How to Host an Olympics-Themed Party

Celebrate the Olympics in your own backyard.

Don't miss the Olympic Games—the premier multi-sporting event in the world! The 2018 Winter Olympics start February 9 in PyeongChang with athletes competing from more than 90 countries. Get into the spirit of the Olympic Games by hosting kid-friendly events in your neighborhood. San Diegans may not have access to winter activities in our backyards, but there's no reason we can't celebrate with weather-friendly competitions. Here are ideas for games, crafts, decorations, food, goody bags and medals at an Olympics-themed party.

Events
Archery - Create your own bow and arrows with branches and string or purchase a NERF bow & arrow set at www.Hasbro.com. NERF makes several versions—some even shoot water. Test your skills on a homemade paper target.
Archery done kid style!
Volleyball - For a pint-sized version of volleyball, get into crabwalk position and only touch the ball with your feet. Lower the net to just above the players’ heads or use a rope or pool noodles in place of a net. As an alternative, use a balloon or beach ball.

Golf - Challenge friends to a putting obstacle course. Make round golf balls in a circle ice cube tray. Players must get their ball through the obstacle course before it melts. Use mini cones, boxes or croquet hoops to make the course more challenging.

Basketball - Have a 3-on-3 tournament with neighborhood families in the driveway. Or show off basketball tricks in a fun game of Horse.

Sailing - This game requires a kiddie pool and sailboats made of pool noodles and paper sails. Opponents take turns waving their boat across the pool with a paper fan (to create a breeze). Keep time to see whose boat is the fastest.

Shooting - Fill water guns with colored water. Players aim their water guns at a white cloth target to see who has the best shot. If it's warm outside, use human targets wearing white t-shirts. Alternatively, players can use NERF guns to knock over plastic cups and reveal a prize inside.

Decorations
Find inexpensive decorations at the dollar store. Use colored tissue paper to create flames inside vases. Drape colored plastic tablecloths on walls. Wrap Olympic-colored yarn (blue, black, red, yellow, green) around foam wreaths to create Olympic rings. Use construction paper to create paper garland flags to hang at points of interest.

Food
Make a buffet of Olympic-colored fruits, veggies and Jell-O. Offer (or have a potluck with) food from around the world. Consider a taco or pasta bar.

Awards of chocolate medals.Goody Bags
Fill reusable water bottles with Goldfish crackers, chocolate gold coins or other gold-wrapped candy. Find a variety of international games buttons, flags and jewelry that will complete your Olympic-themed bags.

Medals or Trophies
Make trophies by painting plastic wine classes in silver and gold and gluing each to a cardboard base. Or create medals by attaching ribbon to silver and gold candy, cookies sprayed with Wilton Color Mist, or “gold” discs made with Perler beads or felt.


Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three.

Updated Feb. 2018

The San Diego Party Guide

The San Diego Party Guide

We know you are busy parents who like to have fun celebrations of all kinds: a special birthday, a promotion, a school event and more. To make planning easier, we've created The San Diego Party Guid . . .

Read more

Annual Party Planner 2018

Annual Party Planner 2018

Planning a celebration? You'll find great ideas for mobile entertainment, festive party destinations and more in our annual guide.   BOUNCE HOUSES/JUMPIES Always Bouncin’ El Cajon, 8 . . .

Read more

Score! Throw a Fun Soccer-Themed Party

Score! Throw a Fun Soccer-Themed Party

Photo credit: Jill Nystul Celebrate this year’s FIFA World Cup with family, friends and neighbors. The World Cup, held every four years, is the holy grail of soccer. This year the games are in Russ . . .

Read more

Host a Lorax-Themed Party!

Host a Lorax-Themed Party!

With Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax coming to The Old Globe this summer, there’s no better time to host a Lorax-themed party! Inspired by the beloved children’s story and Pinterest, we created some DIY L . . .

Read more

Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Simple birthday parties with a homemade cake, ice cream and a few friends is a thing of the past for today’s trendy kids. What’s hot for birthday parties  is action and interaction. Parents . . .

