London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony Party – Bringing It All Together!

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London 2012 Olympics Party

As a Brit and a Londoner, I was very excited at the prospect of the Olympics coming to London, and of course, planned a party! I held the party on the night of the Opening Ceremony and the Olympics suddenly started to become real for me when my husband, son and I went and saw the Olympic Torch Relay at Fairlop Waters.

The Olympic Torch Relay, Fairlop Waters at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Later that same afternoon, in was then in the town centre, where we all went again, this time accompanied by my two sisters and brother-in-laws. It felt like such a momentous occasion and was very exciting to be part of.

The Olympic Torch Relay, Romford at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Having failed several times in the initial ballots for Olympic tickets, I did get a bit annoyed with the games, that as a Londoner I wouldn’t get to see any events, however, we keep trying, and fingers crossed we will get something for this weekend. We did manage to secure some Paralymic tickets in September, which we are all really excited about!

Having already celebrated the Diamond Jubilee this year, I had lots of Union Jack flags and other decorations that I could use to support Team GB, and decorated the table in my hallway.

Supporting Team GB at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Supporting Team GB at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

And now, onto the party!

#Olympics Opening Ceremony Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I gave myself the easier option for this party, but using a lot of pre-prepared foods, only because I often find myself so tired by the time my parties roll around, I can’t enjoy them as much as I’d like! I won’t apologise for not being a complete domestic goddess :P

I went with Greek(Cypriot) food for the main meal of our Opening Ceremony Party, as the Olympics originated in Greece, and it seemed fitting. Plus, I’m half Greek-Cypriot so it was easy cooking for me :)

I served Macaroni Pie with a Greek Cypriot Salad – one of my favourite Cypriot dishes.

Greek Cypriot Macaroni Pie for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

For the main dessert, I served a childhood favourite of Paris on Ice gelatine dessert.

Paris on Ice Gelatine Dessert for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I made a dressing to go with the salad, and also had a selection of dips – hummus, tzatziki and taramasalta, and to dip into them, individual pots of Pentathlon Crudities.

#Olympics Party Food at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

For drinks, I served iced tea in my new drinks dispensers (which I LOVE by the way!) and also made some custom wrappers for bottles of water.

Drinks for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Drinks for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I made some decorations to adorn my living room, which were pretty simple to make, but very effective!

There were the Olympic Rings paper wall fans, which I hung from the picture rail around my living room, and looked lovely.

#Olympics Rings Paper Wall Fans at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Then there were the giant Olympic Rings tissue paper rosettes, which are very pretty!

Giant Olympic Rings Tissue Paper Rosettes at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I decoupaged LONDON 2012 letters

London 2012 Decoupage Letters for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

and then added them to my side unit above the rosettes.

London 2012 Decoupage Letters for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

A final decoration piece were polystyrene Olympic Rings

#Olympic Ring Decoration at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

My mum gave me an old Olympic Flag that she had from years ago. I used it as a tablecloth for the coffee table in my living room. On the table went some snickety-snacks :D

#Olympics Flag Tablecloth at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

#Olympics Snacks at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Chocolate Shot Putts, Chocolate Sports Balls and Olympic Onion Rings!

#Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

#Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

#Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I made a selection of simple desserts for the party. I say made, really, most of it was opening packets, or assembly work :P

Gingerbread Olympians for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Gingerbread Olympians

Whoopie Pie Discus for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Whoopie Pie Discus

Marshmallow Barbells for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Marshmallow Barbells

Pretzel Javelins for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Pretzel Javelins

#Olympics Torch Cake Push-Ups at The Purple Pumpkin Blog
Olympic Torches Cake Push-Ups

No party is complete without some cake, so I whipped up a batch of London 2012 Cupcakes, which I made custom wrappers for, along with some cupcake toppers.

London 2012 #Olympics #Cupcakes at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I made some custom chocolate bar wrappers and called them Power Bars :D

Custom Chocolate Bar #Wrappers for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

And finally, to keep it healthy(!), I made some fruit skewers, using Olympic Ring colours…

Fencing Fruit Skewers for an #Olympics Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I made food labels to go with all the different dishes, and shared a freebie printable for you – having changed it so that the Olympic rings were in the right order >_<

#Olympics Food Labels #Printable at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

As a thank you, I also put together some Olympic Favour Bags to give to my guests.

#Olympics Favor Bags at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

With the food all out, and the TV on for the Opening Ceremony, my family and I sat and watched this historic event unfold in our hometown! We could even hear the fireworks from 15 miles away!!

A great time had by all, which is always the mark of success for me when I throw a party :) I hope you enjoyed reading all about the things that I did for the Olympics, and there is still time to throw your own party… ;)

Hubby wore his Olympic pins with pride, and all the decorations will remain up for the rest of the games, and into the Paralympic Games that start at the end of August.


Oopsie, nearly forgot the London 2012 chocolates I bought :D

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