“Participation” Award

Participation award? Lame! I know I’ll strike a cord with all other competitive peeps in saying that there is really nothing worse then being awarded for just showing up and “trying”. To hell with that – blood, sweat and tears need to be involved to make any “game” worth the time and energy. There really is no better time than during the Olympic Games to demonstrate a country’s true colors when it comes to competing. For example, after a Women’s Track event, a silver-medal-winning American athlete was disappointed in her performance and insists she will continue to return until the gold is hers. Now that’s what I’m talking about- ‘Merica!

In an attempt to bring some of that Olympic spirit and nationalism to the home front, my husband and I (mostly) host an annual event (it’s in it’s second year, so I think we can officially label it “annual”) harnessing the energy of the Olympic games and incorporating it with what us Wisconsinites do best – drinking beer. I would love to take credit for originating The Day Drinking Olympics however it was a culmination of outside forces and opinions that really brought the idea to life.

Here’s how it works:

  • Teams of 4-8 players are chosen among participants and a country is decided on (ie my husband and another couple represented Greece this past year). No two teams can be the same country.
  • Once a country is set – participants are strongly encouraged to dress up costumes that incorporate the chosen country’s culture (Going with Greece again, we dressed up in togas and donned our best God/Goddess gear).
  • Also, for food and drink, participants are asked to bring items indigenous to the region of choice (Greece = gyros, hummus, baklava).
  • Once the hard part is out of the way – it’s on to the games. We chose only four events this year to keep it simple: Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Horseshoes and Bean Bag Toss. The more games, the longer it takes and the drunker people get – including hosts/hostesses. 🙂 We learned that the hard way in the 1st annual. . .
  • This year I set up a tentative schedule so that all teams played all games versus the different teams. That quickly went out the window, however, after people insist on doing their own thing or half listen to the m.c. (ME!) I tried not to be so bound by rules, so the events wouldn’t be so rigid, but I think we do need a bit more enforcement for next year. I’m thinking more of a tournament style set-up.

Well that’s the gist of it . . . I’ll let the awesome pics do the rest of the talking – You’ll get the idea.

Oopa! (And Silver Medalists)

Gold Medal Winners in both the games and team spirit.

Sumo? Su-NO! This happened.


Bronze Medalists. ‘Merica!

I was the force behind the cupcakes – ice cream cone cupcakes made to look like Olympic Torches and the chocolate cupcake Olympic rings YAY! Team America brought the fabulous Apple Pies.


I added quite a few other nuances to the festivities, but failed to capture them on film. There’s always the 3rd annual . . .


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