Celebrating a birthday has its restrictions since the pandemic has struck. You’re thinking about that great birthday party your best friend threw last year. Man, what a party! You’re gutted you can’t celebrate her birthday this year. But you’re not the one who gives up easily. That’s why you decided to throw a virtual birthday party. But how are you going to manage that? We’re going to help you sort out your to-do list with these six steps.
Choose a video conferencing platform
Which platform can be best used for your surprise party idea? Each platform has their pros and cons. You can choose between multiple platforms like Google Hangout, Zoom or Skype.
Who’s on the guest list?
You’re going to need some more people to pull this off. Ask family and friends who you think would want to attend and build your guestlist from there. From here you can decide if it is going to be a big virtual party with friends and family, or just a smaller party with friends.
Pick a theme
Pick a theme that the birthday girl/boy will enjoy, after all it’s their party.. Has he/she for instance been binge watching Grey’s Anatomy lately? Then you can make everyone dress up as a doctor or nurse. This is of course if every attendee has an outfit like that already or has the means to get one. If not, you can choose a colour scheme or something else!
Invitations and party gear
Send everyone who’ll be attending the party an invitation by sending a party box. What you put in this party box is entirely up to you. Think about candy, confetti, balloons (dutch: ballonnen) or other party decorations which they can use as background decorations during the virtual party. Create a personal party box for the birthday girl/boy, with special cards from everyone and maybe even a cake. A nice touch for the party box is to put helium balloons (Dutch: helium ballonnen) in a box. This way, if she opens the box, the balloons pop up in his/her face. Does one of your friends live close to the birthday boy/girl? Let them deliver the box to their doorstep and record their reaction.
Have something to look at
Ask all the attendees if they can send pictures of the birthday boy/girl and make a powerpoint presentation/ slide show. Show the slide show during the whole virtual party. These can vary between childhood pictures to embarrassing drunk pictures.
Build a pubquiz!
When it’s someone’s birthday, they’re the man/woman of the hour. Everything is about them. Seeing all the people in the ZOOM or Skype meeting would probably be a surprise of itself. To even surprise the birthday boy or girl even more, create a pub quiz purely about them. Ask everyone to send in questions regarding the birthday girl/boy. These questions can be about everything, from childhood to holidays.
With these tips, your friend will have the best virtual birthday party they could ever wish for!