Eurovision Party Playlist

As in years past, I’ve been curating a playlist of artists who hail from Austria for our pre-Eurovision party… mostly because I rarely think about Austria, and I feel like it’s important to recognize that there are struggling musicians everywhere who have a song in their hearts. Some of this is outside my normal tastes, but I’ve found a way to appreciate almost all of these songs in their own way. (Disclaimer: I don’t speak German, so I can’t be responsible for the lyrical content therein. Although half the fun is not knowing the words for some of them!)

Eurovision Denmark Party Decoration Ideas

I’ll admit that very little came to mind when it came to decorating for a Danish-themed party. Denmark flies a bit under my radar in general, except for Princess Mary, Australia’s royalty. The only other icons that come to mind are Hans Christian Andersen, author of many beloved fairy tales, and Victor Borge, the first comedian I was ever allowed to watch. But then there is LEGO and a whole host of Danish design icons to explore… so with that in mind, these are a few of my Danish Party decorations.

Lego Crayons
I found some LEGO crayons at Officeworks which will be used to fill out our judging forms (see next post).

For artwork, I love these minimalist book covers for Hans Christian Andersen stories: The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Ugly Duckling.

I’m also using these love birds by Danish designer Kay Bojesen somewhere.

We’ll have Mary in a framed place of pride as well.

JoinUs Gems
I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers, but I’m hoping the #JoinUs and diamonds of their theme art will play a big part in the show. So I’ve made these sweet origami paper diamonds with the hashtag to frame the television.

Straw Shapes
I’ve also hacked together some geometric pyramids and diamonds out of straws. I don’t know if this will come into play with the set or not, but they were in some of the website backgrounds… so we’ll see.

Then as a bit of inspiration, I’ve put some Hans Christian Andersen quotes over photographs of mine. I’ve got these hanging around the house, and you’re welcome to use them too. (Click photos for larger images.)
Miracles called Ordinary quote by Hans Christian Andersen - photo by

To Travel is to Live quote by Hans Christian Andersen - photo by

One Must have a Little Flower quote by Hans Christian Andersen - photo by

Eurovision 2014 – Judge Along Printable Booklets

Eurovision Semifinals Judging Form
Like last year, I have put together booklets for the semi-finals so you can judge along at home. We give a score out of 5 for song, outfit, & performance and use that to determine who would get our douze points. Each semi-final is printed two-sided on one piece of paper and then folded into a neat booklet with no need for glue or staples.

Folding instructions here.

Eurovision Semifinals Judging Booklets

Counting down to Eurovision – #JoinUs


Eurovision 2014 is nearly here. Australia actually gets to participate in a non-participating way. And we are busy planning our party.

I’ve got my Pinterest inspiration board in full swing, and this year I’m making a YouTube playlist of current popular Danish music to play before/after the broadcast. (And I’m actually really digging some of the artists I’ve come across.)

More decoration ideas and printables coming in the next couple of days!

Again, don’t miss this year’s Minipop Icons of the contestants. And the Chow Down to Eurovision series over at Don’t Boil the Sauce.

A bit of Russia

The past two weeks have been all about winter, Russia, and sports. I’m a bit sad that the closing ceremony is only a day away, but then it’s on to Rio!

Our Russian food attempts worked out pretty good for the most part. The dessert may have been a bit of a fail, but I think we’ll keep a few of these in our regular food repertoire.

Beef Stroganoff
PelmeniSalad Russian Salad
Birds Milk Dessert Oladi Russian Pancakes

Our Russian-themed decorations were mostly all from things from my Pinterest inspiration board. (Bad nighttime mobile photos ahead…)

Russian Ballet Russian Dance Russian Icons
Passport to FUN
Go AU & NZ! Go AU & US!
Matryoshka Banner
Sweet Matryoshka Tolstoy is my Homeboy Get in the Russian Mood

Olympic Party / Russian Theme Night: Food

The full opening ceremony is only playing here at a ridiculous hour, so we’re going to have a bit of Russian cuisine all weekend. Nothing is set in stone yet, but my ideas may give you some ideas.

