Need your ideas for an Olympic Opening Ceremony party!

We are all greatly looking forward to the start of the Olympic games.

I thought it would be fun to have an Olympic Opening night party with the kids, but I’m not coming up with super great ideas. So I wanted you guys to think on it too.

I immediately thought of fish and chips for dinner to celebrate the Games  being in London. (Or you could go All-American with the menu – hamburgers, hotdogs, BBQ. ) And I thought some type of red, white and blue dessert from the Pinterest 4th of July board.

I was thinking little American flags for the kids but what other decorations would make it festive and themed?

Michael thought we should do something with the medals but what? Or with the Olympic rings?

I found some good party ideas on the official  “London2012” website. Some theme suggestions were: Around the World, sports, Greek, or Red, White and Blue.

Here were a few ideas from the Around the World theme:

“2. Play a game and get your guests to create their own country

complete with national anthem, flower, bird, capital and

language.

3. Choose a base food and theme it on countries from around the

world. Pizza toppings work well.

4. Wear the colours of the country you’re supporting.

5. Use a flag as a tablecloth.

6. Hang up paper chains and colours in the colours or shape of

your country. Try a boot for Italy or a dog’s head of Australia.”

Here were a few from the Greek theme:

“1. Plait your hair for the ultimate goddess look.

2. Dress your room in white and gold.

3. Show off marigolds – the ancient Greeks believed they would

bring good luck.

4. Greek food makes the perfect finger food! Olives, feta,

halloumi and pitta bread with dips such as houmous and tzatziki.

5. Don a pair of sandals. Leave out the socks!

6. Light a candle to represent your own Olympic Flame.”

It also has ideas for decorations and games to play.

My kids love ancient Greece and mythology so they would probably love that one but I love the idea of making everyone choose a country and do a little research. Then come up with appropriate costumes and they could suggest a dish from their country. (You know I love adding learning into a party.)

What are some other good themes or ideas for food or to decorate? Will you have an opening ceremony Olympics party? Tell us your plan!

47 comments Add your comment

Amanda

July 24th, 2012
12:22 pm

for a “rings’ theme-serve onion rings with five colored dipping sauces. red-ketchup, green-green goddess dressing, yellow-honey mustard sauce, blue-blue cheese dressing, black-no idea! more ring foods: bagel pizzas, donuts, etc.
for the medals: serve gold/silver/bronze colored drinks. gold/bronze-apple juice, sparkling apple cider, ginger ale. silver-sprite, tonic water. it’s all in the presentation!
for fun games-have sports events taped to back of each kid, then they have to play question/answer games with one another to guess what sport is on their back.
for adult trivia games: have each adult guess (and wager for more fun!) which country will have the largest team, the smallest team, how many times the royal family will be shown, etc. it makes everyone motivated to watch and pay attention to the opening ceremony.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

July 24th, 2012
12:28 pm

I thought it would be fun to have an Olympic Opening night party with the kids, but I’m not coming up with super great ideas. So I wanted you guys to think on it too.

Invite the Muppets over and have Chick-fil-A cater it.

Chick Fil A on Sunday

July 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

Really? Your life is so mundane not only do you have an opening ceremonies party, you have to ask advice as to what to do?

The only people that really care about the Olympics are the ones that get rich from it and the ones too obtuse to realize that’s all the Olympics are about….Making the rich richer.

OK, TWG...

July 24th, 2012
12:39 pm

…what did you do to get so many new blog “participants”?

Ssidawg

July 24th, 2012
12:40 pm

This is such a great idea! Having a party to celebrate a once-every-4-years event sounds fun and is a great way to support the hard-working athletes of Team USA.

Ssidawg

July 24th, 2012
12:41 pm

I would go with the USA theme. Or you could ask everyone that’s coming to bring a dish representative of a different country.

MA

July 24th, 2012
12:47 pm

When my son turned 8 at the time of the 96 Olympics here in Atlanta we had a tape the flame on the torch game. It was a HUGE hit. My husband painted a torch on a piece of poster board and we made flames on another piece of poster board and cut them out. Put a small piece of tape on the back of each flame and blindfold, spin, and point the child in the direction of the torch. It was fun!!

Ace

July 24th, 2012
12:52 pm

Will all groups be included or can we keep out the undesirables ?

Chesty LaRue

July 24th, 2012
1:29 pm

I like to play topless javelin throw.

catlady

July 24th, 2012
1:29 pm

Will you be up in the middle of the night to watch it (like the weddings?)

