Earlier this week I shared one of my recent #ThatsGold moments with you guys, about how a friend brightened my day with a sweet and unexpected gesture.
You can check that post out here, but as a quick recap – #ThatsGold is a fun project I’ve partnered with Coca-Cola on that’s inspired by the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and celebrates the “golden” EVERYDAY moments in life that happen to all of us – not just the super athletic few! You know… the moments that leave you feeling happy, loved, inspired, and capable.
So, when I first sat down to start thinking about my own #ThatsGold moments, I quickly recognized a common theme. The vast majority of them had something to do with making people happy through creativity… like inviting friends over to watch a chick flick and serving themed drinks inspired by the movie storyline, or surprising my kids with a snack arranged in the shape of their favorite animal, or decorating someone’s door or desk in a style that’s “SO them” on their birthday.
I just love seeing faces light up when people are surprised by something that’s cute or pretty or clever… something that just makes a typical moment or experience a little more happy and exciting. For me, #ThatsGold!
So this got me thinking about the Olympics, and how much more fun it is to watch the Games with other people so that you can be wowed by and root for your favorite athletes together. Someone else needs to witness those crazy twisting flips along with you, right?!
And since chances are good that your guests are going to want something to sip on while they watch, why not make things extra fun by doing things like:
A) serving up “Go for the YUM” Coke Floats garnished with a gold straws and toppings that match the Olympic colors!
B) tossing patriotic popsicles into ice cold sodas for a cute/tasty drink garnish AND a spirited nod to Team USA. I call this one “Perfect 10 (soda) POP“. ;)
Scroll down for more details on the drinks + free printable drink tags and signs to match.
P.S. Don’t forget that if you share a #ThatsGold moment of your own following the (very simple) contest guidelines at the bottom of this post, you’ll be entered to win a one-of-a-kind, crystal-covered Coca-Cola bottle!
You can also find the Olympics themed Coca-Cola cans in major retailers right now. And in case you’re wondering… yes, there is a Diet Coke version too! ;)
“Go for the YUM” Coke Floats
– Vanilla Ice Cream
– Coca-Cola or Coke Zero
– Whipped Cream
– Maraschino Cherries
– Mini chocolate candies (in colors that match the Olympic palette)
– Gold foil straws
– Free Printables (The pdf contains talk bubbles, 2 sizes of flags, and 2 signs)
1. Print and cut out the talk bubbles and small flags. Hot glue the flags to gold straws, and add talk bubbles to the front of your cups/glasses.
2. Scoop ice cream into a glass and pour ice-cold Coca-Cola over it. Garnish with whipped cream, cherry, candy sprinkles, and gold straw.
“Perfect 10” Soda POP
This is a super easy idea that can be tailored to any color palette you fancy – but I’m sticking with Team USA, of course! We also used these popsicles as drink stirrers on 4th of July, and they were a big hit. They make for a hearty drink garnish and add a nice little flavor kick to the drinks. I also recommend serving cherry popsicles with Coca-Cola for a Cherry Coke vibe.
To make these drinks extra-appropriate for an Olympic Games home viewing party, add gold foil straws, gold napkins, & free printable flags!
HOW TO ENTER
1. Share one of your own #ThatsGold moments on social media via a photo, video, or written comment. You can also enter via written comment on this post. We want to see or hear about a moment that made you feel happy and joyful! You can even use this giveaway as an excuse to create a brand NEW gold moment.
2. Include the hashtags #ThatsGold and #HWTMgold on your entries so they can be found. (Please also tag @CocaCola if space and social media platform allow).
Note: Feel free to tag anyone else that was part of your gold moment and deserves a special shoutout!
The (1) winner of the Gold Crystal Coca-Cola bottle will be randomly selected from all of the entries. I will also share my top 5 favorite entries in a follow-up post.
Please enter by 11:59pm on Monday, August 15. Good luck!
Disclosure: The Coca-Cola Company sponsored this post and provided the prize. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with the #ThatsGold project. As always, all thoughts and designs are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that make it possible for me to keep the creative content coming your way!