It only happens once every four years, so you need to have an election night party!  No matter your political persuasion, this is a great opportunity to have your friends over for a casual evening with lots to talk about!  Here are some tips to get the party started!

Cocktails – this is the best one out there (and I am not saying it because I am partial to the candidate): The Obama-Rama (go to the  New York Times link for the full recipe:  It’s great!

We’re doing this menu for a 50-person buffet dinner – keeping it kid friendly and lots of options.  You never know when this particular party is going to end!

 Mixed Veggie Platter with Green Goddess Dressing and Hummus

Variety of Chips and Dips (including guacamole)

Sautéed Mini-Sausage with Onions and BBQ Dipping  Sauce

Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce

  Baby Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Walnuts, Cranberries and Blue Cheese

 Chicken Penne Salad with Green beans, Roasted Peppers

Asian Noodle, Veggie and Tofu Salad with a Peanut Sauce

Macaroni and Cheese

Seasonal Fruit Platter

 Chocolate and  Vanilla Cupcakes with Election Decoration

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fun decorations for this party abound on the Internet.  Flags on the door, bunting along the dining table, stars and stripes on the paper plates.  Keep it simple and patriotic.  And lots of balloons!

Lastly, we found these really fun voting booths at  What a great way for the children at your party to experience this privilege, and a great way to continue the spirit of the day until the last vote is cast!  May the best candidate win!