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London Olympics Opening Ceremonies snacks and drinks?

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Because I am a huge fan of the over-the-top spectacle of the Olympics Opening Ceremonies, I've gathered a few friends together for a viewing party tomorrow night. I'm thinking about an English theme, but so far haven't thought of anything more creative than Gin and Tonics and cucumber sandwiches. A major decision making factor is that I'm working tomorrow and will have about an hour to pull something together -- any thoughts on quick and easy snacks that have something (even remotely) to do with London?

If I had gotten my act together early enough I would have done a Parade of Nations menu -- a small bite from each country as they march out onto the field..... Served in alphabetical order..... "And now from Andorra!" It would have been brilliant, but insane. But maybe in four years......

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  1. I was going to suggest mini Cornish Pasties, if you could do it tonight and bake tomorrow. You have the start on Tea, so in addition to cucumber sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, potted shrimp sandwiches, smoked salmone and cream cheese sandwiches and cones with clotted cream.

    1. just an idea... Sheppards pie balls? mix mashed taters corn, and a little cheese. put a dollop in seasond great meat, and for a meatball that encases the mashed potatoes. brown in a skillet and bake till done. maybe dip in some type of horseradishy sauce? i dont know haha.

      1. Sausage rolls, buy pre made puff and good quality sausages. An assortment of tea sandwiches, as plain or fancy as you have time for. Individual trifles for dessert, can be assembled from store bought ingredients given the time crunch.
        I will be watching with a Strongbow in hand, and now because of this post some sausage rolls.
        Enjoy the spectacle!

        1. It's late in the planning process but we're having a viewing party as well...here's our menu(London was a much tougher theme than Beijing!):

          Pimm's Cups
          Bass
          Strongbow

          Asst of English Cheese
          Smoked Salmon
          "fish n chips" (goldfish and potato chips!)
          crudites

          Assorted cornish pasty
          English baked beans
          Tomato and Cucumber salad

          Shortbread
          Berries and Devon Cream
          Orange Creamsicle Cake with "Let the Games Begin" and the rings on it(we have a bday in the crowd tonight and this is a favorite cake flavor of the bday girl)

          Hope your party works out great!

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          1. re: ziggylu

            Hope you're enjoying our opening event.

            You have a great English menu there. Maybe later, you'll have another party where you can also have foods from the other parts of the UK - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have great tasting and distinctive foods.

            1. re: Harters

              I would have loved a greater variety, but living in the middle of the Arizona desert I was happy to be able to come up with what I did!

              1. re: ziggylu

                "In the Arizona desert stands a giant of earth and stone, mighty superstision mountains, with it's mystery and it's gold"
                Walter Brennon

            2. re: ziggylu

              I am stealing that "fish and chips" idea!!!!