34 Winning Election Day Party Ideas
It’s that time in America where politics start heating up and the debates begin. Election year is here, and it’s the perfect time to throw an election day party! When it comes to politics, tension rises and debates can start, making this a stressful time for everyone. Relieve some stress by gathering with friends and family making the entire event complete with decorations, food, and activities. We hope you can use these ideas at your next election party to help you and your guests relax when emotions are running high.
Election Party Decoration Ideas
1. American Flags
What is a patriotic party without having your country’s flag? Help your guests get into the patriotic mood by lining your walkway with small American flags. You can even kick the party off with singing the National Anthem!
2. Balloon Bouquets
Every party has to have balloons. Tie an American flag balloon together with red, white and blue balloons for a patriotic balloon bouquet. Put the balloons at the front of your house so that everyone knows where the party is.
3. Democratic Donkey
4. Republican Elephant
Decorate with posters or cutouts of the Republican Party mascot: the elephant! You can also use plastic elephant figurines to create a republican centerpiece.
5. Political Campaign Yard Signs
Welcome your guests to your party by placing your favorite political yard signs with stakes at the entrance of your party. No matter what side you are on, there are thousands of options to choose from.
6. Photo Booth Props
Force everyone to fake a smile no matter the outcome with election day photo booth props. This is a fun way to capture the moment of a day that could go down in history. Add a red, white, and blue metallic foil to make the background of your photos stand out.
Election Party Favor Ideas
7. American Flag Bandanas
Fold patriotic bandannas inside your guests’ invitations or use them as table decorations. They are an excellent way to make sure your guests are wearing red, white, and blue for Election Day. You can also give them patriotic-themed beaded necklaces to complete the look.
8. Election Day Hats
This political hat is another fun way to get your guests in the Election Day spirit. You can find all kinds of hats in red, white and blue, from tiaras to top hats. Invite each of your guests to choose one to wear when they walk in the door.
9. Patriotic Candles
When you light a candle, you get a breath of fresh air and relaxation. Candles always make good favors, especially for election parties when people may leave feeling stressed out. Place red, white or blue candles in jars and tie them with festive ribbon.
10. Celebratory Noisemakers
Your guests will want to be prepared when the votes come in with this fun favor idea. Provide your friends and or family with patriotic noisemakers. You can find them shaped like American flags or simply decorated in red, white and blue.
11. Patriotic Hat Candy Dishes
12. Election Day Blooms
13. Uncle Sam hat
Get into the patriotic spirit by giving your guests Uncle Sam hats. Everyone will enjoy acting like Uncle Sam and saying “I want you!” in these fun hat giveaways! Fill the hats with a bag of patriotic jelly beans to let everyone have a little taste of victory.
14. Democrat and Republican stickers
It is important to find your inner childhood self in times of stress. Stickers will bring out the kid inside of everyone, while also combining their adult political pursuits. You can also add some temporary patriotic tattoos of stars or the American flag to follow the theme.
Election Party Food Ideas
15. American Food
Honor your country at your election party by grilling America’s favorite food- hot dogs and hamburgers. Don’t forget to add buns, ketchup, mustard, and whatever other toppings you may need for your grill out.
16. Berry Caprese Salad
Vegetables are good for you- just like voting. Put an election day twist on the classic Caprese salad to blow all your guests away. Mix together juicy blueberries and tasty tomatoes with creamy mozzarella cheese. Add in hints of basil and balsamic to create the winning dish
17. Red, White, and Blue Popsicles
Not only can you get a brain freeze from watching too much politics, but you can also get one from these patriotic popsicles. These delicious treats are sure to cool your guests down.
18. Fruit Pizzas
Everyone loves dessert. Everyone loves pizza. Everyone loves the United States. Combine all three, and you have the perfect combination with this election-themed food. The base is made from a buttery crust and can then be topped with cream cheese and fresh fruit. Bring your creative side out to make designs and cool patterns using red and blue fruit.
19. Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail
These red festive drinks are perfect to serve and can easily be turned into a cocktail for adults with a splash of champagne or vodka. Blend cranberries, orange juice, water, and maple syrup. Fill each cup about ¼ of the way with the juice and then top with sparkling water or club soda.
Fun Election Day Party Games
20. Sing For Your Country
For this fun Election Day game, find or prepare a playlist of patriotic songs. Use a karaoke machine to allow your guests to show their love for their nation through music. Hand out awards for most inspiring, most comedic, and best voice.
21. Campaign Game
In this political game, guests create their own campaign, running on their own terms. They can run for themselves, or they can base their campaign on a current politician, but their idea(s) are presented to the party. The crowd then votes on each campaign idea. There can be categories like best campaign, most unique, or best presentation, just to give a few ideas. Each winner should get a prize. In order to play, you will need poster board, markers, and scoring cards.
22. United States of Trivia
Create fun trivia cards based on your political campaign, public policy, and U.S. history. You can get your trivia questions from almost anywhere, but try to keep them relevant to the theme of your election party. Keep score by tallying who answers the most questions correctly. Whoever has the most knowledge of your campaign, and the country, so make sure they get a prize for their hard work.
23. Party Politics
This game has you divide your party into two groups: Democrats and Republicans. Each team will have to answer a series of poll questions by trying to guess the percentages of people who agree, disagree, or don’t care about a certain topic; if the group is within 10% of the actual poll results, then they get ten points. If they are outside of 10%, then the opposing team has a chance to answer and get the points. Later, you can have a lightning round where the points are worth more! You will need poll results (look at newspapers, magazines, and websites) and a paper and pen to keep score. Or you can purchase a score board to keep track of points.
24. Presidential Charades
This fun game has your guests act out their favorite presidents of the past while the remaining guests try and guess who they are imitating. Each person will have two minutes to act, keep track of time by purchasing a timer that will beep when time is up.
Election Party Supplies
25. Beaded Necklace Napkin Rings
26. Table Confetti
27. American Flag Bandannas
Politics can be messy, especially when there is delicious food involved. Use American flag bandannas as cloth napkins for your party.
28. American Flag Toothpicks
Make all the food you are serving not only easier to eat, but also pretty to look at. Use American flag toothpicks for your appetizers and as dessert toppers.
29. Red, White, and Blue Table
Election Party Invitations
30. Let Freedom Ring
Invite your guests to let freedom ring with you through these patriotic party invitations. All you need to do it fill out when and where the party will take place so that people can mark their calendars!
31. Every Vote Counts
Send your guests a voting card that describes your election party and then have them vote yes or no if they are going. This is a great way to not only provide information about your party but it also spreads awareness about the importance of voting.
32. Election Hydration
When things get chaotic, it can be hard to remind ourselves that we need to drink water. Staying hydrated during the election is very important, so what better way to invite your guests than through a customizable water bottle? Fill out the details of your event on the water bottle label and remind your friends and family the importance of staying hydrated.
33. American Flag Invitation
Keep things simple and on theme by welcoming your guests to your party with an American flag invitation. This will get guests excited about the election knowing they can spend it at a party with delicious food and entertaining games.
34. Online Invite
Now of days almost everything is done online. If you are looking for a quick and simple way to get RSVPs from your guests, make an online patriotic themed invitation.
The election can cause so many emotions- both good and bad. Hosting an election day party is a great way to gather with friends and family to celebrate your country and keep things exciting in a positive way. We hope this list of 34 ideas can help release some stress and make your party a winner!
Written by Jared Knowlton and Lilly Bernardis; Contributor: Nathan Rogers