Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Opening Ceremonies!


2 years ago, we had an Opening Ceremony Party with our friends the Julius's.  This year was no different, except that we had to find foods from the UK.   We decided to start off the Festivities with an Afternoon Tea.  We found some English tea in the international food section at our local marsh, as well as some Scottish brand cookies, we got some ginger cookies and shortbread.  Instead of honey, we decided to try Golden Syrup.  I know it isn't used in tea often, but it was sweet and British, so we went for it.

It was actually really good.  The cookies were just sweet enough to combat the tea.  

I have not had a cup of tea that good in a while.  I guess I must confess the British do know their tea.  

Chris cracked me up drinking his with pinkies up. :) 

We used foamy stickers to make our own cheering posters.  Emily really looks the part! 

Though these yahoos take the cake.  Kathleen found some medals, and I grabbed these hats on clearance from the 4th.  The boys didn't wear them long, but I thought they look great.  Go Team USA!  

This was our dinner menu: Fish and Chips with Malt Vinegar, Beans, and Boddington's or Pimm's for alcoholic beverages. 

The BEANS were baked beans, not as sweet as we like, but good, and they went nicely with the fish and chips.  Yum.

For an additional activity to do while we watched the Opening Ceremonies, I got the idea for us to make Fascinators.  I'm sure you're thinking, Cathy, what the heck is a Fascinator?  Well, it's those adorable little Hats the British wear, little flowery or feathery, sometimes they can get really crazy like the Princesses during the Royal Wedding last year.  

So, I bought some supplies: headbands, feathers, flowers, glue dots, and we went a little crazy.  

Actually I think they turned out pretty well, and even if they only lasted the one night, it would have been worth it to me, but I think I'll get more wear out of mine.