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.

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