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Olympic Birthday Party

Olympic Birthday Party

For parents of children born in the winter months, it can often be a challenge to come up with an interesting birthday party activity for an active group of six year-olds. But with a little creativity, and if you clear the furniture out of the living room for a day, you can host your own Olympic-themed birthday party for your son or daughter.

In the instructions below, we’ve assumed 11 kids will be invited to the party, for a total of 12. We have divided the kids into four teams of three, and offered six activities (so one team isn’t held up by another). With four teams, you will need to make sure you have at least three other adults to assist you during the party, acting as each “country’s” leader, and to run the events.

Invitations

Create your own medal-shaped invitations with yellow craft paper or card stock, and some red or blue ribbon.

What you need: Yellow craft paper, X-Acto knife or scissors, 20-inch segments of red or blue ribbon (one segment per invitation), markers.

How-to:

1. Cut out round circle, about 5-inches in diameter, to allow enough space for text.

2. With an X-Acto knife, or scissors, cut a narrow 1-inch slit near the edge of the circle. Thread ribbon through the slit, and then knot the two ends together, so it resembles a real medal.

3. On the front side of the invitation, invite the guests to the games, using your child’s age as the year. For example, if the child is turning six:

You’re invited to the XI Olympic Winter Games!

On the flip side, write the details of the event:

Opening Ceremony: Date, time.

Hosting Country: Your address and phone number.

“Let the Games Begin!”

Before mailing the invitations, add some pieces of sports equipment-shaped or star-shaped confetti in the envelope for a fun surprise for the recipient.

Teams

Break the guests into teams before the day of the event, and give each team a different country name. To be able to distinguish what team each child is on, you will want to pin a printout of the country’s flag to their back, like a race number, or create your own flag shirts, using plain white t-shirts and fabric markers. You will also want to create flags for each team to carry as they parade around to the Olympic theme song during the opening ceremonies. For the flags, print or draw each country’s flag on a piece of cardstock, and then staple it to a 2 or 3-foot wooden dowel.

Activities

The party will begin with an opening ceremony, a chance for all the kids to get together and parade around to music, before breaking out into teams. Each team will then rotate through each of six “events,” or stations, where every guest will compete to gain points for their team. You will need to have four stopwatches on hand, one for each team leader.

Balance beam: Run a long strip of duct tape down an 8-foot portion of carpeted hallway, or across a room. Each child be timed as they walk across the “beam.” The three times for each team will be added together; the team with the fastest time wins.

Golf ball on spoon relay: Each team will be timed walking a certain distance (maybe from one side of the room and back, or in a loop through a series of adjacent rooms) while holding a golf ball with a spoon. After one child completes the circuit, s/he will pass off the spoon to the next in a relay format. Again, the team with the fastest time wins.

Basketball toss: Mount an indoor hoop on a door and have each child make three free throws (with a soft ball, to avoid breaking windows). They earn one point for every basket.

Hula hoop competition: Give each child a hoop and count how long they can keep it going. Add the three times together; the team with the longest time wins.

Standing long jump: Stick a 2-foot segment of duct tape to a section of carpet. Have each child stand behind it, then jump as far as they can. Measure the distance with a measuring tape, and then add together the distance each team member jumped. The greatest distance wins.

Putt-putt: Set up a figure-eight course with cones and time each child as they putt a field hockey ball with a field hockey stick around the cones (you can also use a tennis ball and putter if you don’t have a field hockey stick; however, it may easier for young kids to use something bigger than a golf ball). Again, add up the three times for each team; the team with the fastest time wins.

Menu

If you have a picky eater, it might be best to serve traditional birthday party fare, like hot dogs, carrot and celery sticks, peanut butter and jelly, and a fruit salad. However, if you have a more adventuresome group of children, add a little international flair to the menu, based on the countries represented by the teams.

For drinks, serve the athletes Gatorade, or make your own thirst-quenching drink with ginger-ale, grape juice, and a splash of coconut water.

Italy: Spaghetti and meatballs

France: Croque monsieurs

Japan: Teriyaki chicken

United States: Mac and cheese

Greece: Lamb burgers

For dessert, re-create the Olympic rings with different colored M&M’s on a chocolate frosted cake.

Awards

While the children refuel, tally up the scores for each event, naming first, second, and third place winners. Once the children are finished eating, hold an awards ceremony and call up each team by name to award each athlete with a medal (homemade, like the invitations, or purchase real metal medals). Once all the athletes have received a medal, then announce the first, second and third place winners of the events (in the spirit of fair play, where everyone wins).


