The presidential debates … what to some people is a reason to change the television channel is to many in Washington an excuse to host a party. In the spirit of bi-partisanship, Social Studies is offering a two-party system (one casual, one sophisticated) for celebrating democracy between now and November.
A Casual Candidate Theme
In this town your crowd is bound to be mixed with both Republicans and Democrats, so give a nod to both tickets!
Welcome guests with a Wisconsin cheese tray, just like Janna Ryan might do when she and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan host guests in their home. Offer up Dogfish Head, a beer brewed in Vice-President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware. In support of President Barack Obama serve Chicago-style hot dogs. DC-3, a hot dog joint on Capitol Hill, serves up fantastic franks if you’re hosting a small crowd. For a larger caucus, set up a hot dog bar so guests can make their own. Mitt Romney supporters will take an extra serving of Boston Baked Beans to celebrate the former Massachusetts governor.
A Speak Easy Theme
If red, white and blue isn’t your jam, you can always take your soiree up a notch. The best debaters speak with ease … so keep your party simple but sleek with a classic speak easy feel. Turn the lights down low and serve easy snacks like nuts, olives, fine cheeses and shrimp cocktail. Offer a few candidate-inspired cocktails. When the debate ends, drown out the pundits by playing some soft jazz.
How are you celebrating this election year?