How to party quarantine style
It seems like the whole world has just stopped. Everything is cancelled. Everyone is being told to stay home and keep your distance.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate.
Birthdays are happening, babies are being born, holidays are coming, people are graduating.
So how can we party under quarantine you ask?
With todays technology we can be miles away and still see each other face to face with software and apps like Zoom, Facetime, and Google Hangout.
The most important thing right now is focusing on family, trying to keep some semblance of normal, and continuing to make memories especially in these uncertain times.
Keep everyone’s spirits up by planning a virtual party.
1.Choose your platform
You can video chat with up to 100 people for up to 40 min and it’s free.
You can get a Personal Meeting ID and just share the link with your guests so they can join at the appropriate time.
It’s the tried and true method of video chatting and probably the one your family and friends are most likely to have. It’s very user friendly. You can call up to 50 people at once and it’s free!
If all your peeps have an Iphone or IPad Facetime is a great app but…You’ll be leaving out all your Android buddies.
2.Pick a Date and Time and Send Invitations
Today you can find a huge range of digital invitations for all kinds of events. Most can be edited and sent right away. You can text or email them to your guestlist. There’s no reason not to send an invitation. It sets the stage for the party and gives your friends and faily all the details of your virtual party.
Things to include on your virtual party Invitation
Make sure the recipient understands it’s a virtual party. Use the word “virtual” and hope you can join us on ________(your app of choice)
Don’t forget to include a specific time and date so people know not to be late to the virtual party.
Where they will login or join to access your party.
Who the celebration is for
Make sure to include all the normal party info like who it’s for, how old they’re turning, what the special occasion is, etc.
Wishlist/ or Registry Info
Since family will not be able to make it in person they may want to still send a gift. Make it easy for them by creating an Amazon wish list or registry and they can have it gift wrapped and sent straight to the party address (aka your house). Your family will enjoy getting to watch the kids opening their birthday gifts, or the grad reading their cards, or getting to see the mother to be opening a baby gift in real time. Most of the fun of giving a gift is getting to see the excitement on the recipient’s face when they open it up.
3.Prep for the Party
Decorate, put on your fancy clothes or birthday best and get ready to party! Make sure to get your video chat system setup before hand and try to find a tripod or a sturdy place to set your phone or tablet. You can also carry your loved ones around and give everyone a chance to hi.
4.It’s Party Time!
Login or invite people to your live streaming video chat. Do all the things you normally would do. Greet everyone who is able to attend. Introduce people who may not have met before. Then get the party started. Light candles, sing Happy Birthday, open gifts. Maybe try playing a game or having everyone do an activity together.
Virtual Kids Birthday Party Ideas
The most important party of birthdays is being surrounded by people you love and who love you. Make it special by decorating and buying or making a cake. Light the candles and have everyone on the video chat sing along. Open presents.
Make party favors together
Find a fun papercraft online and send it to the party guests beforehand. They can print it off and everyone can participate in making something fun together.
You could even mail a small party box to the guests before the party and tell them not to open it until you are live together. Throw in a party hat and a favor. Or put in the craft or special activity. This might be a good option if you’ve already bought all the party supplies and then the world decided to end.
Put on a show
Have each kid take turns doing something funny or entertaining. Make it like a talent show type of thing. The kids will have a blast. They love watching YouTube videos of other kids already. They’ll love watching someone they know.
Put together a Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of common household items and have the kids go find them. Whoever gets back on camera first with the item wins.
I hope these virtual party ideas have given you the confidence to throw your own party. Let me know below other ways you plan to celebrate during this time of physical distancing.