What's your plan after hitting the polls? How to throw an Election Night party

WEST MICHIGAN - Election Day is here. What's your plan after hitting the polls?

We have some suggestions about how to spend Election Day, from streaming political specials to carbo-loading on red, white and blue cookies. So gather a few friends who are also ready to see this election cycle come to a close, and toast to the end of those incessant campaign ads.

What to watch

Don't feel like watching the results roll in during the major networks' elections coverage? Several channels are running their own specials, including an uncensored Stephen Colbert, who has the night off from CBS' Late Show, spending the election night on Showtime, promising "all the political comedy you love from my CBS show, with all the swearing and nudity you love from Showtime" (11 ET).

Also going live is The View on Lifetime (9 ET) and The Daily Show on Comedy Central (11 ET).

Want to skip out on the hours worth of live vote counting? Try one of our favorite election-themed TV shows or movies.

What to drink

There are many kinds of election night parties. For some Americans, these parties may include the legal and responsible consumption of alcohol.

USA TODAY's official elections drinking game compiled a list of phrases that, if you hear candidates say them on Election Day, you can drink to (or do push-ups to, if that's your thing).

For Clinton, the list includes "temperament," "Putin," "middle class" and, most lethally, "women," while Trump's include "bigly," "Mexican" and "Benghazi."

A full list, complete with rules, can be found here.

Other election night drinking games include one that's updated in real time, and one that's just different workout moves for each Trump/Clinton buzzword.

In terms of what to fill your cup with on Elections Eve, Trump voters may reach for a Yuengling after the brewery's owner supported the Republican candidate. Clinton supporters can fix themselves a "mazel tov cocktail," which began trending after a Trump supporter confused the phrase "molotov cocktail" with the Jewish expression on CNN Monday.

Recipes for the drink began showing up online almost immediately, ranging from an elegant Champagne cocktail with lavender syrup to the much-simpler gin and Manischewitz on the rocks.

Want a non-partisan drinking option? Remember that Budweiser is still called "America" through the elections.

What to eat

So, you've already started drinking (or at least considered a recipe). Among the many patriotic options to soak up the booze on Tuesday night is "election cake," a Revolutionary War-era tradition inspired by the women who brought baked goods to election sites to encourage men to vote.

Today, women aren't just baking cakes for presidential elections — they're also on the precipice of winning them. But Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam, who own OWL Bakery in Asheville, N.C, helped launch the #MakeAmericaCakeAgain to encourage Americans to vote, with the help of Richard Miscovich of Johnson & Wales University, who created an election cake recipe from historical records.

 

This is a very symbolic little (all naturally leavened!) cake. It's called Election Cake, originating in colonial America and made in communities and served at town hall meetings and voting sites in the young republic to encourage citizens to vote. We've been baking test batches the last few weeks in anticipation of offering it around the upcoming election. A portion of the proceeds will go to a non-partisan voting rights organization. For us, it represents a connection to our baking predecessors and the power of food to bring people of all ilks together to participate in social and political life. *Bakers - will you join us in this endeavor by making election cakes in your bakeries?* (more information, including formulas, to come and facebook event link in profile) This is a collaboration including @craftsmanwolves @melinakelson @sarah_c_owens @maia_sur and Richard Miscovich #makeamericacakeagain

A photo posted by OWL Bakery // Susannah Gebhart (@oldworldlevain) on

Whether you're following its original recipe (consisting of 30 quarts of flour, ten pounds of butter and 14 pounds of sugar) or baking your own, allow a slice of election cake to serve as inspiration to get you to the polls, just as America's first voters did.

What to tweet

Need the perfect GIF to accompany your election tweets? Our friends at GIPHY have some suggestions.

Whether you're #WithHer or on the Trump train:

 

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Or are just proud you voted:

 

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