I really, really miss human contact. Parties… casual get togethers… even just having ONE friend over for a cocktail! Everything is cancelled and it has definitely been hard social distancing / isolating on my own. That being said, remote parties have been a bright spot. Some of my friends and I have gotten together for Zoom happy hours and brunches and book clubs… and my family is doing a trivia night tonight. Thank god for video chat!
Today I thought I’d round up a few fun party ideas that you and your friends/family members can do to stay connected and have some fun! You can have a surprisingly good time online!
Virtual Party Ideas!
I will say that one thing I’ve learned is to keep these gatherings on the smaller side. Except maybe for birthday parties because birthday parties need to be big! In my opinion, more than five people total gets too chaotic. For me, four is the sweet spot! I will also confess that I kind of love that Zoom calls and meetups can have an easy start and end time. I need my beauty sleep, after all!
Host a virtual Birthday Party
I have not been to a Zoom birthday party yet (why aren’t any of my friends celebrating their birthdays right now, I just want to sing happy birthday into my computer!!!) but am hoping to be invited to one. The birthday boy or girl will definitely need to have a half birthday party to make things right IRL when this is all over, but for now, Zoom is a nice stand in.
A friend of mine organized a Zoom book club for Open Book and it was one of the most fun things I did via video chat. I would again, recommend keeping the group smaller so that everyone can talk… and to send questions ahead of time so that you are a little bit organized.
Virtual Office Happy Hour
I do not work in an office or have coworkers, BUT if you do, this would be such a fun thing to organize. In a world of zoom meetings and calls, why not schedule something fun! If you’re the boss and want to give your employees a little treat, send Drizzly codes to your team members so that they can have their drinks on you!
There are so many amazing cocktail recipes out there, and it’s fun to make them together. Pick something that everyone wants to make (a negroni? The perfect dirty martini?) and make it together on camera!
Trivia Night or Game Night
I am doing this with a few of my family members tomorrow night and I am SO excited as I always love trivia. I do worry that it will be easier to cheat, though. So I will let you know how it goes. We’re setting up google hangouts and then using JackBox.TV!
A few weekends ago a few of my girlfriends and I had the most fun little brunch – it was one of my favorite virtual events so far! We all ordered in food and made our favorite coffee + brunch cocktails. It was alllllmost as fun as the real thing.
I love the idea of having a face mask night with your girlfriends. Everyone opens a bottle of wine and puts on their favorite face mask and dials into the video chat. But you need a “statement mask” that will look good on camera! My most favorite zoom friendly face masks (aka will look a little bit crazy bc why not!?) include this one which will make you look like the tin man, the blue tansy mask, or this ultra dark charcoal mask!
Host a Netflix party!
I think this is probably best done with reality TV shows so that people can chime in and comment without taking away from the plot! (Too Hot To Handle could be perfect for this, LOL.) Or, you could all watch a movie and then zoom/Facetime together afterward to discuss!
Virtual Dinner Party
I love the idea of cooking something with your friends. You could all make the same recipe and follow the steps together. You could do this with cocktails or dessert as well. If you want to be really fancy, send a paperless post invite, too…
Play an online game!
A lot of my friends love the Houseparty App. I will be honest, I haven’t tried it! But it sounds really cool, you can play games and do all sorts of other fun things.
Learn a Tiktok Dance.
Okay I’ve gotten a little addicted to TikTok (I’m bad at it but my handle is @graceatwood5). Why not put the Zoom up on your TV and have a virtual dance party!? I am going to try to convince a few of my girlfriends to do this while we are stuck at home!
Do a painting or arts & craft project.
I love the idea of all painting the same thing via video call… and seeing how it turns out. Or (if you have the luxury of a washer/dryer which most NY’ers don’t, lol) try out tie-dye. Or sew masks! The options are endless with this one, and I love the idea of making something and spending time together with your friends and family!
Have you had a virtual party yet!? Tell me how it went!!!! Would love to hear your ideas.