With COVID-19 numbers on the rise, it’s no surprise that the holidays will look a little different this year. However, that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice our holiday spirit and forgo enjoying everything this season has to offer. This winter, consider hosting a virtual event to safely and successfully celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your community.
Virtual Event Ideas
To help you get started, here’s a list of our favorite tried-and-true holiday party ideas that are sure to spread virtual cheer:
- Ugly Sweater Contest
- Guess the Gift
- Recipe Exchange
- Gingerbread Decorating Contest
- Virtual Happy Hour
- Holiday Playlist Exchange
- Holiday Scavenger Hunt
- Holiday Bingo
- Holiday Trivia
Virtual Event Planning Tips
No matter which virtual party idea you decide to use, it’s guaranteed to be a hit if you take heed of these four essential planning tips:
1. Send e-vites with RSVP information.
E-vites are an easy and socially distant way to invite residents to your community’s virtual holiday party. With more people going paperless due to the pandemic, e-vites will help ensure no one misses the invitation. Plus, the RSVP feature will also allow you to get a headcount of the number of residents planning to attend.
2. Send reminders.
Another benefit of e-vites? The ability to send reminders leading up to the event. We suggest setting it up to automatically send a note a few days before the celebration with important login details, tips, and more.
3. Test the technology beforehand.
This a crucial step. Before the big day, practice using the video conferencing platform. Doing this will help things go smoothly and give you first-hand experience to answer any questions your guests may have before and during the event.
4. Have fun!
More than ever, we’re all looking for something to lift our spirits. The holidays are the perfect time to come together as a community for some festive fun—even if it isn’t in person!