going gold — usa/olympics party

We don’t know about you, but our DVR was packed full of incredible Olympic moments from Sochi. Global glory even came local as our hometown hero and peer Kaitlyn Farrington brought home gold in the women’s half pipe.

We had plenty to celebrate, and celebrate we did with fresh American fare, Olympics inspired décor, and Sochi inspired costumes. While the Winter Olympics may not come around for another four years, we hope our little fête will inspire you much sooner!

Menu Yellow

We opted for fresh American fare, because Russian food just wasn’t doing it for us. We dined on:

BEEF SLIDERS

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beautiful plate, complete with a beef slider

  • Krista mixed ground beef with worcestershire, egg, onion, garlic, salt and pepper and hand-shaped the mini patties. Prep these early and let them sit in the fridge.
  • To make them a bit more sophisticated, try making a super easy garlic aoili like this one, crisping some bacon, or simply caramelizing white onion in butter. We opted for store-bought buns this time but seriously considered baking them ourselves…next time!
  • Keep them in one piece with some fun toothpicks. We used international flags — very appropriate!

FREEDOM FRIES

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baked freedom fries

  • No fryer necessary! Bake those suckers!
  • Use Idaho potatoes (duh), and keep the skin on. Chop into 1/2 inch sticks, pat them dry, and toss with olive oil, fresh garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes total, tossing them a couple times during the process.

MAC AND CHEESE

mason jar mac & cheese

mason jar mac & cheese

  • We whipped up some gluten free and regular pasta and mixed them with our favorite boxed cheese sauces, Kraft and Annie’s.
  • Keep it moist and fresh by sealing the mac and cheese in short mason jars and storing it in the fridge until it’s ready to be baked.
  • Add crispy bacon on the top if you’d like! We can’t wait to try a homemade mac and cheese recipe this way.

FANNED FINGER CAESAR SALAD

finger caesar salad

fanned finger caesar salad

  • Ok, it’s not really all that American, but it might as well at this point, right? Remember, melting pot.
  • Rinse and cut off just the end of romaine hearts. Arrange layers from largest to smallest on a large platter. Sprinkle with flat-bread croutons, parmesan cheese and caesar dressing.
  • These make a perfect appetizer as well and generally please even those who don’t like salad!

ABBEY’S ROASTED POTATO SALAD

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abbey’s roasted potato salad

  • Our dear friend Abbey brought the beautiful, delicious, and untraditional potato salad. She roasted it with other delicious veggies, and there was no mayo in sight. Here’s the recipe she used,
  • Like any good cook, she improvised a little by using half Idaho potatoes and half sweet potatoes, swapped celery for red pepper, and added zucchini, cherry tomato after roasting, and Sun Valley Mustard to the dressing.

“LOW MAYO” COLESLAW

"low mayo" coleslaw

“low mayo” coleslaw

  • Coleslaw is 100% American, but we find nothing worse than a slaw smothered in mayo.
  • Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen – Not Your Mama’s Coleslaw.
  • This slaw turned out to be a great leftover and was asked for even after it was gone by a very meat-loving individual.

ROSE APPLE PIE

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rose apple pie

Decor Yellow

AMERICAN FLAG “PHOTO CORNER”

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flag photo corner

  • No America themed party is complete without an American flag! It also made the perfect backdrop for some funny photo moments.

OLYMPIC RINGS PAPER CHAINS

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olympic ring paper chains

  • To bring the rings into the decor, we opted for an Elementary School style paper chain. It was an easy, fun way to bring in all the Olympic colors and the symbolism of the connected rings.
  • Paper, a paper cutter (or scissors if you’re more patient), and a stapler are all you need!

GOLDEN USA

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USA!

  • We love gold, which is part of the reason we went with this theme. We found some super cheap stand-up cardboard letters at our local craft store and spray painted them gold.
  • We intended to hang these from the ceiling with fishing line, but time didn’t allow. We arranged them with the elk skull on the mantle instead…very manly America, don’t you think?

TABLE ACCESSORIES

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“torch lit” table

  • We purchased basic plates in red, white and blue and a fun printed set of napkins.
  • To pay tribute to the torch, we put together a rough interpretation as our center pieces including gold vases, some recycled holiday decorations from the local drug store, and some yellow tissue paper.
  • Adorable mini chalkboard signs kept our menu organized and blatantly American.

Ensembles Yellow

FURRY HATS

abbey's hat was the BEST!

abbey’s hat was the BEST!

  • When we think of Russia, we think of hurry hats. Our attendees didn’t disappoint…Their crazy hats inspired some even crazier — and arguably unrelated — ones like a moose hat and a ram hat.
our favorite photo of the night

our favorite photo of the night

ATHLETIC HEROES

gingo a.k.a cody the flying tomato

gingo a.k.a. cody the flying tomato

  • Krista opted for the elegance of Gracie Gold with a black leotard, pretty skirt, fun jewels, and a high bun. She also couldn’t resist the fur theme and donned a faux fur vest.
  • Cody make us all laugh with his interpretation of Shaun White including skinny jeans, a leather jacket, snowboard boots, and sunglasses. We always knew he’d eventually embrace his inner ginger. He also couldn’t quite resist the fur though…

CREATIVE TAKES

  • Taylor went as a “White Russian” or “Winter” with her white and whimsical ensemble.

PODIUM PRIZES

homemade medals

homemade medals

  • Our guest for the weekend, Bryn, had the brilliant idea to award a gold, silver, and bronze medal to the best three costumes. We weren’t able to find an impartial judge….You were all winners!

GO USA! GO FOR GOLD!

and as always….

krista and taylor

brass blossom

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