How to Throw a WINNING 2012 Election Day Party!

Hey ya’ll,

Whether the candidate you vote for wins or loses, the main focus of an election day party should be uniting the states of America via your closest friends and family! Take this opportunity to go back to our roots as proud Americans and illuminate the things that are unique to our culture.

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FOOD: The centerpiece to any great celebration is often the food, so try to make your election day menu special with a little bit of thought and planning! I think that comfort foods are always great for any party—but for an election day party there are a few dishes that scream “American”. Here are a few to include:

  • Cracker Jacks
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Cheeseburger Sliders
  • Apple Pie & Ice Cream
  • Red, White & Blue cupcakes (Add some “VOTE 4” buttons on top for fun!)

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Here are a few more delicious and attractive snack options from ImpressedInc.com:

DRINKS:
Always be sure to have a variety of drink options for guests who prefer non-alcoholic beverages.

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Here are some easy tips for continuing your election day theme with your party’s beverages:

  • Colored ice cubes: Simply add some red/blue food coloring to your ice cube trays and you have an instant “American” drink!

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  • Dip red, white and blue popsicles into wine glasses filled with a splash of Prosecco and BAM! Instant wow-factor drinks! For a non-alcoholic version, use Perrier or Sprite.
  • Red, White & Blue Sangria via Recipe Girl:
    2 bottles dry white wine (try Sauvignon Blanc)
    1 cup triple sec
    1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka
    1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1/2 cup simple syrup (see tips below)
    1 cup blueberries
    1 1/2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries
    1 cup raspberries
    1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks
  • Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve well-chilled with a good scoop of fruit floating in each drink, or serve over ice.
  • Tips: To make 1/2 cup simple syrup, boil 1/2 cup water and add 1/2 cup granulated white sugar. Turn heat to simmer and stir until dissolved. Turn off the heat and let cool. Now it’s simple syrup!
*Use fresh fruit for this recipe. Frozen just won’t be great.
*To make star-shaped pineapple pieces, cut long & wide pieces of pineapple off the side of the fresh fruit. use a star cutter to cut shapes.

DECOR:
You don’t have to do much to dress up your home or a venue for an election day party, just add a dash of red, white and blue to each room!

Try making a few tin can luminaries – they’re a little bit of work but a great DIY decoration! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty vegetable or soup cans, cleaned out and labels removed
  • Water
  • Sand
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Scrap paper
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Spray paint in red, white, and blue

Click HERE to head to CraftsforAllSeasons.com for their step-by-step instructions on how to make these tin can luminaries.

For even more election day party tips, check out my Memorial Day post–it’s chock full of red, white and blue inspiration. No matter how you spend this election day, make sure that you make it out to the polls and cast your VOTE if you haven’t already!
-Brian

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