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How to Host a Great Summer Olympics Theme Party

Ingredients for a great Japanese themed 2020 Olympics celebration?

Plan your party for the opening ceremony, around a favorite Olympic event . or for celebrating the colorful Olympic closing ceremony.

Add to the fun by having guests participate in party games. And, when the party is over, remember to give out the Olympic party favors to send all your guests home happy.


INVITATIONS

For clever homemade invitations, decorate with Japanese clipart, photos of Olympic athletes, or Olympic rings clip art.

Also be sure to include a front cover headline, such as "Let the Games Begin!" or "You're Invited to the Official Party of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics!"

Also include any special instructions about what guests should bring and, finally, remember to include the where, when, and other RSVP details.

TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPICS PARTY FOOD & DRINKS

It's the summer Olympics in Tokyo, after all, so what better reason to you need to serve up a cool party tray of Japanese sushi! Order it from your local specialty shop or restaurant, or make it yourself with plenty of tips available online for hosting your own Olympic-style sushi party!

Served up with traditional Japanese sticky rice, miso soup, and a traditional cold Japanese beer, a bottle of sake (or other wines that pair perfectly with sushi) and you're sure to win gold in Olympic party hosting.

For the kids, don't forget to serve bottled water, soda or sports drinks, or think nutritious juices and their favorite fruit drinks.

For dessert, wave the colors with a delicious Olympic ring cake or try this easy recipe for making scrumptious Olympic cookie rings.

Or, if you really want to score with young ones in attendance -- simply buy a box of plain donuts. Make a simple sugar frosting, then go to town with food coloring to make different frostings in the official colors of the Olympic rings.

Kids of all ages will love it.

Browse your favorite music store or Amazon.com for Olympic CD compilations. You can also search the Web for downloadable audio files including the Olympic Hymn, Chariots of Fire, and other rousing inspirational songs.

OLYMPICS PARTY MUSIC PLAYLIST

To celebrate everything Japan, remember their official flag colors are red and white!

Browse a local art shop for posters for Olympic sports posters or a Tokyo travel theme, or scour your closets for swimming gear, tennis rackets, soccer balls, or other summer sports gear you can use as decorations.

Also consider these Olympics party decorating tips:

• Make a table centerpiece of flags from different countries to celebrate the Olympics as a truly international competition.

• Cut out and color 5 Olympic cardboard rings to hang from the ceiling, or decorate with balloons in the official Olympic colors.

• Keep little ones busy by letting them decorate with stickers made from sports clipart or Olympics coloring pages to hang around the party room to serve as decorations.

How about a rousing game of Name That Olympic Tune! (see Olympic Party Music, above). For other fun group games, try a 2020 Summer Olympics trivia quiz, or arrange a scavenger hunt to find Olympic Gold - such as chocolate candy wrapped in gold foil.

Send happy guests home with goodie bags made up of Olympic sports posters or Olympic music CD's, international flags or stickers, and homemade spray-painted "gold medals".


More Olympic Party Ideas around the Web:


How to Host an Amazing Olympics Party
- Check out fun, creative ideas for Olympic themed party snacks, food and drink, music mixes, homemade decorations, and more for a memorable DIY party.

Let the Games Begin! 20 Olympic Party Ideas - Here's the big collection of party foods, decorations and at least one makeup tutorial gathered from various sources around the web.


An Olympic 4th Birthday Party for Camden

Even though he wasn’t due until March, Camden came as a bit of an early surprise in February of 2010, right during the Vancouver winter Olympics. My water broke but things were slow to progress so we spent time during contractions in the hospital’s family lounge watching Olympic figure skating and skiing. Right after he was born, I was lucky to get one of the hospital’s luxury theme rooms which meant a TV to watch Team Canada play hockey while snuggling our brand new baby boy.

Because of this association with the Olympics and my fond memories of that time, I made the decision right after Camden’s third birthday that his 4th birthday should be Winter Olympic themed. His actual birthday ended up falling on the same Sunday of the Sochi Olympics closing ceremonies so we had a Sunday morning brunch to celebrate.

I started off by designing the invite. I kept it simple with a flat card that included a graphic image of my birthday boy:

This was the first kids birthday I hosted outside the house and it ended up working out pretty well. We rented out a large hall just blocks from our new home and I brought in the decorations, food and activities to keep the kids busy.

