big punch bowls.
While everyone is not crowded around the television, make sure you plan other ways to keep your guests entertained. Whether it consists of a photo op with the life-sized cutout athlete, a team based activity in the backyard, or a pass the torch drinking game, find a way to keep your guests occupied for the whole night.
Good luck and go USA!