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Host your own Olympic opening ceremony!

 

The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games start tomorrow and knowing Rio, the opening ceremony is bound to be a party to remember. Instead of just watching the fun, you can bring some of the Olympic spirit to your own backyard! From traditional Brazilian sweets to the Olympic torch itself, we've got you covered.

There's no opening ceremony without the passing of the torch. Here's how you can bring the flame to your party.

 

What you'll need:

Four squares of orange and yellow tissue paper
Toilet paper or paper towel tube
A flameless tea light
Orange cupcake liners
Paint brush
Gold paint
Tacky glue
Scissors

Directions:

1. Paint the tube with gold paint. Once dry, glue the cupcake liner to the top of the tube.

2. Cut the tissue paper into 5" squares. Don't worry if it's not exact.

3. Put a small amount of glue on the edges of the tea light. Then layer the tissue paper around the sides.

4. Place the tea light in the cupcake liner and ta-da, you have a torch!

Tutorial credit: Oh My! Creative

For your party snacks, try out these Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Balls called Brigadeiros. Since the 1940s, these sweet treats have been a national candy in Brazil and they're very popular at parties.

 

What you'll need:

1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter (plus a little extra to grease the plate)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup baking cocoa powder
Chocolate vermicelli or chocolate sprinkles

Directions:

1. Whisk the condensed milk and cocoa powder until completely smooth. Stir in the butter.

2. Cook the mix on medium-low heat in a medium nonstick saucepan. Stir constantly for about 5-8 minutes. The mix should become thick enough to be able to see the bottom of the pan for multiple seconds when scraped back.

3. Pour the mix into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about six minutes. Stir the mix every two minutes.

4. When the fudge is thick enough to be rolled (it thickens as it gets cooler), mix in the vanilla extract and spread onto a greased plate.

5. Once cooled to room temperature, start rolling into 1/2-1 tablespoon sized balls. Then roll the balls in the vermicellis or sprinkles, organize and serve.

Recipe credit: Frombraziltoyou.org

You can't have an Olympic-themed party without some sort of game! Here's a fun Olympic Ring toss game to set up.

 

What you'll need:

5 Wacky noodles
Yellow, green, red, black, and blue colored Duck Tape
Bean Bags

Directions:

1. Form each noodle into a circle securing the ends with tape.

2. Wrap each ring with a different colored tape and secure them together in the Olympic Ring design.

3. Have fun trying to toss the bean bags into the different colors at different distances.

Tutorial credit: Hoosier Homemade

 

Finally, send your buds off with party favor bags filled with Rolos and mini Twix to make sure that everyone goes home with the gold.

Idea from: Keeping it Simple Crafts

Be sure to tune in to the Opening Ceremony at 7:00 PM (ET) on Friday, August 5th.

What part of the Olympics are you looking forward to most? Share below!

Main image credit: Bird's Party.

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by Hayley Anderson | 8/4/2016
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