This was my first time having actual seating for everyone so I took the opportunity to make nice place settings at each table. I found some flag runners and matching plates I layered with gold star shaped dinner plates, Canada flag shaped napkins and small medals I made from ribbons glued to chocolate coins. At the center of each table and on the food tables were gold colored cardboard trees I found on clearance at Target after Christmas – it always pays to know your party theme well ahead of time and be on the watch for clearance items that might fit the décor.

Above the cozy fireplace, I hung both the large Olympic Rings Display I crafted out of plumbing insulation tubes and streamers, and the Olympic party banner I designed.

For food, I had both a brunch foods table and a sweets table. For the brunch items we had bowls of fruit in the Olympic ring colors, fruit and yogurt parfaits, sugared bacon smokies, raspberry cream cheese french toast roll-ups, mini quiche, 2 bite cinnamon buns and 3 types of muffins (chocolate banana swirl, Orange Pineapple, and Almond Raspberry).

To display my mini cinnamon buns and muffins I constructed large mountain shaped stands out of dollar store foamcore. They were a little time consuming to build, but I think the final result was worth it and I will definitely be using the idea again for future parties.

For the sweets table I had sugar cookies I decorated with M&M’s to represent the Olympic rings, small cups of hot chocolate mousse and edible curling rocks I fashioned out of two bite brownies, some colored melting chocolate and candy rings.

And, of course, there was also birthday cake. I kept the outside plain and simple, with the surprise being the 5 layers inside colored to match the Olympic rings. Camden loved his “rainbow cake” and I think it is one of the tastiest cakes I have made to date.

At the “Decorate Your Own Medal” table, the kids had a fun time stringing colored pasta and a juice can lid on ribbon to craft their own Olympic medal.

To keep the kids entertained, we also brought in our bouncy castle and set up a set of mini hockey nets with sticks and balls for them to play. The bouncy castle, by far, was the most popular activity at the party!

One activity that wasn’t such a huge hit was the Pin the Rocks on the rings game. The kids all took a turn, but it didn’t turn out to be as exciting for them as I thought it might be.

For favors, I ended up getting a good deal on mini hockey sticks and balls at the end of summer and bought enough for each kid to play with at the party and then each take one home. I continued with the hockey theme in the treat bags and included a small Zamboni toy I found at McDonalds, a foam hockey ball and a small bag of hockey played shaped candies I finished off with a personalized topper.

It ended up being a crazy hectic weekend for us between getting possession of our new house on Friday and then hosting the party on Sunday, but it all worked out and I was happy to have the chance to celebrate my little boy with family and friends. I was told the kids all went home exhausted and one of the 3 year olds was even so kind as to tell me it was “the best party ever!”


An Olympic 4th Birthday Party for Camden

Even though he wasn’t due until March, Camden came as a bit of an early surprise in February of 2010, right during the Vancouver winter Olympics. My water broke but things were slow to progress so we spent time during contractions in the hospital’s family lounge watching Olympic figure skating and skiing. Right after he was born, I was lucky to get one of the hospital’s luxury theme rooms which meant a TV to watch Team Canada play hockey while snuggling our brand new baby boy.

Because of this association with the Olympics and my fond memories of that time, I made the decision right after Camden’s third birthday that his 4th birthday should be Winter Olympic themed. His actual birthday ended up falling on the same Sunday of the Sochi Olympics closing ceremonies so we had a Sunday morning brunch to celebrate.

I started off by designing the invite. I kept it simple with a flat card that included a graphic image of my birthday boy:

This was the first kids birthday I hosted outside the house and it ended up working out pretty well. We rented out a large hall just blocks from our new home and I brought in the decorations, food and activities to keep the kids busy.

This was my first time having actual seating for everyone so I took the opportunity to make nice place settings at each table. I found some flag runners and matching plates I layered with gold star shaped dinner plates, Canada flag shaped napkins and small medals I made from ribbons glued to chocolate coins. At the center of each table and on the food tables were gold colored cardboard trees I found on clearance at Target after Christmas – it always pays to know your party theme well ahead of time and be on the watch for clearance items that might fit the décor.

Above the cozy fireplace, I hung both the large Olympic Rings Display I crafted out of plumbing insulation tubes and streamers, and the Olympic party banner I designed.

For food, I had both a brunch foods table and a sweets table. For the brunch items we had bowls of fruit in the Olympic ring colors, fruit and yogurt parfaits, sugared bacon smokies, raspberry cream cheese french toast roll-ups, mini quiche, 2 bite cinnamon buns and 3 types of muffins (chocolate banana swirl, Orange Pineapple, and Almond Raspberry).

