30 essentials for watching ALL the olympics
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Published Aug 11, 2016 6:00 AM
by Cora L. Diekman
Every gathering calls for cocktails, and your Olympics watch party is no exception. Get the games off to a festive start with this glam shot glass set that seems just perfect for Rio.
Classic Brazilian Caipirinha Cocktail
For a game day cocktail that’s Brazilian to the core, mix up a batch of Caipirinhas. Full of fresh lime flavor, these zesty drinks are perfect for cheering on your favorite game or athlete.
Prime seating is a must, whether you’re watching solo or hosting a crowd. This plush sofa is perfect for binge watching in style.
Snacks are a must. Whether you’re craving sweet or savory, everything looks just a little more glamorous piled high on a white marble serving tray.
Brazilian Cheese Bread
If you’re not familiar with Brazilian cuisine, let this be your introduction. Serve them warm and fall in love with their melty, cheesy texture. Just be sure to make a double batch because they’re sure to go fast.
For larger gatherings, this extra-large ice bucket keeps multiple bottles chilled until the last drop is poured.
There’s something about these festive stirrers that screams RIO! We’re loving the tropical summer vibe, and since they come in a rainbow of colors, they can double as drink tags so that guests can always find their cocktail.
Blender Brazilian Lemonade
Before you dismiss this as your average lemonade, the Brazilian version calls for whole limes pulsed up in the blender. Add the limes, sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and carbonated water to the blender and mix until liquified. Strain out any remaining chunks, serve over ice, and wonder why you’ve never made these before! If you’re craving a cocktail, simply top off with a shot of vodka, rum, or tequila – perfect for mixing up in large batches and pleasing a crowd of thirsty guests.
Serve snacks and drinks in bold tropical style with this chic bamboo tray, in bright pink of course.
A glam media shelf keeps everything organized for hours and hours of Olympic fun – and provides a convenient place to set snacks while refilling your drink.
A large batch of pineapple salsa is a guaranteed crowd pleaser that’s delicious on its own, with chips, or spooned over your favorite festive dish. Think of it as a super-flavorful salad that promises never to wilt. Bonus points for utilizing a fresh pineapple serving bowl.
Everyone loves a cheese board. This set ensures you have everything you need to serve, spread, slice, and present, including a built in side dish for extra soft varieties, olives, or chutney.
Red, White, and Blue Boozy Snow Cones
Cheer on the home team with these fabulously festive snow cones for adults! Courtesy of Clinton Kelly, the red and blue syrups each feature a shot of alcohol (rum and blue curacao). Keep these on file for your next July 4th bash, too!
No couch is complete without a few comfy pillows and a fab throw. This pattern is so appropriate for the games, and glam enough to keep around all year long.
For those who prefer wine, Kate Spade will decant yours perfectly in chic polka dots.
Olympic Rings Fruit Platter
While game day food tends to be a heavy, comfort-food affair, this clever fruit ring platter will be a festive alternative to wings and dips, with lots of fresh flavor (and color too)!
With so many drinks getting shaken, stirred, and poured, keep your surfaces safe from drips with a few sets these clever red, white, and blue West Coasters.
Guacamole is a must. This fun twist on the traditional recipe likes it chunky, with plenty of texture to top a chip, hot dog, or burger.
Yes, there will be dip. And yes, you will need cute dipping bowls for serving. This adorably rustic vessel is just perfect.
Spicy Brazilian Burrito Bowls
Such a great idea for game day parties! Set all of the ingredients and toppings out buffet-style and let guests build their own bowls. Yum!
Never run out of glassware with these super-versatile Spanish beer glasses that are perfect for serving water, mojitos, and (of course!) beer.
A leather pouf (or two) provides additional seating that’s both portable and can also double as a makeshift side table in a pinch. Plus, the chic goes-with-everything leather will blend in with any style of decor.
With so many hours of watching ahead, be sure your favorite TV nook is comfy and well styled with these seriously chic mudcloth throw pillows.
Flag Freezer Pops
Yes, it’s still summer, and temperatures are still high. Cool down with these adorable flag freezer pops, and customize the colors to your favorite teams.
These state-shaped ice cubes are a fun addition to any cocktail – especially during the Olympics.
This versatile little catchall can be used for practically anything, but we like the idea of filling it to the top with those delicious Brazilian cheese rolls come party time.
Brazilian Skirt Steak with Golden Garlic Butter
Salads, rolls, and dips are great, but it’s not a party without MEAT! This Brazilian skirt steak is tender, tasty, and perfect for the Rio games.
No matter what you’re serving, this summery serving platter is ideal for plating your favorite game day fare.
A lovely equestrian-themed cake plate is so appropriate for serving your favorite treats – cupcakes, cookies, chocolates, and of course cake!
There’s no simpler way to celebrate the games than these sugared champagne glasses. Yes, you can find colored sugar if you like, but you can also create your own with plain white sugar and gel food coloring. Genius, and so Olympic-chic!