Stuck at home? Weather or not you are stuck at home due to the 2020 quarantine, or just because people can’t make the party in person, there’s still reason to celebrate! If you’ve read my blog about Why You Must Celebrate Every. Single. Day., then you know that celebrating is extremely important! So here’s How to Plan a Virtual Digital Party During Quarantine!
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Platforms for your Virtual Party
Okay, so first is the dreaded technology! DUN DUN DUN! Don’t worry! This is going to be so easy! Okay, maybe it won’t be easy, but I have some ideas for How to Plan a Digital Party During Quarantine. According to a blog on How to Throw A Fabulous Virtual Party by, Catch My Party, she recommends the following platforms that you can try.
- Zoom – $14.99 for up to 100 guests.
- Google Hangouts – free for up to 10 guests.
- Houseparty – free for up to 8 people.
- FaceTime (for iPhone and iMac users) – free for up to 32 people.
- Group Video Chat in Facebook Messenger – free for up to 50 people.
How to Plan a Virtual Digital Party: Virtual Party Invitations
Now that you’ve gotten your technology platform for your digital party figured out, let’s talk invitations. Now, you can absolutely use an online invitation service like Evite or Paperless Post that sends invitations, tracks your RSVP list, and sends out reminders, you might know that I’m old school. I love a good old fashioned invitation. If you’ve read about How and Where to Print Digital Invitations, then you already have the download on printing digital invites. However, there’s another option with digital party invitations that you might not have thought of. And it’s totally free!
Because most digital party invitations come as a JPG file, you can purchase any digital invitation from somewhere like, my Etsy Shop, or elsewhere on the web, and save it to your computer. Then you can paste the JPG into the body of an email and BCC all your guests!
How to Plan a Virtual Digital Party: Print Digital Decorations
Don’t forget to decorate! Just because you are throwing a virtual party or shower doesn’t mean you can skimp on the party decorations! Obviously, I’m a big fan of digital party decorations because I love to design them. Read about what digital party decorations are here. However, I also love how they make you feel festive and excited. We all need a little more of that during quarantine. Amiright? That’s why the idea of digital party decorations is so great. They get you in a fun party mood but don’t break the bank! It’s a total win win!
You can get digital decorations in all kinds of themes on my Digital Parties page or in my Etsy shop. Or, if you are throwing a unique theme that you can’t find decorations for, you might be interested in this custom digital party pack. We can design it in any theme you would like. (And don’t worry, the package can be changed so that we can figure out exactly what you might need for your virtual digital party!)
How to Plan a Virtual Digital Party with Virtual Games
Just because you aren’t throwing a party in person, doesn’t mean you can’t play same wonderful party games! I have a few game ideas for your virtual digital party! One of the best things is that all of the options are digital! For a “normal” in-person party, you would purchase these games and then print them out to distribute to your guests. However, in this particular case for a virtual party, you would email it to your guests for them to print out and fill out during your virtual party. It’s so easy!
Virtual Baby Shower Game Ideas
Firstly, is a game for your virtual digital baby shower. This game is called “Who Knows Mommy Best”. The host of the party asks questions to the mom-to-be before the party. Then your virtual guests guess what she answered! This particular game is for a mountain-themed or “let the adventure begin” baby shower. For more game options in other themes for baby showers, visit my digital parties page.
Adventure Shower Who Knows Mommy Game (5 x 7)
If you’re planning an outdoorsy or mountain-themed baby shower, this Adventure Shower Who Knows Mommy Game is your perfect baby shower activity! Find out which of your guests knows mommy best!
(See details and instructions below.)
Virtual Bridal Shower Game Ideas
Secondly, if you’re celebrating a bridal shower for a bride-to-be in your life! You can definitely pop the champagne virtually!
Or maybe you should cheers with rosé? This Rose Bridal Shower theme is adorable, and this “How Well Does the Groom Know the Bride” game can definitely be played with your virtual guests. Just quiz both the bride and groom before your virtual bridal shower. Then see who can guess how many he got right!
Rosé Bridal Shower Groom Quiz Game
Sip Sip Hooray! It’s almost the big day! And this Rosé Bridal Shower: How Well Does the Groom Know the Bride Game is the perfect bridal shower game!
Virtual Birthday Party Game Ideas
Lastly, there’s the birthday party! At the beginning of quarantine, we all joked that if you had a birthday in those months, you were sad. But now that lock downs have been extended, everyone get’s a quarantine birthday! You get a quarantine birthday, and you get a quarantine birthday! Yay!
Okay, but there are still digital games you can play at your virtual digital birthday party! For example, download this Guess How Many Gumballs printable game for a Bouncy Ball Party Theme and fill up a jar of gumballs! All the little guests will love guessing how many are in it! Send gift cards to the winners! Read more about a bouncy ball party theme here.
Coloring is another “game” or activity that you can play virtually. Send out these coloring pages for a Music Themed Party and have the parents print them out. The guests can color their pages while talking virtually and then share their pages when they’re done. Read more about a music themed party here.
I found some other great ideas for virtual birthday party games for kids on Pinterest!
Thank Your Guests for Coming to Your Digital Party
Don’t forget to send thank you notes to your guests. If it’s a kids party, make sure to teach your kids gratitude by helping them send out thank you notes! You can get some great thank you notes in my Kid’s Gratitude Bundle below, or read more about how to teach your kids about gratitude where you can grab the free gratitude conversation cards for kids.
Kids Gratitude Bundle
If you want to teach your kids about gratitude, this gratitude bundle is the perfect option.
This bundle includes the following printable 8.5 x 11 pages:
Bedtime Checklist for Boys
Bedtime Checklist for Girls
Gratitude Thank You Cards to gift others
Gratitude Jar Cutouts
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
See more info below.
Lastly, thank you so much for taking the time to read about How to Plan a Virtual Digital Party! I hope this gives you some ideas about planning virtual events during quarantine and beyond! I love to help you celebrate life through party decorations and positivity! But above all, I’d love to connect with you. Reach out to me on Instagram and let’s chat. You can also get started on celebrating your life with your FREE gratitude journal printable or by subscribing to my podcast, The Celebration Effect Podcast! I can’t wait to connect with you more.