An historical presidential inauguration took place on January 20, 2009.
Contribute to the memories of this event by hosting an Obama inauguration party.
I am a conservative Canadian and yet the significance of this event is so momentous, it is worthy of celebration by all humankind.
I almost get emotional at the realization that the first African American will soon be sworn in to the highest office in the USA. This is HISTORICAL! Can the swearing in of a female president be far behind?
The United States of America has just expanded the dreams of every child, every race, and every gender. Let's CELEBRATE everything this means.
We don't have to agree on every principle, but we CAN recognize when boundaries have been broken and new heights have been achieved in our world.
Not everyone can make it to a presidential inauguration event, but anyone can participate by hosting an inaugural party at home. Hey... over half of the entertainment is provided via TV! It doesn't get easier than that.
Even if you've been rocked by the current economic conditions, you don't have to break the bank to host an historical Obama party.
If funds are tight, host a potluck supper or forget dinner and host a potluck dessert, snack, or finger food (hors d'oeuvre) buffet.
Apparently a few of Obama's favorite foods are chili, pizza, and Mexican dishes. Serving up the new President's favorites would also make for a fun, low cost presidential inauguration party menu.
Deck your entrance in red, white, and blue and roll out a red carpet or length of red fabric if you have it. Have a family member escort guests from their cars to add a little pomp and circumstance. Invite your guests to come dressed in their best or in the colors of the American flag.
For invitations, create your own presidential inauguration tickets. Check out this 1929 inauguration ticket for ideas on how to make your own.
Presidential Inauguration Time Capsule - Have guests write down their predictions for the next 4 years... the changes they anticipate seeing in the USA... where they think the country will be in 4 years, etc. Collect the predictions and seal them in a tin can to be revisited and read at an encore gathering in 4 years. It will be interesting to see whose predictions were most accurate.
Presidential Trivia - Find the patriotic historians among you with a full out trivia on all of the American presidents. (eg. What President was sworn in at his residence in New York City?) 30 Question Presidential Trivia
Republican or Democrat? - Read various facts, scenarios, etc. to your guests and have them guess which party they are associated with. (eg. President whose dog was named Checkers... Republican or Democrat?) Democrat or Republican Game List and Cards
Watch Inauguration Coverage on TV - When it's over take time to discuss your thoughts on the events and your visions for the country's future. That shouldn't take much prodding. Discussions will more then likely naturally flow after watching the inauguration.
Photos with the President - If you can get your hands on a full size Barak Obama stand-up cutout or even an Obama mask, have guests "pose with the President" for a truly memorable souvenir you can mail later as a thank you for attending your party.
Presidential Oath Scramble - Divide your guests into teams and write the presidential oath of office one word at a time on index cards or squares of paper (one set per team). Be sure to mix up each team's words. On your go have teams race to get the words in the correct order.