1976 USSR Silver Medalist, Balance Beam

May 7th

olympic cupcakes

A few weeks ago I got an invitation to an Olympics party — a backyard fiesta featuring 11 events and prizes. Never one to miss a themed bash, I quickly RSVP’d for Boris and Svetlana, a Russian gymnastics pair who would be attending. Then the hunt was on to find a costume (note to self: next time consider something a little more basic, like track. Or swimming. Or something you already have the gear for. Really, Russian gymnastics?) and a Boris (Again, self, really. Finding a good date? Hard. Finding a man willing to dress up like a Russian gymnast? Nearly impossible.) However, I did find both and guess what? We had a great time. And we were in fact the only people at the party in costume. Boris even won a medal.
{By the way, I’ve found the best way to get a man to dress up for such an occasion is not to mention that you might be the only two in costume until you are pulling up to the house. Then mention the keg.}
Not only did I want to attend in style, but I also wanted to bring something sweet to add to the amazing dinner we were served. At happy hour on Friday, I was lamenting to friends that I didn’t know what to take, when one crafty gal suggested using pineapple rings and food dye to make an Olympic symbol.

secret ingredient to the cupcakes

A quick trip to the dollar store to buy a package of Kool Aid, a white cake mix and a can of pineapple rings and voila! For $3, I had a great dessert and gave myself a gold medal for frugality. And stealing someone else’s idea, in the true Olympic spirit.

rings, soaking
rings of glory

Hope your weekend was also a bit crafty and crazy!

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22 Responses

  1. I am giggling so much over your pineapple rings that I snorted and made a passerby in the hallway stop. How I do I explain that one? Brilliant, Kelli – and all for $3!

  2. That is a pretty sweet idea. I didn’t even realize it was the olympic rings until you told me! Glad to hear you had a good weekend!

  3. Love the Olympic rings! πŸ™‚

  4. Great idea! And I love all these themed parties you go to. Did you get any beading done? Dying to see what you’ll cook up with those gorgeous beads.

  5. love the rings, totally brilliant!

  6. Rebecca May 7, 2007

    Boris and Svetlana totally cheated in the quiz portion of the game. Although I do find it humorous that Boris still scored less, despite cheating. And yet – he still won. How is that possible? I still have about a 1/2 gallon of that keg left. . . . we might need a rematch.

  7. What no pictures of Boris and Svetlana!!?? That was a great idea! Love the pineapple ring idea! It’s too perfect!

  8. Ok, I’m a moron. I didn’t get the Olympic rings part until I read your blog. Doh! Great idea, great implementation, great costumes.

  9. Those Olympic rings look great, although I don’t think I would dare to take a bit out of them (especially the black one)!

  10. Clever idea! I’ve never been to a costume party but when I was younger, I always wanted to go to one where everyone went all out like a big halloween party. Thank you for the COAK cd, you had a wonderful selection of music and we have enjoyed it!

  11. Wow – no pics of you guys all dressed up? That is so great! πŸ™‚

  12. Awesome idea. And when do we get to see photos of Boris and Svetlana.

  13. Wow, talk about kitsch. That is great.

  14. Clever and nice! You always surprise me, but I’d like to see a pic of you all dressed up…….

  15. Umm yes, i second that…where are the photos?? or am i thirding that now? shoot.
    I really miss this about America – themed parties. that simply doesn’t exist here, in adult form, and hardly in child form either. Halloween only took off for about two years here and now it’s dying again. we used to throw lots of themed parties: anything but clothes; rubix cube bash (that was the best!) boo…sniff…

  16. Very cool! I’d have never thought to do that. =]

  17. You definitely deserve the spirit award! Costumes and a themed dessert? Medal-worthy.

  18. YES! I want to see the pics as well! you post yours and I will post mine πŸ™‚

  19. i love the olympic rings… you never cease to amaze πŸ™‚ sounds like a great party!

  20. Oh my. That’s priceless!

  21. wow. so much fun. maybe next year you could come as an equestrian? might not be so difficult to come up with an outfit. love the dyed pineapple olympic symbol. what an idea.