What are Joe Biden's 'party boxes' and what's in it? Sold-out $105 kit includes champagne flutes and face masks
These party boxes were an initiative to encourage crowds to stay back home rather than gather in-person on the inauguration day
With Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony looming large, his inaugural committee has made sure the President-elect's supporters can celebrate in style at home with "party boxes" on January 20 with the event being a socially distanced one. According to The Hill, there are two versions— one that costs $150 and the other priced at $60. The higher-priced version is labeled the "deluxe."
The site said the deluxe boxes comprise of a pair of glass champagne flutes, a face mask with 46 emblazoned on it to mark the incoming 46th POTUS, cardboard cutouts of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris's faces, one of the Capitol, confetti, balloons and a social took guide among other trinkets. The lower-priced version has plastic champagne glasses instead of the glass ones. Tuesday saw his supporters sent messages hyping the boxes saying, "Complete your inauguration party with these awesome kits!"
There were mixed opinions on Twitter after the announcement with most netizens saying it would just be discarded later. "I have to be a Debbie Downer here & say this is a seriously bad idea. It's all going in the trash bin the next day unless someone is a collector or hoarder. I'll happily celebrate the inauguration w/o this accoutrement. I'm sure other supporters will, too," read one of the tweets. "one hundred and five American dollars in this pandemic and no champagne for the flutes? unacceptable," read another. A look at the other comments imply these boxes have actually been sold out. "Dammit sold out already" was one of the tweets.
I have to be a Debbie Downer here & say this is a seriously bad idea.— AreDubPDX (@DubPdx) January 13, 2021
It's all going in the trash bin the next day unless someone is a collector or hoarder.
I'll happily celebrate the inauguration w/o this accoutrement. I'm sure other supporters will, too.@BidenInaugural
one hundred and five American dollars in this pandemic and no champagne for the flutes?— ✨sundog.appreciator✨ (@weirdlycrafty) January 13, 2021
Dammit sold out already— I VOTED 🗳️ - 0xdemosthenes (@0xdemosthenes) January 13, 2021
These party boxes were an initiative to encourage crowds to stay back home rather than gather in-person on the inauguration day. The committee urged the people last month to avoid traveling and watch the events at home with the coronavirus pandemic still ravaging the US. In addition, there have been warnings issued by the FBI of armed protests at the Capitol in the days to come. As far as the measures go, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote to President Donald Trump seeking an emergency declaration.
This led to Trump authorizing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide the required assistance from Monday through January 24. The declaration stated: "Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment, and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding."