Presidential debates are in full swing, and instead of tweeting every gaffe, wince and smirk given by President Barack Obama or former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, why not spend some quality time with friends laughing about silly remarks and discussing political viewpoints?
The Oracle offers some debate-watching party ideas for the next three weeks.
Poll your participants
Mimic CNNs scrolling poll. Use your computer science major to create a realtime ticker like CNNs, and display it on a laptop screen.
If youre not a programming whiz, use colored poker chips in piles to indicate a winner. Participants start out with 10 chips for each candidate, and add to the Romney or Obama pile when one says something agreeable.
Or, make cookies and cupcakes. Every time you eat a cookie, its like a vote for Obama, and each cupcake devoured is for Romney, or vice-versa.
Make Bingo cards for both Romney and Obama, and fill the cards with phrases they are likely to say during the debates. For example, Romneys if Im elected or Obamas let me be clear.
See which candidate wins, and give the winner a prize, like campaign stickers or a T-shirt.
When Obama and Romney write something on their notepads during the debate, have each person write down what they think the candidate is writing, with the topic written at the top.
Put quotes in boxes and read aloud, then pick out favorites at the end.
.GIF and meme competition
Hold a competition to see who can make the most creative .GIF image animation or meme during the debate.
Have each person submit his or her entry and judge.
Exercise participants drawing skills with speed drawing. At the beginning of the debate, every few minutes, have guests do quick 10-second drawings of candidates.
As the debate goes on, increase the time to 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, and finally 5 minutes.
Everyones drawing skills are likely to improve by the end. But dont forget to pay attention to what the candidates are actually discussing.
Pin the tie on the candidate
What would a party be without this classic game?
After blindfolding participants, have them attempt to pin red and blue ties on large candidate photos.
Set up a photo booth for guests to take pictures with their best friends including cardboard cutouts of Obama and Romney.
An American flag backdrop would round out the booth nicely.
Serve the candidates favorite foods Whip up party foods fit for a president, and have guests guess which plate is whos favorite.
According to the New York Times, Obama likes roasted almonds, pistachios, broccoli, spinach and milk chocolates.
And according to TODAY, Romneys in-flight foods include peanut butter and honey sandwiches, hummus, pita bread, Kashi cereal and organic applesauce.
According to is body mans Twitter account, before Wednesdays debate, Romney ate a barbecue sandwich and spaghetti.
The next debate will be on Oct. 11 between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. Two final presidential debates will take place Oct. 16 and Oct. 22.