How to Have the Best Virtual Holiday Party

If you’re trying to figure out how to enjoy and plan a holiday event or party in 2020, don’t worry you’re not the only one. Many people are trying to figure out how to have the best virtual holiday party this year.

The pandemic has made it difficult for people around the world to navigate these trying times while being safe for themselves and their families. The options have dramatically decreased since the start of everything and planning it isn’t any easier. 

Fortunately, the options that are available will be socially distanced and will prevent anybody from having to leave their home.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help you with how to have the best virtual party in 2020.

Plan It

Pick a Time

Pick a time that will work with everyone attending and send a calendar invitation. Don’t forget about the different time zones. If the people that are attending are coast-to-coast or even international, this will help avoid ostracizing and specific locations.

Pick the Video Platform

There are numerous services that are available now to choose from when it comes to selecting a video platform. Here are some services in mind:

  • Zoom, which allows free tier allows up to 100 attendees to meet for a maximum of 40 minutes, so if you are looking for more time, consider upgrading your plan 
  • Skype allows up to 50 people in a single video chat, making it best suited for smaller companies
  • Google Meet which anyone with a Google Account can create a video meeting, invite up to 100 participants, and meet for up to 60 minutes per meeting for free
  • Discord allows up to 9 people at a time for its video calls, which is great if the party is small

Make sure everyone has access to the conference room call. If your chosen technology platform requires a user to be created, ensure that everybody has done so before the party.

Provide Food and Drinks

At most parties, people rely on the host to provide food and beverages for any party. This may not be as easy in the manner that everyone is used to, however, there are two or three different ways around this.

On the off chance that you are assembling a little family gathering, you should think about making the food early and delivering it or even having them pick it up it. You could also order the food have the guests pick it up from the restaurant.

Remember to keep your social distance and remind the guests to handle the food containers in a safe manner. In the event that you do this, you would all be able to have a similar dinner together, regardless of whether it is warmed.

Another alternative is to create a recipe ahead of time, have everybody attempt to make it then compare whose food is better. Maybe have a cook-off to showcase some hidden skills!

Have a Theme

Themes are a good idea for any holiday party, and a virtual party shouldn’t be excluded.

Getting dressed up in holiday clothing can be a fun way for your guests to show off their creativity, and a great way to start a conversation.

Make sure to compliment the guests who put forth the most effort. Maybe even gently get those who are not on theme to at least put on some accessories, or have an outfit contest as an incentive for guests to dress up. Having a theme is another great way to keep the party organized, yet also memorable.

Host a virtual watch party

There’s a third-party service called Netflix Party that allows you to host a virtual watch party with a group simultaneously on Netflix!

Hulu has recently added a feature to its service that allows you to do the same thing and watch movies or tv shows in real-time with a group.

Distribute a poll beforehand with full-length movie or movie shorts options so you won’t be endlessly scrolling to find something suitable to watch.

Play Some Music

No party can be alive without music. Even if it’s virtual or not some people enjoy listening to some music while socializing (at a distance). 

Spotify has added a cool feature to its service called “Group Listen”. This allows anybody in the group to listen to the same playlist at the same time as the person who started the group. People apart of the group can add songs to the queue, that way everybody can listen to what they want without fighting or arguing over it.

Play Some Fun Games

There are a lot of games that are available online that allow you to play in large groups and virtually! Here are some games that you can play:

  • Jackbox Games – Have social games that can be played on your phone
  • Cards Against Humanity – Play the classic adult card game online now with your friends. Just share the code and play. If this is a corporate holiday event this may not be the best option.
  • My Free Bingo Cards – Send Bingo cards to all of the people attending the party and play virtual Bingo
  • Uno – One of the most competitive games can be played online on your phone with everyone in the video call
  • Charades Generator – Can always play virtual charades! Just have a generator!

Now You’re Ready For Your Party

Try to give your friends or colleagues that human interactions we as a whole need with a virtual slam directly from the solace of their own homes. There’s nothing wrong with keeping up festivities and lifting spirits with a decent time. Get imaginative with your plan and pay attention to recommendations to ensure you everyone is enjoying themselves, regardless of whether it isn’t your own inclination. 

Keep in mind that having to socially distance doesn’t mean you have to be completely confined.