Any reason for a celebration sounds good. You could do lengthy mini-marathons. Send the kids out to run around the block a few times, while you and hubby kick back for some quiet time! Give them each a torch to carry, so they can do it in the dark when it is (relatively) cooler.

At school we used to have the Olympics each year near the end of the year, with flags and costumes. Finally it became too much work for the teachers and the half dozen parents. Besides, our principal said it was “fluff.”

Larry

July 24th, 2012
1:30 pm

Broad jump? I broke her leg.

shaggy

July 24th, 2012
1:40 pm

Chick Fil A on Sunday,

“Making the rich richer” – Yet another message from the wealth envy crowd, which is largely made up of bad choice makers who now want to ride on other’s coat tails, while whining about someone having worked hard, made smart choices, and overall, everything they aren’t.

News Flash for the nitwit: I have more than you and will always have more than you, because I don’t whine; I get busy and leave the morons in the dust.

Augusta

July 24th, 2012
1:54 pm

Again – AMEN SHAGGY.

dd

July 24th, 2012
2:05 pm

Shaggy, it’s nice to know that your life is so perfect. One day, believe me, your tables are going to turn and you’re going to regret all the people that thrown your well being at. Who will listen or care then? Karma’s a biatch

dd

July 24th, 2012
2:06 pm

And that goes for you as well Augusta. You never have any problems and have the most perfect life, children and husband. Here’s karma for you.

Denise

July 24th, 2012
2:52 pm

How in the heck did we get from the Olympics to insults? My life isn’t perfect, nor am I worrying about the rich but I LOVE the Olympics. I cannot wait!!! When/what time is the opening ceremony? I get all misty-eyed seeing our team during the ceremony. I love to celebrate athletes who have achieved such greatness seeing as I could NEVER get to that level of skill no matter what I would have tried. Just not in me! I cannot wait for gymnastics and swimming! I like track and field too. Basketball…meh. I hope our pros show up and win and LOOK LIKE pros out there…and are classy. None of that “boo hoo I lost so I won’t shake the other team’s hand” nonsense that we see in some of the games here.

FCM

July 24th, 2012
2:53 pm

is it just your kids? How about they each pick a country and be part of parade (dress their bikes as the float)….i think the lighting of the flame sounds good. Food wise, why not do different food each night you watch, have them look up the country and talk about it while you do dinner and watch them each day… don’t forget to let them make a leader board for favorite events, do their best times in events (in your yard/pool) and of course the all important medal board. Maybe they pick an event (swimming and diving are big at our house) and come up with some ideas for a theme night based on that event.

jmb

July 24th, 2012
2:56 pm

I would probably go with the hamburgers & hot dogs ideas. A taco/nacho bar always goes over well with the kids too.

mystery poster

July 24th, 2012
3:10 pm

I love the pin the flame on the torch idea, how cute!
As far as the flag tablecloth idea, isn’t that disrespectful of the flag to have it used that way?

Me

July 24th, 2012
4:09 pm

@Shaggy and Augusta — Guess I’m in the same sinking ship as you both!!
And, back on topic, we have never celebrated the opening of the Olympics but I’m all for a party no matter the reason. In this case, I would think staying within the theme of the good ole USA is always a good idea.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

July 24th, 2012
4:11 pm

these are very helpful — so far we’ve decided each person should represent a different country (it’s just a family party and a little buddy of Rose.) They have to create a costume from the country and name a dish for us to serve. And know a few facts about the country —- Walsh has chosen China because he wants me to make egg rolls. Lilina has chosen Australia because she like koalas but I have a feeling she could change. I am waffling between Jamaica and Brazil. I want to do a Carmen Miranda fruit hat for Brazil. Trying to figure out how to make that. No commitment yet from Rose or Michael so we’ll see…. But I am definitely using some of the ideas above!!!

Sluggo

July 24th, 2012
4:12 pm

You must be tired Theresa.

The last blog (Chick-Fil-A) was much more lively.

Chick Fil A on Sunday

July 24th, 2012
4:35 pm

Shaggy must think he/she is that well off. Also, you don’t know how much I got. As far as you know I have enough to make you poop green on command if I waned to. Never judge another.

Only a handful of people got wealthy during the Olympics. The same people that wanted them here in the first place. It’s common knowledge. It’s not a conspiracy.

