More and more people in thehave started throwing parties, celebrating their birthdays, holding graduation ceremonies and organizing movie nights with their friends and family ̵
For example, you can use a video chat platform such asto throw a birthday party. You can also schedule an evening to play virtual games with friends through a video chat service or host a movie night with .
Remember that you can ultimately plan meaningful events with your loved ones personally, but until then, here are some virtual party ideas to try out during social distance.
Give a Zoom Party
Whether it's your birthday or a high school or college graduate, it's a huge milestone you want to share with your loved ones. And while you can't see everyone in person, you can still share your big day with them using a.
You can choose from several services, such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype and Houseparty. Keep in mind that not everyone has used a video chat service, so it's best to send invitations to your friends and family in advance with instructions. For example, your parents or friends may never have used Zoom before, so a guide that will help them learn how to use Zoom will help avoid interruptions.
When organizing your online birthday or graduation party, it is best to have it on your TV. so you can easily see everyone. To do this, you can cast the video chator to your TV or . Decorate
your banner background with the text "Happy Birthday" or "Graduation Party", with balloons and streamers. Your friends and family can also participate by having decorations. Give each person time to share a memory about you so you can make memories.
Organize a virtual game night
Schedule an evening where all your friends can play games for about an hour or two. Here are some options for larger groups to play:
Jackbox Games: When playing Jackbox Games, everyone logs in from their phone by going to jackbox.tv and entering the room code. You can start a video chat if you want to see your friends while playing.
Heads Up !: With the video chat app Houseparty you can Heads Up! and other games with up to eight friends at a time.
Minecraft: If you haven't played Minecraft with your friends, now is the time to start. You create a virtual character and join a server with all your friends. You can chat with your guests while playing, but if you want to chat, you must use FaceTime or Skype.
You can even plan a treasure hunt for birthday-related things that people have around the house, such as birthday candles and balloons. The first person to take photos of everything on the list wins.
Watching Movies and TV Shows Simultaneously
Host a movie night with your friends through a service likeor the . Both allow you to watch movies with friends by giving everyone the option to pause or play a movie.
With Netflix Party, you can watch everything on Netflix while chatting with friends in a sidebar. The AirTime app allows you to watch YouTube videos while video chatting with friends and a selection of movies are integrated into the app for you to choose from. Both are great options for catching up with friends while watching movies and videos.
Decorate the outside of your house with birthday, graduation or anniversary messages
Make a banner. Inflate balloons. Hang streamers or flashing lights. Decorating the outside of your home is a way to make people inside your home feel loved, celebrated and announced.
You can also get others red-handed. Friends and family can decorate your driveway or sidewalk with chalk. They can also decorate your car or front door with balloons and streamers and window paint (if you allow it). Or they can leave cards and messages at your front door (better for apartment living than chalk art). Another option is to just ask them to drive by and honk or wave while sitting outside.
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