How To Host And Navigate A Virtual NYE Party
We know you’ve been looking forward to 2020’s end, but how can you celebrate NYE in style during a pandemic? The holiday doesn’t have to be a total bust, but it will look very different this year.
Many events, such as the NYE ball drop in NYC, will be virtual this year. Your favorite bars won’t host an exciting party, and hopefully, your friends and family will not gather to celebrate the new year. Even though this pandemic has made us all adapt, that doesn’t mean that we need to settle for a shitty night.
So, if you want to steer clear of large crowds and parties this year, but are still looking to have some NYE fun, check out these creative ideas on how to celebrate virtually:
Spice-Up Your Virtual NYE Celebration
I know, I know, we’re all tired of everyone trying to make Zoom calls a ‘thing.’ However, this is truly the perfect way to ensure that you get to see family and friends on NYE while also maintaining social distancing protocols.
Besides, virtual parties aren’t all that bad. We’ve been traumatized by endless work-related Zoom meetings, which all could have been emails *cough* *cough*, and it’s made us pessimistic.
Nonetheless, if you’re planning to host a virtual NYE party and want to make things interesting, here are some fun activities you can include to spice up your totally-fun celebration:
Dress Up For Your Virtual NYE
Just because you’re not actually going anywhere doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up during the pandemic. Whether it’s a new outfit or your go-to glam look, get ready to strut your stuff for the camera this NYE.
Actually, this has been trending a lot during the pandemic. More and more people are dressing to impress (the camera), and it can add liveliness to any virtual event.
Also, you can make this event even more interesting by requesting that everyone wears a costume theme. This can be something similar to Halloween costumes or impersonating and dressing as other people in your group. You and your friends will get a good laugh, and you don’t have to fuss with scratchy cocktail clothes.
What good is a party without drinking games? From virtual beer pong to Never Have I Ever, there’s a drinking game for every occasion- even when you’re not physically with your friends.
Here are 10 different drinking games that you and your friends can play this year on NYE. Just don’t forget to remind your friends to buy their own alcohol and supplies beforehand since they’ll be stuck at home.
Also, don’t forget to toast to a better new year and celebrate with all of your friends at midnight.
Why let alcohol have all of the fun? Whether you’re a drinker, a smoker, or both, you have plenty of options for fun games to play with your friends and family during your virtual NYE party.
So, one game that would be interesting and easy to do virtually is smoking charades- you can act out your choice of movies, animals, objects or professions. If your opponent can’t figure out your charade, then they have to take a massive bong rip.
Fuck it, play the drinking games (above) with cannabis instead! Or, you can include the sticky icky alongside the drinking shenanigans. Either way, you should try to plan which games you and your friends will be playing before the party begins, and send them a list so everyone is on the same page. Also, don’t forget to remind them to come prepared with their own bud since they’ll be stuck at home.
If you’re worried that drinking and smoking games aren’t enough to fully entertain your NYE virtual party, you should consider incorporating a group dinner for your event.
Before NYE, collaborate with your friends on a dish that you can all make at home. Next, decide whether you want to prepare it beforehand or as a group- virtually, of course. Then, collectively decide on a time that you all want to eat during your virtual celebration. This will give your party a nice break from the constant drinking, smoking and games, and you can all sit back and relax with a delicious, homemade meal.
If you’d like to explore some THC-infused entrees with your friends, you all should check out this cannabis-infused taco beef recipe to create on NYE. You can’t go wrong with pot tacos.
The Bottom Line
So, you have a lot of options to choose from when spicing up your NYE celebration. You and your friends can dress up, play drinking and/or smoking games, or have a delicious dinner as a group- virtually, of course.
Just remember, this is only a year, and nothing is permanent. While we don’t know when this shit show pandemic will end, that doesn’t mean we have to sit and sulk about it. Have fun with your friends, and hopefully, next year’s NYE festivities won’t have to be virtual.