In the spirit of 2012, hold a mini Olympics birthday party in your back garden and let the competitive kids knock themselves out.

Invite:

Forget about the horrid 2012 logo and go for traditional Olympic rings, or the art deco/nouveau style of early last century. Look to Olympic posters from bygone days for inspiration. Invite could read something along the lines of:

Calling all competitors!

Sparticus [name of birthday boy or girl] invites you to his Olympic birthday games.

Hosting country: your address

Opening ceremony commences at 2pm on 2nd June 2012. Closing ceremony at 6pm.

 

Dress:

Retro sports day yah? Think American Apparel – knee high socks with rings at the top, towelling sweatband like Bleeker from Juno (left), short shiny shorts and an aertex shirt.

Food:

The obvious drink choice would be Coca Cola, but as we don’t want to rot our kids’ teeth make a ‘healthy’ go faster concoction out of lemonade and orange juice – just like Lucozade! And of course lots of bottles of water with sports flip caps.

Make the food as international as possible and make it really obvious – hot dogs from America, Pizza from Italy, Tacos from Mexico etc. with each countries flag in the dish.

Make medal biscuits by simply making round biscuits with a hole to thread ribbon through and spray them gold with edible gold paint (yes it exists!).

Decorations:

Lots of bunting!

An Olympic torch made out of scrunched up gold paper and streamers.

A winner’s podium to receive prizes on.

Flags to represent the countries competing.

Games:

There are limitless options here. Here are some suggestions:

High jump (tip: put a blow-up air bed for kids to land on). Or for a more tongue in cheek version, the limbo.

Shot put – spray paint lines on the lawn or ground as markers.

Discus throw with Frisbees.

Make a cycle course in your garden (depending on size) and have timed laps with heats.

Get silly: wheelbarrow race, three legged, egg and spoon etc.

Prizes:

Make gold, silver and bronze medals out of metallic card and ribbon.

Personalised water bottles (some good ones here and here)

Music:

British National Anthem

Gold – Spandau Ballet

Jump – Pointer Sisters

Born to Run – Bruce Springfield

Hit me with your best shot – Pat Benatar

The Finish Line – Snow Patrol

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Push It – Salt N Pepa

Race for the prize – The Flaming Lips

Olympic Airways – Foals

My Favourite Game – The Cardigans