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Tips For Hosting a Debate-Watching Party

Last week the series of presidential debates began and tonight the saga continues with a showdown between vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. It's the perfect occasion to throw an impromptu viewing party! Hosting a debate party is a great way to feel more involved in the election process. To help you quickly plan a fabulous fete, I've rounded up some tips and ideas. Get them now and


  • Send a presidential themed evite to let friends know about the party.
  • Make sure there is plenty of comfortable seating and that everyone can see the TV.
  • Turn up the volume and put closed captioning on. When some of the crowd gets too noisy, dedicated debate watchers can read what the candidates are saying.
  • If you have a laptop and WiFi connection, set up the computer on a nearby coffee table and participate in CitizenSugar's live chat.
  • Play a drinking game by setting up rules like drink every time Palin says "small town" or drink whenever Biden uses the word "Scranton."
  • Download bingo cards and have guests play bingo. Give small bottles of liquor to the winners.
  • Create a patriotic atmosphere by decorating with red, white, and blue.
  • Before the fun begins and while guests are arriving, ask trivia questions about the candidates.
  • To be really official, register your event online.
  • Stock up on plenty of drinks and delicious snacks.
  • If your friends have different political views, establish a few ground rules when everyone arrives, so no brawls break out.

Have a tip to add to the list? Please share with us below!


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
We've gone to these sorts of parties before. Although, to be honest, all the people in attendance were voting for the same person. So no one ended up throwing nachos in anyone's face or anything exciting like that.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 8 years
There is no way I could throw a party with politics involved. My boyfriend works in politics as do many of my friends. And they aren't all working for the same party...
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
It is the perfect action but get her our of here!
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