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I Threw an Olympics-Themed Party Last Weekend!

I know, I know.

The London games haven’t officially begun, but I can’t help it. I’m getting so excited. I LOVE the Olympics, especially the Summer Games!

I was out of town when the gymnastic trials took place a couple weeks ago, but I had them recorded them on my DVR. So since I had friends coming over to watch them with me,  I couldn’t resist throwing an Olympics-themed party.

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I’m a simple girl (read: lazy) so I didn’t go completely nutso, but I still had fun with it.

I knew I wanted to serve dishes from several countries around the world, and I decided on Italy, Mexico, China, Great Britain, and of course, the United States.

I printed out some world flags and attached them to wooden skewers to display by the matching country’s dish on my buffet table. (I printed out a few other countries just for fun too.)

World-Flags

I also took some wide patriotic ribbon, wrapped it around a couple of red licorice twists, and then displayed them in a clear glass for guests to grab and enjoy.

USA-Licorice Twists

And my favorite thing was making Olympic ring shaped cut-out cookies. I used colored gels to tint a light icing with the 5 Olympic ring colors, and then I painted the tops of the cookies in those colors.

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Pasta for Italy

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Nacho dip for Mexico

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Stir fried veggies and rice for China

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Fish and Chips for Great Britain

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Hamburgers and Hot Dogs for the USA

We had such a good time watching the Olympic trials that I’m very, very tempted to do this again when the official Olympics actually start. In fact, this would make an excellent tradition!

Olympics-party

Watch the London 2012 Summer Olympics July 27th – August 12th on NBC. Check your local TV listings here.

NBC provided compensation to help me throw a party, but all opinions are my own.

What are you most excited to watch when the Olympics start next week?

 

About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.

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  1. what a blast! cannot wait to watch, i love the olympics and hope my kids will enjoy seeing them too!

  2. Awww this is so neat!

  3. I am excited for the swimming. Love the Olympic ring cookies, very cute!

  4. I love those cookies.

    And what a fun idea for a party!

  5. What a fun party! I usually try to watch gymnastics and swimming/diving when it’s on.

  6. That’s a neat way to celebrate the Olympics.

  7. and you didn’t invite me?