Election Day Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Election Day event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

Election Day is a time of both great national significance and intense celebration; and no Election Day soiree would be complete without a full playlist of songs that make people dance—and think. People will want to dance the night away in celebration.

An Election Day playlist should be both bouncy and meaningful, to fit the mood of any ‘political party.’ Songs could include:

Election Day by Arcadia
Winning by Santana
Yes We Can (Obama song) by Will I Am
Abraham, Martin and John by Dion
Lump by The Presidents of the United States of America
They Come to America by Neil Diamond
El Presidente by Duran Duran
The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
These songs represent a nice balance of bouncy and beautiful. After hearing some fun and meaningful songs, party guests will cast their vote for a host who can come up with some equally festive Election Day party favors. These could include wall art posters and portraits depicting the candidates of this year’s major political races, campaign buttons from different decades that could double as table settings, a paper mache centerpiece that resembles a ballot box, tableware in the classic American hues of red, white and blue, a dinner menu that resembles an election ballot (will guests cast their vote for chicken or fish?), small American flags that could be taken home as party favors, fortune cookies that could contain trivia facts about different candidates, and other novelties. Guests can identify the event by way of these tokens. And they are sure to have a blast doing so. Quick tip: Avoid any shopping on the day of the gala to ensure being the hostess with the mostess as with having a stress free relaxing time. Have delicious food at an event and always give guests a few healthy alternatives to high fat, high calorie foods. Build excitement about the event by doing something different or unique with the invitations like including artwork or a picture to the guests.

Homemade party supplies for Election Day such include American flags, patriotic banners and red, white and blue flowers. Guests are show to love the spirited creativity of these fun tokens. These homemade party supply items will make Election Day very special. Homemade Election Day party supplies and handmade party goods should be prepared prior to Election Day. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and prepare. Most people find items such as handmade Election Day flags, party banners and red, white and blue balloon bouquets take some time to create, but it will be worth the effort. Guests are sure to marvel at the beauty of these festive tokens. Other homemade party supplies and handmade party goods such as handmade Election Day signs, colorful red, white and blue party streamers and homemade Election Day hats make a party better. These three signature colors will be expected by guests. Homemade Election day centerpieces in red, white and blue make a nice addition to the Election Day table.

Election day homemade party supplies compare to other popular Election day items. These handmade Election Day items are red, white and blue in color and many times in the shape of a flag. Additional Election Day party supplies such as glow sticks, temporary tattoos and noise makers all add a lot to this festive occasion. Guests will be in the mood for frivolity. In addition to the homemade party supplies other party supplies such as paper plates, napkins and cups in patriotic colors are also important to this event.

Whether one is nervously awaiting election results or celebrating the victory of their favorite candidate, an Election Day party cake will win a sweeping victory at any ‘political party.’ This is a chance to honor the candidate of your choice. A most important and very valuable event to be sure.

The most obvious choice for an Election Day party cake would be a cake emblazoned with the all-American colors of red, white and blue. This treat will be equally tasty and theme relevant. With the aid of candied stars and icing stripes, one could even create a confectionary likeness of the American flag, using a canvas of a plain cake and either whipped or butter cream icing. Or one could top a regular cake with party supplies like small American flags and ribbons in the colors of red, white and blue. These little tokens will distinguish and identify this treat.

The creative host also could—with the help of animal-shaped cake pans—make Election Day party cakes in the likeness of the donkey and the elephant, which respectively represent the Democratic and Republican parties. This should keep people of both politial affiliations very happy. By presenting both of these cakes at the party, she could appeal to guests of both political persuasions as well as various culinary tastes; the brown donkey could be a sumptuous chocolate cake, while the ivory donkey could come in the form of a lush vanilla concoction. Guests of all parties are sure to agree on the tastiness of this treat.

If a particular candidate is being honored at the election party, the Election Day party cake could be a sheet cake emblazoned with the image (either a transposed photograph or an image carved from icing) of that politician.

An Election Day Party can be celebrated by those of you rooting for the same political team, or just to celebrate the idea of democracy. Send out patriotic-themed invitations found in a party pack with paper goods. With a little creativity and a trip to the party supplies store, an Election Day Party will bring out everyone’s red, white, and blue spirit. First, decorate the “Election Day platform,” or party area with red, white, and blue streamers and balloons. Then, add pictures, cardboard statues, and even piñatas of donkeys and/or elephants to the mix. Next, build a makeshift podium out of a large box and invite guests to come up and “campaign” for their favorite candidate or cause. Construct a voting booth by hanging a curtain from a clothesline and placing a voting table behind it. Finally, hand out ballots with actual or made-up candidates and measures. For example, if it’s a Presidential Campaign, write the actual candidates down and leave a space for a write-in. You’re sure to receive some silly answers! Concoct wild initiatives you and your friends might like to see, such as driving on the left side of the road or banishing all cell phones from supermarket shoppers. Wear old-time election hats of red, white, and blue and have cigars available for adults. Find quotes from past presidents to paint onto posters and hunt down past election buttons in thrift stores or find new ones at your local political headquarters. As a host, you might dress as Uncle Sam or ask guests to come as any President, First Lady, or First Family member they choose. In true democratic spirit, you can vote on the best (and worst) costumes. Logical food choices for an Election Day theme party include anything red, white, and blue; e.g., strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, iced cookies and patriotic-themed cakes. All-American picnic foods, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, macaroni salad, and apple pie are also good choices. Keep it simple and fun and you will be elected the Party Planner of the Year!

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Election Day History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Election Day theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Traditionally, Election Day is a time of anticipation and celebration. This is, after all one of the most important and anticipated days of the year. Yet the character and scope of specific Election Day celebrations has changed over the years. With every new generation brings new ways to observe this day.

Originally, grand Election Day parties were conducted at the homes of candidates who—especially if they happened to win—would enjoy food and drink either at their homes or at campaign headquarters. A simple yet enjoyable way to mark this day. Through the years, the evolution of the media has allowed people all over the world to host and participate in Election Day parties. This has evolved into a grand global event, in various ways.

In the 1920s and ‘30s, people could listen to election results on the radio; from the ‘50s onward, they could watch them on TV. Now they can experience the virtual excitement of elections through computer webcasts and podcasts. They can see victory and concession speeches, and—with the use of party food, fine spirits and music—either celebrate or commiserate in the company of good friends. There are so many wonderful ways to welcome new leaders into office.

Political candidates also host their own mass Election Day parties, in the form of rallies that often are televised online. Now their followers can wait with them for the election results that will determine—not only their futures—but the futures of their towns, cities, and even their nations. And they have a great deal of fun in the process.

Furthermore, television newscasters (and news comedians, like Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show”) host their own Election Day specials, often with a party feel.

This Election Day, as the host lights a candle or two and switches on the TV or computer, he/she can remember the days when Election Day was only for the candidates. Plan an Election Day party today! A blank wall is a canvas waiting to be decorated with your artistic related theme ideas. Good organization is the key to planning an occasion with less stress, so may lists and check things off as you go. A blank wall is a canvas waiting to be decorated with your artistic related theme ideas. The history of Election Day has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Election Day to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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