How to Throw an Olympics Party

Unless you’ve been lost in Lady Gaga’s wardrobe room, the Olympics have caught your attention (and ours). From 205 different countries joining together, to Team USA winning gold, silver and bronze, to really, really hot male athletes, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the most global time of year!
So what better way to celebrate than with an Olympics party? Her Campus has you covered with tips that will take your international bash to the top of the podium.

Dress Code

Everything is more fun when you’re dressed up, and an Olympics party is no exception! Pick out a costume theme for your guests to abide by to really get everyone in the Olympic spirit.

  • Represent your country. Have everyone dress up in the national colors of their favorite country participating in the Games.
  • Get sporty. Tell your guests to dress in their best athletic gear, whether it’s a leotard or running shorts and a tank top (and make sure to suggest to that hot guy from your bio class that he channel Olympic swimmers and come shirtless).
  • Be a ring leader. Divide up your guests into five groups and send each group invites telling them to wear a specific Olympic ring color (blue, black, red, yellow, or green). Voila! Total Olympic spirit, very minimal effort.
  • Toga! Toga! Get historical and channel the original Grecian Games by having your guests dress in Greek god and goddess costumes.


Now that your guests are all dressed up, your party needs to be dressed up, too! Here are a few décor ideas to get you started.

  • Tiki torches. If you can’t get the real Olympic torch to pass through your killer party, these are a pretty good substitute!
  • Flags of the world. Hanging up flags is a super easy way to bring a lot of color to a room while emphasizing the idea of countries coming together.
  • British invasion. Hang up pictures of the London skyline, Big Ben, the Union Jack, and other iconic London images.
  • Gold, gold, gold. It’s all about the gold medals at the Olympics. Make this a major theme for your bash by decorating with gold items, such as this metallic table skirt.
  • Put a ring (or five) on it. Hang up the Olympic rings on your walls.
  • Play Olympic music. Is there any music more epic than “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” composed by John Williams? Probably not. Get your guests pumped by playing it at least once during the evening (Bonus drinking game for those 21+: when your guests hear the theme, they have to finish their drinks). Other pump-up songs for your playlist can be the theme from “Rocky,” “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” by Queen, the theme from “Chariots of Fire,” “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, and “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen (oh come on, you can’t deny that that song gets people excited).