How to Throw a Gold Medal-Winning Winter Olympics Party
Love the Winter Olympics? Can't get to South Korea to see the events in person? Well, how about throwing a gold medal-winning Winter Olympics viewing party? We're here to tell you how.
The ultimate 2018 Winter Olympics viewing party would, of course, involve a trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea, to watch 90 countries compete in more than a dozen sports with 102 medaling opportunities over the 17 days beginning Feb. 9. Luckily, for the first time ever, the Olympics will be broadcast live in all time zones (thank you, NBC!). That means you can schedule your viewing party to coincide with your favorite events, and there’ll be no spoilers!
Do your invites right
Everyone gets excited for a theme party, especially when it starts with an invitation that screams the theme. Design your invites to prominently feature the Olympic flag, with its colorful interlaced rings. Level up by making them ticket-shaped (like Etsy designer AmysSimpleDesigns did) adding a South Korean flag (white with a blue and red yin-and-yang-like swirl).
“Impose” a dress code
Taking the theme to an even higher level, consider asking your guests to dress in a way that represents their favorite participating nation, Olympic sport or event. Or they can come as their favorite Olympian of all time, or dress in one of the six colors that appear on the Olympic flag (blue, yellow, black, green, red or white). So many possibilities!
Make Korean barbecue
Nothing says Korea like a classic Korean barbecue, which traditionally involves a tabletop grill. Figure you’ll need one grill for every eight guests, plus plenty of ventilation (and parental supervision). Korean barbecue consists of veggies and meats, sliced thin and marinated, which your guests can grill themselves. Offer dipping sauces, lettuce wrappers, rice and garnishes like cilantro, sesame seeds and infused oils. Or, skip the grill and make Korean Beef and Rice or Korean Pulled Pork Tacos.
Pick your decor theme
Go with international (like this whole suite of Olympics party printables from BirdsPartySupplies on Etsy), winter or the colors of the Olympic flag. Or, give a nod to one—or several—Winter Olympics sports, which include skiing, curling, snowboarding, bobsledding, figure skating, hockey, luge and speed skating. Posters or images printed from the Internet will come in handy if you go with the sports theme.
Serve themed drinks
Light the torch
No Winter Olympics party would be complete without a ceremonial torch-lighting. This is where your Korean barbecue plays a dual role. Not only will your guests cook their dinner on the tabletop burners, but the lighting of the burners can be played as an “official” torch-lighting ceremony. Take this opportunity to demonstrate how to grill the meats and veggies (lay a piece on the grill plate, allow it to cook for one minute per side). Then let your guests play with their food!
Blast an Olympian playlist
For your playlist, go with Korean music, Olympic-themed music (think “Chariots of Fire,” “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” and other works of symphonic grandeur), or music about playing and winning (Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” Santana’s “I’m Winning,” Foreigner’s “I’m Gonna Win” and the like).
Make a mountain for dessert
Play a game
Don’t just watch the games—play one yourself! Compete with your friends by having a snowshoe race in the backyard. Or, DIY a tabletop curling board and play as you watch the pros on TV. At the end of the night, host an Olympics-worthy medal ceremony.
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Hand out medals
You can order pre-fab medals from Etsy or make them yourself using cardboard and paint. Then, either hang them from the ceiling, place them at table settings, award them in a comedic after-dinner ceremony or give them out in goodie bags with gummy Lifesavers in the colors of the Olympic rings.