As the world returns to a sense of “normalcy,” COVID-19 restrictions are lightening, and that means events are back on! It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to properly celebrate anything with loved ones, let alone events since most of them were canceled in 2020. What better timing for the world to open back up than just in time for the 2020 Olympic Games? This year they’re being held in Tokyo, Japan, with opening ceremonies beginning on July 23, 2021. If you’re anything like us, you’ve been dying to have a get-together with your guests less than six feet apart.
We have too, and now we’re finding any excuse to celebrate, including the 2020 Olympics! We’ve rounded up the BEST Olympic party ideas, including the four core principles of any unforgettable party: decorations, food & beverages, activities, and party favors! Whether you decide to only celebrate your favorite event or have a multi-date extravaganza, hosting a party is always a great idea! Family, friends, and loved ones will love celebrating with you at a fun get-together, regardless of what event you decide to host it for. So, if you are looking for the perfect opportunity to throw a good party, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are the perfect answer!
This guide will walk you through how to plan the best party so you and your guests can celebrate in style. Speaking of style, the first step, before overthinking about day-of festivities, is to send out invites. If you want an extra pop of fun for the festivities, make sure to ask your invitees to dress up. They can wear the colors of a specific country they’re rooting for or even jerseys to represent their favorite events. Face paint, wigs, crazy socks – the possibilities are endless! Encourage your guests to let loose and have fun with the theme. Now let’s get into what will set the ambiance for your Olympic party – the décor!
1. Olympic Party Decorations
There are PLENTY of party decoration options out there for your Olympic party. Regardless of whether you’re celebrating one event, say gymnastics or swimming, or want to enjoy the opening and closing ceremonies, you have many options for décor. Themed sports parties are always fun, and you might consider water decals to represent the swimming event if that is your group’s favored event.
If you’re just looking to create an Olympics environment without the specifics, here are some of our favorite general Olympics piece options:
1.1 Flag Streamers
These miniature flags are adorable and the perfect touch for your party! If you’re rooting for the United States, or any other individual country, you can buy a flag streamer that is just that. With a banner of multiple flags, you can represent a single place of origin, but if you’re looking for a bit of everything, check out the next section.
If you’d like a more well-rounded option to represent the Olympics’ diversity, opt for the international flag stream that features multiple flags, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
You can also focus your flag streamers on a specific region like the Caribbean, Africa, or Europe. If you’re looking for a pop of color and representation, these flag streamers are the perfect choice. Talk about representing your homeland in style!
You can’t go wrong with these imitation medals for your Olympics party. A pack of these medals includes twelve individual plastic whirls to hang around the party room. Inside the pack, you will find six multi-colored whirls without any attachments and six whirls with mock Olympic medals attached. With these medals, you will have the perfect gold, silver, and bronze representation at your party – the ideal form of manifestation!
2. DIY Olympic Rings
If you don’t mind getting crafty, these DIY Olympic rings are adorable, easy, AND cheap! All you’ll need are inexpensive plastic hula hoops and some spray paint (blue, black, red, yellow, green). Spray paint all sides of the hula hoops in the desired colors, let them dry, and hang them on the wall for an added touch.
This fun Olympic torch can be found on Amazon and is relatively inexpensive. Simple to put together with its detachable base, it can be positioned on tables as a centerpiece or even be a prop for photos. The flame is fake and activated with the flip of a switch to emulate a natural flicker. Kids will love mimicking the ceremonies on TV, and adults will appreciate the prop for Instagram-worthy pictures. Bonus: opt for a Greek Halloween costume this year and you’ve already got part of your costume! Who doesn’t love a little extra value?
3. Sparkler Decorations
Sparklers are an excellent option for the décor and activity departments. Unlit sparklers can be scattered throughout the party in flower arrangements or as eye-catching centerpieces. As the night goes on and the sun sets, you can light the sparklers for your guests and have a fun end-of-the-night celebration complete with ember sparks – another great photo op!
3.1 Food and Beverages
Next, we navigate arguably the most critical part of any party: food and beverages! If you’re throwing a party, especially an Olympic-themed one, you don’t want partygoers to remember you as the host with lackluster food and drink. Plus, events and ceremonies are lengthy – keep your guests interested and energized!
3.2 Around the World
What better way to celebrate cultures merging and competing together than showcasing each country’s delicacies? Okay, maybe you can’t display food and beverages from EVERY country, but choose a handful of places relative to your party and bake, cater, or purchase cuisine symbolizing each of those places. Having an array of food is an easy way to bring the around-the-world experience right to your guests without ever having to leave the party!
