After the possible platforms are out of the way, let's talk about parties! Whether you're hosting your own virtual birthday party or hosting a friend's, here are some Zoom birthday party ideas to help make sure that the special day is really special:
1. Let everyone prepare a favorite memory, toast or roast.
The disadvantage of virtual hangouts is that it is almost impossible to restore the feeling of an IRL gathering. People can't separate to make side talks and you feel like you take turns. It is best to lean on the formality rather than relying on the conversation to proceed naturally. Ask everyone to prepare to make a mini toast over the guest of honor (or roast) and take turns spreading love.
2. Or make it a show and tell game.
If you're planning your own party and the idea of asking your guests to say something nice about you, you'll be startled (or if you were to know the guest of honor so embarrassed with a large audience by complimenting yourself to sit), the invitation does not have to be the birthday person at all! Instead, you can ask people to prepare with their favorite father joke, a TikTok they enjoy, an embarrassing childhood photo, or a PowerPoint presentation about something they are passionate about (like this iconic viral Party ). ). Whatever you think will trigger a fun round table.
3. Organize a game night.
No matter what you and your friends are up to ̵
4. Fake a restaurant trip.
I don't know anything about you, but the intimate dinner party is one of my favorite ways to spend my birthday. I'm not going to pretend there is a way to recreate the experience in the middle of a pandemic, but it's a cute topic. Share a photo of your favorite restaurant that anyone can set as a zoom background and ask everyone to cook or order food that fits the theme. Bonus points if you surprise the birthday person with the delivery from your favorite restaurant.
5. Decorate your room.
Sure, the party is on a screen, but there's no reason why not everyone can get festive and have a mini party in their own four walls. Buying a "birthday in a box" can streamline the process, like Little Miss Party in a box, or the many options on Etsy like this. When in doubt, a really good decoration is enough, like a balloon banner ($ 8, amazon.com). But there is no need for imagination. Encourage people to be creative and silly (or hell to zoom in on a birthday party background if they feel a bit lazy).
6. Create a bar quiz night after.
Whether you want to stick to a loved one (will Harry Potter Trivia ever grow old?) Or spend an entire night in competition to prove that you know the most about the birthday person, It is nothing better than a good, old-fashioned quiz night. No additional equipment is required, just a bit of planning and a dedicated host to ensure it runs smoothly.
If you want to go a step further, you can integrate apps like TriviaMaker that have trivia templates and features similar to game shows on family feud, wheel of fortune, and more – in Zoom. Just follow this tutorial. (As heads-up, TriviaMaker is free for two-team, four-round games, and $ 6 a month for advanced features.)
7. Record the Happy Birthday song in advance.
Trust me in this case. Singing Happy Birthday via Zoom is a kind of nightmare, both for the guest of honor and for the guests . For one thing, it is disheartening to sing alone in your room on a computer screen (I synchronized my lips this month with just two “Happy Birthdays”), and at the end of the reception Zoom only records a few voices, which creates a bit of inconsistent audio. Complicated all around.