There's no point in even trying to pretend you aren't happy about celebrating the new year. While immensely eye-opening, 2020 gave much to be longed for and... it's finally time to kiss this year buh-bye. While the coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to in-person gatherings, you can usher in 2021 with what’s been the most reliable tool all year: Zoom.
Much like the other holidays, celebrating New Year's Eve will look different this year. Since the Center for Disease Control recommends limiting celebrations to those within your household and avoiding travel, you’re probably wondering what the safest way to turn up. Zoom has offered us everything from virtual happy hours to work meetings to holiday parties and after this year, a New Year's Zoom send-off is just the ticket.
Don’t know where to start your celebratory plans? You've come to the right place. Celebrate what is truly the most wonderful time of the year (at least for 2020) and kick off your NYE party with games, resolutions, and champagne while in the comfort of your own home. Good bye 2020 and helloooo 2021! Here’s how to host a virtual New Years Eve party that will start the year off right.
1. Set A Dress Code & Theme
Choosing a theme and dressing up for New Year's is a must and will add some class to your virtual party. As we head deeper into the '20's, choosing a theme that fits the decade like the roaring twenties or a classy masquerade is a fun way to celebrate. You can also choose to go the comfy route. The dress code can be anything from dressing up in your fanciest ensemble to rocking your favorite onesie.
2. Send Out The Invitations
Once you've set the dress code and time, you'll need to send out those invitations. Check out Greenevelope or Evite to create your own virtual NYE invites that you can customize to fit your theme and dress code.
3. Decorate Your Backdrop
2020 was anything but boring so you cannot have a boring backdrop when you and your friends are kicking this year to the curb. Enter your party in style and check out some cool New Year's backdrops.
4. Party Time
Now that everything is all set up, it's time for the real fun to begin. If you're celebrating with a mix of friends, grab some Zoom icebreakers for big groups that will help everyone ease into the night.
5. NYE-Themed Activities
Now that you and your guests are cozy and in the swing of things, its time to get creative and have some more fun. New Year's resolutions is of course a topic during this time, so take out some time with your guests to all write or discuss what goals you plan to accomplish in 2021. You can also use this time to get creative and make some NYE props like DIY party hats.
6. Virtual Ball Drop
The time has finally come! There are a couple of minutes left in the year, the champagne has been poured, and everyone is ready. Not only is your party virtual this year but so is the traditional New Year's ball drop. Be sure to share your screen so that you're all watching at the same time and kiss 2020 good-bye.
7. Start 2021 With A Movie Night
You've finally made it to the new year and if you aren't stonecold drunk by now, a nice way to end a night with friends is with a movie. Ring in 2021 with a timeless New Year's film like Sleepless In Seattle or Bridget Jones' Diary.