Two ways for one perfect debate watch party


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2012_10_gtcupcake Photo: Georgetown Cupcake


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.

2012_10_sweetlobby Photo: C. Sims

And, no matter who wins the debate no one will be frosted if you serve election-themed Georgetown Cupcakes or the Obama and Romney Macs from The Sweet Lobby.

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?

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Barack Obama, Commentary, Guest Columns, Joe Biden, Lifestyle, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan
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