After the difficult year we’ve had in 2020, we can all agree that we deserve absolute luxury for the foreseeable. Despite this, we still must adhere to government restrictions due to the pandemic. This might be staying at home for months at a time or limiting ourselves from seeing our friends and family. Throughout COVID-19, people have still gotten married, turned twenty-one and had baby showers. The pandemic shouldn’t simply mean that we cease all fun and enjoyment. There are still many different ways we can celebrate our big life events, one of which is by throwing a digital party! We love the sound of this, and it can be done easily proving everyone has access to the internet. Keep reading to find out all the useful factors to consider when planning a party during a pandemic.
Before anything else, you should contact your prospective guests and invite them to your digital party. Outside of a pandemic, sending invites is normally one of the final things you’d do, however, you should aim to check in with your guests before you organise the event. As a whole, 2020 has been pretty strenuous and tiring for a lot of people. Although many of us haven’t done much, the pandemic may have made a significant impact on our friend’s and family’s mental and physical health.
As such, you should check in with them and see if a digital party is something, they’d be interested in. It’s useful to be kind and patient with your loved ones at this time especially – and be very understanding if they politely decline your invitation. If you get enough people on board, it’s time to get planning! Visit www.houseofpartyplanning.com to get some party planning inspiration.
Choose a digital platform
As we mentioned, you should ensure that all your guests have access to the internet and a camera. From here, you can choose a suitable digital platform to host the party. Digital platforms such as Zoom, Skype, and Facebook Messenger are great options. Depending on what one you choose, you can access different features that may be useful for the party such as screen share and background features.
Once you have chosen your platform, you can create a link and send it to your guests. It’s useful to double-check that this platform works with the number of people you’re inviting. For example, Zoom can cater to upwards of one hundred people, whereas, Skype and Facebook Messenger can be limited this way.
Decide on an activity
Just because you and your guests are at home doesn’t mean there is little opportunity for a party activity. Although you all might not be able to fully engage in exciting party activities, we recommend that you choose activities such as quizzes and things you can do together.
We believe quizzing is a great way to get the ball rolling for a party, and it can be a lot of fun. There is a plethora of information online with the very best pub quiz questions, and you can use them to your advantage to pull off the best digital quiz!
Choose a party favour
Surprisingly, it is still possible to have party favours in a pandemic! We love this idea, and you should consider it to surprise your guests. Following on from choosing an activity, you can choose a party favour in line with your chosen activity. For example, if you decide that your activity will consist of a cocktail making class, you can deliver cocktail making kits to your guests’ houses. Another example is by hosting a costume party and sending costumes to your guests.
There are ways to hire local courier services to deliver packages and products at specific times of the day – sometimes to the hour! With this, you can have products delivered to your guest’s doors during the party. Many people have used this idea and it’s proven to be very useful and definitely sets the tone for the rest of the event. Small businesses selling and delivering items like this are thriving at the moment.
Choose a theme
When party planning in normal times, it can be fun to choose a theme for your event. Although this might be harder during unprecedented times such as the pandemic, there are still ways to make a themed party work well. There are many different themes to choose from – some popular ones that are done digitally are murder mystery, magic-themed and so much more.
One of our favourites is the murder mystery themed. With this, you can include all the factors that we have discussed regarding activities and favours. The murder mystery theme can encompass the whole activity proportion of the party. Here, you can hire an external company to perform the murder mystery storyline to your guests digitally, while you and your guests solve the mystery. This can be a very fun and engaging way to entertain your guests. In terms of favours, you can send your guests murder mystery props and costumes too. The party planning process doesn’t have to be extravagant but choosing a great activity and theme will make it all worthwhile!
Purchase snacks and food
Instead of purchasing your usual snacks you love to indulge in at the weekend, we recommend that you take this one step further and treat yourself to some extras. If there are specific foods and snacks you’ve been wanting to try for a while, buy them and have them while you’re on the video chat with your guests. Why not encourage them to do the same? We deserve unlimited treats and enjoyment – especially during a pandemic. You can also enjoy ordering your favourite food to be delivered to you and your guests’ homes.
Just because we are in a pandemic and stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t host a great party. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we no longer need an excuse to have a party! Follow these tips to become an expert in party planning during a pandemic.