It comes around every four years: the presidential inauguration. If you’re just an average citizen who doesn’t have an inaugural ball ticket in hand, you can still enjoy the evening’s festivities with your own inauguration party. By celebrating at home with the historical inauguration playing in the background, your family and friends can have a fun and history-filled evening.
Before you plan out the party’s menu and activities, you will want to figure out the décor. Your decorations will be the first thing to catch everyone’s attention when they walk through the door, so you want to make them memorable, just like the event you are celebrating. Since you have to be the host of the party, these décor ideas can help check off one of the items on your inauguration to-do list.
Traditional Inauguration Party Décor
If you are looking to go the traditional route, the patriotic color scheme of red, white, and blue is always a good choice. Be sure to include colored party streamers on the ceiling to make it pop, as well as balloons or evening hanging gold stars. If you want to get technical, you can include a star for every state and territory in the United States. No inauguration party is complete without the inclusion of the United States Flag.
Presidential Style Décor
We are celebrating the inauguration of the next President of the United States of America, so why not highlight this fact in your decorations? You can gather some candidate specific décor by purchasing plates, napkins, election signs, and posters to showcase at your party.
To pay tribute to the office of President of the United States, you can set your table to resemble that of the Oval Office. An American Flag and Presidential Seal is always a must-have for this option.
To go one step further with your creativity, you can even establish place settings for your guests, which include their names but also an office title such as President, Vice-President, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State, and so on down the line.
Including the presidents throughout history in your decorations is another idea for those choosing to go the presidential route. This can be as simple as a poster of all past presidents, or something more unique, like a photo booth with historical presidential props including Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat.
Election Style Décor
The election may be over, and the candidate has been chosen, but you can honor this newly elected president with a presidential election décor theme. Posters from the election campaign, campaign slogans, or political-party-specific decorations can give your decorations a creative element. Adding to the election theme, including the map of the United States with the results of the Electoral College can really give it that added touch.
Inauguration Party Activities
Now that you have an idea of some creative party decorations, it’s time to think about the activities you want to have at your party. Here are some exciting games that will ignite everyone’s mind and creative side. They might even learn a thing or two about the presidential inauguration they didn’t know before.
Inauguration Time Capsule
Have your party guests write down what they predict for the next four years. They can be the candidates they believe will be in the next election, the changes they see happening with the newly elected president in office, or even where they think the country will be in the next four years. The options are endless. Collect everyone’s predictions and place them in a sealed box or tin. Put them up somewhere you will remember and read them at your next inauguration party. It will be rather interesting to see if anyone had accurate predictions.
Trivia on the Presidents
See which of your party guests knows the most about the office of the President. You can find your own presidential trivia games or cards in stores, or even go online to find some unique questions and answers to create your own.
Because it only comes every four years, the inauguration is a time to celebrate and have fun. Not only does it provide an educational opportunity for the young and old alike, but it also gives everyone a chance to watch this historic event together, while enjoying great food and the company of friends. Don’t forget to include party favor bags to pass out to your guests at the end of the night so they will remember the evening for years to come.