The year 2020 was a difficult one, especially when it comes to social gatherings and events. Although we’ve crossed over into 2021, the pandemic is still here, and people are still trying to figure out ways to provide entertainment for themselves and others. According to statistics reported on wildapricot.com, 91 percent of those who held virtual events were motivated to do so to keep in touch with family and friends. If you’re thinking of hosting an awesome party this year, whether it’s virtually or in person, taking these steps can ensure success.
Be Sure to Plan Ahead
Whether you’re having an outdoor party with social distancing or an online virtual party, it’s essential to plan ahead no matter the style you’re aiming for. This year more than ever, is one for planning because if you invite a few guests to your home, you will need to consider how you can make everyone feel safe doing during the pandemic. If it’s a Zoom party that you’re putting together, everyone attending has to be on board with the time and theme to make it work. Unlike an in-person party, it’s a lot harder to have people come and go if there aren’t many online to mingle and chat.
Choose a Theme
The best parties, both in-person and online, have themes. If you’re hosting a party this year, take time to think which themes would be the most fun for getting everyone to participate. After you’ve selected a theme, you can then start to organize games, activities, and even think about streaming some form of entertainment.
Select the Entertainment
It doesn’t matter if you’re hosting a virtual or in-person party, it’s always a good idea to consider booking entertainment. Having some sort of music performance or other talent is a surefire way to get more people to attend and have a great time that they’ll be able to reminisce about for years. If you happen to have space outdoors that’s large enough for an artist and audience, someone like a singer or stand-up comedian might be a good option. However, if it’s a virtual event that you’re putting together, you can assess if a musical performance would translate the same way over an online conferencing program.
Plan the Menu
While planning out the menu ahead of time is obviously important when inviting people to your home for a party, it’s also something to think about with an online party. While you obviously aren’t responsible for directly feeding guests over the Internet, food might still be a factor. A great idea for helping everyone feel connected is to have all the guests cook the same meal together over Zoom. Another option for a virtual party is to have all participants agree to order takeout from the same restaurant, so all involved can enjoy the same meal together.
Send Out Invitations
After you have an idea of how your party will flow, get creative with the invites and send them out with enough notice that people can squeeze it into their busy schedules, usually a few weeks before the date you’ve planned will suffice.