[Scuttle beating] DO YOU HEAR WHAT I'M TELLING YOU?? THEY. ARE. IN. LONDON!!!!!
ahem... I just happened to LOVE London. I don't know if I've ever mentioned that before. I wasn't planning on being in Idaho for the opening ceremonies, but due to unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances, I was there. Two of my sisters and I were going to watch it together. I suggested having an international dinner- just because we like to theme things in our family (it's a sickness, really).
My other sister happened to be in town with her kids going to the dentist, so I invited them- they wanted to stay. That doubled our party so we had to move to a bigger venue: mom's house. So that added the rents. My brother and his girls made a cameo appearance as well. So our party of 3 went to a party of about 11.
The ceremonies themselves had high points and low points- but it was LONDON so I just sat in my chair and cried as Kenneth Branagh quoted Shakespeare. I think the dream sequence with the Child Catcher, Captain Hook, Cruella De Vil and Voldemort was my favorite. When Mary Poppins saves the day? Honestly??? Awesome.
Anyway... The dinner we had was fantastic. I invested in international flags and a table cloth to set the mood.
We (I) threw it together quickly so some of the countries that were represented... well... it was a bit of a stretch.
China- Take out from Mandarin house (Mandarin Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Sesame Chicken, Rice and Chow Mein)
Italy- Mozzarella Sticks and Marinara Sauce. Probably not totally authentic- but I *had* to have Italy represented and this was the fastest thing.