I happened to discover the Ruski Way Deli, and we stopped there the other night after work. The owner was an absolute delight, and I think he was a bit taken with our ignorance and curiosity. Before we left, he ended up inviting us to the local Russian Club for a pancake event they are having so that we could experience more of their food. So lovely.

In my searches, I think if you make a dish combining any of the following food items, you’d be pretty spot on with something Russian: meat, cabbage, potatoes, dill, onion, garlic, sour cream, vinegar.


  • Beef & Pork Pelmeni – I came across many recipes for making these yourself… but I need to be eating these tomorrow, and ain’t nobody got time for dat. Conveniently, the Ruski Way Deli makes their own. The gentleman was even kind enough to tell us his preferred preparation method. (Put frozen into boiling water, bring back to boil for 2 min., fry in butter with a bit of garlic until golden.) We also picked up cabbage & onion vareniki. So far as I can tell, if it doesn’t have any sort of meat in it, it’s a ‘vareniki’ instead of a ‘pelmeni’.
  • Tomato & Cucumber Salad – Looks like a refreshing side to our dumplings.


  • Bird’s Milk Dessert – I found photos and a recipe for this creamy white dessert here. That recipe has it topped with a sort of chocolate gelatin. But then she has another recipe variation where it is topped with raspberry jello. I’m going to try to combine the two for a mega 3-layer cream/raspberry/chocolate deliciousness palate explosion. I’ll let you know how that goes.
  • Russian Candies – We found a bunch of Russian sweets at the deli and bought two of each. I may do reviews as we go along.


  • Ruski Lemons – I have a feeling these aren’t really Russian, but with a name and star like that, I’m going with it.
  • Basilur Tea – It looks like this is just regular old Sri Lankan tea, but the Russian shop was filled with different varieties. Plus their is Russian text on the tin, so we’re going with it. We opted for the Magic Fruits book.
  • I wish I had thought ahead and ordered these Tetris Shape Ice Cube Trays. It would be the coolest (pun intended).


  • Oladi – Russian pancakes for breakfast if we manage to stay awake that long! These look more crepey than pancakey, but I’m fine with that. We have raspberry jam from the Ruski Way Deli and sour cream for toppings… which I think will be delicious.

Sochi-Inspired Diamond Quilted Flag Printables


Inspired by the patchwork quilt design of the Sochi Olympics, I put together some flags for our decorations. I started out with Russia, Australia & U.S. And then went on to countries of ethnic origin for us and some of the friends we know. Unfortunately, I didn’t really consider that I should check whether all the countries have teams representing at Sochi. So even though there won’t be any South Africans to cheer for, you can still wave their banner. (Oops.)

RU_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 US_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 AU_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014
NZ_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 CA_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 UK_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014
NL_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 PH_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 ZA_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014
PL_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 BA_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014 KR_QuiltFlag_Sochi2014

Click for larger rectangular images. Flags are:
Russia, United States, Australia
New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom
Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa
Poland (Indonesia), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Korea

I realize I’ve neglected a lot of the likely medal winners, so if you have any requests, I still have all my diamonds saved off.

Edited to add Poland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Korea, by request. (Poland also doubles as an upside-down Indonesian flag!)

Sochi Party Planning

It’s almost time for another theme night for the Olympics opening ceremony. I’ve started an inspiration board.

Follow Olympics Party board on Pinterest.

I don’t know if I’ll do invitations yet, but a Russian Passport with an Opening Ceremony Ticket tucked inside would be cute, right?

I’ve been looking at the font on the ticket. It has a very distinct ‘K’, and using identifont there is a similar ‘K’ with the font Signika, but not a lot else matches. A closer look at the Sochi site web code, and it looks like they are using a specially created font called, of all things, Sochi2014 in bold, medium, and light… along with a font family called Etelka.

Need to start thinking about food, and we’ll obviously need to have White Russians