You don't need a swingometer to make election night go with a swing - download the Magazine's party pack for a host of fun and games. And you can send us a picture of your election night party.
Wherever your political sympathies lie, when polling stations close at 10pm on Thursday evening an awesome spectacle will begin to unfold. The counting of millions of ballot papers will begin and, one by one, the results will be declared across 650 parliamentary constituencies.
It's an event that will see many people join their friends and family in front for what is an all-night TV marathon.
To oil the wheels of the occasion, the Magazine has prepared a downloadable election night party pack. The 15-page kit (in PDF form) contains themed games, face masks and a crib sheet of election night trivia to pepper your conversation with, and thereby impress others.
Don't forget to send us a picture of your festivities - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; text 61124. Tag them "party" and include your name. We'll published the best of them on Friday.
Contents of your party pack
1. HUNG PARLIAMENT
Based on that perennial family favourite, hangman, players simply swap the traditional dangling stick man for a portcullis, the symbol of the Westminster Parliament. (Requires two players or more.)
- Think of a word or phrase and mark out blank spaces to denote how many letters it contains
- Invite your opponent to suggest one letter at a time
- If it features in the word, fill in the appropriate blank(s)
- If it doesn't, begin constructing your gallows and portcullis symbol, one stroke at a time, as illustrated
- The winner is whoever completes the word or the pictogram first
Keep track of all those words and phrases you can expect to hear on the night. (Requires at least one player.)
- Distribute bingo cards among your guests
- Tick off the words and phrases as you hear them on television/radio
- The winner is the first to clear their card and shout "Full House (of, er, Commons)"
3. THE NAME GAME
How well do you know the political characters of the era? (Requires four players or more.)
- The game is played in teams of at least two players - a describer and a guesser
- From the grid of named politicians, cut out each and fold them up
- Place all the names in an appropriate receptacle (a mock ballot box if you have one, a hat or bowl if you don't)
- The describer picks out a name at a time and attempts to describe it to their guesser without saying the name itself
- After a correct guess, they pick out another name, and so on
- After a minute, the hat is passed to the next team
- The winning team is the one which guesses the most names
- For even more fun, fold them all up again and describe each with just one word, and finally with no words - just actions
4. LEADERS' MASKS
Ever wanted to fool/scare your friends and family into thinking they're talking to a political titan? (Requires scissors and elastic.)
- Cut out any of the masks, including the eyes
- Attach a piece of elastic or string to each and hey presto, you can instantly channel the personality of a party leader
5. 10 THINGS
It's not just TV anchormen who can wow others by lobbing in a factlet or two... you can as well. (Requires forgiving friends)
- Place the 10 things crib sheet in a discreet place where you can still see it
- Sprinkle a fact or two in the conversation at appropriate juncture and hear the assembled company gasp in admiration