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What is Virtual Housewarming Party?
Virtual housewarming refers to the celebration of a new home online. Computer, Internet, and video communication app play a vital role in the happening of the party. The virtual housewarming party is the money-friendly party as compared with regular in-house parties. In virtual housewarming, guests and friends interact through a virtual screen and mainly participate in activities, including casual conversation, virtual home tours, and online games.
What are the reasons to consider online housewarming over traditional party?
Needless to say that, In 2020 we are currently quarantined in our home due to the covid-19. Conducting a regular party is almost impossible. From arranging party supplies to collecting groceries items for cooking is very hard at this moment.
Other reasons can be:
1. Covid-19 lockdown
2. Majority of relatives and guest are in different country/state.
3. Your pocket is light, as all of your money has spent on a new home.
4. Your new house is slightly small (1bhk) to throw a grand party.
How to plan a Virtual Housewarming
Begin with Tour of New home
Don’t worry, if you have a smartphone with a decent quality camera, then 90% of your planning will have done automatically.
For a home tour, you have two option: either you show your house to the guests during a live video chat, or you make a video and send to them online.
For live video chat, the best way is to use a zoom app which is totally compatible with android and ios operating system.
With zoom, you can connect with up-to 100 guest simultaneously without spending a buck. All guest can have access to chat with any participant during the party.
Choose a Digital way of Invitation.
In the case of online housewarming, the Invitation also should be sent online.
Although you can easily invite your friends by using email, Whatsapp or through Facebook, however, there are new trending ways in the market by which you can send attractive online invitations to your guests.
The first is through Evite and the second is by Canva.
Note: Both tools allow us to create and save a draft for the future.
Let’s know more about them:
How do you make a housewarming invitation?
A. Evite invitations
Evite invitation is a trendy website having thousands of invitation cards, thank-you cards for every party that could be celebrated in the world. After sending invitations with evite, you can also track RSVPs under your profile section.
After sign up, You can find tons of housewarming editable templates ready to send both free and premium. The cool thing is you can customize not only cards but also the envelope.
To edit any evite housewarming template. Follow these steps:
Type “Housewarming” in the search box and hit enter.
Browse through the results and select any template you wish to edit and send.
After selection, the first step is to design the invitation card and envelope. The design tab includes options such as envelope colour, stamp, liner and logo. You can customize all of them one by one.
Customize the envelope colour
Customize the envelope stamp. You can upload any image (party-logo) and use as a stamp.
Customize the envelope liner. Liner design is to be shown inside the envelope.
Step 3.4 (Optional)
Upload png formatted logo. If you have created a housewarming logo, then you have the option to place it over the invitation card.
Click on Continue to get redirected to Edit Part.
In the edit section, a few things you need to insert such as your address, party title, phone number, RSVP details, timings, custom message for extra information.
After filling the required details, click on Continue and you just one step far from sending invitations.
There are two ways: either you can enter a list of all emails and click on send, or you can copy the invitation link and share with the guests on Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook etc.
As soon as they respond to RSVP, you get the notification.
B. Canva Invitations
Canva is another trending website from which you can manually create party invitations from scratch or select from thousand’s of templates. Canva is known for its user experience and functionality. It has predefined templates, shapes, symbols, etc. which can be easily dragged and drop to the artwork.
Creating an online housewarming invitation with canva is not a trouble. Just follow these steps:
Open canva.com on browser and signup with Google or Facebook account. Then navigating to template page and type “housewarming” in the search box and press enter.
You will see list of templates (both premium and free) are available to use. I choose one and show you how you can edit the template.
After selecting the desired template, you can see a window similar to this. At left, there are options available such as templates, shapes, elements etc. which you are free to use on your artwork. At the centre, you see an artwork window which might be free or premium depending on the template.
Editing the template.
When you hover over the artwork area which you want to edit, you will see a pink grid box. Just click once to select the box and double click to edit the text/image inside it. When you choose any element, you will see multiple options such as font size, font type, alignment, style etc. are appear on the above toolbar.
Change the default title, address and timings of the party by double-clicking on the particular grid box and select the entire text and insert yours. I also change the colour of the text by the above toolbar.
You may notice different elements also present on the artwork apart from the text, for example, Sun, Trees etc. Yes, they are editable too. The process is the same as the text. Double click and options for colour, crop etc. will appear on the toolbar.
Note: I highly recommend lock every element when you are done with it from the top-right toolbar. So you won’t change them further by mistake.
After editing is complete, your Invitation is ready to send. To send or download the Invitation, click on the publish button as shown in the pic below.
Plan Simple Decoration
For online housewarming, you don’t need to decorate the entire house. The guest only sees a room from where you sit during a video conferencing.
Furthermore, if you are planning to execute a theme such as avengers, breaking bad etc. first, make sure to check on party supplies on the site like Etsy.
Plan Activities Suitable to Conduct Online
For virtual housewarming deciding things for entertainment is a little bit tricky. I mean you cannot plan activities such as live acts, DJ dance etc.
Here is some cool list of games which you can play with your squad over a video call on zoom. I highly recommend a zoom app for online gathering.
Note: If you host a video call through a smartphone, for some games you might need mount gadget to stick phone at one place.
I wrote an honest review of my favourite smartphones mounts here.
The first game is…
You’ve definitely heard about this popular game. It is the game of roleplay and guessing. In other words, someone silently gives a movie name/song in your ears; you are supposed to keep it secret and act. Opponent players have to guess the movie name, if they lose, you win.
