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This election year, why not throw a political party of your own

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By Dan Meade

(WORLDNOW) – This election year, there is one party that doesn't want your attention or your vote. They would like your affiliation, but more than that, The Cocktail Party wants to "bring people together" and "mix it up." Not a formal political party, or even a political movement like the Tea Party, The Cocktail Party is a marketing campaign by Maker's Mark, the venerable purveyor of Kentucky bourbon. 

Mock campaign platforms, videos featuring James Carville and Mary Matalin debating who should be in the Cocktail Party's cabinet and fill-in-the-blank political cartoons are all part of Maker's Mark campaign. But it goes beyond that: the company is holding a series of gatherings around the country in support of the Cocktail Party campaign.

If you don't live in one of the cities chosen for these gatherings, or don't want to march under The Cocktail Party's flag, there are other ways you can throw a political party this election year. (Note: all of the following should probably involve red-white-and-blue bunting, "political punch," and America-themed music like "Born in the U.S.A." and "Living in America.")

The Costume Party – This one is perfect for any point during the election cycle, but may work best toward the end as Halloween is mere days before the election. Invite all of your friends over to you house, but with one condition: they dress like a former president or other prominent politician. Chester A. Arthur playing Balderdash with Eleanor Roosevelt? Priceless! Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr dueling it out over a game of UNO? Sign me up. Martha Washington and Abe Lincoln getting down on the dance floor? I think this is a platform many people could get behind.

The Farewell Party – Should Obama lose his re-election bid, his backers can hold a farewell party anytime between Election and Inauguration Days. Rather than focusing on the sadness of losing the White House, keep the focus on celebrating Obama's achievements such as his health care law and the growth of the post-bailout auto industry. You may also want to stream the Red White and Blues concert from WhiteHouse.gov during this party.

The Housewarming Party – In the event of a Romney/Ryan win, what better way to celebrate than a (White) Housewarming Party? This should be held around Inauguration Day and can focus on a favorite moment of the campaign or a hope for the future theme. Guests can put together a welcome package for the Romneys (or Ryans) or try their hand at the most Republican of games, Monopoly.

The Anniversary Party – A second presidential victory by Obama would be the perfect occasion for an anniversary party, or perhaps a re-commitment ceremony party for his die-hard backers. This would be similar to The Farewell Party, but with a much more upbeat tempo and with more hope for the years ahead. This should also be held around Inauguration Day.

The Surprise Party – For the younger set and with a larger focus on social media, why not throw a political-themed pop-up party or flash mob? Print out Obama and Romney masks for everyone involved to wear and show up at the same public place at the same time and perform a song and dance routine. When done right, these can become a viral sensation and who knows, could very well make you famous enough to run for office one day.

Dan Meade is the Senior Editor at Worldnow. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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