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Rio Olympics: How to host a viewing party

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With the Rio Olympics quickly approaching, sports fans from all over the globe are racing to put together their own viewing parties. However, the process doesn’t need to be so stressful. Remember, this is a time to relax, reconnect with friends and have a lot of fun in the process.  

By taking advantage of a few common tips as well as some lesser-known secrets of party planning, you too can host an Olympic Games viewing party for the ages. Moreover, you can use these tricks for any viewing party you may have, whether it’s the Winter Olympic Games or something else entirely.

Go Big or Don’t Go At All

If you’ve been straining your eyes to try and see the images on your television screen, it may be time to invest in a new, larger model. If your current television set is more than 10 to 20 years old, you’ll also receive the added benefit of high-definition viewing, which makes a world of difference when it comes to watching live broadcasts, movies, and TV shows.

For those who can’t quite afford a brand new television simply for the Summer Olympic Games, you might consider renting one. Whether you rent-to-own or simply rent a unit for a specific period, this can save you a lot of money when compared to purchasing one outright.

You might also want to consider using a digital projector for your party. This is especially handy for outdoor events and parties, where hosts can project the image on the side of their house, a garage or another flat surface.

Rent a Venue

Who says the viewing party has to be at your home? In fact, many party hosts choose to rent a local venue for their event, such as:

  • A hall
  • A conference room
  • Even a community bar

Renting a local venue could include any number of benefits, although this is highly dependent on the establishment itself. Common perks include food, beverages, games, contests and more. Furthermore, you won’t be stuck having to clean up your home or apartment after all of your guests leave for the night.

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Be Creative With Your Food

Special events such as the Summer Olympic Games provide would-be chefs and amateur foodies with tons of options when it comes to preparing and serving food. Edibles that are made to resemble the iconic Olympic torch or an Olympic medal are great ideas. Cakes can even be decorated with the theme of your favorite Olympic event or athlete.

Alternatively, you could try your hand at some dishes that contain flavor that is local to an event you’re enjoying. In the case of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, you might choose entrees, appetizers or desserts that contain a lot of Brazilian flavor and styling. This simple trick, which can easily be adapted to nearly any event, is usually a big hit with guests.

Play the Right Music

Let’s face it, some of the commentaries during the Olympic Games can be downright boring. To counteract this, make sure to have some music ready at all times. Your playlist can consist of nearly anything, including personal favorites, Top 40 hits or anything in between.

For best results, try to include some music from the country that is hosting the games. In this case of the 2016 Summer Olympics Games, you’ll want to include a fair amount of Brazilian and Latin-influenced music to enhance the overall feel of your party.

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Set up Your Own Games

While the Olympic Games provide plenty of entertainment value, there is some downtime in the event. Commercial breaks, athlete interviews, and even extended commentary can all cause our interest to wane. To combat this, consider setting up your games and fun activities to eliminate any boredom and fill up some of that downtime.

There are a plethora of options here, including your sporting events, board games, video games or nearly anything else you can imagine. If your party is meant for adults only, there are also plenty of drinking games that go great with nearly any sporting event or recreational activity.

Making the Most of Your Party

As you can see, there are plenty of ideas to use when planning a party around the Summer Olympic Games. However, unless you want to be known for throwing dull, boring parties, you’ll need to add in a little bit of flavor and personalization to your get-together. Not only will this make the event a memorable experience for all, but a successful party can also help strengthen the relationships you have with your close friends and family members.

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