If there was a year when I would not have a group of friends over for dinner on election night it would be this one. The battle lines have been drawn and, from what I hear, there might be a few suicides if one's favorite candidate doesn't get elected this time. If you drive around my neighborhood there are a few discreet signs up, all for the same candidate. In North Georgia, there should be no doubt which one I'm talking about . The rest of the neighbors don't dare display their preference for fear their houses might be set on fire. Whether this is true or not I don't know, but I'm not curious to find out!
In years past I would invite a few friends, both Democrats and Republicans, for dinner to watch the results. Nothing fancy, just casual fare, lots of ribbing and betting and a fun evening for all, no matter who won. Dinner was served on trays in front of the television set in the library. I kept it simple, American, and very casual. Guests helped themselves to drinks from the bar and dinner was served buffet style in the dining room. Heavy hors d'oeuvre, one main course and dessert. The main idea was to spend a fun evening together with good friends and comforting food. The following morning everyone would still be on speaking terms with each other and with their neighbors. Not this time.
I am sharing below a typical menu from past elections dinners that I won't be cooking this year. I might just watch a movie, go to bed early and hear the results in the morning. ( Sure...I will probably be up all night waiting until the last vote is in )
As to the dinner table, my choice would be a blue and white china pattern laid buffet style, white napkins and a solid red centerpiece of carnations and roses, such as the one above. Otherwise, "white china casual" is your best bet. Forget the flags!
Election Night Dinner Party
Sliced Smoked Salmon On Pumpernickel Toasts
Sour Cream, Dill, Red Onion, Capers & Lemon
Bacon On A Date
Pumpkin Soup With Pear And Coriander
Served on Demitasse Cups
The "21" Club Chicken Hash
Apple Crisp With Vanilla Ice Cream