How to Throw An Election Night Party

Kim Conte

Whether you're a donkey or a elephant or somewhere in between, you have to admit a new prez (and, more important, the end of the longest campaign ever) is cause for celebration. We've rounded up menu ideas, drink suggestions, games, and more to make sure your Election Night Party is a winning event. So have fun and let loose but only AFTER you've cast your vote!


The suggests using leftover red-white-and-blue Fourth of July or Memorial Day supplies like plates, cups, napkins, decorations, flags, etc. It's festive, patriotic, and will save you cash.


The Chicago Tribune has election party playlists featuring songs from each of the campaigns. Mavericks can get down to "Barracuda" and "Running On Empty," while Obama supporters can belt out "Waitin' On the World to Change" and "Promised Land" at the top of their lungs.


Seems like just about everyone has recipe ideas for election-themed cocktails. Two of my favorites are the red McCainarita (tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and pomegranate juice shaken over ice) and the blue Ciroc Obama (vodka, Blue Curacao, lime juice, and Sprite shaken over ice) from


Look to the candidates' states for inspiration. The Red Menu: Southwestern-style enchiladas, crispy cactus appetizer, grilled Alaskan salmon, and mooseburgers. The Blue Menu: Chicago-style hot dogs, deep-dish pizza, Delaware crab cakes, or luau-style pig roast.


Election Day Cookies, of course!


Organize a Super Bowl-style grid game with blank maps of the United States—have guests bet money on whether each state will end up red or blue. Or play American President trivia with prizes for the winners.


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