Sunday, July 27, 2008

2008 Summer Olympics: A Perfect Time for a Costume Party

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games are quickly approaching. Set to kick off on August 8th, the 17 day event is the perfect time to plan a party with a special theme. The opening and closing ceremonies can provide the entertainment and splendor of the Games while also being the backdrop for a fabulous party. The official site of the 2008 Olympic Summer Games can provide plenty of ideas for party favors and decorations along with information on event schedules. Perhaps the hardest part will be deciding how to dress up for the big event.

Invite your guests to dress up for your party in their favorite sports themed costume. It may be tough to pick one favorite sport so a costume modeled after your favorite country might be a better option. If you or your guests still need more ideas, the Olympic Mascots could be the perfect choice. Five fun filled, child like characters called Fuwa embody the characteristics of the Olympic Flame and four of the host countries’ most popular animals – the fish, the panda, the Tibetan antelope, and the swallow. Each character has a main color taken from the 5 Olympic rings. Utilizing a traditional Chinese naming convention, each Fuwa has a rhyming two syllable name. Beibei is the fish, Jingjing is the panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic flame, Yingying is the Tibetan antelope and Nini is the swallow. When the Fuwa names are put together they say ‘Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni’ or ‘Welcome to Bejing’. One of these cute Olympic Game ambassadors could be a great option for a costume.

The final pieces of your party are the food and memorable favors. You can go with an easy favorite of pizza and drinks or you can put out a sporty spread of food. Chicken wings, chips and dip, nachos, and some healthy veggies or fruit are some options to keep your crew filled up. Another option would be a cookout with grilled items. To keep everyone busy before and after the Olympic events, you can set up mini ‘Olympic’ competitions around your home and send everyone home with their very own medal to remember the event. Have fun with this special event that doesn’t happen every day!

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