The 2021 Summer Olympics kick off on Jul. 23 and will be must-see TV for families across the world. Don’t want to stop at just watching the games? Go ahead and create your own mini-Olympics right at home. We’ve scoured the web and found 11 ideas on how to host your own bash—torches, games and podiums included. Here’s to letting this year’s golden games inspire the whole family!
Before the Party Begins
Decorate for the Occasion
Get worldly with this DIY flag garland from Small for Big. It's like a geography lesson and a super cool party accessory all in one. Be sure to start the garland a few days in advance so you don't need to rush. It's a project that can keep older kids interested for hours and gives you a chance to talk about the different countries that compete in the Olympics and why each country is special. Travel here for the full tutorial.
Outfit Your Athletes
Get everyone a fun Olympic-themed t-shirt that can also be a party favor! We like these from Etsy shop See What I Sell. Not only do they come in kid and adult sizes, but you can customize them with graphics and fonts! Buy them here.
Set Up Gold-Medal Worthy Snacks
Don't forget to offer up Olympic-themed snacks like ring cookies, bagles and more. See our favorite ideas here.
Make Gold Medal Cookies
There are gold medals... and then there are gold medals made with cookies. We prefer the latter. The effortlessly creative Cindy Hopper at Alpha Mom shows us how to make these crafty medals for your own Olympic games. Rewarding kiddos with one of these after a long day of competition will be so much fun!
After Your Guests Arrive
Be Sure to Have an Opening Ceremony
Let the games begin! Use these DIY torches from Kate's Creative Space to kick off the opening ceremonies for your at-home games. A lap around the backyard with these "official" torches will have little athletes ready to play.
Throw the Javelin
Broom handles, check. Pool noodles, check. Colorful duct tape, check. Looks like you have everything you need to create your own backyard Olympic Javelin Throw. Get the full tutorial at Hoosier Homemade and watch the kiddos have a blast seeing how many noodles they can get through the target. Isn’t it fun when throwing is not only allowed, but encouraged?!
Have a Hurdle Competition
Watch kiddos get happy with hurdles when you set up this simple hurdle run from I Can Teach My Child. The hurdles are pool noodles and they’re kept in the ground by kitchen skewers so you can easily adjust the height depending on the age and size of the kids. On your mark, get set, go!
Have an Olympic Hoop Ring Toss
It’s a craft! It’s a sport! It’s a win! The Olympic Ring Hoop Loop from Make and Takes is ideal for kids of all ages and it’s super easy to make. Make all five hoops around the loop from a three to four-foot distance and you’re in the running for a gold medal!
Olympic Ring Craft
Little and big kids can make an Olympic ring craft just like the one spotted over at Happy Hooligans. Save your toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls for the perfect circle shape! Get the tutorial here.
Hand Out Medals on the Podium
How cute is this podium we spotted over at Project Nursery? It's pretty easy to make and will be a fun finish to the day. Be sure to have medals handy, like these you can order in no time.
— Aimee Della Bitta with Gabby Cullen