Patrick

July 24th, 2012
4:47 pm

You can get a fruit basket at almost any grocery store. Just run a rope or something through the bottom, and tie under your chin.

Have the family participate in various contests, and award gold, silver, and bronze medals. You could do contests like sack race, crab walk, pushups, jumping jacks, running, and other games.

You could also do a mock British tea. Serve up some hot (or iced) tea, milk, or fruit juice, with small snacks like cookies (biscuits in England), toast with different spreads, crackers with different spreads, and other finger foods (sliced fruits and veggies). If I’m not mistaken, tea time is at 4 PM GMT. You can do it at 4 PM local time. A proper British tea is served up hot, and you add milk (or cream) and sugar to the tea, to taste. You can find British teas at almost any grocery store, or at a store that specializes in international foods, or British/English foods.

shaggy

July 24th, 2012
5:19 pm

Chick Fil A on Sunday & dd

Life isn’t perfect, but I don’t whine and become envious because someone has material wealth that I desire. I work, plan, and make it happen. If I am worthy, and have made smart choices I win. I celebrate the win with my family and friends. I wallow in it. I gloat over it immensely, because I did it, and you will NEVER feel the satisfaction of THE WIN…because you waste your time and choices frivolously…I am sure you don’t even know what frivolously means, or any of the other big people words I use regularly.

Then, for fun, and for the entertainment of my hard working subordinates (whoops, another big people word) the first thing I do is fire slacker, nitwit, whiners if I can find them to fire…kinda like pulling wings off of flies, except the whiners make a louder whining noise. My hard workers cheer and I buy them all a few rounds of beers, where the talk is of YOU and stupidity being one and the same.

catlady

July 24th, 2012
5:53 pm

Theresa, how about removing these unproductive, name-calling and taunting posts?

MA

July 24th, 2012
6:11 pm

mystery poster: yes, there are not really any laws per se, but, there are flag protocols or rules and regulations. §8. Respect for flag – d. The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. i. – The flag should never be printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.

Fred

July 24th, 2012
6:32 pm

It is posts like the ones above that make me embarrassed to be named Fred. Trademark Fred, where is all of this anger coming from? The topic is party ideas for the Olympics. Calm down a bit.
My family is very excited for the Olympics this year, my girls especially for the gymnastics. We are planning a cookout for the opening ceremonies with as many international foods as we can think of, to make it more interesting, we can only eat the food once that cou try has been announced.

jarvis

July 24th, 2012
7:04 pm

Fred, Apple also employs 63 thousand Americans.

Kim

July 24th, 2012
7:41 pm

I’m making a sheet cake with white frosting and then making the Olympic rings on the cake with M&Ms. We will also eat lots of international foods. I love your fish and chips idea! We lived in England for a year and every time we eat fish and chips it takes us back. Have a great time with your party!

shaggy

July 24th, 2012
7:56 pm

Oh, Freddie Boy,

If you are not taxed enough, just pull that checkbook out and give it up willingly. No? I didn’t think you had it in you to play fair. What would your T&S fascist goons think if they knew you wanted to actually keep what your whining, sad ass earned.

shaggy

July 24th, 2012
8:02 pm

To the ladies that have always welcomed me here, even when I misbehaved. I apologize, but DAMN, this fred moron needs to be slapped like the jerk that he is.

MA

July 24th, 2012
8:31 pm

Wow! So much for a fun topic on the Olympics.

Me

July 24th, 2012
8:32 pm

Wow these posts are mean, anyway think will just be wife and I, thinking bangers and mash, but with sweet potatoe mash or beef Wellington

shaggy

July 24th, 2012
8:32 pm

TWG’s filter has kept me from posting to anymore freddie boy. This one probably won’t get through either, but if it does, I’ll be seeing you.

shaggy

July 24th, 2012
8:35 pm

Once again, I apologize to the ladies here that have made me feel welcome over the years. I really didn’t intend to go with fredjerk, but I just can’t stand drivel, split from an empty vessel. I have to take a very dirty rag and clean it up.

shaggy

July 24th, 2012
8:38 pm

frednuts,

It’s shaggy. You can lose the capital S, if you can understand that, withall of your shrill whining about namejacking and such.

shaggy

July 24th, 2012
8:39 pm

Yo…really?

Chick Fil A on Sunday

July 24th, 2012
8:40 pm

Wow….

I don’t believe my post was whining. I just stated fact. Undisputed fact. The one doing all the whining is Shaggy.

The irony.

