What’s the Idea?
Don’t miss out on a birthday, special occasion, couples, girls’ or guys’ night with these easy virtual party ideas to enjoy at home.
What’s the story
Earlier this year my friends and I started to plan how we would celebrate some upcoming birthdays.
We were about to put a deposit down for a June Mediterranean escape just as lockdown happened. Of course we were all disappointed as our plans were put on hold.
Now that we are many weeks into lockdown, with the future still uncertain, I decided to have a look into different virtual party ideas.
This is so I can continue to celebrate birthdays and special occasions, and bring some social fun back into our lives!
With days full of home schooling, working, and daily chores, I was in search of easy tips on how to do this.
During my research I found some interesting ideas and thought others might benefit from what I had come across.
People should do this because…?
By organising a virtual celebration you can re-connect with your family and friends.
Important milestones don’t have to be missed.
The ideas I have selected shouldn’t require too much preparation from the host!
How do you do it?
The first things to consider when organising a virtual event are:
- Decide how many people will be involved. This will influence event options and budget
- Find a video app such as Zoom, FaceTime or Skype (for information on how to set up a Zoom account click here)
- Decide on an event or theme
- Consider costumes for a touch of fun (where appropriate)
- Think about the back drop (i.e. candle, disco ball, wine, popcorn, etc…)
- Plan a soundtrack if required (for ideas on how to set up a playlist click here)
- Make sure all guests have access to the technology with correct passwords and links
- Make sure all guests have any food, drinks and materials needed and ready for the evening
Virtual party ideas to try
1. Organise a virtual BBQ
BBQ food is easy to prepare and cook. You can either decide a menu for your guests beforehand or have ready made ingredients delivered to your door.
- Ideas for a BBQ menu (with ingredients sourced from your local food delivery)
- BBQ In A Box – order by Wednesday evening for delivery on Friday. Here you can easily build and select ingredients for your own box
2. Host a virtual wine tasting evening
- Pull the Cork has teamed up with a handful of suppliers to deliver interactive virtual wine tastings. For a list of their next online tastings you can click here
- Elliot Awin is hosting virtual wine tasting sessions via Instagram live. He invites famous faces and wine makers as he talks through the various wines; he’s even started sharing recipes for food pairings ahead of time
- Unwined Bars are offering a DIY tasting cases or virtual private tastings
- Sip it are also offering private online wine tastings
3. Organise a virtual murder mystery evening
- Design My Night’s murder mystery evening – a hosted murder mystery event
- Virtually Together’s Murder Mystery Night – they design the evening for you
- Red Herring’s murder mystery games. Host your own murder mystery with one of their new games ‘Isolated Case’!
- Murder in the Red Room – host your own or hire an actor to help keep everyone on script and organised
- Maple Mystery Games – host your own with a provided idea pack
4. Host a virtual cocktail party
- Boozy Events website deliver a cocktail making kit to each person taking part (including the kit and ingredients!). Everyone joins the same video call where they can interact with a mixologist. Each class will teach you how to make a menu of cocktails
- For tips on how to set up your own cocktail evening click here
5. Sign up to SECRET SOFA (brought to you by Secret Cinema)!
- Every Friday a new film will be screened at 7.30pm. Get the costumes out and friends involved!
- Sign up to the Secret Sofa weekly newsletter to be notified about the upcoming film and to receive the pre-screening details (sent on Tuesdays).
- They have also launched an After Party, around 10.15pm, when the film has finished. This includes DJ sets and film themed music. For information on how to get tickets, click here
6. Hire a virtual magician
7. Organise a virtual chocolate tasting experience
- Cocoa Runners – are offering virtual tastings (with a selection of chocolates delivered to you beforehand). They last between an hour to an hour and a half and are held over Zoom
8. Finally, if you still haven’t found something that takes your fancy, try this website Virtually Together. There are so many ideas from afternoon teas, to musicians, to live DJ sets, and they organise everything for you!
Stuff you may need
Tablet or computer