Olympics Party Essentials
More Sporting Party Ideas
Quick Country Finder
Throwing a party themed around a key Olympic event, and need to find some ideas fast? Use the list below to find the page for your nation (or the opposition), and away you go!
We've only listed here those nations for whom we have pages already built on our sister sites, Throw a Football Party and/or Formula 1 / Grand Prix Parties. I'm afraid if your nation doesn't appear below, we don't have a page of ideas for them (yet!).
Like watching sport with your mates? Then throw an Olympics party!
Enjoy having a few friends round to watch the Olympics together? Ever think it might be fun to make a bit more of a party of it? You've come to the right place!
The whole aim of this site is to give you some ideas and resources to help you throw an Olympics party with your friends. Yes, you could just turn the TV on and hope somebody remembers to bring a few lagers with them. Somewhere at the back of the cupboard there's a packet of cheese and onion crisps you haven't eaten yet, right? OR, you could go to town a bit, and for very little money turn the whole thing into a party that everyone will remember.
It doesn't take a lot of effort to decorate the room in the colours of the nation you're cheering for. There are countless sources of flags, bunting, scarves, shirts and other ways to decorate your room (or yourself!) available, and we'll try to link you up with some of them. Or take it a step further, and find some wine or beer from the nations involved. One thing we've got loads of on this site is recipes from around the world, so whether you're a budding chef or a bit of a novice in the kitchen, there should be something here that will give your Olympics party some culinary pizazz!
This site is an "off shoot" of the successful Sporting Parties web site, so many of the ideas will be similar. In fact many of the links will open on pages from the other site where they are useful or appropriate - there seemed very little point in filling up the web with duplicate pages that simply have a different logo on! Of course, there's nothing to stop you using the ideas on this site for a party that's not strictly Olympics or sport-related. But if you are having a few mates round to watch the Olympics, why not make the most of the occasion?!
And if you have any ideas to add to this site, please get in touch!
Throwing an Olympics Party? Plan ahead!
OK, the Olympics only comes round once every four years, so in theory we all have plenty of time to plan the perfect party, but somehow life never works out quite like that!
A little advance planning will help create a party to remember.
Click here for the official Rio 2016 Olymics site.
Themed Ideas For Olympics Parties
As the birthplace of the Olympics, Greece offers plenty of ideas for an Olympics themed party.
This results in a really bright, colourful party with loads of interesting food and drink!
The idea is that each person picks a country from around the world (you could use countries of the British Commonwealth, or one country from each continent, or countries with yellow on their national flag, or whatever other theme works for you), and then brings a flag, some bunting or other decoration from that nation, and prepares a dish from their chosen country.
Five Olympic Rings
Another way to get a brightly coloured party with lots of interesting food!
The idea is that each person or family picks one of the colours of the Olympic Rings (red, yellow, black, blue and green). They then have to bring a decoration and a dish that is linked with that colour. Or the host can provide the decorations, and the guests bring a dish and a drink themed to the colour (be prepared for plenty of Blue Nun wine!).
Other ideas maight be chicken in black bean sauce, Thai green curry, something with red snapper in, etc.
With the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea rapidly approaching, throwing a Korean party might be something worth considering.
To create an authentic Korean party atmosphere, have some Traditional Music from Korea playing in the background.
Try some of these recipes as a main course for your Korean Party:
Bulgogi - Korean Barbecued Beef
Hot & Spicy Squid Stir Fry - Ohjinguh bokkeum
Spicy Stir Fried Chicken - Dak Galbi
By far the most popular alcoholic drink in Korea is Soju , made from a combination of fermented rice and grain. Usually about 20 percent alcohol by volume, although sometimes as much as 40 percent, it is a clear spirit, sometimes compared to vodka. It can be drunk on its own, or with mixers or in cocktails. Many popular international cocktails can be adapted to incorporate Soju.
Another popular drink in Korea - this time non-alcoholic - is Korean Ginger Tea. It is served chilled as a refreshing summer drink, or hot in winter months.
Alpine Winter Party
Regardless of where the actual sporting events are taking place, an "Alpine" themed party will always feel appropriate for the Winter Olympics. The ideas below are therefore a mix of mainly Swiss, Austrian and Slovenian suggestions for a wintery Alpine fest!
MenuFondue - loads of fondue recipes on our Switzerland page
Slovenian Mushroom Soup
Austrian Potato Soup
Austrian Wiener Schnitzel
Gröstl - Tirol-Style Fry-Up