Olympic Dinner ~ Go USA

Every 2 years, with the Winter and Summer Olympics taking turns, our American Olympic Athletes compete and go for gold! We have been looking forward to the Olympics for months now. We just love watching all the events, and it’s also a great history lesson for the boys (shh, don’t tell them it can be educational too) And what better way to kick off the Olympics than with a special dinner.

For our special Olympic Dinner, I started with our table centerpiece and place settings. With a gold tablecloth underneath, I topped it with a piece of red, white and blue fabric. Then, after hunting around a bit in the house, I gathered some of my Fourth of July decorations and some flags that I had stashed away from a Multi-Cultural Night from years ago when the boys were in grade school. I filled the container with styrofoam to hold the flags and then filled it with gold ribbon. I placed red, white and blue votive candles and some Teeny Beeny Bears with flags on them.

On each plate, I placed a medal necklace that I bought at Walmart. They were $3 for the package of 12. The boys (and girlfriend) had fun wearing them during dinner and the opening ceremonies.

For our dinner, I thought it would be fun to have different foods from a variety of countries. I will have to confess though, I’m still a bit (quite a bit) behind from being gone for the Blissdom Conference, so most of our dinner was Semi-Homemade :)

Italian ~ Pizza

Yep, just a bought a frozen pizza :)

Mexican ~ Taco Ring and Southwest Dip with chips

Made individuals taco rings instead of one large circle

Chinese ~ Shrimp Fried Rice

Sauteed shrimp in butter, removed from pan, cooked a box of fried rice and then added the shrimp back to the pan to heat through

French ~ Strawberry Mousse for dessert

Made this just like I made the mousse for the Raspberry Cordial Cupcakes

German ~ Bratwursts

Simple, out of the package onto the stove to heat them

Sweden ~ Swedish Meatballs

My husband has been begging for these since Christmas, I bought frozen meatballs, and simply added 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup and 1 can of Beef Gravy. I think my 12 year old, Casey ate more than Doug.

American ~ Milk and Pop to drink

Update: I also created some Olympic Cupcakes, that are fun and easy.

Can’t forget the Americans!

We enjoyed our Olympic evening!

Go USA! Are you an Olympic fan? Which sport do you like to watch the most?

This post linked to:

~Tip Me Tuesday hosted by The Tip Junkie

~Tempt My Tummy Tuesday hosted by Blessed with Grace

~Tuesdays at the Table hosted by All the Small Stuff

~DIY Day hosted by A Soft Place to Land

I’m adding MckLinky, just because it’s fun to see what everyone has posted about the Olympics. So if you have a post, please link up and telling us all about what you love about the Olympics!

 

Comments

  1. Marie says:

    What a fun idea! We skipped having a Valentine’s date just to watch the Olympics tonight – I think one night next week I’ll have to make a meal like yours!

  2. What a great idea!!

  3. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    How fun! I’m so so about the Olympics. If I watch it’s usually figure skating. I’m such a girl…haha.
    .-= Nutmeg Nanny´s last blog ..Mixed Berry White Chocolate Scones and Submit ATTYC Recipes :) =-.

  4. Marie says:

    Super fun dinner! Thanks for sharing. And I entered the linky!!
    .-= Marie´s last blog ..Make a Toss for the Olympic Ring Hoop Loop =-.

  5. Brenda says:

    What a fun thing to do for your family.
    .-= Brenda´s last blog ..Chicken Enchilada Chili/TMTT =-.

  6. Susan says:

    We celebrate the Olympics with a meal from a different country each night. In previous Olympic years, we’ve done many activities from each country as well but this year, with two of my kiddos in school all day, that just isn’t feasible. We’re still enjoying the meals though! I’ve got the recipes we’ve tried on my blog if anyone is interested.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Olympic Days 2010 – Japan =-.

  7. Melissa says:

    What a fun idea!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday – Week of February 15 =-.

  8. SnoWhite says:

    what a fun idea!
    .-= SnoWhite´s last blog ..Carrot Zucchini Pancakes =-.

  9. laurie says:

    Very cool! I just love seeing families get into the Olympic spirit. This is such a fun centerpiece. Thank you so much for linking it to Tip Junkie – my readers are going to love it.

  10. What a great idea! Love the idea of themed dinners!
    .-= kristiwest@gmail.com´s last blog ..Save 15% at The Children’s Place =-.

  11. Heather Grow says:

    I love a festive family. What fun ideas. I love your olympic rings cupcakes too.
    .-= Heather Grow´s last blog ..A little Love =-.

  12. angie says:

    such a great idea this would be lots of fun good thing they go on a few days so I can get out in snow and get what I need

  13. I LOVE this idea! Flags are just beautiful decorations. So glad I found your blog via tip junkie!

  14. Tiffanee says:

    What a fun and fabulous idea! I love it!! You are so creative. Would of loved to have been there!!
    .-= Tiffanee´s last blog ..Candy Bar Blondies =-.

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