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How to Throw a Virtual Holiday Party

With the winter holidays around the corner, it’s natural for us to want to plan something big — but how can we plan a safe gathering if gatherings aren’t safe? We’ll answer that for you: Virtually, of course! 

At Washington Yoga Center, we know the ins-and-outs of hosting virtual events. We know that holding virtual events is the safest way to socialize, as we’ve been holding all of our yoga classes and workshops over Zoom. With the infinite options to video-chat with your family and friends, it is easier than ever! Now the question is, how can we make a virtual party feel like an in-person one?

The first step is to figure out the platform you want to use. Zoom is a popular video-chatting platform, and on Thanksgiving, they removed their 40-minute limit, so we can hope they do the same for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years. Create a meeting room and send the private link to your guests. Beforehand, help friends and family members set up Zoom on their computer and connect their microphone to make sure they can easily access the party.

To make it more official, you can create personalized invitations through Canva or Evite, or a Facebook event page. Think of a theme, choose a dress-code, and include any additional info to make the party as special as ever.

Once you send out the invitations, you can move on to the next phase of party-planning. Create a playlist that you can play through your speakers for everyone to listen to, research party games that can be played virtually, or set up another fun activity like a drink tasting or craft night. If you’re planning ahead, you can even incorporate a Secret Santa gift exchange into the mix, where gifts are sent out ahead of time, and then the guessing takes place during the party. Remember, it isn’t a party without some entertainment, and luckily there are tons of online resources to find the best option to fit your virtual holiday party.

Finally, no matter how much you plan, always allow for some time for everyone to chat and mingle freely. The holidays are one of the few times where everyone in your family, friend group, office, or community is able to get together and relax – so let them! With these tips in mind, your virtual holiday party will be one for the books. So, good luck, and happy holidays from Washington Yoga Center!
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