Things get a little boring around here, especially at this time of year. There’s nothing really to look forward to besides a hopeful warm front of 30 degrees. The parties are getting repetitive and old. One of these weekends, why not get a little competitive with your partying? Instead of having your run-of-the-mill beer pong tournament, host an all-out world championship — The Beer Olympics.
The Beer Olympics is not something to mess around with. You can’t just call a few people Friday after classes and host it Friday night. Just like the actual Olympics, this takes plenty of planning and training. Set the date a few weeks in advance and have meetings periodically to predetermine the events. Three things that are going to need to be decided on are teams, events, and rules.
To be fair, each country (or region) should have a male and female representative in the games. Have everyone get together and pick their partners, preferably a close and reliable friend. If you are having trouble deciding who should be with who, pick partners from a hat. This prevents the overachievers from ganging up with each other and having an obvious advantage in the games. Now it’s time to choose countries. Make sure no one is going to be lame and show up in a t-shirt and jeans. Make sure they represent their country in a loud and proud manner. Lameness in attire renders instant disqualification.
Once teams are set, the fun begins. Picking the games is an integral part of how the Beer Olympics will play out. First you need to decide whether you want it to be an all day affair or a night of a few fun games. Obviously, beer pong is going to be the main event. Set up the bracket and design a loser’s bracket as well so when the day arrives there won’t be a need for any last minute planning.
For flip cup, forming alliances with two or three other countries is the most ideal situation if you are willing to share the gold. If it’s a nice enough day outside, set up an obstacle course of cones and kegs. The participants will have to run through the course as fast as possible without spilling their full cup of beer. At the end, they have to chug and pass it on to their partner. The first one to stumble across the finish line wins. Also, corn hole is a great team game worthy of a bracket.
When it comes to rules, the house preference is always right. Get together with your friends to decide on some major rules such as redemption regulations, re-racking, and proper victory dancing. If you are very serious about the games, you may even want to get a sober, neutral party to referee.
Pick a country/region:
America- Think “Wild Wild West” or if that’s too vague, think a Kenny Chesney concert. Good old blue jeans, cowboy hats, cowboy boots and of course, red, white and blue. You could always just go as a Nascar fan.
The Caribbean- Be a pirate. If you drink too much, you can blame your staggering on Captain Jack Sparrow.
France- Tight, black and white striped clothes. Both guys and girls need berets and red or printed neckerchiefs. Feel free to draw a tiny, swirly mustache on with eyeliner. Accessorize with a baguette. Or a poodle.
Italy- Jersey Shore. Sorry.
Australia- Surfer girls and crocodile hunters, that’s what the Aussies are all about! For the surfer, a wetsuit and a shark tooth necklace will prove your worth. For the croc hunter, work boots, khakis and a similar colored shirt tucked in will do the trick. Bring a mini croc if you have one, but let’s leave the sting ray jokes to a minimum. Crikey!
England- Guys should start with a lightning shaped scar on the forehead and big, awkward glasses. Girls can dress like a private school nerd with frizzy hair. That’s right, you’re representing the very best part of England- Hogwarts. Practice your accent and bring your big tall red-headed BFF.
Jamaica- Make Bob Marley proud with dreads and beanies! Find a reggae style or tie-dyed shirt and cut-off jean shorts. Add a bunch of leather or beaded bracelets and ankle bracelets and you’re set.
China- Arrive with an entourage of ninjas. Find an Asian inspired robe and rock socks with your flip flops. Get a big paper fan (preferably with a dragon on it) and arrange chop sticks in your hair. Warning: make sure your ninjas are not violent.
Ancient Greece- Pay homage to the very place that the Olympics call home. As for the costume, three little words should be enough: Toga! Toga! Toga!
The North Pole- Bundle up like you’re heading across campus in February. Then bundle up some more and add fur. Dust off the ugly Christmas sweaters in honor of the only known residents of the North Pole.
Middle East- Go as the Barbie and Ken of Arabian nights- Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Girls, think like a belly dancer- big eyelashes, big bangles, lots of sparkles. Guys, don’t be afraid of a turban. If you can’t find a flying carpet, at least bring a magic lamp for good luck.