Post revised on 27th April 2015.
You have read the manifestos, watched the TV political debates, and decided who you are going to vote for. However, now you can make Election Night possibly the most exciting night of the year by hosting your own General Election Results Party!
We have a party pack which has all you need to get the party started!
Our General Election Map Party Pack contains a paper version of the UK Parliamentary Boundary Outline Wall Map, as well as a pack of 12 crayons, so you can update the map as the results come in.
Take a look below for some ideas to make your General Election Results Party go with a swing!
General Election Map Party Pack - Updating The Results As They Come In!
Fun & Games
Split party attendees into teams, and using the General Election Map Party Pack, update the outline map with team predictions as to the constituency results. You can fill in the results as soon as they come in, straight onto the map using the crayons provided, and compare them to the team predictions. Reward the winning team with food / drink and encourage them to make a victory speak. The losers in turn will have to do more canvassing door to door (or carrying drinks from fridge to the winner’s hands)!
Alternatively, as the night progresses, simply alter the results and update these onto your own personal map should you not be happy with them! As the alcohol goes down and the night progresses you might even decide that you would rather stand for campaign yourself - so why not update your personal seat gains onto the map?
Play political bingo by making some bingo cards using a range of clichéd phrases that come up time and again in political speeches, and the current election issues. Cross off the boxes as you hear the phrases or election issues,and win a prize for the first line and full house!
Drinking games. These can be linked in with the bingo (as above), or according to other predetermined rules. For example if a party losers a seat, you have to drink 3 fingers worth of drink in that party’s colour. Make drinks according to the party colours of yellow, red, and blue e.g. cocktails with Bols blue, vodka, and lemonade or even make banana smoothies for non-drinkers. Red wine is always a winner!
Have a drink every time something exciting happens such as:
Polling stations close
First constituency result
First marginal seat result
Someone claims ‘it’s too early to call’
Political leader’s wife looks pensive
Minister loses seat
A party leader concedes defeat
The victory speech
Make dummy’s or mannequins to represent political leaders. As the results come in, the political party in the lead could have their dummy moved into a more prominent position in the house, and adorned with trophies. Or the losing party could see their leader’s manikin put into the garden or covered up using an old blanket, or if you are particularly frustrated with the performance, kick their mannequins apart!
Serve a buffet of food in the colours of the main election parties. Offer a range of red, yellow, and blue coloured foods which could include yellow and red peppers, blue cheese, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and sweetcorn. Snack on them throughout the night or eat a selection of food according to how the political parties are doing.
Play a range of tunes from artists or lyrics inspired by politics or politicians.
Think ‘Everybody wants to rule the world’ by Tears for Fears, or songs that have been part of a political campaign such as ‘Things can only get better’ by D:reem.
Use your imagination, for example, think back to Dizzee Rascal’s epic appearance on Newsnight. ‘Dizzee Rascal for Prime Minister’ and put on your favourite Dizzee track, we recommend ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’ or ‘Bonkers’ to get the party started!
Use keep landmarks in the evening to alter the mood:
‘Loser’ by Beck,
‘Every loser wins’ by Nick Berry
‘When the going gets tough’ by Billy Ocean or Boyzone
‘I just don’t know what to do with myself’ by Dusty Springfield or White Stripes
‘Everyone’s a winner’ by Hot Chocolate
‘Don’t stop me now’ or “We are the champions” by Queen
Encourage party attendees to dress up as famous politicians, or dress according to party colours.
These are just a few ideas to get your General Election Results Party going with a swing.
General Election Map Party Pack
If you have a General Election Results Party, don’t forget to order your General Election Map Party Pack today! Let us know how your party goes…