Clinton Farewell Party
Happy Days "Were" Here Again
Clinton will be missed by many. Not all, of course, but many. Some people aren’t
interested in celebrating the inauguration but want to host a farewell to the
one who is soon to be called, by his own admission, Citizen Clinton. And, as
usual, for the creative-impaired, the Party Girl and Party411.com come to the
We have an invitation all ready for you so you can print it
(click here for a printable PDF (2.5MB),
Reader) and send it…or
e-mail it to a friend. Even if you’re not having an actual party, you may
want to have a "virtual" party in Mr. Clinton’s honor and invite
your friends to sign the gift book Party411.com is putting together to present
to him from his many fans.
Two thoughts. One is to decorate with all black because you are in
mourning. The other is that a stars and stripes theme is in order. After all,
Mr. Clinton was Commander in Chief, a resident of the White House, a patriot
and more. Since all black isn’t all that creative and little if any help is
needed, I’ll go for the red, white and blue: flags, bunting, flag banners,
flag pinwheels, balloons, streamers and all things American and patriotic.
Start with some flag pinwheels going down the drive leading to the front
door. On the front door, hang a blow-up of the Presidential Seal with the
words—"In Clinton We Trust" added to it.
When your guests enter, have red and blue stars as well as
"party" animals—little donkeys that represent the Democratic Party
(why? because a donkey is a legendarily stubborn animal, and his fans are
hoping Mr. Clinton never gives up!)—hanging from the ceiling. Or stick the
stars to windows and other flat surfaces.
For centerpieces on bars, buffets and tables, use flag-striped top hats,
open end up with red, white and blue balloons bouquets coming out. Or stick
some miniature American flags coming out of the top of the hat (saves on
balloons). Don’t forget to throw some flag glitter confetti around the base—because
frankly a party without confetti is like a White House without Bill!
What to serve? That’s easy. McDonald’s. We all know it was a favorite
stop for Mr. Clinton so save yourself the big bucks and serve burgers and
fries! In fact, many McDonald’s now have party rooms so you may want to
consider hosting the party right then and there! Beats cleaning up.
Well, first of all, a good ol’ chorus of Happy Days Are Here Again
(melody by Milton Ager, words by Jack Yellen, 1929) with the words altered
just a bit would be great fun. Divide your friends into groups and let them
compete with their own versions or get everyone together (you know, like a
"We Are The World" type thing) and video tape it.
The Party Girl, that’s me, has just changed a word here and there for the
benefit of Mr. Clinton—so here’s the new version. Remember that Happy Days
Are Here Again played every time Mr. Clinton hit the campaign trail…so it is
As well, I would make sure to have music at the party since we all know Mr.
Clinton is a fan of jazz, rock and roll and more. You might even want to have
a lip sync portion of the event where people can pretend to play the sax or
belt out tunes. Songs that fit the bill (excuse the pun) are: So Long,
Farewell from Sound of Music, Goodbye Cruel World by James Darren, Bye, Bye,
Baby (Baby Goodbye) by the Four Seasons, Last Waltz by Engelbert Humperdinck
and others. Don’t forget to play Donna Summer’s "Last Dance" at
the end of the evening—it’s so appropriate. For more ideas, go to songfile.nbci.com
and search "goodbye," "Bill", "farewell" and
other key words.
For an even better time, I would definitely get a life-size
cut-out of Mr. Clinton so everyone can have one last dance! I did this
once for a party and attached a cut-out to a coat-tree that I put on wheels.
My friends had a blast dancing with the guest-of-honor. Think about it!
Well, if Bill were there himself, he’d probably pull out his sax and show
off with some jazz greats. Or then again, he may go out for some golf and a
jog. Since none of this makes for a great party, I suggest some Clinton Trivia
or, better yet, how about a dart game? Buy one, and make Independent Counsel
Ken Starr or Robert Ray the bullseye. That’s one activity Bill and other
taxpayers might appreciate.
Inflatable saxophones, inflatable or foam hands (to wave goodbye), crying
towels and other fun stuff will do.
What’s most important is that you host a fabulous send-off to someone many
think was the most popular president in the last century!
The Party Girl
See the Party411 Inaugural Balls
- inflatable saxophones
- inflatable and foam hands
- Simply the Best Party Kit (say good-bye in style)
- patriotic papergoods
- black papergoods (for mourning)
- patriotic wrist streamers
- stars and stripes papergoods
- party mascots—donkeys (very cute)
- red and blue stars
- flag banners
- flag glitter confetti
- flag-striped tophats
- 3’ jointed Uncle Sam
- flag window shades
- miniature American flags
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