Here’s How to Throw a Gold-Medal Olympic Viewing Party
The 2016 Olympic Games will begin Aug. 5, and though there’s been much dispute about whether Brazil is ready to host the event, we’re definitely ready to spend our summer days curled up on the couch, sipping on caipirinhas, watching world-class athletes compete to win medals. Olympic viewing is always done best with friends, so invite them over, set up a mini Olympic Games in your backyard, cook some tasty Brazilian snacks, shake up some cocktails, gift everyone an edible Olympic medal, and enjoy watching the incredible speed and talent of the world’s best athletes.
An Olympic viewing party obviously needs Olympic-themed decorations. Make some Olympic ring paper chains and hang them up around your home, gift your guests an Olympic crown, and transform your snacks into mini Olympic torches. Set a costume theme for your party — we love the idea of everyone dressing up as his or her favorite athlete — host mini, but competitive, Olympic races in your backyard, and create a medal podium photo booth to make your friends feel like they really are part of the Games.
Use the food and drinks as an easy way to transport your guests to Rio. Ice-cold cachaça-based cocktails are essential, and the tastiest Brazilian food isn’t difficult to prepare and is perfect for a party. Bar snacks, such as cod fritters, are the perfect accompaniment to all those drinks, and make sure you follow them with Brazilian style barbecue and pizza. Don’t forget to serve sweet truffles at the end of the meal: No Brazilian party is ever complete without them.
When your house is decorated, there are plenty of salty and sweet snacks ready to eat, and the drinks are perfectly chilled, it’s time to turn the television on and get this Olympic viewing party started.