Political party with lots of fun
IF THE only party you're concerned with this Saturday is your election night bash; read on.
Whether you've been marking the days off your calendar for the past month or you've decided to chuck some snags on the barbie and down a six pack as part of the festivities, we have put together a list of "must haves" for your election P-A-R-T-Y.
Some form of media coverage to be played in the background
Watching the night unfold is arguably the most important thing you'll be doing tonight (second to eating and drinking, of course) so make sure you've charged the laptop, or moved your housemate's cat off the top of your TV.
Election night coverage will be broadcast on ABC1 and ABC News 24 live from the ABC Election Centre in Sydney from 6pm.
The Northern Star website will also be providing updates throughout the night.
It's going to be a long night of watching numbers on a screen from places you've never even heard of, so playing games is a good way to keep your guests entertained - particularly that mate who doesn't have any idea who those Tony Abbott or Kevin Rudd guys are. Bingo is an easy and fun game to play, even if you're not retired.
Before the coverage kicks off, make up some bingo cards with phrases such as "too close to call" or "cut" or "it's a landslide" written on them. The first person to cross off all their phrases wins.
Something to eat and drink
Politics can make you hungry. Channel your inner Annabel Crabb and whip up some politically themed cupcakes.
Make sure you've also got some strong liquor on hand to drown your sorrows when the Pirate Party doesn't win.
It could be fun to dress up as Tony Abbott, right?
A level head
If you're hopelessly disappointed and nursing a headache come Sunday morning, keep in mind three years will go quickly.
If you're elated, don't get too cocky. Your party still has to prove itself.
And if you couldn't care less, start talking about what-ever you talked about before all this political business began and welcome the phrase "nice weather today isn't it?" back into your vocabulary.