4. Cake Toppers That Sparkle
Another fun idea that will add some sparkle to the party is sparklers. We mentioned those in the last section as potential décor for the party, but they work in the food department as well. Especially when it comes to a cake topper! In choosing the 10-inch sparklers, you have the perfect opportunity to add some décor to the top of your Olympic-themed cake or desserts that guests can hang onto and light as the night progresses.
5. Olympic Ring Fruit Tray
What better way to introduce a fresh and nutritious option to the party than fruit organized like the iconic Olympic rings? First, choose fruits representing all of the ring colors. As a refresher, the colors are blue, yellow, black (opt for purple, or similar color), green, and red. Take some time, make some room, and lay these fruits out in interlocking circles that look just like the Olympic rings. Your guests will be enamored by something that is so easy to make! (Don’t worry, we won’t tell).
6. Adult Beverages
Beverages are another significant part of any party. Some easy-themed drinks you can make for kids include colored sodas and teas organized to match the Olympic rings. An easy way to implement adult Olympic-themed beverages is by having various international beers and ciders available. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also mix up a few fun Olympic-themed cocktails. Make sure to buy enough to go around. We have a feeling your guests won’t settle for just one Star Spangled Sparkler.
7. Fun and Games
Your partygoers are bound to get swept away in the competitiveness of the Olympics while watching, so be sure to have some games and activities available! To encourage participation, set up an area for a medal ceremony with this Olympic rings backdrop. After competing, three people will be crowned with medals including gold, silver, and bronze for their winning efforts in the games!
The summer Olympics are the perfect excuse to get outside and get moving. After a year of being pent up, it’s a great idea to get your guests active and participating. You can set up some fun games that everyone will love playing, whether just for fun or for one of those medals in the end. Suitable for kids and adults alike, we’ve rounded up a few fun options for you.
Who doesn’t love a good cornhole tournament? These cornhole game sets are perfect for boosting the American spirit! With eight beanbags and two wooden cornhole boards, this will be the perfect Olympic event for your party.
Follow this link to find a few highly recommended and family-friendly relay games, including a slide and toss, flipper fill-up, sponge launch, boardwalk, and lead and guide. Each activity requires different supplies, preparation, and rules to play. Be sure to research beforehand to ensure you have everything you need and a great understanding of how the games work! Most of these games require teams or partnerships – a great way to get all involved and communicating.
8. Sparkling Olympic Torches
Another fun Olympic activity? Carrying your very own Olympic torch! The most cost-effective way for everyone to have their own “torch” is to purchase sparklers for all of your guests. You can give everyone the same size, though another idea is to give the 10-inch sparklers to the bronze medalists, the 20-inch sparklers to the silver medalists, and the 36-inch sparklers to the gold medalists.
9. Olympic Party Favors
The last thing your guests will remember from your party is the Olympic-themed party favors. It is the last thing they will receive from you on their way out, so make sure they’re memorable and end the party with a bang! Be sure to put together an excellent party favor bag or assortment to distribute at the end of the night or throughout. Everyone is bound to feel like a winner!
9.1 Chocolate Gold Medals
These chocolate gold medals are the perfect combination of tasty AND adorable! There is no better way to send off partygoers than with gold. The milk chocolate comes in a 3” diameter with the number one imprinted on the front. In true American fashion, the chocolate hangs from a decorative red, white, and blue ribbon.
Inexpensive glow sticks are a great way to introduce some color into your Olympic party. Adults AND kids will love the bracelets as they represent the Olympic rings and add a pop of fun to the get-together. Wait until it’s dark and distribute the bracelets to remind people of the Olympic rings with a bright and colorful reminder.
11. Sports Drinks
On a hot summer’s day, partygoers will thank you for a chilled sports beverage, particularly after your Olympic game’s tournament in the backyard. Offer your guests a frosty drink (think Gatorade or Powerade) and you’ll earn the title of best party host EVER.
There We Have It!
We hope this comprehensive guide for all of the major aspects of any great party was helpful in your planning. From food and drinks to décor and party favors, you’ve got plenty of options to make your 2020 Olympics memorable.
We wish all competitors the best of luck in this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games. Hopefully, if you are planning to throw an Olympics party, these tips and tricks provided great ideas to make your party a true winner! If you would like to make the night(s) extra special and add some sparkle, be sure to head to Sparklers Online for your ways to implement sparklers into the big day!