to Host a Great Rio Summer Olympics Theme Party
Ingredients for a great Brazilian themed Olympics celebration?
Head for the backyard for a Brazilian steak and sausage barbecue or have a formal sitdown -- starring Brazilian shrimp stew (yum!).Of course, you won't want to forget the cachaça, Brazil's national drink.
Add to the fun by having guests take part in party games
to host a memorable Summer Olympic themed get-together for
friends and family.Plan your party for the opening ceremony, around a favorite Olympic event ... or save the best for last by celebrating the colorful Olympic closing ceremony.
Rio's favorite street food? Check out recipes for tapiocas (thin crepes filled with sweet or savory fillings) or Pao de Queijo (bread and cheese rolled into very additive and chewy morsels), Don't forget the vendor popcorn, in sweet caramel or salted varieties, which are available on almost every street corner of Rio.
Meanwhile, stock the bar with plenty of beer, (Brahma and Antartica brands are the two most popular in Brazil) as well as two of the most popular Rio beach refreshers - coconut water and acai juice made from the sweet and nutritious acai berry.
For the kids, don't forget to serve bottled water, soda or sports drinks, or think nutritious juices and their favorite fruit drinks.
For dessert, wave the colors with a delicious Olympic ring cake or try this easy recipe for making scrumptious Olympic cookie rings. Or, if you really want to score with young ones in attendance -- simply buy a box of plain donuts. Make a simple sugar frosting, then go to town with food coloring to make different frostings in the official colors of the Olympic rings. Kids of all ages will love it.
RIO SUMMER OLYMPIC
COCKTAIL RECIPE - The Caipirinha
A Rio Summer Olympics party would not be complete without the signature drink from Brazil, the caipirinha (ky-pee-ree-nyah) which is fun to drink -- but hard to pronounce!
If you cannot find cachaça (Brazilian rum, pronounced cosh-osh-a) then you can substitute any rum.
(Brazil’s national liquor, cachaça, is similar to rum but made with cane sugar instead of molasses for a unique taste.)
1. In a large rocks glass, squeeze and add in 2 wedges of lime.
2. Add sugar, and use a pestle or large spoon to crush and mix.
3. Pour in the cachaca and plenty of ice. Stir well.
4. Garnish with the remaining lime.
Note: Almost as popular as the Caipirinha is the "Capifruta" - a variation that substitutes lime with other fruits including orange, lemon, strawberry, pineapple or passionfruit!
Tune into your favorite online radio station like Streema or Pandora and pump up the volume on favorite Brazilian salsa or Bossa Nova hits. Or, browse your favorite music store or Amazon.com for Olympic
CD compilations. You can also search the Web for downloadable audio files including the Olympic
of Fire, and other rousing inspirational songs.
To celebrate Brazil remember their official colors are green, yellow, blue, and white. For more of tropical theme, decorate using streamers in hot pink, reds, oranges, and electric greens.
Browse a local art shop for posters with a Olympic sports posters or Rio travel theme, or scour your closets for a pair of swim goggles, flip-flops, sandals, running shoes, soccer balls, or other summer sports gear you can use as decorations.
these Olympics party decorating tips:
a table centerpiece of international flags, or go full-tilt Rio using tropical flowers.
out and color 5 Olympic cardboard rings to hang from the ceiling,
or decorate with balloons in the official Olympic colors.