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  • Writer's pictureEric Sloss

Celebrate the Olympics Outdoors

Hosting an outdoor party to celebrate the Olympics can be an exciting way to gather friends and family while enjoying the spirit of international competition. The first step is choosing the right venue. Ideally, a spacious backyard or a local park would work well, offering enough room for guests to move around and participate in various activities. Ensure the location has access to power for any electronics and a good Wi-Fi signal if you plan to stream events live. Additionally, consider weather contingencies by renting tents or setting up canopies to provide shade and protection from unexpected rain.


Next, focus on decorations and ambiance to set the Olympic theme. Use the colors of the Olympic rings (blue, yellow, black, green, and red) for decorations such as balloons, tablecloths, and banners. Creating flags from different countries can add a festive and international touch, allowing guests to feel the global spirit of the Olympics. To enhance the atmosphere, consider setting up a big screen or projector for live viewing of events, and arrange seating in a way that mimics a stadium, with tiered levels if possible, to give everyone a good view.


Food and drinks are crucial to any successful party, and for an Olympic-themed gathering, they can be both fun and creative. Offer a variety of international dishes representing different countries to celebrate the global nature of the Games. Set up food stations or a buffet with labels indicating the country of origin of each dish. For drinks, consider serving themed cocktails or mocktails, and have plenty of water and soft drinks available. Don’t forget to have some classic snacks like popcorn and pretzels that guests can enjoy while watching the events.


Finally, plan activities and games to keep everyone entertained during the downtime between Olympic events. Organize your own mini-Olympics with games such as a three-legged race, tug-of-war, or a friendly soccer match. Have medals or small prizes ready for the winners to add an element of fun and competition. Setting up a photo booth with props related to different sports can also provide entertainment and memorable keepsakes for guests

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