Because so much of our lives are conducted via video these days, I wanted to dedicate a post to sprucing up your virtual get togethers so they’re more enjoyable for guests. After social distancing for so long, Zoom parties are starting to feel a bit stale. But they’re probably going to be the reality for a while longer – so let’s at least a little pizazz to them. (And I’m not sorry at all for continuing to use the word pizazz – it’s a fantastic word.)
In Part One of this post, I covered the more technical aspects of hosting a successful virtual get-together. (In case you missed it, check it out here.) Now in Part Two, we are getting to the pizazz I promised.
My main goal in this section is providing inspiration for ways to make your virtual party more of an experience for guests. No one wants to feel like they are on another dreary work call!
I’ve seen lots of creative ideas for playing games over Zoom. AND there’s now a slew of online games that are literally meant to be played via video platform. (Thank you computer people!) So you can actually host a game night with your friends or family, even if you can’t get together.
Here’s a few ideas for games. (Most are better for groups under 10 people.)
You could do this a couple ways:
Pick a theme and have all your guests change their virtual backgrounds on Zoom and dress the part accordingly. For example, do a Coachella themed party and have guests make their background an image from Coachella (or something similar) and dress in their best festival outfits. Sure, it’s not quite like actual Coachella, but hey, it’s the closest thing to it that you’ll get this year!
Choose any theme you know your group of friends will have fun with. Make it cute. Make it funny. Or make it weird. Whatever floats your boat!
Use the virtual background feature, or the screen sharing feature, to display some of your funniest, sweetest, or most embarrassing photos together.
If you’re celebrating someone’s birthday, have all the participants share their favorite photo of the birthday gal or guy (try not to make it too terrible – it is their birthday after all.)
Or maybe for an engagement party, create a slideshow of the couple’s journey together and share it via the screen share feature.
There’s lots of possibilities here – you get the idea!
Going to a paint and sip event has been on my bucket list for a while. (Guess I should have gotten around to that sooner!) But the premise can certainly be adopted for a virtual event. Just find an online painting class (or whatever art form peaks your interest) and play it using the shared screen feature. Obviously make sure you all have a glass (or bottle) of wine by your side.
You could take it seriously and actually try to create art. Or if you just want a few laughs, you can all loosely follow the instructor’s suggestions and have everyone share their masterpiece at the end.
This is the moral of the story here.
You know your group of friends and family best. Find some activity that you can all do together (separately.) My mom, for instance, has weekly knitting parties. Her group of knitting pals literally just gets on Zoom and knits together. That’s it. And I honestly never hear as much uproarious laughter as I do from those calls. Those ladies crack themselves up.
Which is exactly the point! You can still have fun with your favorite people, even if you can’t physically be with your favorite people.