Looking for ways to stay connected with friends and family? Host an online party to celebrate one of the many beloved holidays coming up. You’ve perhaps attended virtual birthday parties, baby showers and game nights due to COVID-19, and we think Zoom parties are here to stay. In the near and distant future, you can look forward to virtual parties for Halloween, Thanksgiving and other seasonal holidays as a way to celebrate with loved ones near and far.
To get onto everyone’s calendars, start planning your online party four to six weeks in advance—schedule a video chat on Zoom or Google Hangouts, send out party invitations and line up some virtual entertainment to give everyone plenty of notice. Then you can start working on the finer details of your virtual event like party games and online activities.
Pro tip: Check out our helpful tips on How to Host a Virtual Party: a Step by Step Guide.
Here’s how to celebrate the upcoming holidays with an online party.
Labor Day (Sept. 7, 2020)
This September, put your concerns about back-to-school or the end of a summer like no other aside for a moment and enjoy your friends’ company with a virtual Labor Day party. Keep it casual and play board games, charades or Pictionary and enjoy some seasonal eats (hello Smores) and local brews.
Halloween (Oct. 31, 2020)
Looking for another excuse to get dressed up and show off your epic Halloween costume? Host a virtual Halloween Party this year. This is a great idea for all ages, so definitely put a group chat on your calendars now. You could carve pumpkins, watch Horror movies on Netflix Party, tell ghost stories and hire a fortune teller to read tarot cards for all your Zoom guests.
Thanksgiving (Nov. 26, 2020)
We’re anticipating that the busiest travel season of the year in the US will be traded in for a full schedule of Zoom parties as, sadly, interstate travel could still be ill-advised through the end of the year. You may as well make the best of it and schedule some online get-togethers for Thanksgiving. Share food and drink with a virtual happy hour and dinner party.
Holiday Parties (Nov. and Dec. 2020)
Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s can all be fun and festive virtual events. Get creative putting a virtual spin on your most treasured holiday traditions including a gift exchange, candle or tree lighting, family dinners, carol singing and more.
St Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2021)
While you could stick to sharing the traditional pint of Guinness on your virtual hang, we also love the idea of supporting your local brewery with some craft brews. Don’t forget to put on this St. Patrick’s Day playlist featuring classic Irish drinking songs to sing along and jig to.
Easter (April 12, 2021)
In 2020, the Easter bunny managed to make deliveries during lockdown and we are predicting that in 2021, we will be living under better circumstances. If you can't get together with some family members IRL, host a virtual Easter party. Kick things off with an egg decorating session and then have the kids take center stage as you follow them through the house on their Easter egg hunt using a mobile device. For a more grown-up event, make it an Easter brunch or dinner party.
Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 2021)
If you regularly celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your friends and family, enjoy all the glorious eats and festivities you would at an event, just in the comfort of your own home. Try your hand at DIY Pinatas and fill it with all your favorite treats then send them to all your guests. Take your virtual party to a whole other level, and book a surprise virtual performance by a mariachi band!
Mother’s Day (May 9, 2021)
Show your mom some love on their day by throwing them a virtual soiree on the 9th of May. Ask their partner, your siblings, and maybe even your grandparents to join in on the Mother's Day fun via Zoom. Don’t forget to order her a little something special, like a bouquet of flowers, have her favorite food delivered and even book a virtual music concert to show her just how much you care.
Memorial Day (May 31, 2021)
BBQs, potlucks, and picnics are popular Memorial Day celebrations that you can bring to the internet. Yes, you’ll have to make sure the Wi-Fi in your house is strong enough to take your party to the backyard or patio, but if you can’t make that work, you can always open all your windows to bring the outdoors inside. Create your perfect playlist, invite your friends and family, and prepare to have a virtual cookout to remember! You could even take turns having a professional caricaturist sketch each of your guests virtually.
Father’s Day (June 20, 2021)
Your dad deserves some love on Father’s Day, so think about hosting a virtual event with your family when June 20th rolls around. Get your dad’s partner, your siblings, and your grandparents together to let your dad know how much he means to you. If you want to go the extra mile, have a little gift and card delivered to his place, maybe a bottle of his favorite wine, a book he’s been dying to read.. Want to add some dad jokes into the mix? Hire a comedian to deliver a virtual performance.
Independence Day (July 4, 2021)
July 4th is usually quite an event. If you want to celebrate Independence Day with loved ones in other locations with a Zoom party, deck your house out in red, white, and blue, mix up a solo punch bowl of sangria, and gather your pals in an online chat room to celebrate. P.S. don’t forget to share a playlist with your whole squad so you can party to the same music.
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