Sure, with the lockdown relaxing it's easy to meet a friend or two. But, virtual parties are more in line with the times. So, we've come up with a guide to help you host one. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, pride, or any other occasion, here's everything you'll need.
Don't Let The Fun Stop: Here's How You Can Host A Killer Virtual Party
Choose Your Platform
Video calling apps are the new party venues. There's FaceTime (32 people) for Apple toting guests, Zoom (free for 100 participants) for a large party, Google Hangouts (25 people), WhatsApp (8 people), Instagram (6 people), Facebook Messenger (50 people), the good 'ol Skype (50 people) and the latest entrant, Houseparty (8 people).
We would personally recommend using Facebook Messenger (for up to 50 people, that is). The connectivity is great and the amount of "I can't see you's" are next to nothing.
Pick Out A Theme
With everybody lounging around in pyjamas all day long, picking out a theme is more important now than ever before. It'll allow your invitees that much-needed change, the chance to be creative, and is an excellent conversation starter. A good starting point for role-playing activities, too. 2020, Comedians, '90s, Extraterrestrial...are some of our favourite themes.
PS- Try and pick out themes that allow imaginative, DIY stuff. Makes it accessible to everyone.
Plan An Activity Together
You want to keep the party entertaining because you're probably going to run out of conversations at some point. Plan an activity that you and your friends could do together. You can send out a recipe before the party and make a cocktail together, or probably bake a dessert together. You can check out beverage recipes or other easy recipes here.
Or turn it into an indoor karaoke party, we've got some tips here. You can also play multiplayer online games like Skribbl, Picolo (best drinking game, ever), and Psych for free. They'll keep everyone entertained throughout the party.
You can end your party with a movie night. Kast.gg allows you to stream a movie with your friends and watch it together virtually. You'll still be able to see each other's reactions and even though, you're not in a movie theatre together, at least you and your friends can watch a movie together. Here's our list of the best movies to stream online.
Order Food For Everyone
Whether you're in the same or different cities, it's easy to log onto Swiggy or Zomato & send food to a friend. Plan your party menu and send food within your budget to everyone who's invited to the party.
If you're in the same city, you can give a restaurant or a home-caterer a bulk order and use apps like Dunzo to get the food delivered to all your guests too.
Send Digital (Or Physical) Invitations
Now that you have zeroed in on a platform, picked out a theme, and planned the activities and food menu, it's time to send out that all-important invite. You can design one yourself on the Over app and email/WhatsApp it to friends. If you have the budget, then we'd highly recommend going in for a physical invitation. It adds that personal touch and gets everyone in the mood to party. The 'Hangover Kit' from this brand is one of the best invitations we have ever received.