With the summer heat, pizza and hot dogs are the All-American way to go with your Olympics party menu if you're trying to avoid turning on the oven. With the international competition though, there's so much opportunity to get some unexpected options on the menu and still keep it kid-friendly and easy on your end.
We put together a gallery of our favorite kid-friendly foods that give a nod to our international friends, but you can certainly rework the ideas to fit a busy schedule by purchasing pre-made options available at the grocery store.
Then, To put your own twist on it, add DIY flag toothpicks to your foods and ask your local pizzeria if they can personalize a pizza Olympic-style - 5 interlocking pies, perhaps!
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A classic kid-friendly food from England, pay homage to the 2012 Olympics host, London, and get these tasty bites on your party menu.
Native to Southeast Asia and southern China, the lychee fruit makes a fresh, fun and delicious ingredient in a kid-friendly shake. Made with yogurt, juice, fruit and water, it's the perfect start to the day of Olympic party activities.
Made with wheat, flour, water and sprinkled with salt after it's been baked, the pretzel is popular in Germany. The kids will love having these homemade soft pretzels on the menu at their Olympics. Get creative with the shapes you make them in!
The second mocktail on our Olympic party menu for kids, this bubble gum inspired-sip is a great color and your little guests will love the flavors.
Even the pickiest eater will gobble up this Italian meal! Mini meatballs over simple sauce and spaghetti is a hearty dish that'll replenish all the energy the kids have used up with their own Olympic activities.
We know we're pushing it with real sushi when it comes to most kids, so instead, have them make their own - candy style! Explain the history behind the more traditional Japanese cuisine and if you can, have some veggie sushi prepared to give the kids a taste test if they're brave enough.
Look to the French for inspiration when it comes to a classic, crowd-pleasing party food. We like to make sweet potato fries ahead of time, but you could certainly opt for store-brought fries in these paper cones, too!
Give Lindsay's easy tutorial for sno-cone cupcakes a try for a big patriotic finish. Instead of yellow, use white and you've got a fun Team USA red, white and blue color scheme instead.
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