It’s 2012! For our family, that means one thing…. elections! (I am a former politico, and my hubby still works in politics). Election years are a bit stressful for us… but luckily, election years also feature one of my favorite distractions- the Olympics!
This year I am totally excited because the Olympics are in London, and for those of you who don’t know me well, to call me an anglophile would be an understatement. My hubby is also a huge fan of all things British- he actually lived outside of London for a while growing up, and he is happiest when our pantry is stocked full of digestives, cadbury dairy milk bars, and PG tips tea. Who else chooses to honeymoon in Scotland in November, reads the Telegraph, Scotsman, and Daily Mail every morning, watches every british show we can find on Netflix and You Tube, and are planning a tea party in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? (still figuring what I am going to make a mini floatilla out of…)
While the Summer Olympics aren’t my favorite (sorry- I am a Winter girl, give me skiing and curling any day!), I am really excited for them because I have so many fun ideas of how to bring the fun to little man! Summer Olympics are definitely more approachable for a toddler. So to celebrate all things British, I am going to be highlighting a uniquely British craft/recipe/party idea every week until the Olympics! I’m also going to throw in some fun games you can play with your little ones to get them in the sporting mood.
To get things started, I am excited to offer a really fun printable packet to run your own “Come Dine With Me” style dinner party series. Haven’t seen Come Dine With Me? It had a brief run on BBC America (bring it back, please!!!), but is a regular fixture on UK’s Channel 4 (sadly, we can’t watch online in the states. boo). Basically, 4 strangers head to each others homes for a dinner party. Each host prepares a fun or fancy menu, decorations, and some form of entertainment, and at the end of each night, the guests rate the host. The one with highest marks wins a prize of about $2,000 (though this makes me giggle, because some people seem to spend well more than that on food/entertainment).
While this show is totally entertaining, it gets really, really catty- and might not be the perfect event for your friends- so I have changed a few things up, like each diner picks a category the host best falls into (most entertaining, most creative menu, best decorations, most welcoming). Whomever has the most votes for a certain category wins a fun (white elephant style) prize after the fourth dinner party. This is meant to be a really fun way to gather some friends, get to know your neighbors or church group, or just an excuse for four girls nights . Feel free to set price limits and be sure to get your group together to discuss any food allergies/aversions, and know whether or not your guests drink caffiene/alcohol or not- on the show. people who are picky or refuse drinks make for good tv; but I am sure you’d prefer a fun, worry-free event for your hostesses and guests.
I’m including dinner rating cards and an instruction sheet you can send to your three friends (or three other couples). The really fun part of this? All hostesses must present their menus at the same time- before seeing the others. This helps to prevent an unfair “advantage” for the people going last, and also helps you keep costs reigned in and the whole thing from becoming over the top.
You can download the printable instructions and rating cards here, at my 4shared site.
So get to it… gather some friends and get them dining together! Don’t forget to link back here or to the Sweet C’s facebook page with your dinner party ideas. I can’t wait to see them!
What is your favorite part of the Olympics? Or your favorite British inspired craft/recipe?
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