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Go for the gold with an Olympics party

When watching the athletes slice through billows of powder on parabolic skis, or execute a perfect figure skating routine while on the ice, it's hard not to be inspired by their grace, agility and dedication.

Because the winter Olympics only come once a year, and offer us something to look forward to in February (and that alone is a feat that deserves a gold medal!) Olympics parties are the perfect way to celebrate the event, and show some USA pride.
Decorate!

To make the event feel festive, and not just like you're inviting friends over to watch TV, it's important to go all out with the Olympics decorations. Stock up on red, white and blue LED glow sticks, Olympic Games custom door banners, streamers and Olympics invitations.

Encourage guests to wear the colors of the country that they support, or even to come dressed as their favorite athlete. For example, to come dressed as Sean White, wear a long bright red wig with snowboarding gear. (Just make sure to wear layers so that you can take it off as you go.)

Serve up international dishes

To make the event even more special, serve some of your favorite delicious ethnic dishes from around the world. (For American fare, consider offering guests cheeseburgers or a similarly classic dish. For dessert, apple pie might be perfect.)

Host your own Go for the Gold Awards

Are your friends champions who deserve their own gold medals? We thought so.

To make the party interesting, and foster a spirit of healthy competition among partygoers, create a large scoreboard on a whiteboard or poster board and have guests pick the winners of each event. Hand out party favors to the winners.

So, what should you offer them? Why not have t-shirts made up with slogans like "I won the winter Olympics 2010."

Of course, you could just completely go rogue and create your own

Olympic games that involve feats of skill such as a hot dog eating contest, a run-around-the-house-the-fastest competition, or dizzy-bat races, in which the competitors spin around a bat until they're dizzy, and then perform a series of tasks or attempt an obstacle course.

No matter how you decide to take advantage of the Olympic Games, be sure that you do something to mark the occasion - they only happen once every four years!

Whether you enjoy watching curlers who have perfected their craft, or snowboarders who execute fearless jumps in style, make sure that you watch the events in good company.

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