While Union Jack shot glasses and London 2012 tea towels won't exactly make a fashion statement at your house, there are more than a few Olympic gems to be found. You just have to hunt them down, which I did. While searching, I learned that Pippa Middleton and her parents are getting hassled by the British press and were investigated by LOCOG for posting suspiciously Olympic-related decorations on their website, Party Pieces.
While the company's Olympic-colored ring-toss set passed inspection, Olympic organizers reportedly have issues with the site's references to "Celebrate The Games" and "Let The Games Begin."
The Middleton site's copy reads, "...fantastic range of Great British (sic) party supplies so that you can host an amazing party to celebrate London and this spectacular occasion." Nowhere do they claim to be Official Licensed Party Suppliers for the 2012 Olympic Games. According to LOCOG, companies can be prosecuted if they use the slogans "backing the 2012 Games" or "supporting the London Games."
Whatever. The poor Duchess of Cambridge (nee Kate Middleton) -- must be sooo embarrassed.
Decorating Outdoors, Olympic Style
Back to that Olympic merchandise that would look positively smashing at your estate, particularly outdoors. A company with the clever name of Remains of the Games is selling furnishings and fixtures from the athletes' rooms at the Olympic Village, available when the Games are over, of course. That cute green balcony set where Ryan Lochte noshed on tea and crumpets could be yours, along with those fabulous beanbags and colorful patio chairs the New Zealand Olympians lounged on before the Opening Ceremony.
That's not all. Check out the other Olympic goods for your outdoor living spaces -- including Team USA swimwear for impressing everyone in and near the pool.