Last night’s opening ceremonies in Sochi brought back memories of a favorite birthday theme: the Olympic party. When Sam turned six he was passionate about both sports and geography. He especially loved to draw flags, so an Olympic-themed party was a perfect fit.
The invitation was simple and bold:
The cake was a cinch to decorate: five Olympic rings, served with patriotic plates and napkins:
We made pasta with a variety of sauces for dinner, which was both kid-friendly and internationally-themed. For decorations, we hung a few sets of Olympic rings and Sam colored flags that he taped around the house:
Instead of orchestrating a zillion activities, I finally figured out that kids just want to play. We threw a bunch of balls in the back yard and let the kids have at it. It turns out the dads wanted to join in too, even though they did cheat a bit!
We did play a round of “Pin the Medal on the Athlete” with a life-sized cutout of Sam:
We also brought out some pillow cases for three-legged races:
After all the activities, we blared Olympic medal ceremony music. The kids lined up and Sam presented each child with a medal and Power Bar. The kids were mesmerized and the parents watched with pride. It was a shockingly emotional moment for a children’s party. I think the music in the background made all the difference!
This party was a great balance of free play and planned activities. The gorgeous weather made all the difference, and Sam declared it a gold medal event!