Planning an opening ceremony party for this weekend? We know every decent American's loyalty lies with the good ol' U.S. of A., but the red-white-and-blue theme is a little played out, considering some of us are still recovering from our Fourth of July hangovers. As such, consider honoring the home of the 2012 Games: jolly London Town.
Give your guests something to nosh on
Fish 'n chips are an obvious yet delicious choice. Give this recipe for Beer-Battered Fish
a go, and try making these Truffle Fries with Chardonnay Dipping Sauce
for a fancy-schmancy spin on the classic combo.
Shepherd's pie is another favorite – or shall we say favourite? – in the UK, and it's pretty clear why: The dish is little more than beef and veggies in a pie crust topped with mashed potatoes. These Mini Shepherd's Pies
are perfect for a party, because you can serve them as a small plate dish or an appetizer.
The Brits love them some sausage, and luckily, so do we. These Sausage Stuffed Pretzel Bites
can be thought of as the best of both culinary worlds, as they combine the UK's fave meat and the classic American pretzel.
For dessert, serve both this fresh Union Jack Fruit Pizza
and a Candy-Topped Flag Cake
to keep in line with the theme while showing your patriotic side as well.
Serve up some scrummy bevys
No party is complete without a cocktail or two. Luckily, summer is the season for a Pimm's Cup
, a mixture of the British liqueur, lemon juice, soda and fruit garnish. Betcha didn't know the classic Gin and Tonic Cocktail
came from our friends across the pond. Well now you do, so serve it with pride. Finally, serve a selection of beer straight from England, like Fuller's or Boddingtons.
Let the games begin!