With stringent social distancing guidelines in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, people around the world are getting inventive when it comes to staying in touch with friends and family. Even though you can’t catch up with your loved ones in person, you still have plenty of options for getting together over the internet.
In fact, it’s more important than ever before to keep your social life going. Isolation is challenging for many of us, but one way to combat loneliness is to connect through video chatting platforms like Zoom and Skype.
In this article, we’ll share five ideas for virtual party themes so that you can gather with your closest friends – all from the comfort of your home.
Watch a movie or TV show
If you’re a movie buff or television fanatic, there are still ways to catch the hottest films and TV programs with your inner circle. You’ll just need a Netflix subscription, a computer, and a Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party to host a virtual screening.
Just pick the movie or show you want to watch, and Netflix Party will automatically synchronize playback for you and all of your guests. It’s a great way to rewatch an old favorite or catch the latest binge-worthy Netflix series while maintaining the fun atmosphere of an in-person get-together. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Host a trivia party
Looking for methods to keep your mind active during quarantine? Round up your trivia-fanatic friends and recreate your local bar’s trivia night at home.
You can download free trivia templates online, including questions and answers – but no cheating! Or if you’re just hosting the event and not playing, you could also create your own questions. Mix it up by creating a themed trivia night with questions revolving around a specific theme, like a TV series or sports team that your friends enjoy.
Show off your karaoke skills
Do you have some karaoke aficionados in your family or friend group? Let them belt out their favorite songs with a virtual karaoke party.
Apps like KaraFun and Lucky Voice Karaoke provide you with the music and lyrics, so all you’ll need to bring is your voice and a bit of courage. You could also do the preparation yourself, by looking up the lyrics and playing music via a streaming service.
Play a few rounds of bingo
Bingo is another activity that lends itself well to virtual participation. It’s super easy to play and is suitable for the entire family.
With a quick online search, you’ll find free bingo cards to download and distribute to your guests, along with websites that give you randomly generated numbers. Make sure to offer up a small prize for your winners!
With any virtual party, a little bit of creativity and imagination will go a long way. You can make it feel like a real get-together by preparing some festive snacks and drinks beforehand so that you can enjoy them throughout the event. No matter the theme, virtual parties are a fantastic way to stay in touch with your loved ones and have fun.
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