Tips for Throwing a Virtual New Year’s Party
2020 has been interesting, to say the least. We’ll be sending out the year in a way that’s undoubtably unique, but at this point, pretty familiar to us: stuck inside our homes. But just because we’re socially distanced doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the New Year with our family, friends, and other loved ones. With enough planning, a virtual celebration can be just as fulfilling as an in-person one. Looking to send off 2020 in style? Here are some tips for throwing a virtual New Year’s party.
Figure Out the Details
Just like any party, you’ll need to plan it. The date’s easy to figure out, but what about the time? Spending the entire evening at an in-person event might be fun, but for a virtual party, it can be draining. It’s better to keep your virtual extravaganza short, sweet, and to-the-point. Instead of decorations, food, and other traditional party items, you’ll need to choose the right hosting platform, virtual games, and an interactive way for your guests to count down to midnight. Picking a coherent theme will make your party planning easier. You can host a virtual dinner party, champagne tasting, movie night, or game night—or focus your efforts around a more general theme, like ‘fun and silly’ or ‘classy and elegant.’
Send Your Invitations
Another tip for throwing a virtual New Year’s party is to send the right kind of invitations. Sending your invitations virtually, either through email, text, or socials media, is quick and easy. You can choose something plain and straightforward, but why not go all out? With a little extra work, you can create an invitation that’s glamorous, glitzy, and fun. Find a website or app, like Evite or Canva, that lets you create fancy, personalized invitations to distribute to the entire group.
Whatever your theme, it’s important to have fun! Choose a great movie to watch, prepare some delicious food and drinks for your dinner party or champagne tasting, or pick out some virtual multiplayer games that everyone will love. The best kind of movie, food, and drink is up to personal preference. You can watch holiday-themed movies, a recent release, or a classic comedy. If you’re in need of some luck, why not eat some lucky New Year’s foods? Things like pork, grapes, fish, rice, or noodles are thought to bring prosperity, good health, and plenty of other benefits. Struggling to find some good games? Don’t fret! Check out the online version of classic games like Uno, Yahtzee, and Monopoly, or give something newer, like Quiplash or Skribbl, a chance.
Don’t Forget the Toast
Unless you’re hosting a dinner party, you won’t need food—but what about the drinks? Toasting is an essential part of any New Year’s celebration. It’s a way to wish your partygoers well in the coming year. Toasting with champagne is traditional, but since everyone’s at home, whatever they have on hand will do. It’s more fun this way, anyway! Some alcoholic alternatives include cocktails, martinis, margaritas, or a delicious, perfectly poured beer. If you’re including children in the toast, they can happily sip on a glass of soda, juice, or a kid-friendly mocktail. The content of your toast is completely up to you. You can make it funny, heartfelt, hopeful, or whatever else feels right in the moment.