How To Host An Awesome Pro-Hillary Debate Party!
A brief history: Babes For Hillary is proud to have hosted four meet-ups since the New York Primary in April. In addition to these meet-ups, as a group we have joined fundraising & volunteering events, viewing parties, marched in the New York City's Pride Parade with Hillary(!!!), and attended Hillary rallies. We rock our logo lapel pins and make hand made signs. It's very obvious that a lot of love and planning goes into these election events whether they are large or small.
With less than a week until the first Presidential Debate in 2016, Babes For Hillary would like to share some insight on how to create a kick-ass Debate Party. Depending on your coastline, the debate begins at 6:00 p.m. (PST), or at 9:00 p.m. (EST), or anywhere in-between for all of you in the middle. We know who you are. We recommend you begin the party 30 minutes before the start time of the debate. This will allow your guests a window of time to arrive before the main event.
A Few Things You Should Know!
1. The debate is Monday, September 26 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET (6-7:30 p.m. PT), without commercial breaks.
2. Every major network (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) and cable news channels (CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, PBS) will broadcast the debate, and you will be able to stream it online.
3. First time moderator and Republican NBC anchor Lester Holt will be asking the candidates questions based on three topics "America's Direction," "Achieving Prosperity," and "Securing America."
Surround Yourself With A Hillary-Supporting Guest List!
That's right, we are giving you permission to NOT invite the whole family. A debate party is very different than your daughter's 3rd Birthday Party. You are not expected to invite the whole family, in fact, no one wants to scream "FUCK YOU" at a TV screen in front of Great Aunt Judy. This is a political event, so surround yourself with your Hillary-supporting friends and family who you trust to uplift Hillary in November. Use your gut on the guest list and encourage your friends to bring a "plus 1" who will add more Hillary love to the room. This is a great time to cut loose and be enthusiastic about your love for Hillary with others who share your views.
Without photos it's like it didn't happen. Am I right!? And you def want credit for all of this effort. You and your guests should take photos of the event. Encourage them the wear a Hillary shirt or button and if they have campaign signs- BRING THEM! Use our hashtag #BabesForHillary to be featured on the Babes' Instagram feed, and send us a line if you would like to be featured on the blog. Have fun with the photos and use them online to show your support.
Food & Libations For Hillary!
Let's face it, this is a feminist blog. We will not waste your time with elaborate "Hillary-themed" meals that you are required to slave over all day. If you live in California, this bad-boy is starting at 5:30 p.m. Chances are you'll be fighting with traffic to get home from your job (thank you Feminist movement!) and hope to Goddess you have time to hide your mess behind a closed door, or not? Ask each of your guests to bring a bottle of wine and/or a six-pack of beer. This weekend set aside some time to shop for a couple party staples: chips & salsa, containers of hummus, vegetables that can be cut up and served for dipping, pick out some different cheeses and french bread. Easy!
If you wish to make a little more effort (and why not you're hosting a party after all) you could create a cocktail. I made this virgin pineapple and mango beverage for the Babe's first meet-up back in May because Hillary loves spicy food. I named it "Hot For Madam President" and drew this cute display (mostly for the photo-op.) Shake in a shot of tequila!
A Debate Party Game! And Raise Some Funds!
So you're throwing a Pro-Hillary Presidential Debate Party! Congratulations! You have made a step in the right direction of being a responsible grown-up. You have a real opportunity here to talk with friends in real life about the issues that matter most to you. But keep in mind that this is indeed a debate, which means there will be 15-minute segments where Donald Trump is going to speak. Oy, can we please fast-forward to November when we elect Hillary, and Trump goes the F away?
Monetize a debate game for Hillary For America. Keep a running tally of how many times Trump says "the wall," "Obama", or "Make America Great," and invite guests to donate that total to Hillary. Be as creative as you'd like with this.
And to wrap up...
On this debate night, there will be 43 days left until November 8. This is a good time to discus what was said during the debate and to go online and check your voting status. Visit HillaryClinton.com to sign up to do volunteer work, or download the Hillary app for iPhone. Take some final selfies and post to Instagram using #BabesForHillary #ImWithHer #Election2016 #StrongerTogether...you know the drill. Thank you for taking your commitment to the next level and hosting this awesome Debate Party! We can't wait to see photos!