Posted July 31, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT
The 2012 London Olympics kicked off on Friday with artistic director Danny Boyle's curious and colorful opening ceremony. Reviews of the spectacle were mixed, but there was plenty of inspiration for event planners and producers, with the celebration's eclectic mix of special effects, performers, lighting displays, and props. Here's a look at six ideas you can steal for your next event.
See our complete coverage of the London Olympics here.