Do-It-Yourself Party Ideas for an Election Day Watch Party
October 30, 2012
If you’ve elected to throw a party for Election Day, you’ll want to be sure you make all your guests feel comfortable, no matter what side of the aisle they fall on. Whether you’re a die-hard Democrat or a Republican, or fall somewhere in the middle, remember it is possible to throw an Election Day party where guests from every end of the political spectrum feel comfortable!
Are you planning a party to support a local politician? Or do you simply want to watch the results of the presidential election come in with a group of your friends? Either way, planning an election party can be a fun experience and bring together friends with diverse political views!
Your first step is getting a feeling for your friends’ political views. If you have a few hot-headed political fanatics who get worked up about political events, you need to consider how they will react to the election coverage and if you, and the rest of the guests, will be able to handle their reactions. Since it’s your party, you are entirely justified in only inviting friends with similar political beliefs to yours. But, if you’re willing to engage in some lively debate throughout the night, inviting a mixture of Democrats and Republicans is sure to spark some good discussions!
Once you’ve got the guest list nailed down, send out personalized Republican Party invitations and personalized Democratic Party invitations. Knowing which side of the party line your guests fall on makes it much easier to know who gets which invitations of course! But, if you’re not sure, you can always send a basic patriotic themed invitation. Be sure you encourage your guests to vote before they come for the festivities!
Election Day coverage lasts late into the night, so you’ll want to have plenty of munchies to keep your guests satisfied. Finger foods are an easy menu choice that can be prepared ahead of time and replenished in no time as supplies start to run low. Popular finger foods include chips and dip, veggie trays, chicken wings, BBQ meatballs (you can keep these warm in a slow cooker), mini quiches, tortilla rollups, and sweet treats like brownies, cookies, mini cheesecakes, cupcakes, and chocolates. For a fun patriotic twist, serve a flag cake made out of red velvet cake mix, frosted with white frosting, and decorating with blueberries and strawberries in a flag arrangement. And of course, you’ll need to stock up on Election Day paper goods, like paper plates in the patriotic American theme to serve up all those goodies on! And the matching Americana napkins and American table cover are the perfect decorating accents for your party.
Speaking of decorating, with so many Election Day party supplies to choose from, decorating for your party will be a snap. If you’re looking for basic decorations, create a few balloon bouquets out of our metallic patriotic star balloon and some red, white, and blue latex balloons. Tie them off with an American Flag balloon weight and you’ve got the perfect accents to flank the doors! And our American Spirit centerpieces add the perfect touch of flash to your tables.
Another perfect choice for your Election Day party decorations is a customized Election Day banner. Choose from banners in basic patriotic designs or Republican Party banners and Democratic Party banners. Since these banners are fully customizable with any message you want, you can declare your party affiliation, cheer on your favorite candidate, or encourage everyone who passes by your house to vote!
Kick your party up a notch as the night goes on with our selection of patriotic blinkies! When your guests’ energy starts lagging, hand out these fun LED body lights, like our USA star blinkie, US Flag blinkie, or flashing USA ribbon.
To make the party a little more interesting as you wait for election results to come in, have some games planned. Start a betting pool based on the election results. Have guests predict which candidate will win specific districts or states, depending what election you’re covering. You can also fill a jar with red, white, and blue candies and have your guests guess how many and in the jar. Whoever gets closest gets to keep the candy! Another fun option is to create a trivia game with questions based on past presidential elections, administrations, and candidates. You can make things easy and only cover recent presidents, or challenge your guests and make any president fair game!
With just a few simple ideas you can throw an exciting Election Day party that will give your guests something fun to do as they wait to see who will be running the country for the next four years. And whether your candidate wins or loses, sharing the night with friends makes the experience a little more fun!