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.
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.
Before starting, each child was given a game card, which listed the events they would have to “compete” in. Upon finishing the events, gold medals were awarded to all participants. Photos were taken in front of a backdrop I created with gold rings and printed flags I bought from Etsy.
Knowing the athletes would need to refuel, we ensured there were lots of delicious treats to fill them up. The dessert table had popcorn, Canadian oreos, and “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.
This party theme did not disappoint! Go Canada!