How to Plan the Perfect Olympics Watch Party

These picks will earn you a spot on the podium.

The much delayed Tokyo Olympics are finally starting Friday, July 23 and if you’re hosting an Olympics watch party, you’ve come to the right place for party planning inspiration. Whether you’re most looking forward to summer game staples like gymnastics and swimming or newcomers like skateboarding, we can all agree that nothing matches the energy and excitement of the Olympic games. And that certainly inspires celebration!

Since the past year hasn’t been conducive to watch parties, you might be a little rusty on the party-planning front. Not to worry! We’ve rounded up gourmet pretzels, handy serving dishes, and the forgotten-about essentials to jog your memory. We’ve taken care of all the details; all you need to do is turn on the TV.

Olympics Watch Party Essentials

What to Eat

Eastern Standard Previsions

Eastern Standard Provisions’ one-of-a-kind artisanal pretzels have us drooling. Whether you choose pretzel bites, burger buns, or pretzel dogs, these are guaranteed to be a showstopper at your Olympics watch party. We recommend the BBQ Box to get a sampling of their party favorites or their Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce for friends with a sweet tooth. Born and bred in Boston, Eastern Standard Provision’s pretzels will add a dose of patriotism as you watch Simone Biles bring home another gold (knock on wood).  

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What to Drink

Avec Mixers

We’re obsessed with Avec: mixers for the modern drinker. These mixers, made from 100 percent real ingredients and 90 percent less sugar, will be the talk of the party. Flavors range from Yuzu & Lime to Pomegranate & Hibiscus: but you might as well get the Starter Pack so you can try them all. You’ll definitely want to. 

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What to Wear

If you’re channeling your favorite swimmer and hosting you the Olympics watch party by the pool, try Summersalt. This Sidestroke Bikini Top from Summersalt is the perfect amount of coverage, and the matching mid-rise bottoms are extra flattering. If a one-piece is more your thing, this version of the Sidestroke is made for you. Pair any of the above with this shirtdress coverup for an effortless summer outfit perfect for all-day watching.

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How to Serve

For a transportable, conversation-starting serving dish, go with this Olive Oil Bread Dipping Plate from Uncommon Goods. Made by master potter Tony Holman, the plate’s bright and earthy tones make it perfect for the summer or winter games. Fill the small center dish with olive oil, French onion dip, guacamole, or whatever suits your fancy and surround it with everything from pretzels to fresh fruits and vegetables.

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How to View

If a poolside or patio watch party sounds like it’s right up your alley, complete your set-up with an outdoor projector. This one is easy-to-use, portable, and connects to both a smartphone and laptop so you won’t miss a second of the action. Plus, it runs on a powerbank when unplugged so you don’t have to mess around with extension cords. Toss an HDMI cord in your cart along with it, and you’ll be set for the opening ceremony.

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How to Clean

Entertaining can get messy. To include a supply of paper goods without feeling guilty about your environmental impact, check out Cloud Paper. They make their paper towels and toilet paper out of bamboo, which is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, in order to decrease deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. Cloud Paper offsets its shipping carbon footprint through The Carbon Fund, and their products come in plastic-free packaging that’s both recyclable and compostable. Make it even easier to stay fully stocked with a subscription timed to match your needs.

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