5 Patriotic Election Day Party Planning Tips

This November 8, when you get home from the polls, let loose with these expert party planning tips!

This election season has been brutal, and we’re more than ready to celebrate it coming to a close. What better way to do that than by throwing an Election Day Party? This November 8, when you get home from the polls, let loose with these expert party planning tips!

Use Supplies from Memorial Day and Fourth of July

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The state of the economy is always a hot-button issue. Showcase your fiscal responsibility by re-using red, white and blue decorations and supplies you’ve got lying around from Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Do you adorn your lawn with miniature flags every summer? Break them out early and distribute them to party-goers. Everyone loves a miniature flag!

Make a Photo Booth

Photo courtesy of Brit & Co.

Photo courtesy of Brit & Co.

Waiting for election results often entails a lot of, well, waiting around. Keep guests entertained with a colorful (and patriotic!) photo booth. This example can be constructed using fabric, but you can easily substitute wrapping or craft paper. Set up props, such as toy donkeys, elephants or campaign stickers from each of the candidates.

Track Who Wins Which States

Photo courtesy of Etsy: dirtsastudio.

Photo courtesy of Etsy: dirtsastudio.

Treat Election Night like a game, and keep score! Set up a map of the U.S., like this chalkboard from Etsy, and color in states as they are called for certain candidates (red for Donald Trump, blue for Hillary Clinton). You can also hand out individual maps, a fun way to keep kids involved in the process.

Serve Dishes Inspired by the Candidates’ Favorite Meals

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Hillary Clinton loves spicy foods–she eats jalapeño chiles every day to boost her immune system. Try crafting this chicken burrito bowl, easy to make at home! Donald Trump, meanwhile, has said he loves pizza, but he scrapes off the toppings and never eats the dough. Order in from your favorite spot, or make your own. Dough optional.

Make Beverages Great Again

Courtesy of Avery Soda

Courtesy of Avery Soda

After this election, we all deserve a stiff drink. Quartz concocted this libation, the Nasty Woman, after the third debate. Supercall crafted spirits inspired by each of the candidates: the Make America Grape Again and the Hillary’s Dirty Little Secret. Want a sober option? Connecticut soda company Avery’s Beverages has brews named for Trump and Hillary. Order a batch from their online store.

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