We didn’t end up doing anything on the 4th of July (weird middle of the week day, friends were out of town), so on Friday we tried to make up for it with a little Opening Ceremonies/funny USA-themed Olympics party. We wanted to go all out: Pinterest desserts (ha ha), cheesy outfits, American flag decorated everything. But the American flag stuff is really hard to find this time of year, weirdly enough. And while I meant to try to come up with a funny outfit (Jamie told me to get a Budweiser crop top) I got lazy and found something I already had from a thrift store that was more picnic than patriotic.
Our friends did better though: American flags and shoes with stars all over them. Drew had on an Atlanta shirt because the Olympics were here in ’96, which still blows my mind to think about. Also we had lots of good old-fashioned American food like veggie hotdogs and sweet corn and potato salad. Jamie made jello shots and this amazing watermelon whale that I really wish we had taken a picture of. I made mini cupcakes that didn’t look so hot but tasted better since I used a Back in the Day Bakery recipe.
The Opening Ceremony was funny—sometimes unintentionally. Some of it felt like a bad cruise show, and I didn’t understand the text messaging obsession or that silly queen jumping out of helicopter gag, but then parts of it were beautiful (the Shakespeare and the scene at the beginning), and the David Bowie songs made me happy, and it always is fun watching the parade of nations.