For the party I chose the colors of the Olympic rings. That was a no brainer! I used a black and white polka dot table cloth that I already had. I figured it made the whole thing look really fun.
Some of the print outs I put on sticks to put right into the treats. I filled the Chinese food boxes with a little treat that I love. I have renamed them just for this party..."Go for the "Gold"en Grahams" Get it? Go for the Gold...I am so smart! This treat is one of my favorite, I actually try not to make it 'cuz...I love to eat it! I got this recipe from one of my favorite neighbors, then...like I have been known to do I added chocolate. Chocolate makes everything better!
Go for the "Gold"en Grahams
1 cup butter, 1 cup Karo syrup, 1 cup sugar
Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes, then add 1 tsp. vanilla.
6 cups Golden Grahams cereal
6 cups Rice Chex cereal
1-2 cups Almonds
(option: 1-2 cups coconut, I always do)
Mix well and pour on wax paper to cool. I then drizzle it lightly with melted chocolate chips!
My next trick is....."Not-so-English Fish and Chips"
In honor of the host country I made my own version of "Fish and Chips" for the kids. Peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches make darling "fish". I simply cut the sandwiches into fish shapes and served them with potato chips. They loved eating out of the newspaper cones sooooo much I am thinking of all sorts of things to serve out of newspaper!
We made our own Olympic Rings. Seriously simple. Wire hangers formed into circles made great forms. I gathered crepe paper streamers and glued them right to the hanger form. Easy...cheap!
After the rings were completed I used hot glue to hold it together. It is so light it hung extremely well.
English Trifle is a popular dessert in England. In the spirit of the games, I made a "Not-so-English Trifle". It is a Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle. I got the recipe from my lovely Mother. I am not sure where she got it from...all I know is I love it and it is super easy to make. It is actually better if you make it the night before. It is a good "do ahead"! LOVE IT!
Pretty and Yummy!
Combine: 2 quarts cut strawberries
2 – 3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond
Cover and refrigerate!
Cream: 16 ounces cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
Add: 1 cup sour cream
3 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond
Combine well, set aside.
Beat: 1 cup cream and fold
into cream mixture.
Cube: One angel food cake and fold
into cream cheese mixture,
Reserving ½ c. for garnish.
Layer: cream mixture and strawberries:
in a large pretty glass bowl
(footed is nice!) like this...
Strawberries, cake, strawberries, cake, strawberries
Garnish: A dollop of the creamy stuff and a fanned strawberry!
Chill for a couple hours before serving!
I have much more coming...I have a post later today with the rest of the recipes and pictures from my Olympic debut!