Winter Olympics Party Ideas
For as long as I can remember, every two years I have been glued to the television during the Olympics. I love the drama and the earnestness. I love the feel-good stories of underdogs and athletes who work their whole careers for this one moment. Add to that, winter sports were always a large part of my life growing up in Vermont. We did a lot of skiing and ice skating in my house, hence photo of Will and I skiing above!
I have amazing memories of watching the Olympic heroes of my childhood: Kerri Strug, Tara Lapinsky, Picabo Street, and the women’s soccer teams win in gripping fashion.
This year, I wanted to share my ideas for throwing a Winter Olympics watch party. Primetime in the US is morning in Korea, so this is the perfect opportunity to throw an evening watch party. Today I am sharing my menu inspiration from across the internet.
One fun idea for food is to have your guests pick a country that they are rooting for and each bring a dish from that country. Friends of ours do this for a Eurovision party every year and it is a lot of fun.
Since I can’t steal their idea, I have am going to serve food inspired by the host country, South Korea. While you could do a sit-down dinner with bibimbap or noodles, I really want to do finger foods.
I have been eying a Korean Beef Taco recipe from the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook, which I think would be perfect for this party. I want to set up a little taco bar with all of the fixings laid out and keeping the meat warm in the slow cooker.
If you don’t have the cookbook, here are some other recipes from websites I trust that look good.
Another classic Korean finger food is fried chicken. This one looks delicious.
Of course, a party inspired by South Korea isn’t complete without kimchi. I love the idea of this Creamy Kimchi dip from Bon Appetit as a great way to convert the strong flavors of the kimchi into a delicious dip.
I have a huge soft spot for dumplings and pot stickers. To make it easier on myself, I am planning to buy frozen post stickers instead of making my own. I absolutely love the Trader Joes Thai Vegetable Pot Stickers. To make them more Korean, I am planning to make a dipping sauce with soy sauce and gochujang, Korean chile paste.
If you are interested in making your own, here are two recipes to consider. One for traditional Korean dumplings, the other is just a delicious Smitten Kitchen Potsticker recipe.
What are your plans for the Olympics? Tell me about your ideas in the comments!