9 Gold-Medal Ways to Make Watching the Olympics More Fun!

Inspiring athletes, close finishes…the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, are bound to have you cheering together.

How to Throw an Olympics Viewing Party
  • Set the scene: Make an easy mix of sporty and patriotic touches. 
    • Hang paper garlands. Link taped rings of construction paper (in blue, yellow, black, green and red) around the room.
    • Dish up gold-medal plates. Attach red, white and blue ribbons to gold paper plates ($4 for 20, partycity.com).
    • Rate with scorecards. Write numbers 1 through 10 on separate sheets of cardboard and give everyone a set.
  • Serve something tasty: Show spirit with snacks that are good for the whole team. 
    • Patriotic nachos: Melt white Cheddar on blue-corn tortilla chips; add salsa. Get extra credit for garnishing with sliced jalapeños in the Olympics logo shape.
    • Mugs of soup: Play up the wintertime vibe by serving hearty chili or soup in cups, making couch dining easier.
    • Popcorn torches: Fill ice cream cones with caramel popcorn.
  • Make it fun: Ready, set, participate! Try these activities during breaks. 
    • Decorate T-shirts. Using washable fabric paint and markers, adorn old T-shirts with the flags of nations whose teams you’re rooting for.
    • Take a world tour. Pull out an atlas to find Sochi, and consult the Web for virtual tours of popular Russian sites.
    • Present medals. Line up step stools and aware chocolate coins on ribbon.


Score! The 2014 Winter Games run from February 7 to February 23. To check out the full schedule of televised events and decide when to assemble your home team, visit sochi2014.com/en.