Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic Flavors of the World Unite

 Olympic sweat!  Is there any better way to have an Olympic Party than to have the flavors of the World unite!?! I say...No! I am sharing Olympic party plans with my local Channel 12 News.  It was fun to do!

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.

  I printed out the symbols that are used to define each Olympic sport.  I then backed them with black paper and tied a few ribbon knots. I also found some great Olympic digital print outs. The best part is they were free.  I just down loaded them, cut them out and added the sports symbols to make a cheap and easy decoration. Thanks to the lovely woman out there in computer land who is generous enough to share!

I also used the free digital tags to tie on candy jars and treat boxes.

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, 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.
Pour over:
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.!

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!

Strawberry Cheesecake 
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!

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