Olympics, That Sounds Like a Reason to Party

I will find any excuse to dress up or have a party, but this was a good one. My favorite band, Duran Duran was doing an Olympic concert, my birthday was a couple of days away and the opening ceremonies were on TV. Unfortunately the concert was not televised but that didn’t stop me.

First the decorations, I decided to go international, I made some easy flag centerpieces from styrofoam and dollar flags from the party store.Cover 2 rectangular styrofoam blocks with colored paper. I cut the paper and used tape at the joints so it would bend around the styrofoam so I could reuse them for another party.

I also painted the olympic rings onto the paper using a top to a pill bottle and paint and then stamping it onto the paper.

Paint around or dip the bottle top into paint and then use like a stamp.

insert your flags into the styrofoam and then you could pour colored glass or pebbles over the top of the styrofoam to cover it ( I forgot to do this step on mine). Paper crinkles would also work.

Use paper flag toothpicks for appetizers or sandwiches

Spell out your favorite team (or band) with vegetables.

Serve Olympic themed desserts, My friend used mini M&M’s to make the olympic rings on her coconut cake

or try the Olympic Fruit Tart

We played lots of silly games, like Olympic Themed Pictionary (divide into 2 teams and draw different events, countries, athletes, or London landmarks or traditions), Minute to Win It’s “How’s it Hanging“, and Diving for Cherries ( put a maraschino cherry in a bowl cover with whipped cream and using only your mouth try to get the cherry, whoever gets it first wins)

and of course there were costumes and medals. Buy some at the dollar store or make your own with paper circles, glitter and ribbon.

Dress as your favorite athlete, event or country and have fun!

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Home Run Hot Dogs : Rays Reuben and Tampa Bay Cuban

I admit it, I don’t eat a lot of hot dogs at home but I can’t resist them at a ball game. Baseball season is well under way and our hometown team is doing great. This is the time of year when I want to get out and go to a game. Unfortunately my knee is still not cooperating, steps are my Achilles heel and there are a lot of them at stadiums and ball parks. So I did the next best thing made some hots dogs and grabbed a beer and watched the game from the comfort of my couch, where I am guaranteed not to have to move elevations.

I, of course put a little twist on the normal dog, and made one like a Reuben ( my favorite sandwich), and the other like a cuban, (my son’s favorite). Cuban sandwiches also happen to be the official sandwich of Tampa.

Rays Reuben Dog

Russian Dressing

Cole Slaw or Sauerkraut

Russian Dressing

Shredded Gruyère or Swiss Cheese

To make home-made Russian dressing combine 1/2 c mayo, 1t grated horseradish (not prepared) 2T chili sauce, I used Heinz, in a small bowl.

Tampa Bay Cuban Dog

One Piece of Thinly Sliced Ham

Thinly Sliced Dill Pickles

Shredded Gruyère or Swiss Cheese

Mayo-Mustard sauce (about 1/4 c of mayo mixed with a tablespoon of yellow mustard

I believe the Rays have a day game today, let’s hope their at home winning streak continues. Enjoy and go Rays!