Just because you are apart, it doesn’t mean you can’t party. If you are throwing a virtual birthday party, you may need some planning and organization tips to help ensure it runs smoothly and that everyone has a great time.
While the initial party planning to-do list will likely be shorter when throwing a virtual party, you still need to make sure you are properly prepared and that you choose the best streaming technology, activities and theme. Keep reading for some ideas to help ensure you throw a fun and exciting virtual party.
Gather a List of Invitees
Similar to a traditional party, one of the first steps is to figure out who you will invite. It is a good idea to start by making a list of people who you would like to come. This first step is important as it will help you plan out the other aspects of the party.
Put Time Into Pre-Planning
One of the best things about hosting a virtual birthday party is that they are simple to put together, and you don’t have to plan as much as you would with an in-person event. The primary things you need for your virtual birthday party include:
The Right Platform
It is possible to host a virtual birthday party on HouseParty, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or any other platform you are comfortable using. Today, Zoom is one of the most common platforms used because everyone can access it easily. However, it is also acceptable to use any of the other platforms, depending on any specific needs you may have.
There’s no need to get anything fancy here. Instead, you can send a simple group email, or you can use a free online invitation creator for something more fun. Be sure to let everyone know when and how to dial in and how to get ready for the upcoming party. In the invitation, be sure to share information about the theme, any needed supplies, what to wear, as well as the timing of the party.
Choose a Theme
Even though the party is online, it doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Find a theme you can use throughout, including with the food, your Zoom backgrounds, and your decorations to help give the party that “wow” factor.
For example, if you love to hike, choose a background of the Swiss Alps and have guests come in their hiking gear. Or, if you are hosting a beach party, put up a sunny beach background and invite your friends to come ready for a day in the sun! You can find almost any theme for your party online, so get creative.
If you think about it, decorating your virtual party will be similar to decorating for an in-person event, just on a smaller scale. Remember, people attending your party will only be able to see a small portion of what is behind each person who is attending. You can choose the perfect flowers, candles, paper streamers, photos, balloon arches, and more to create a fun and “party-like” environment. This is going to help get everyone in the mood to party.
Based on who you are throwing the party for, think about if there are custom decorations you can use. This may include things like signs with the person’s name or age, or something else they love. This is going to make the virtual event even more special for the guest of honor.
Play Some Games
While having a Zoom conversation with your guests to catch up with one another is great, you may want to plan a bit more structure for the event. Also, when you engage everyone, you can keep the momentum of the party going. Games can also be a good way to take a break from the other things going on. Also, if everyone does not know everyone else, it is a good way to break the ice.
Are You Ready To Plan Your Virtual Birthday Party?
As you can see, there are more than a few things to consider when it comes to planning a virtual birthday party. However, with these tips you can plan an unforgettable party that all your guests will enjoy. Virtual parties are the next big thing – so start planning yours today!