Some people throw Super Bowl parties in February…but my “Super Bowl” is the Miss America pageant in January! I was a pageant girl growing up, and I have friends that still compete in pageants. So, I have been known to throw some awesome Miss America watch parties to commemorate the occasion. And now that I work in the moving industry and get the chance to speak with people all over the country, I'm even more aware of all of the states these beautiful women represent.
Whether you know someone competing or just want a fun night at home, here are some ideas for your very own Miss America watch party! It's this Saturday, January 12th. I can't wait!
Miss America Watch Party Theme Ideas
Of course, the nature of the pageant is glitzy and glamorous. I would choose party themes that revolved around lots of glitter and pink! You can do the glitz party easily with lots of sparkly décor. You might call this theme “Sparkle and Shine.” You could invite party guests to wear fancy dresses (or more fun: find old prom gowns at thrift stores!) and give everyone a crown when they come in. You can get cheap party crowns from the party section of your local dollar store. Another theme idea is to celebrate the states! For this “Party Across America” theme, you could highlight foods from across the country, like Washington State Apple Cider, or Texas Tex-Mex salsa and chips! Have each guest bring a dish related to a state!
Miss America Watch Party Food Ideas
The pageant is pretty long, lasting several hours. So you will want plenty of snacks to go along with it. You can serve the typical party foods, or you could go glamorous with some snacks like this pink popcorn! A perfect snack to pop while waiting on the Top 5 to answer their on-stage question! Get the recipe from “Cravings of a Lunatic” here.
Another crowd favorite is sure to be this crown cake! Wilton not only sells the crown cake pan, but gives you a recipe and directions here!
Miss America Watch Party Activities
While watching Miss America, you will have the commercial breaks to do fun activities. If your guests dress up for the party, you could have a fashion show! Another fun game is purse bingo! You make a list of items that might be found in purses (some more obscure than others) and give points if the guest has these items in their handbag. Some sample items might be: checkbook, lipstick, toothbrush, diaper, gum, bobby pin, and hairbrush. The guest who earns the most points wins!
My favorite Miss America watch party activity is to try and judge the contestants! Here is a printable Miss America score sheet so you can print out this ballot and play along! This judge’s score sheet has the pageant broken down into the pageant categories, so you can compete with your friends to see who can guess the winners!
Do you have any other ideas for a Miss America watch party? Leave us a comment! And don’t forget to send us pictures from your Miss America pageant party to firstname.lastname@example.org! !We would love to share them on our Facebook page!