From a young age, my son has had an interest in sports. I think it is his father’s influence and his genuine love for numbers and keeping score. You can often find him running, jumping, and kicking/throwing a ball. And when he is not doing those things, he is watching sporting events on TV. I knew with this love of competition, he was going to go crazy when he discovered what the Olympics were. Sure enough, the boy couldn’t get enough of all the action in Rio. So when it came to planning his sixth birthday party, which happened to coincide with the summer games, I knew he would love to celebrate by having his own mini-Olympics.
**Note: We were all set to celebrate, and the day of the party, my son was very sick so we had to reschedule. Here is what we have planned for when it actually happens:
I decided to host it at a local park and have a number of “events” that the kids would partake in. After a bit of research and thought, I came up with a few games using things around our house and items from the dollar store.
Upon completing all of the events, gold medals will be awarded to participants. Photos can be taken in front of a backdrop I created by adding some flags I bought off Etsy and gold rings cut to a simple white backdrop.Knowing the athletes will need to refuel, we will ensure there are lots of delicious treats to fill them up. The dessert table will have popcorn, rice krispie squares, donuts, and even “torch” cupcakes. Probably not what actual Olympic athletes partake in, but a good spread for all in attendance.I had a local baker do up a birthday cake featuring a gold medal and sugar cookies with Olympic rings on them. I think these two items may be my favorite parts of the whole party! They really turned out great.
After all the running around and treat consumption, each child will go home with a goody bag and their medal in hand.Needless to say: my son is bit excited to have the party–our mini run-through was a hit. Bring on the games!