Prepping the Political Watch Parties

By Erika Mahoney

November 7, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Beyond the hand-shaking, door-to-door visits, phone calls and voter education, there is also a viewing party to plan for during campaigns.

This election, the Holiday Inn is hosting Republicans, and the Riverwalk hotel, also in downtown Binghamton, is hosting Democrats.

Hours before the parties began, it was crunch time at the Riverwalk.

"Election night is always exciting, because you have the culmination of a lot of work," said James Testani, Broome County Democrat Chairman. "There's a lot of people, that have been doing a lot of work."

The ballroom, filled with round tables dressed in white table cloths, awaited eager viewers.

"We've been talking about it for a while, we are excited," said Riverwalk Assistant General Manager Hanna Averitt.

"Well, we are just getting ready now, the chefs are back in the kitchen, planning the set up," said Riverwalk Food and Beverage Manager Kendra Young. "Presentation is always key, so we really want to go over the top for them. On the menu tonight, we have a montage of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and also an assortment of pizzas."

Over at the Holiday Inn, preparations were also underway hours before kick off.

"The ballroom is all decorated, there's pretty flowers and balloons and things of that nature," said Holiday Inn General Manager Robert Greene. "It's very festive in there right now, and as we speak, our executive chef is preparing the food."

Inside the kitchen, ingredients were layed out on the cutting board.

"We are going with a smoked chicken quesadilla with avocado, and a seafood chowder from the West Coast.," said Holiday Inn Executive Chef Robert Brown.

"This is going to be huge," said David Hamlin, Broome County Republican Chairman. "We've got music by Louie G, we have large screen projectors, so people can see the results."

A celebration of hard work, for both parties.