Winter Olympics Birthday Party

12:23 am by 

Tate is officially 2! If you ask him, though, he’s more likely to say that he’s 9 or 13, his favorite numbers of late.

Upon realizing that his birthday would fall during the Winter Olympics, I had a flashback to a jellybean-Olympic-rings cake my mom made when I was little. (I’m guessing ’84 in LA?) With my theme established, I started scouring the internet for other Olympic-related party ideas. Here’s what we ended up with:

  • My brother downloaded the Olympic theme song to be playing as the guests arrived.
  • The colors were red (for Team USA, with a nod to the Canadian host country) and silver, since it was a second birthday.
  • Awesome 3-D paper snowflakes – awesome because of how great they looked, and also because I didn’t have to make them (a leftover Christmas decoration from the MagnetStreet office – thanks Rene’!). If you have older kids, though, it would be a fun craft.
  • Chocolate gold medals for the kids – you can buy them here. Or for our cheapo version, use super glue to attach chocolate gold coins to plastic gold medals. :)

 chocolate gold medal

  • Olympic Flag posters – Using Lindsey’s watercolor valentines as inspiration, Tate and I painted six half-sheets of posterboard, one in each of the ring colors*. The next day I traced around 2 different-sized plates, then cut out the ring shapes. A little glue stick under each ring, and we had a flag. Since there was plenty of painted paper, I made 3 flags to hang around the house.

homemade olympic flag

Some other fun ideas that I didn’t end up using:

  • Assigning a different country to each family, asking them to come to the party dressed accordingly.
  • Preparing an international menu that represents a variety of countries – ideas at Kids Birthday Idea Guide.
  • Decorating with a banner of international flags. (I had great intentions of sewing these, but then remembered that I never finish sewing projects. Also decided not to pay for a plastic one online.)
  • Sledding or skating activity – maybe we’ll do this in 4 or 8 years, when Tate is having parties with friends.

olympic flag cakeUnfortunately, my “inspiration piece” cake was less than spectacular. I started off feeling all chef-ly, slicing off the rounded top and frosting a base layer. Then I ran out of frosting and ended up putting the whole thing back into the pan so the unfrosted edges wouldn’t show. I added extra toothpick flags around the edges, as a distraction from the mess. The peanut M&M rings worked, at least!

ice cream cone olympic torchThe real highlight of dessert was the Olympic torch ice cream cones that my sister made. Earlier that morning, she filled the cones with vanilla ice cream and doused them in yellow and red sprinkles. We lined them up in a plastic container and put them back in the freezer.

In addition to being adorable, this strategy made the dessert-serving go quickly, since we weren’t scooping out ice cream on each plate. Everyone got to enjoy a cone while I was cutting the cake.

I’m a big fan of having a theme for parties – it makes the planning easier by providing a focus for the food, decorations, invitations, etc. What party themes have you used for your child’s birthday?

*For our Olympics, I went with “brown is the new black” because there was no black paint in the 10-pack of Crayola paints. And also because a standard bag of M&Ms has brown, not black candies (for the rings on our cake).

Categories: Parenting
5 Responses
  • Lisa :

    Date: February 16, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    Sounds really cute and very creative. Way to go, Kara!

  • Pam :

    Date: February 16, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    Fun! Happy Birthday Tate!

  • Robyn :

    Date: February 17, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Kara~The cake looks awesome! I am so inspired to be creative for Emi’s first birthday. I have 3 1/2 months to figure something out!

  • Jen @ The Short Years :

    Date: February 20, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

    How cute! I’ve never done anything that creative. We’ve had fairly standard little girl party themes around here: horses, princess, butterfly, lady bug, kitty cat. I’m always interested to see what my creative kiddos will decide they want each year, but so far no one has requested anything too wild. (Although I made a Barbie doll dress cake this last year–you know, where the cake is the skirt of the dress and Barbie stands up inside it) that was WAY harder than I thought it would be.

  • Apryl :

    Date: May 17, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

    Been missing reading your posts!

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