At OTR, we know election parties can be tough to ace. Tensions are high, and depending upon which way things go, an election can either be cause for celebration or commiseration. When done right though, election night is like The Super Bowl, New Years Eve, and 4th of July all rolled into one. Here are our favorite ways to guarantee your election night bash will get your guests' vote!
Time things just right. Before you send your invites, be sure you know what time your local polls close, and do a little research on national polls. You want the timing to work out so you’re getting to watch results roll in, but you don’t want to be faced with 6 hours of TV time. Just make sure guests get to the polls before they enter the party. You even might consider an “I Voted” sticker as a requirement for entry!
Keep decorations simple, but if you want to go big, go all out. At OTR, we believe there’s no middle-ground when it comes to election night decor. Either keep things understated with some easy tablescapes (see our recent post about impromptu football gatherings), or blow it out with red white and blue...everything. Balloon bunches are great because they fill empty corners and make a space look full. Plan 6-12 balloons per corner, and cover all surfaces with red white and blue tablecloths. Head to the florist for blue hydrangeas, white roses, baby’s breath, and red carnations for an on-theme arrangement, and hit up home depot for mini flags to hand out. Regardless of how big or small you go, make sure you put up a whiteboard so you and your guests can keep track of results as they roll in.
Tonight, the TV is sacred. Make sure it’s known that the TV is off-limits to channel surfers, and side conversation should be kept to a minimum. No one wants to miss results as they roll in, so setting these rules ahead of time will prevent squabbles. OTR loves a friendly message scrolled on a chalkboard to communicate with guests. Need help with wording? Here are a few ideas:
Please keep chatter low and enthusiasm high!
The beer is free, but the remote is on lockdown #CNN
Finger food, snacks, and savory goodness. Anxiety means people will want to keep their hands busy and their mouths full. Keep snacks simple and poppable, like small sandwiches, fried mac and cheese balls, meatballs, mini-quiches, brownie bites, and lots of things to dip and crunch. We love Trader Joe’s for their selection of ready-made apps and snacks.
Lighten the mood with some games. No one likes a stuffy party, so add a touch of playfulness with some games. Just make sure the activities are relevant and don’t distract from the action. Check out this awesome free bingo card generator you can use to create your own political buzzword game of bingo. Feeling like things may get too heavy? Why not schedule a break for some munchies outside. Just make sure to provide blankets since November nights start to get nippy.
So, get pumped for November 8th and don't forget to tag us at @OTREvents in your photos. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
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