Summer Olympics Party Ideas

Celebrating the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
August 5 - 21

Unless you've been living in a cave somewhere, you know the 2016 Summer Olympics are almost upon us. You also know that this is the time when everything becomes OFFICIAL! Official this, official that...everything is the official whatever of the Olympics. So, why not host THE OFFICIAL PARTY OF THE 2016 RIO OLYMPICS?

You have plenty of time for you to put together a great theme party with some GAMES of your own...

Olympics Invitations
Send an invitation inviting everyone to your "Olympic Village" where there will be food, fun and entertainment. When you have your guests RSVP have them indicate whether they want to be a judge, a referee, a participant or a spectator. That way, you'll know how many people are up for, say, pole vaulting! offers a wide variety of personalized Olympic themed invitations that are perfect for an Olympics theme party.

Another of our biggest selling invitations are ticket invitations. You get to use your own wording, choose from seven colors and can order as few as 30. So these are perfect for largest sporting event of the year….The 2016 Summer Games!

Ask your guests to wear a certain color t-shirt (or you can provide different color t-shirts or bandanas, etc., when they arrive), so that it's easy to divide into teams. Or if team sports aren't your thing, your Olympics could be on an individual basis. Whether people are watching or taking part, it's still a fun time.

Olympics Theme Party Decorations


Flags from around the world will work very well. They come on white vinyl rope that is about 6' x 8'  (like the kind you see at used car lots). Hang them everywhere. Over doors, around and through banisters, fences and railings. Hang plenty of patriotic theme flags, cutouts and other decor on walls and windows. Here are some good options.


You will need a personalized Olympics banner on your front door (or wherever) and an Olympic athlete cutout that welcomes everyone to The Olympic Village. I usually go overboard, so once my guests have entered, I would have directional signage on poles (a coat tree works really well) telling them where to go: Olympic Park, etc. You may also want to point out which sport is being played at which location.

You can also fill the room, the tent or even your backyard with Mylar sports balloons and matching color latex balloons in fabulous bouquets (use as centerpieces, start and finish line markers, etc.).

It’s important that everyone participate in the fun. A good way to make that happen is to “dress” your guests. We usually put a patriotic wearables out with some bracelets, beads, and pom poms, and let guests pick what they want to wear. The more gear they grab the more you see inhibitions disappear.

Olympic Games Party table decorations and Menu

Pub food is perfect for a London theme Olympics party!  Your table should set the mood. Use patriotic theme paper goods and international theme paper goods (unless you want an Olympic-sized clean-up when the party is over) with a patriotic theme.  Centerpieces can be simple bouquets of red, white and blue flowers or even patriotic balloons.
Then, of course, you'll need signs for the food and bars that say...OFFICIAL BAR OF THE 2016 OLYMPICS, etc. Table tents for each dish...OFFICIAL SALAD OF THE 2016 OLYMPICS. 
And be sure to have plenty of beverages for your Olympics party. Add personalized Olympics themed labels to your water bottles. Don’t forget that you create the message so you can craft words that suit the occasion. We love offering specialty drinks in gold, silver and bronze.  We found some great recipes on the Absolut Drinks website.
You may want to add some festive glowing barware like red glowing margarita cups, blue glowing shot glasses, or red or blue glowing ice cubes (put them in clear glasses and pitchers!)

The "Games" - Olympics Theme Party Games and Activities
You may choose to watch the games on TV, after all, that's the point, right? In between, though, create your own activities; try an Olympic Photo Op and your own mini Olympics.

Of course, you need games and/or competitions. Give out Olympic medals to the winners.

If you are celebrating someone's birthday, you may want to do things like passing the birthday torch, a birthday cake-eating race, a birthday hat heat, a birthday bash dash, etc. Use more generic games, if the party is just for fun... We have put together a fun selection of games for your Backyard Olympics Games.

Between the games, your guests will be standing in line to have their pictures taken with a sports theme life size photo opportunity from Make your guests dreams come true as they are transformed into a muscle man!

And everyone can be both star and paparazzi thanks to personalized cameras from They’ll be snapping away with these great disposable cameras that are customized just for you. Be sure to get extras – they are perfect party favors.

Summer Olympic Party Favors
Send your guests home with a sweet reminder from your Olympics party. If you have already given them an Olympic pin and a personalized house beverage your work may be done here. If not scrumptious milk or dark chocolate candy bar with a personalized Olympic Games candy bar wrapper is a delicious souvenir for a wonderful party. offers wonderful products that will make your party a memorable one. As your guests are leaving, they’ll be asking, when is your next event?!



Go for the gold, and cheer for your favorite team, and have fun! - from the Party Girl and the Party-ettes!



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