After reading Jamaica Gleaner columnist Latoya Grindley's guide on how to throw an Olympics house party, I'm starting to think the country of party and relaxation isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Let's examine the guidelines.
1. Like any party, it is important that you plan ahead. The games begin tomorrow so if you haven't started planning yet, now is the time to start.
Okay, so if I want to have 15 of my friends over, I should contact them ahead of time? And I should get to planning right now instead of waiting? Got it.
2. Decide on how many people you will be inviting and the time they should start coming over. Do some research on the times of the big events and call up your invitees in advance.
Let's see, Opening ceremonies begin Friday night, so I'll choose the prime-time hours to party. Thankfully I decided how many people I was going to invite in step 1, and contacted them ahead of time already! I'm one step ahead! No way this party doesn't heat into an explosion of fun!
3. Food is important at any party. Choose the type food specific to the people being invited and the time of day. Some races will be in the mornings, so select food carefully. Finger foods and sandwiches are generally better to eat while watching sporting activities.
How long is this party supposed to last? From the sounds of it, in order to throw a proper Olympics party, we must stay the course every day for three weeks. That notwithstanding, we thank you for the food reminder. Most hosts at the parties I go to forget this overlooked aspect of friendly gatherings. A party without food is like riding a bike with no air in the tires. Or something similar.
4. If you want to go the full hundred, decorate your place with props like the Jamaican flag showing your patriotism. If you have flags of other countries why not string them up?
I have an American flag and I believe somewhere in the crawlspace above my closet there's a flag for the state of Missouri. I'll definitely hang those two ... oh and my globe. The globe will certainly be on display in honor of the world! Other than that, do white Christmas lights count?
5. Games can add to the excitement of your Olympics party. During breaks or when sports of interest have passed, outdoor or indoor games can be played. Outdoor activities could include relay race, water balloon toss and basketball. This would be ideal for family bonding.
Few things scream "P-A-R-T-Y" like relay races and a water balloon toss. The beauty is that the two can be combined spontaneously, as the host who suggests everyone leave the sofa for a relay race in the heat of August is generally pelted with water balloons (or chicken wings).
To recap, a proper Jamaican Olympics house party involves: calling people ahead of time, providing food for said people, decorating the house and participating in outdoor relay races.
Somewhere in these guidelines we forgot "open the door and allow your friends inside". That's probably a good thing because it might be best to keep the door shut for this party.
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