The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is usually D.C.’s buzziest events, but this year is shaping up to be a more subdued affair. Trump will be the first president to skip the dinner in 36 years and his staff is planing on ditching the event too.
Still, whether you’re watching the official proceedings or Samantha Bee’s “Not The White House Correspondents Dinner,” you have a great reason to party it up on Saturday, April 29. Here’s your step-by-step guide to throwing your own White House Correspondents’ Dinner viewing party:
1. Get the right decor
Whether you’re red or blue, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is ideal for roasting the commander-in-chief. Although Trump is apparently pretty thin-skinned when it comes to jabs about his appearance, may we suggest giving out some tiny hands as a party favor?
Trump’s apparent love of gold has also been the source of jokes from some comedians, so consider decking your place out with gold cups, gold banners, gold tablecloths and whatever else you can find that borders on gaudy. You may feel like you’re in Trump Tower but, unlike Melania’s residence, the Secret Service probably isn’t lurking around.
2. Bust out the games
We made you a bingo card that works for both the official White House Correspondents Dinner and Samantha Bee’s “Not The White House Correspondents Dinner.” It’s best played with a group of friends. You’re welcome.
3. Make some partisan drinks
The cheapest drink at Trump’s D.C. hotel is called “Please Sign Here” and it sells for a whopping $25 per cocktail. However, you can roughly duplicate the recipe with equal parts mezcal, Aperol, yellow chartreuse and lime juice, for a smoky and tart cocktail that can be made in large batches.
For those truly struggling to get through the evening and still mourning what could've been, you may want to consider picking up some Rodham Rye from Republic Restoratives.
4. Take the time to talk about media
Believe it or not, the White House Correspondents' Dinner serves a significant purpose - to raise money for scholarships that benefit aspiring and established journalists. The evening will also honor legendary journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - both of whom are deeply qualified to comment on the power and importance of the First Amendment, a crucial value for the White House Correspondents’ Association.
Although the dinner is usually a fun, star-studded night, this year’s event is maybe the best time to talk about the role of journalism in the era of so-called “alternative facts,” and how to be a better and more critical media consumer.