Do you have an event or holiday celebration coming up but can’t gather everyone in one place? Or maybe you just don’t want everyone coming together and potentially spreading COVID. I, like most people, spent the past year and half celebrating with virtual birthday parties, baby showers, and more. I’ve learned a thing or two along the way to make sure these virtual parties are fun, un-awkward, and free or very budget-friendly.
What do you do at a virtual party?
Virtual parties are great, because the host can have some fun, too! Some things you can do at your virtual party:
- Trivia games
- Scavenger hunts
- Best dressed contest
The sky is the limit on what you can do. Just remember to take a lot of screenshots for memories!
How do I host a virtual party for free?
There are more ways than ever these days to have a party online for free. You can:
- Sign up as a Host for a direct sales company and earn rewards for inviting friends to come party with you! The direct sales rep will set up the party for you and provide the virtual platform.
- Invite your friends and family to a Google Hangout, Zoom meeting, Facebook or Instagram Messenger Room! Tell them to bring a drink, snacks, and be ready to chat on camera.
Think of a virtual party as a regular party minus the food and decoration prep…and cleaning!
What is the best platform for a virtual party?
There are different reasons to choose each platform, so check out these different options and see what works for you.
- Facebook / Instagram Messenger Room – Messenger rooms are a personal fave of mine. You can have up to 50 people in the room, no one has to have a Facebook or Instagram account, and there aren’t any time restrictions on how long your event can last. Just copy the event link, share it, and let the party begin. Check out more features here.
- Houseparty – This is an awesome app for a small group of 8 or less. You can play games that are built into the app for easy entertainment.
- Zoom – A lot of people have turned to Zoom during the pandemic, so this is also an easy access option as most people have Zoom installed these days. You will need a pro account to meet with more than one person for more than 45 minutes, though.
- Google Hangouts – Hangouts lets you video chat with up to 10 people at a time, desktop only. It’s another easy access option if everyone you plan to invite already have a Google account! See 11 Creative Ways To Get The Most Out Of Google Hangouts
No matter what platform you pick, just make sure it’s convenient for your guests.
What are some virtual party themes?
A good theme can make your virtual party. Here are some fun and easy themes for your guests to decorate and dress up:
- Red lips & Wine sips (great for girls’ night)
- Formal attire (fun to dress up since a lot of people don’t have a reason to dress up and go out anymore)
- 80s party
- Super Heroes
- Murder Mystery
- Happy Hour
There are plenty of more in-depth articles of awesome party theme ideas.
An easy party checklist
Checklists make the world go ’round. Keep this list of tips handy for your next virtual shindig!
Set a date and time
Communicate with your guests prior to scheduling your event to make sure you pick a date and time that works for everyone. Keep in mind that weekdays may be a better option for some people.
Pick your platform
As I mentioned above, there are several options to choose from. Whether it’s Messenger or even FaceTime, just make sure it works for all of your guests and minimizes any tech complications for you.
Send the invites
You can text, email, or send your invites on social media. Send the invites at least a week or 2 in advance to allow time for planning and give your guests a heads up. Be sure to include how long the party will be. 1.5 hours works great for virtual events.
Plan your games and prizes
You don’t have to play games and give prizes, but it’s an awesome incentive to get people to attend your party. An easy way to send prizes to guests who aren’t local is to find something on Amazon and ship it to them, (like these cool and affordable gifts!)
Send a follow up
At least 3 days before your event, send a follow up message to your guests to confirm their attendance. Make adjustments to your party if need be.
Play to the room
You might have this entire agenda planned out, but you notice the flow of the party is going in a different direction. Maybe your guests just want to drink and catch up on old times; let it be! You’ll still be the hero of a badass virtual party.
And the best party planner award goes to…
You’re now fully equipped to throw the best virtual party for your friends and family. It can be as simple as a 45 minute happy hour or as elaborate as a 2 hour murder mystery party. You have complete control to own the night (or day) and leave everyone with some awesome memories to hold on to. We had a lot of fun at the virtual parties I’ve thrown over the past year!
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