It's that time of year again - the season to celebrate! With all the hustle and bustle, and the world still not fully open up yet, it can be difficult to find time for a party. That is why we have put together an easy guide on how you can hold your very own virtual holiday party at home this year, with simple steps and ideas for decorations and food.
Virtual Holiday Party Planning Checklist:
1. Pick a date and time for the party that works for everyone. Make sure to pick a day and time when most people will be available.
2. Send out invitations! This can be done through email, social media, or even snail mail. Be sure to include the date, time, location, and RSVP information. We recommend sending invites via Eventbrite, then hosting the event on Zoom. They integrate seamlessly and make planning easy.
3. Coordinate the food! If you're having a virtual party, it can be easy to just let people know that they should bring their own food and drinks. Or, you can coordinate a delivery to each guest.
4. Have a holiday gift box delivered! If you're having a virtual holiday party, it's easy to forget about the presents. Send everyone a gift box ahead of time that can be opened during the virtual party!
5. Decorate your video space with holiday decorations such as wreaths, stockings, lights! Just because it's virtual, doesn't mean it can't look festive. Need some inspiration? Pinterest is your place!
6. Before things get started, it is always a good idea to go over the rules and guidelines of your party - what people should do if they need help or have questions, how long you are planning on staying, etc. This will prevent any issues from arising later on in the live stream!
7. Play festive music! This will help get everyone in the holiday spirit. Curate a playlist ahead of time that you can have playing as people start logging on.
8. Be sure to have a contest or activity for those tuning in. This can include things such as decorating gingerbread cookies together, having guests sing their favorite Christmas carols, writing funny letters you would send to Santa Claus on behalf of someone else who couldn't make it - the possibilities are endless!
9. For the actual logistics, you will want to make sure you have a designated host or hosts. This person or people will be in charge of making sure the party goes smoothly, that everyone is following the guidelines, and helping out guests who may need it. Don't have one? Contact us! We'd love to help book an experienced virtual host for you.
10. Last but not least, have fun! The holidays are all about celebrating with friends and family, so enjoy yourself and make it a fabulous event!
PS Don't forget to send out a thank you to everyone who attended your party after it's over - be sure to include some extra holiday cheer!