Looking for Olympics-themed party ideas because you’re planning an Olympics watch party? Or maybe you’re simply a fan of the Olympics and have a birthday coming up. Either way, we at Peerspace have 11 creative yet accessible ideas that will make your party a complete success.
1. Serve your guests international foods
The Olympics’ internationalism is one of their most important features, so emphasize this aspect of the competition by serving foods from all around the world, displaying the best of many different cuisines. For Olympics-themed party ideas like this, you can hire a caterer, order a selection of dishes from different local restaurants, or even attempt to make these foods yourself.
2. Play party games – and award medals to the winners
Take some suggestions from Play Party Plan and include at least a few of these ten hilarious “go for the gold” game ideas. The games on this list are as simple as balancing a book on your head or playing golf with a broom, but they’ll make your party memorable, especially when your winning guests take home gold, silver, and bronze medals.
By the way, here’s how you make your own homemade Olympic medals, courtesy of Project Nursery. If you’d rather buy medals than make your own, here are some affordable gold medals that will work perfectly well for this purpose.
3. Serve Olympic torch cupcakes in an ice cream cone
The Olympic torch is one of the most iconic symbols of this long-standing tradition, going back to the ancient classical era. So why not represent the iconic torch and provide your guests with something tasty? As simple as this recipe for Olympic torch ice cream cone cups is, it also looks surprisingly dramatic and is the kind of treat that functions both as a delicious snack and as a form of decor. That’s why it’s one of our top Olympics-themed party ideas!
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4. Play Olympics-themed trivia
Here’s another Olympics-themed party idea, an activity that your guests will love: Olympics-themed trivia! This is another one where you can compete for medals, and the extra dose of competition is sure to help your guests get especially engaged. Here’s one source of Olympics trivia questions from Parade, with a total of 125 questions and answers that’ll be more than enough for one night’s worth of trivia.
5. Send out Olympics-themed invitations
Here’s a super cute example of the kinds of invites we’re talking about, one that would be perfect for a child’s Olympics-themed birthday party. Another one we love is this Olympics-themed birthday invitation from Salt City Paper Co. on Etsy. Whichever invitation style you choose, one thing we’d definitely advise you to do is to send your invites out as soon as possible so that your invitees can plan ahead.
6. Bake an Olympics-themed cake
You can transform this easy and delicious chocolate cake recipe from Taste of Home into an Olympics-themed cake that your guests will love. It’s as simple as frosting a cake in white and arranging some M&M’s into the design of the Olympic rings! You can even add an Olympics-themed cake topper like this one from Oh Yay Studio instead to make things extra easy for yourself.
7. Offer guests mini flags for whichever country they’re rooting for
This suggestion comes from CNN’s article on throwing a great Olympics party. “Get everyone involved with tiny flags from every country (or just the ones you and your guests are rooting for).” You can buy the mini flags for 50 countries on Amazon for less than $15.
8. Rent a space with a high-quality TV for your watch party
This idea applies if you’re reading our list of ideas because you’re planning on having an Olympics watch party. In that case, the screen you’re watching will make a big difference! You might have a large, high-resolution TV in your own home, but if you don’t, never fear!
Another option is to rent a space that does offer this type of display by the hour through Peerspace. Peerspace is the largest marketplace on the internet for renting event venues and other kinds of spaces. For example, this underground event space, lounge, and bar in Nashville, Tennessee, has two 70-inch 4K TVs behind their bar.
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9. Another activity idea: Olympics-themed crafts
Another activity you might also want to have at your party is Olympic-style crafting. In case you’re unsure where to begin, Oh My Creative provides a list of DIY Olympic crafts that includes a light-up glowing tealight Olympic torch, DIY Olympic rings candy jars, a rhinestone Olympic rings tee tutorial, and more!
10. Don’t forget about the Winter Olympics
In case you’re planning on having a Winter Olympics-specific party, Better Homes and Gardens has a guide to hosting a Winter Olympics watch party. It offers lots of great ideas specific to this slightly lesser-known cousin of the Summer Olympics. However, many of the suggestions on this list will work for either form of the Olympics, so be sure to give them a look either way.
11. Host an Olympics-themed international potluck
Echoing idea #1 on this list, our last idea is a little bit easier. Instead of the host providing all the food for the party, you’ll ask your guests to bring foods representative of their own cultures. This ensures that the selection of cuisines at your gathering is wide-ranging. Everyone will get to try delicious new foods – and what could be a better party activity than that?!