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How to Host the Perfect Olympics Opening Night Party



This year’s Summer Olympics is set to begin on August 5th. And, even if you’re unable to travel to Rio for the games, with two weeks to go until the Opening Ceremony, you still have plenty of time to plan an Olympics themed party for your friends and/or family. Here’s what you need to do to get started:

Invite People Early

Although there is still a bit of time left before the Olympics starts, if you’re sure you want to host a party, now is the time to send out the invites. You don’t want to wait too long to find out that people already have plans. So, purchase some invitations from a party store, or make some yourself, or even invite people on Facebook; no matter what you do, do it as soon as possible.

Consider an All Day Event

The Olympics Opening Ceremony is set to begin at 8pm Brazil time – that’s 11pm in the UK. Because of the late time, it might be a good idea to host an all day event so that people who have young children or need to be up for work the next morning can still attend for part of the day. You can always carry on the event into the evening, so that those who are able to stay late will be able to watch the ceremony with you.

What Food and Drinks Will You Serve?

One great idea for an all day party is to host a barbeque. This way, you won’t be stuck in the kitchen during the day, and you can have a more relaxed affair. The standard food for a barbecue includes burgers, hot dogs, salad, and corn. However, you can be as standard or as inventive as you like. If you would like some ideas on what to cook, check out this Ladbrokes slot game. Simply spin the slots and it will give you some great main, marinade and side dishes to try out.

Of course, you’ll also need to consider drinks. Make sure you have a good range of soft drinks, but also consider supplying beer or cider – especially if you will be hosting the majority of your party outdoors. You may also want to consider making a fruity punch, or providing Pimms – both are great drinks for a summer event.

Décor is Important

If you want to go all out with an Olympics theme, you need to consider the décor. You can easily buy Olympics decorations from party websites, and many supermarkets and card shops are also starting to stock items that will be perfect. However, if you want to be a bit more inventive, consider making some crafty items yourself – you could even encourage the kids to get involved. Everything from flags, to pinwheels, and even banners can be created with a bit of creativity and a few basic supplies. There are two weekends left before the event, so you should have plenty of time if you decide to go down this route.
Hosting an Olympics party is sure to be a lot of fun, but it’s a good idea to start planning as soon as possible.


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Bill is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about culture and the arts, however will write about anything that piques his interest including business, travel and lifestyle.