Get shaggy laid telethon

July 24th, 2012
8:45 pm

That’s right folks……In order to lighten the mood, we MUST get shaggy laid. The guy is so uptight it’s spoiling everyone else’s fun. I’m guessing we need at least $25 to find the woman of his dreams for a 20 minute encounter.

Who’ll start with the first donation?

Chick Fil A on Sunday

July 24th, 2012
9:04 pm

I have no idea what got his boxers in a bunch to the point he had to parrot talk radio and FOX news.

I know what needs to get inside his boxers, thus the telethon.

Just trying to help bring some levity here.

observer

July 24th, 2012
9:29 pm

@Fred with the trademark, your quote below @ 8:13 pm:

“But you go boy, you impress the HELL out of all the brainless soccer momn’s here.”

Fred with the trademark, don’t speak of “brainless” people and misspell a word in the same sentence…that should be “moms”, not momn’s.” And btw, thanks for calling the moms on here brainless. Your words speak chapters, books and volumes about you. Will have to say, Shaggy does not back down and agree with his perspective on most things. Thanks Shaggy.

Will be enjoying opening ceremonies of Olympics and most events. Most in my family are athletic and even those who are not, love the commentaries of how these young people got to the place they now are…..nothing handed to them but their abilities tie directly to the work they have put into their endeavors. Great stories, looking forward to it.

I cut the cheese Uh Huh Uh Huh

July 24th, 2012
9:39 pm

shaggy

July 25th, 2012
6:52 am

freddie boy,

Appreciate the invite, but I will pass on both. Me and my buddies are penciled in to head to Atlanta for some fun and games. We find a group of winos (notice I used the old, politically incorrect term) and toss a quarter on the sidewalk. We bet high stakes on which one gets the quarter to their shabby pocket first, with violence being used in the melee, scoring a bet multiplier. That is waaaaaay more fun than shooting at inanimate objects that are served up for nothing….boring comes to mind. I do my shooting in a very purposeful way and always hit what I shoot at. After the betting party, we head in to Ted’s Montana to have a real taste of the west.

Your drivel is beginning to sound like a conversion attempt, and I am well beyond going backwards. Don’t confuse me with your Republican nemesis. That would be wrong, as I find them to be just as corrupt and vile as the Democrats. I want the R’s out of citizen’s bedrooms and women’s uterus decisions, and I want you out of my pocket searching for my cash to give to Tawnisha. Yes, I am a real Libertarian, and have been for quite a while…before it was cool. I will bet your favorite ex-President is either Bill Clinton, who should at least picked a hot one for pleasure in the Oval Office, or JFK, who I must admit knew how to exercise power to get some stanky on his danky…regularly. Mine would be Theodore Roosevelt. I would vote for him in November, if they would just dig him up and dust him off a little.

To all of the rejects that think I need to get laid,
I have been “laid” more in one month than any of you will ever see in your entire lives…combined, but that was another uncommitted shaggy,. who was a horn dog to the worst degree. I have been completely faithful to my wife ever since…I would say for how long, but that is not any of your business, now is it? I stay faithful, not because I have to, or am expected to. I stay faithful because it’s my choice, my wife puts up with me, and she is smokin hot…outdoor girl…fit, and she hits what she shoots at too.

shaggy

July 25th, 2012
7:03 am

Oh fred-lib,

I have never watched Fox News, as I watch very little TV, which is boring and gets in the way of certain craft type projects that I find MUCH more rewarding than plopping on a couch hypnotized by a talking head.
Just why is it that talk radio scares you lefties so much? Is it because you are “challenged” in putting anything up to compete with it. You know, the advertising/ratings game. That would be because shrill lefties can’t draw an audience…they are boring and empty of real original thoughts…they have to follow their masters or else.

Big Ott

July 25th, 2012
9:49 am

For my Olympics Viewing Party, I have ordered two Chicken Nugget Platters from Chick-fil-A for ALL my friends and relatives, regardless of their “orientation.”

Glenda

July 25th, 2012
3:27 pm

Sent this invite out with Olympic Photos:
The Opening Ceremony is starting quite late at 21.30(in Cape Town).We’re making it an English Evening so I’m serving the “National Dish” (a curry). Please come at about 19.30 so that we can have a drink, eat dinner & then move into the Theatre to watch the Opening. Please wear red, white & blue & bring a Union Jack.It’s a wonderful way for the World to unite & celebrate our amazing Athletes!