To display my mini cinnamon buns and muffins I constructed large mountain shaped stands out of dollar store foamcore. They were a little time consuming to build, but I think the final result was worth it and I will definitely be using the idea again for future parties.

For the sweets table I had sugar cookies I decorated with M&M’s to represent the Olympic rings, small cups of hot chocolate mousse and edible curling rocks I fashioned out of two bite brownies, some colored melting chocolate and candy rings.

And, of course, there was also birthday cake. I kept the outside plain and simple, with the surprise being the 5 layers inside colored to match the Olympic rings. Camden loved his “rainbow cake” and I think it is one of the tastiest cakes I have made to date.

At the “Decorate Your Own Medal” table, the kids had a fun time stringing colored pasta and a juice can lid on ribbon to craft their own Olympic medal.

To keep the kids entertained, we also brought in our bouncy castle and set up a set of mini hockey nets with sticks and balls for them to play. The bouncy castle, by far, was the most popular activity at the party!

One activity that wasn’t such a huge hit was the Pin the Rocks on the rings game. The kids all took a turn, but it didn’t turn out to be as exciting for them as I thought it might be.

For favors, I ended up getting a good deal on mini hockey sticks and balls at the end of summer and bought enough for each kid to play with at the party and then each take one home. I continued with the hockey theme in the treat bags and included a small Zamboni toy I found at McDonalds, a foam hockey ball and a small bag of hockey played shaped candies I finished off with a personalized topper.

It ended up being a crazy hectic weekend for us between getting possession of our new house on Friday and then hosting the party on Sunday, but it all worked out and I was happy to have the chance to celebrate my little boy with family and friends. I was told the kids all went home exhausted and one of the 3 year olds was even so kind as to tell me it was “the best party ever!”


Olympic Birthday Party Cake

I created this cake by baking a sheet cake and then using this template that I printed, cut out of paper, and then used my template to cut the sheet cake into the shape of the joined Olympic rings.

I frosted the entire cake with my favorite homemade fluffy frosting, and then using purchased brightly colored fondant This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. , I cut out the Olympic rings to place on top of the cake.


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Precious Medals

Every athlete deserves a moment of glory. To make it happen, set up a simple awards podium (we used sturdy milk crates) and hand out homemade gold, silver, and bronze medals. We made ours by painting the underside of a paper dessert plate with metallic paint, then gluing glitter around the rim and in a laurel pattern on the center. We added a smiley face with black glitter glue and stapled on a loop of ribbon.

When awarding the medals, pass around kazoos and have everyone join in a rousing rendition of the national anthem.


This year, get inspired by the Summer Games and throw a sporty birthday celebration. A torch invitation fans the flames of anticipation. The cake? The Olympic five rings, of course. All participants leave with the gold -- craft-foam-covered water-bottle favors filled with chocolate coins.

The Invite: Using our photo as a guide, print or write out party details on colored cardstock and your child&aposs name on white cardstock. Draw a torch over party details cut out. Cut flame shapes from cardstock, and glue to front of torch. Cut out your child&aposs name, and glue over flames.

The Goodie Bag: Cut a sheet of craft foam to fit water bottle. Wrap around and glue to bottle. Print or write out each guest&aposs name on cardstock cut into 1 1/2-inch circle and tape to a notary seal. Add this seal to another so both sides are showing the gold. Glue or tape ribbon to back of medal, and drape over neck of bottle. Medals: Cut a 3 1/2-inch circle from craft foam for each medal. Layer and glue additional craft foam, and decorate as desired (we cut out the number 1 and a star). Punch a hole at the top of each medal, and string ribbon through. Tie in a bow or knot at ends.


Casper 04: An Olympic Birthday Party

Over a month ago we had an Olympic themed party for Casper’s 4th birthday. I’ve already showed you the ‘Olympic Playdough Kits’ that I did for the party bags and I’m back to talk about the rest of the party. I should probably warn you now that this is a pretty long post as I’ve got a lot to show you. We’ve had themed parties in the past but this was the first year that I attempted a full dessert table with co-ordinating printables and decorations. It definitely took a lot more effort but I loved the results and so did Casper. Since the party took place a few months after the actual London Olympics I was able to use some of the details from London 2012 and also pick up some ideas from Olympic parties featured on other blogs.

The first thing I made was the invites.