Yes, it is a quiz game, but not an educational or study-related. The internet king Google helps you to find the funniest and humorous questions start with the phrase “would you rather”. Simply ask one by one to all players, and they have to answer within a short period of time, let’s say 5 seconds.
Well, I cannot let you waste your party planning time. Here is the best list of questions started with “would you rather” in the PDF format.
3. Tik-Tok Lip syncing Challenge:
Well, I am not a fan of tik-tok, but it is trending in the world. So why not play a game with this application?
The rules are simple, challenge guest to perform lip-syncing on any song you find on the tik-tok app itself.
4. One lie & two truth
Here is another question-related game which you can play with your virtual friends. Tell three things to the guest about yourself and ask them to figure out which one is a lie.
5. “Never have I ever” Beer Mix.
I liked it most, and it is a very creative way to let your friends secret on the table. Let allow me to explain the rules in a few lines.
Step 1: Ask all the guest’s to take a glass and fill with beer/wine or anything fine to drink. (Transparent glasses are best)
Step 2: Take a random player to start. The chosen player has to say anything they never did with the phrase “Never Ever I ever”. Example: Never have I ever crush on Lana.
Step 3: Among other players, if someone has done the thing said above, he/she has to take a sip from the glass.
Step 4: The first person among all has its glass empty will be declared as the winner.
Virtual Housewarming Party Budget
As you know to the online parties are pocket friendly. The only things on which you should spend money is cake, small decoration, special dinner with family and drinks.
I know this was impossible to prepare and serve food in virtual parties. Right!
But you can do one thing for your guests and friend, order food online for them after the party ends example pizza or KFC bucket.
You should first ask the guests before making an order.
I think giving party-favours in virtual housewarming seems odd because you already order them food. Party-favors is the unwanted expense you may not want to bear.
If you still want to gift something as a favour, the best thing is amazon gift cards. Amazon has multiple types of gift cards which can be easily delivered to the guests online.
Example Netflix, cinema tickets card, uber taxi voucher, food and restaurant gift cards.
Plan Number of Guests
Total guest count is very crucial to determine. It depends on your video call device screen. If you are thinking to host a party through mobile 6-10 members is enough. But if you have a big screen device such as a laptop or smart-tv 15-20 members can easily be displayed.
Note: Do not forget to use the Zoom app for hosting a virtual housewarming.
Sort Party Length
60 to 90 minutes seems good. Virtual parties tend to short. I mean you do not have many activities to conduct apart from house tour, 2-3 games and little bit chat.
Virtual Housewarming Outfit
Whether the party is online or offline, styling and dressing should be essential. Plan a week before what to wear and also do not forget to bring them from the laundry.
Basically, for housewarming, the outfit should be the same as we wear in other parties; however, if you want to wear something fantastic, checkout these unique housewarming t-shirts on Etsy.
In these t-shirts, the whole family look like a team.
5 Extra Tips for Virtual Housewarming
1. Notify guest’s about the video chat app
In the invitation card, apart from RSVP details, also add zoom details as a custom message. So if anyone doesn’t know about zoom yet, they have plenty of time to install and get familiar with the interface.
2. Check the technical stuff.
Internet and electricity is the god of virtual parties. Make sure you have a high-speed working connection. Also, check the microphone and camera of your laptop/tv/mobile is working or not.
If your device microphone is not good at all, you might like my list of microphones which is perfect for any virtual party.
3. The solution of providing Gift Registry without being Rude
According to the housewarming etiquette, If any guest insists you or asking you about gift registry or desired gifts only then you should mention about your gift registry.
If you do not know how to create a virtual housewarming registry, I explained the most effortless way here.
4. Choose the right date and time for a party.
If your guests situated in a different country, you should check their countries time and schedule accordingly. Also, plan a party after office hours so that everyone available on time.
5. Inviting a neighbor to a virtual housewarming or not?
Generally, you are supposed to invite-only folks with whom you have close relations and also the guest count is critical in the online party due to screen size.
Apart from this, it is odd too for a neighbor to watch strange faces of your other guest’s during a video chat.
Virtual Housewarming Party Ideas
Under this section, you will get to know about attractive decoration ideas, images and online party scenes that you can refer as an inspiration.
1. Balloon Garland (wall decoration)
Why they are good: These shiny balloons will be looking beautiful yet straightforward on the empty wall of your new house.
2. What do you think about this amazon housewarming bunting for decoration? I think it will look fab in gallery or may be above the front door.
3. Another option for wall decoration you may consider for virtual party is this 16 inch Balloon Banner.
4. See how you and your guest will appear on a screen with a zoom app.
5. See how you can make a beautiful lighting view with just one candle—no need for decorations.
6. Another example of how a single decor element “Part Hat” gives a decent look at the camera.
7. Table decorated with balloons and some artificial plants
For a quick summary, here are 10 steps to do a virtual housewarming party:
- Home tour setup
- Create and send a digital invitation
- Arrange party supplies for the decoration
- Choose games and activities for entertainment
- Plan a budget
- Order food online for guests
- Deciding a party favours
- Make a list of guests
- Determine how long should the party be.
- Plan a housewarming outfit.
Virtual Housewarming FAQ
How to host a virtual housewarming party?
Hosting a virtual housewarming requires less human effort as compared to the regular housewarming party. The following arrangements a host need to do for throwing online housewarming:
Setup HD camera for live interaction with an undistributed internet connection, decorate the main area where you will be interacted live with your friends and families, planning few fun activities that are easy to conduct online. These are the primary activities that a host need to include in his list of virtual housewarming planning.
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