Quarantine was fun only for some time. You enjoyed spending some quality time with your family and did some fun activities while staying at home. However, after some time staying inside the house all day long and not getting any opportunity to go out, made things a bit boring.
The routine was kind of fixed for everyone. Wake up, attend zoom calls, cook, clean, watch series and sleep. The fun of meeting friends and going out, playing games and celebrating life went missing. But not anymore!
“If you can’t go out for a party, bring the party home. Not literally, but with the help of the internet.”
Don’t worry! Organizing an online party is much easier and more fun than you can expect. It is a great way to stay connected with all your loved ones.
Scroll down to learn how you can host a great virtual party and bring fun back into your life.
Select a Location
Just like normal gatherings, you need to select a location where everyone can join. However, the twist in the tale is that the venue is online. There are several online platforms that you can use to meet and connect with your guests.
- Zoom: Zoom calls might get boring sometimes, but it depends on the purpose of the call. School classes or meetings are professional, so obviously, you can’t have fun on the calls. However, zoom calls can get really entertaining if the purpose is to enjoy quality time singing, dancing, playing, and whatnot.
Google Hangouts: It is an easy-to-use platform that you can operate with your Gmail account. You can chat, video call and share all the things you have been doing lately. Moreover, you don’t have to set up anything in particular for this platform.
- Houseparty: If you plan to invite only a small number of friends, you can use this application. It is great for online gaming for beginners and intermediate. Besides, with some built-in features of this application such as creating infinite rooms, easy floating between rooms, and instant notifications, you can make your gathering more exciting.
In addition to this, there are several other platforms, so you need to select the one that suits your requirements.
Decide the Games and Activities
Usually, the party host has to organize delicious food and refreshing beverages for the guests to keep them entertained. But, obviously, that’s not possible in this scenario. That’s why, to make this party entertaining, you need to add a lot of games and activities.
What type of games to play totally depends on your guest list. You can enjoy your virtual parties with games like Minecraft, Fortnite and AmongUs. These are great for team-based activities. But, if your guest list is small and consists of beginner level players, you can go for escape room games.
Besides there are several other activities like silent disco, Pictionary, virtual variety show and comedy acts that you can do to make the gathering entertaining.
Nonetheless, one thing is for sure that these games and activities will help create a stronger bond between you and your guests.
Whether you are planning a physical party or online, creating a lovely invitation for the guests is a must. But a physical party invitation requires a lot of effort and money. Fortunately, that’s not the case with online parties.
You can look for a template available on the internet, customize it with information such as party theme, dress code (if any), and a link to the online venue. Also, if you are planning to play games like AmongUs, Minecraft or Fortnite. In that case, you need to send a list of gaming consoles and other equipment. So that your guests are fully prepared on the day of the party.
You can either send the invitation separately to each one of your guests. Or, you can create a group chat and invite them there. If you want to make the party more formal, you can also mail the invitation to everyone.
P.S. Double check the link before sending the invitation to your guests. Otherwise, they won’t be able to join the celebration.
Rather than decorating the whole house for the party, you just need to decorate the portion which will be seen on screen. That means you don’t require a lot of decorations. Just add some balloons and wall decorations behind you. If you have selected any specific theme for the party, you need to decorate the room accordingly.
But, what if you are feeling a bit lazy to decorate the place, as all you want to do is talk and have some incredible time with your friends? In this situation, you can take the help of a green screen feature and change the background accordingly to the theme.
Despite that, you still need to get dressed up properly. Remember that it is not a work or school-related meeting. So it would be much better if you keep the laziness aside for a while and be a good host.
In fact, even if you don’t have a theme, you should still look presentable. Moreover, it will be an excellent opportunity to get out of the pyjamas and look well. If not anything, it will surely add a fun element to the celebrations.
Create a Vibe
Lastly, every person will be at their own home and joining virtually only. Therefore, you need to create an environment that gives a positive and fantastic vibe. You can do that by playing some music in the background, decorations, and starting the party with party poppers and confetti.
If you have a good budget, you can also send some gifts to the people and ask them to open the gifts at the party. It will also help in creating curiosity and excitement in the guest’s mind. Also, the type of vibe you create (fun, loving, positive, enjoyable, etc.) will determine whether you have to plan another party soon or not.
Wrapping It Up!
As the current time is challenging for every person, your little effort to get rid of boredom and celebrate life can turn out to be a great experience. Moreover, with the checklist given above, you’ll be able to host an incredible online party. So, you should give it a try.