Rio Olympics Inspo: Pineapple Decor!

With all the buzz about the Olympic Games in Rio, I can’t help but be inspired by native Brazilian elements. And considering we are smack dab in the middle of summer, it only makes sense that I’ve got pineapples on the brain!

 

Rio pineapple trio

 

Decorating with pineapples in the home is old news- this funky fruit has been a symbol of warmth, welcome, and hospitality in European architecture since the 17th century. I plan on having a few girlfriends over to watch the Olympic games, and I want to add a touch of Rio festivity to my home without dealing with the fuss of decorations. So, I found a few inexpensive pineapple pieces that I know will make any home feel welcoming and warm throughout the year!

 

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This cream and gold pineapple pillow is the perfect embellishment to your sofa. You can’t get more obvious than a giant, singular pineapple, but it doesn’t feel over the top at all in these neutral colors. Plus, it doesn’t upstage the rest of your decor and will make your space flow seamlessly from summer to fall.

 

Rio pineapple wine decor

 

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A decorative piece that also functions as a wine chiller? That’s right, this adorable metal pineapple opens up to function as anything your heart desires- and in this case, my heart desires a cold glass of Pinot Grigio.

 

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You didn’t think I would make a post about pineapples and not use the real thing, did you? If you plan on grabbing a pineapple at the grocery store to serve for your Olympic party, why not grab an extra as a center piece? And hey, while you’re at it, spray paint it a fun color. Hot pink is perfect for summer, and gold will add a touch of class to your table. Just think twice before chopping up a painted pineapple to eat!

 

 

 

Throw Your Own Olympic Party With This Authentically Rio Menu!

The Rio Olympics are here, and if you needed a reason—this is the perfect excuse to throw a party! Call your friends, fire up the DVR with the Olympic women’s gymnastics, and be amazed by the amount of muscle you are about to see on your TV screen. Not sure what to put on the menu? That’s easy—just serve what they’re eating in Rio!

 

Rio chimichurri recipe

 

If you haven’t added chimichurri to your list of things you can’t live without, now’s the time to change that. Just blend all of the ingredients below in a food processor or blender, and you have a very versatile dressing for salads, dip for vegetables, or if you’re feeling fancy, a marinade for meats. I say keep it simple—slice up some bell peppers or a loaf of french bread and let your guests dip away!

 

Chimichurri – makes 6 servings

  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 tablespoon diced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

 

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Win your guests over by serving misto quente, a popular Brazilian street food. No recipe necessary—it’s basically a grilled ham & cheese! The authenticity lies in topping it with a roasted tomato and a garnish of basil or parsley. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited that grilled cheese was an international cuisine that could bring the world together.

 

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Don’t forget the alcohol! This drink is going to make your party the most authentic Rio festa in town: the national beverage of Brazil, caipirinha! Don’t stress about not being able to pronounce that word, just let the drink speak for itself.

 

Caipirinha – 1 serving

  • 1/2 lime, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/3 cup of cachaça (or light rum)
  • 1 cup ice cubes

 

In a tumbler, squeeze and drop in half of a lime. Add sugar, and muddle into the limes. Fill glass to the brim with ice, pour in alcohol, and stir. Regarding the alcohol, cachaça—don’t stress if you can’t find it in stores. My palate can’t quite handle it, so I like to use a light rum as a substitute. This drink is perfect for interpretation- so have fun playing with it! You can substitute honey instead of sugar for a more traditional taste, or add something aromatic like mint (which is in season right now!) to make it even more refreshing.  Just be modest with the serving sizes—this drink will give you the confidence to flip like an Olympic gymnast if you sip too much!

5 Olympic Women You Need To Follow On Instagram

If you need another excuse to stay in and blast the AC this summer, catching the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is a great excuse. I love watching the Olympics—especially with my friends and a glass of wine in hand!

 

To get you extra pumped about Team USA going for the gold this month, I picked my 5 fave Olympic women I have a serious #girlcrush on—and their Instagram feeds! Here are the women who not only are rockin’ athletes, but also dynamic chicks off the field who I would love to invite into my girl squad:

 

1. Elena Delle Donne – @de11edonne

 

Table delivery complete! @delledonnedesigns #diningroomtable

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Aside from being an incredible basketball player in the WNBA and now repping Team USA in Rio, Elena builds custom furniture like this gorgeous reclaimed wood table. An athlete and a designer?! This is a woman after my own heart.

 

2. Alex Morgan – @alexmorgan13

 

Breakfast with bae

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How much do I love Alex Morgan? Let me count the ways: she brought home the gold from the World Cup last summer, hangs with Taylor Swift, and this adorable pup is her “bae”. Pretty sure if I ever met Alex, she’d be my new bestie.

 

3. Laurie Hernandez – @lauriehernandez_

 

😚😀😜😬😮 #RoadToRio

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Nicknamed “The Human Emoji”, this girl exudes joy. Team USA’s women’s gymnastics team may be the talk of the Olympic games this summer, so getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of this talented squad on Instagram will make you want to root for them even more.

 

4. Kerri Walsh Jennings – @kerrileewalsh

 

I love this fact 🌱🌲🎄 (📸 @thisspirituallife )

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This woman is a legend who has been bringing Olympic volleyball gold medals back home since 2004. She revealed after the 2012 London Olympics that she competed while five weeks pregnant! If that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is. Plus, I love to save the motivational quotes she shares for days when I need a little extra inspo.

 

5. Melissa Stockwell – @mstockwell01

 

 

Melissa is an Iraq War veteran who lost her leg while in active combat, and went on to kick butt as a swimmer for Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. This year, she’ll be competing in Rio as a Triathlete. That’s right, she’s competing in multiple Olympic categories. Sign me up in her fan club, because I am a huge fan of strong women!

 

I don’t know about you, but the opening ceremonies couldn’t have come soon enough. There’s definitely room in my imaginary girl squad for a few more Olympians, so comment below and tell me which female Olympic athlete you have a girl crush on!

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