Read more

Unique Party Favors

Unique Party Favors

Creating a thank-you gift (party favor) with your kids teaches them appreciation and gratitude for guests that attend their party. Tired of the same old trinkets stuffed in a goodie bag? Get inspira . . .

Read more

How to Host an Allergy-Safe Party

How to Host an Allergy-Safe Party

Birthday party time! You’ve planned the games, chosen a cake and shopped for party favors. Then it comes—an RSVP from a classmate with an allergy. According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & . . .

Read more

Slumber Party Dos and Don'ts

Slumber Party Dos and Don'ts

Does the thought of 10 kids sleeping over at your house all on the same night freak you out? Do you picture getting zero sleep because you have to deal with said kids all night long? Do you picture . . .

Read more

Party in a Lunch Bag

Party in a Lunch Bag

Here’s a quick and easy way to make your child’s birthday special: Send her to school (or camp) with a festive birthday lunch to help her celebrate! There’s no reason to spend a lot of money o . . .

Read more

How to Host a Baseball Themed Party

How to Host a Baseball Themed Party

Host a baseball-themed birthday party for your little slugger—or celebrate opening day of baseball season or the start of summer with friends and neighbors. Here are six baseball-inspired ideas fr . . .

Read more

8 Tips for Saving on Birthday Gifts

8 Tips for Saving on Birthday Gifts

I don’t know about you, but it seems like I’m always toting my kids to a birthday party. Buying all those gifts can be a real budget buster, and nobody wants to go into credit card debt trying t . . .

Read more

How to Throw a Great Birthday Party on a Budget

How to Throw a Great Birthday Party on a Budget

How to Throw a Great Birthday Party on a Budget You can’t get around birthdays—they come each year for all of us! And most children want to celebrate with a party every year. Parents want to cr . . .

Read more

How to Host an Olympics-Themed Party

How to Host an Olympics-Themed Party

Don't miss the Olympic Games—the premier multi-sporting event in the world! The 2018 Winter Olympics start February 9 in PyeongChang with athletes competing from more than 90 countries. Get into t . . .

Read more

How to Teach Your Kids to Write Thank You Notes

How to Teach Your Kids to Write Thank You Notes

How to Teach Your Kids to Write Thank You Notes In this day of instant messaging, texting and emails, the effort of sending a handwritten thank you note to someone communicates an important message . . .

Read more

How to Plan a Birthday Party While Going Green!

How to Plan a Birthday Party While Going Green!

Birthday Party Ideas.  How to Plan a Birthday Party While Going Green! After attending a recent birthday party for my 6-year-old son’s friend, I came home wondering what kids learn about gar . . .

Read more

Plan a Dinosaur Party

Plan a Dinosaur Party

If your child is nuts about dinosaurs, you might want to consider throwing a dinosaur theme birthday party this year. The dino theme party is a perfect for boys although you may find girls want in . . .

Read more

Plan a Butterfly Birthday Party

Plan a Butterfly Birthday Party

Plan a Flutterby Butterfly Party

 Here is a fun party craft that the kids can make. The materials need to make these Coffee Filter Butterflies 

are: Wooden Clothes Pins Round Coffee F . . .

Read more

Ideas for a Simple Birthday Party

Ideas for a Simple Birthday Party

How to plan a simple party and be successful! Recently, I read about parents who spend thousands of dollars on their children’s birthday parties. Llamas, helicopter rides, visits from sports cele . . .

Read more

Superbowl Lingo

Superbowl Lingo

Moms are often stereotyped as being football-illiterate. First down? Red zone? Fullback? In the spirit of the Super Bowl (aka “Wife-on-Her-Own Day”), here are 16 football terms that have double- . . .

Read more

Host a Mother Daughter Tea Party

Host a Mother Daughter Tea Party

Experience and tips from Food Network star and local mom, Melissa d’ArabianFood Network Star Melissa d’Arabian, will host her 24th mother-daughter tea party this year, so some would argue she’ . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Magazine Logo

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!