I got the idea for this from Bird’s Party Blog but adapted one of the actual London 2012 ticket designs, changing it to Casper 04. These were created in Inkscape, as were all of the other printables used to label food and drinks.

I had so many ideas for the food but realised that with limited time and lots of other things to prepare just before the party I would have to find a balance between some shop-bought items and a few things I could make in advance. My main aim was not to do any actual baking on the day of the party and I managed to stick to this, although we were still getting everything ready when guests arrived. So here is the dessert table…

My mum made the main birthday cake, which was an Olympic Podium with edible models of Casper and Rowan in gold and silver. The other fellas sharing bronze are plastic models of B1 and B2, who are from ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’, Casper’s favourite TV programme. Isn’t it amazing? Casper absolutely loved it and he still hasn’t eaten the models.

Other goodies served on the table were…

The most time consuming things to make were the ‘Opening Ceremony Cupcakes’. These represent the hill at the incredible London 2012 opening ceremony, where the flags were placed towards the end. My friend Orla was generous enough to lend me her waving queen and you may have spotted earlier that there’s a helicopter above the queen, making a feature of our poorly located thermostat. Sadly I couldn’t find a James Bond to accompany her Majesty.

I made all the flags well in advance, which took quite a while playing around with Inkscape. Once I’d printed and cut them out I attached them to lollipop sticks. To display the cupcakes I layered two cake stands and covered them and some of the table with green crepe paper to give the shape of a hill. I used this recipe (without raspberries) for the cupcakes and decorated them with green butter icing using my grass piping nozzle. Finally I added a grass cupcake wrapper – I’ve done something pretty similar before for my quackaroons on pond cupcakes.

I used the recipe I wrote about here for the ‘Motivational Brownies’ and decorated it by fixing down some letters (cut on my digital cutter) and spraying with edible gold shimmer spray. I wasn’t quite sure how good it would look after I’d cut it up so displayed it uncut.

The party rings and energy bars (or flapjack) were just shop-bought, as were the popcorn and the ice cream cones I used for the ‘Olympic Torch Popcorn’. I got the idea for that from this brilliant Olympic party.

We didn’t just serve dessert – we also had a BBQ and a few other savoury options but not many of those fit in with the theme, except for these ‘Cheesy Athlete’s Feet’ sandwiches.

Of course we had colour co-ordinated cutlery as well. I bought this when I did the Olympic Party Spoons, during the Olympics. Unfortunately I didn’t find time to make them again for the party.

Party Games

As most of the children coming to the party were quite young we didn’t have too many organised games. The main activity was a ‘Pass the Olympic Torch (Parcel)’. As we had 16 children this took quite a while. Here is my cousin’s daughter Katia unwrapping the first prize. You can also see the name labels that I made for all the children.

One advantage of having the party so far after the actual Olympics is that I was able to pick up a lot of the official merchandise quite cheaply. The older children received a London 2012 multi-coloured pen and the younger ones got a mini soft toy of the official mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville. I also handed out a gold medal to each of the children during the party.

The other game I organised was ‘Pin the Medal on the Athlete’. Get ready for the most professional looking party game you’ve ever seen…

Brilliant isn’t it? Needless to say this was put together rather last minute but proved to be very popular.

I had lots more ideas for organised activites, such as running races, long jump, hurdles and syncronised trampolining that I’m sure would be lots of fun for an older child’s party.

Decorations

I used the Olympic Ring colours as the main colours for all the decorations. To involve Casper I cut several strips from A4 paper and he set to work making a paper chain.

I also made some bunting out of the same paper, strung on black ribbon, to go around the dessert table.

We made lots of printables for the food, drink and party bag labels. Some were printed out on paper and others on sticker paper. I also made some Olympic Ring tattoos as real versions of this are very popular amongst the athletes. Unfortunately I forgot to hand these out at the party.

My digital cutter got quite a work out in the run up to the party, as you’ve probably already noticed. I used it to cut the rings and the ‘Casper 04’ sign that I used on the wall behind the dessert table and also on another wall in our house.

We had a few other signs up.

I did print out some numbers and set up a podium but I don’t have any pictures of that. This is one problem I found with hosting the party – I just wasn’t able to take as many photos as I would have liked and those I did manage were a bit rushed. I think next time that is something I’d try to plan a bit better or, failing that, get Casper to make friends with a photographer’s child. I would love more photos of the children, especially Casper. Ultimately though he was thrilled with the party and that’s what is most important.


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