We’ve consulted the party planning experts for some virtual party ideas to try out if you’ve had to make changes to your hen or stag do.
With another lockdown keeping us confined to the house, and many having to postpone or cancel the stag parties, hen dos and weddings that have been months in the planning, we’re on the lookout for new ways to celebrate.
It’s time to pick up your phones, iPads, tablets or laptops and invite your besties to the ultimate virtual party.
In an attempt to combat any disappointment or loneliness caused by the current need for social distancing, the team at The Stag Company have written a guide on how to celebrate a virtual stag or hen do.
Virtual Party Ideas for a Hen Party or Stag Do
Play your favourite party games, create a playlist your guests will love, and virtually watch a movie or series together. Most importantly, you’ll maintain connections and celebrate in the best way possible. Plus, you can always use this as a warmup for the real thing once social distancing is no longer needed
What is a Virtual Party?
A virtual party is an event where people interact over the internet rather than face-to-face in a physical space. At a time where social distancing is encouraged, an online party is a fantastic way of maintaining connections and hosting events with family and friends. However, a virtual party could be held at anytime and could be particularly useful for those of us with long-distance friends and relatives. Be as creative as you can when planning a virtual party and come up with unique ideas to ensure that you and your guests have an incredible time.
How to Host a Virtual Hen Party or Virtual Stag Do
First, send a message round to your chosen guests and let them know when your virtual party is taking place. Once you’ve done this, you should try and work out the logistics.
So, figure out the best platform to use. If you have iPhones, iPads and Macs, then you might decide that a group Facetime call will work best. Or, if you all have laptops or computers with webcams, then a videocall using Skype might be the best option.
We recommend planning activities in advance and letting the group know what you have in mind to ensure that they come prepared. It’s now time to get the party started!
Create an Online Party Playlist for Your Guests
Set the atmosphere by creating a playlist and share it with your guests before the party begins. You’ll find that there are plenty of music streaming services that will allow you to make public playlists or share the link of your playlists with your friends and family.
Slip in some unexpected songs that the group may not have heard in a while and reminisce over great tunes of the past. The mutual excitement and cries of ‘remember this one’ will get everyone in the party mood.
It’s also a great way of sparking a discussion of shared memories or swapping stories you may not have heard before. You could also try something a little different and get everyone interacting by playing a music orientated game. You could play the beginning of a song and get everyone to guess the song title, bonus points for the artist name.
Virtual Dance Party Ideas
Now that you’ve got a playlist sorted, why not host your own virtual dance party? Let’s be honest, we all love hitting the dancefloor and throwing our best, or worst, dance moves.
If you can’t hit the dancefloor in the club, then why not create your own. You could even organise a virtual dance-off. If you’re an energetic bunch, why not host your own virtual silent disco and bust a few moves to your favourite songs? If anything, it’ll look completely hilarious and will have you all in tears with laughter.
Play Your Favourite Party Games Online
If dancing is a step too far and the thought makes you cringe a little, then why not play some of your favourite hen party games instead. There are lots of different websites and apps which allow you to play card games and board games online. If you love the popular Cards Against Humanity, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can play this online.
For something a little different, why not create your own virtual cocktail, or mocktail, making class? Find a recipe online and inform your stag group beforehand to ensure that they’ll have any necessary ingredients to make the drink of your choice. If you’ve tried all of this and fancy something to bring your party games back to basics, then good, old-fashioned charades could be a winner.
Watch a Movie Online Together
If you fancy something a little more lowkey, or you’re feeling exhausted from all of the fun activities, then you could always settle down and watch a movie. There are various of online platforms that allow you to virtually watch a film with the lads. Netflix Party is one of the many fantastic services that enable you to do this.
Netflix Party is a chrome extension which will allow everyone with a Netflix account to have a synchronized viewing experience. Get the popcorn ready and virtually bond over a film or tv show of your choice.
Grab a Bite to Eat Together
Food is a great way of bonding! So, why not cook your favourite dish and virtually sit down to eat together. If you’re not the greatest cook, or you simply don’t fancy cooking, then why not treat yourself to a takeaway? Some food delivery services, including Dominos and Deliveroo, have recently announced that they’re introducing contact-free delivery which helps at a time where social distancing is being urged.
How to Throw a Themed Hen Party
If you’d like to make your virtual party extra special, then you could always incorporate a theme into your online party. Ask your guests to get involved, dress up and really make the most of this virtual party (or virtual warmup hen party). Once the theme is decided and you’ve decided what you’re going to wear, think about how you can take the theme further. One example of how you could do this is, if you’ve decided that you’re going to embrace the theme of the decade that the stag was born in, then you could create a playlist with music from that time and games that the stag loves.
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