It goes without saying that this year’s Election Day will be one for the books. So why not mark the historical event by hosting a get-together full of election party food ideas? It will give you and your friends a chance to unwind and destress after this 2016 nightmare. You better believe that some cocktails will be the menu.
Think of it this way: Many of us will transform into big balls of anxiety come Nov. 8, whether we realize it or not. This sort of thing is totally unavoidable after the bizarre sequence of events that have taken place in our country. By throwing an Election Day party, everyone can get together and support each other as the country holds its breath. At the very least, everyone will be turning into balls of anxiety together.
Obviously, the results of the 2016 presidential election have the potential to spark different reactions. The tasty grub provided at an election party can double as a celebratory toast or some serious comfort food (with a side of tissue boxes.) Plus, if the latter happens, you and your friends can immediately start planning your escape from the country over some of these tasty election party foods. It never hurt to be prepared, people.
1. Red, White, And Blue Layered Drinks
For a patriotic beverage, Brown Eyed Baker also explains how to make red, white, and blue layered drinks.
2. Warm Blueberry Soup
Show support for our girl Hillary with this unique blue soup. Head to The Kitchn to learn how you can use blueberries to create a cozy soup for the chilly November weather.
3. Sweet Potato Chicken Chili
Nothing says "party" like a big ol' pot of chili. And thanks to Ari's Menu , you can add an autumn twist with sweet potato.
4. Salmon Mousse
Add a fancy touch to the big night with this party-friendly salmon mousse by A Beautiful Mess. This pairs especially well with fresh veggies, crackers, and pita bread.
5. Homemade Sweet Potato Chips
Keep the autumn theme going with a batch of homemade sweet potato chips. This recipe by A Beautiful Mess is easy to split and share, making it an ideal party snack option.
6. Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad
Give the traditional party side a patriotic spin with this clever potato salad tutorial from Baked by Rachel. It's hearty, delicious, and doesn't call for fancy skills.
7. Baked Pizza Bites
Pizza-themed anything is always a winner at any get-together. This homemade baked pizza bite recipe by A Beautiful Mess can be made with nothing more than string cheese and puff pastry dough. So easy.
8. Homemade American Flag Cherry Blueberry Pie
While autumn is prime time for pumpkin pie, Election Day calls for something a little more patriotic. Combine blueberries and cherries (or strawberries) for a tasty red and blue version. That decorative topping is easier than it looks, too. Find the tutorial at eHow.
9. Patriotic Flag Cake
If you're not in the mood for pie, you can make a cake instead. No fancy cake-decorating skills required. Visit Fashion Edible for the how-to.
10. Red, White, And Blue Berry Trifle
This red, white, and blue trifle by Brown Eyed Baker offers an even easier alternative to the standard cake. Simply prepare a few simple ingredients, layer, and serve.
11. Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pies
For a pie dish that is easy to serve, Something Swanky has your back. These bite-sized goodies will be a guaranteed hit at any party.
12. Election Cookies
Emphasize the Election Day theme by whipping up a batch of festive cookies. Brown Eyed Baker explains how.
13. Red, White, and Blue Strawberries
Looking for a quick and simple party treat? Turn to this patriotic strawberry recipe by A Farm Girl's Dabbles.
14. Red, White, and Blue Berry Dessert Bites
Here's another one that is easy to whip up at the last minute. You might even already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. Visit Good Life Eats to learn how to make these berry dessert bites.
15. White Chocolate Firecracker Brownies
Not every patriotic treat needs to involve berries. Deliciously Yum's firecracker brownies boast super fun sprinkles and white chocolate goodness.
16. Red, White, and Blueberry Milkshakes
There's something so cozy and fun about milkshakes. And while it might be November, that doesn't mean you can't indulge in a glass or two. Turn to A Beautiful Mess to make a red, white, and blue version.
17. Red, White, And Blue Layered Finger Jello
This one might take a little patience, but the end result is totally worth it. You can also ditch the red and opt for alternating layers of blue and white in honor of Hillary. Visit Brown Eyed Baker for the recipe.
18. Stained Glass Jello
If you're up to the challenge, you can take your jello-making skills to the next level with Brown Eyed Baker's stained glass jello recipe. It's such a cool concept.
Images: Brown Eyed Baker; Brown Eyed Baker; The Kitchn; Ari's Menu; A Beautiful Mess; A Beautiful Mess; Baked by Rachel; A Beautiful Mess; eHow; Fashion Edible; Brown Eyed Baker; Something Swanky; Brown Eyed Baker; A Farm Girl's Dabbles; Good Life Eats; Deliciously Yum; A Beautiful Mess; Brown Eyed Baker; Brown Eyed Baker