I love the Olympics.
A group of my friends and I have made a tradition of going to a cabin in Michigan for a weekend around my birthday (Chicago in February isn’t exactly the most celebratory place to be). This year it just so happens to overlap perfectly with the Winter Olympics. Given the Olympics overlap, we are making the entire weekend Olympics themed: décor, food, games, etc.
Being the freak planner that I am, I have a lot on the agenda. I wanted to share with you some of what we have planned which you can use in your apartment and home. Here is my list of:
10 Ways to Prepare for and Celebrate the Olympics at Home
1. Get on up, it’s bobsled time!
For the first time since 2002, the Jamaican bobsled team qualified for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. They worked hard to raise enough money to be able to go, and sponsors came in from every direction. The team raised over $120K in donations and are able to go! To celebrate this moment, you should sit back, watch “Cool Runnings” and feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme.
2. Quack, quack, quack, quack!
Speaking of great movies, another one to watch in anticipation of the Winter Olympics is “D2: The Mighty Ducks.” To be fair, this movie is about the Junior Goodwill Games and not The Olympics, but it’s the same concept and I have a thing for 90s sports movies (“Rookie of the Year” is my favorite movie of all time). Plus, we get to see Coach Bombay, Charlie and the Bash Bros dominate!
Bonus points to whoever gets either one of these haircuts in preparation of The Olympics:
3. The Olympic Torch
Buy an inflatable torch. No fire hazard. No trip to the craft store. No Olympic Games are complete without one.
4. A Sochi-Centered Feast / A Worldly Feast
Plan to have a Russian style meal to celebrate Sochi. Russian food isn’t exactly ranked up there with Mexican and Italian food in popularity (I’m Russian so I’m allowed to say that), but there are definitely some yummy options! Chicken Kiev, Beef Stroganoff, Blini… I could go on, but they are all delicious. Check out some recipes here, and give some a try!
Don’t want to stick to just Russian cuisine?
Go with a worldly cuisine. Perhaps a main dish from Russia (chicken kiev) with appetizers from Greece (spanakopita), China (egg rolls), Mexico (chips and guacamole), and India (samosas) and desserts from Italy (gelato, tiramisu, Italian wedding cookies). The options are endless, and most of these items can be found at any grocery store!
5. Cocktails From Around the World
If you’re going for the global theme, pair your dishes and appetizers with cocktails from around the world. We won’t judge if you try more than one. 🙂
6. Olympics Cake
After indulging in the worldly cuisine, drinks and desserts, it’s time for more desserts! There’s never too many desserts. There are a ton of Olympics themed cakes, but I am choosing the one I might actually be successful in baking. If you are more ambitious than I am, search around online! I admire your ambition. Here’s a recipe for a basic Olympic ring cake.
7. The “Sport” of Russian Dance
I already mentioned that I am Russian which means I spent much of my childhood immersed in Russian culture. One big element of Russian culture is dance. Yes, I was a Russian dancer, and I may or may not have been a boy dancer because there were more girls than guys in our group (Did I just admit that? I digress…).There are some great “How-To” YouTube tutorials on Russian dancing. Take a look for fun! If you’re feeling up for it, try some moves out. Be careful, and don’t try anything which could make you hurt tomorrow (ie/ below)!
8. Olympic Music
Set the mood with some Olympic style music. Check out this Amazon playlist made just for the Sochi Winter Olympics
Get décor! Amazon has a TON of great and inexpensive décor for The Olympics.
Last but certainly not least, get medals! Even if you aren’t playing any games, medals are fun to wear around (“We’re ALL winners!”). Plus, unless you’re a runner, this is probably one of the only times since elementary school where you get to sport a sweet medal/ badge.
(Getting the Presidential Fitness Award was basically winning a gold medal in elementary school)
What are you doing to prepare for and celebrate the Olympics? I’m sure there are tons of other ideas, and I would love to hear them! Comment below 🙂