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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 guests simultaneously without spending a buck. All guests can have access to chat with any participant during the party.
Alternatively, you can also use the live streaming features of social media platforms including Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, etc. In today’s world, everyone is familiar with these platforms, this is a much convenient solution rather than asking guests to install the zoom app on their device.
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 virtual housewarming invitations to your guests.
Note: First and second tool 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. Greetings Island (Mobile App)
Greetings Island is one of my favorite housewarming invitation card app because it does not only have 100’s of housewarming invitation but also help me to create any type of party invitation such as Christmas, New Year, Birthday, Graduation party, etc in only 2 minutes. It is the only 4.5 stars rated invitation app maker available on the Android play store that has more than 5 million active users.
After sign up, You can find tons of housewarming editable templates ready to send both free and premium.
To edit any Greetings Island housewarming template. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Download and Install the Greetings Island App
You also have an option to create a housewarming invitation by uploading your design into the blank templates provided by the greetings island app. For this simply tap on the “upload your own” button. But I am going with “Housewarming Category”
Step 2: Open Greetings Island Application and Select Housewarming Category
Step 3: Choose a Housewarming Invitation Template
Now you can see hundreds of ready to send housewarming invitations templates. Select any invitation you wish to send over WhatsApp.
Step 4: Edit the Invitation Template
After opening up the invitation template, you can see some of the text fields are highlighted by a dotted border. Dotted border highlighted text fields are editable.
Step 5: Change Housewarming Event date, Invitation Message, and Address
To edit any text field showing in the housewarming invitation for example housewarming party date, simply tap on it. Then you can see 5 design options will appear on the bottom.
Step 6: Add Custom Text
With this house warming invitation card making app, you can add your own text field in the template design by tapping on the “Add text button”
Step 7: Add Sticker/Logo/Custom Image
Besides the add text field, there is an option available called “Add sticker”. By tapping on this you can add a sticker or your new house logo or your family image to the housewarming invitation template design.
Step 8: Save Your Virtual Housewarming Party Invitation Design
After completing the design part, click on the Next button. Then you have an option to save the invitation in your smartphone gallery or share on WhatsApp or print directly from your mobile.
Note: Before choosing a print option, you must connect the printer with your phone. Selecting the print option allows you to save this housewarming invitation in a PDF format.
B. SmileBox Video Invitation
The SmileBox invitations are cute as much as their company name. Since 2008, SmileBox is continuously delivering video invitations to your guest’s. With this online housewarming video invitation app you can design a beautiful short animated invitation video and send it to your guest’s digitally.
Creating an housewarming invitation with SmileBox is not a trouble. Just follow these steps:
Open Smilebox.com and Signup or Login
Search Housewarming and apply the Invitation filter.
Step 3: Tap on the Customize Button
After selecting the invitation, click on the customize to edit the housewarming invitation template.
Step 4: Edit the Housewarming Invitation
Now you can see the editing options on the right such as music, photo, filters, invitation title, color schemes, etc. And on the left, you can see all the images you have uploaded on this housewarming invitation maker.
To edit any element on the invitation design, simply tap on the element and make a change. For example, I am placing my family photo on this housewarming invitation design.
You can always see how your design looks like by tap on the preview button.
In a free SmileBox housewarming, you find a watermark and SmileBox video at the end of it. To remove this simply subscribe to their premium services (starts from just $5)
Step 5: Save and Share the Animated Housewarming Invitation
When the Invitation editing is done, first press the save button. Then at last click on the share or print button.
Step 6: Fill the Housewarming Event and RSVP details
After hitting the share button, this screen should appear on your PC or mobile. You need to provide a few details here such as:
- Event title: Example “Yash Housewarming”
- Who’s Hosting: Hostname
- Email address & mobile number
- Address: New home complete address. Make sure to enable MAP for guest’s ease.
- Date & Time: Party ending time is optional.
- Time zone
- Email Reminder: Enable this feature and set the number of days before the event for reminding guests about the housewarming event.
- Message: Enter Housewarming invitation message, and don’t forget to mention about RSVP like this: “Please RSVP by Nov 23”
Then click on the continue button.
Step 7: Add Recipients/Guest’s list
Enter a guest name and email address beside it. Then click on a plus button to add an email to the invites list. And then click on the continue button.
You can also add multiple emails in a single click by importing the spreadsheet.
Note: You can skip this step if you do not want to send the invitations to your guest’s email addresses.
Step 8: Send or Download or Print the Housewarming Video Invitation
Congrats! Your online housewarming invitation has been generated. From here you can download, share, and order the invitation card for print.
You have to subscribe to their $5 plan in order to share, download, and track RSVPs for the housewarming invitations.
Remember it only costs dollar 5 and you are free to send this awesome housewarming invitation to an unlimited number of guests.
C. Etsy Virtual Housewarming Invitations
Do you know that Etsy has Virtual invitations in their gift products?
I also didn’t know until last week, But when I search virtual housewarming invitation on Etsy, I find some amazing handmade invitation design which is primarily designed for housewarming event.
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.
Essential party supplies such as housewarming banners, balloons, pom pom, wall decorations, housewarming plants, hanging paper flowers, streamers, tapestries, and whatnot are incredibly satisfying to decorate a single room.
Furthermore, if you are planning to execute a theme such as avengers, breaking bad, etc. first, make sure to check on party supplies on a site like Etsy.
Update: I have recently found Tapestries is the hottest element people are using to decor their room for virtual housewarming parties. See some examples below and pick one that will suit your wall. 😊😁
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 virtual housewarming party 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 guests 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 me allow to explain the rules in a few lines.
Step 1: Ask all the guests to take a glass and fill it 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 the online parties are pocket friendly. The only things on which you should spend money is a cake, a small decoration, a 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-favours 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 that 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 at other parties; however, if you want to wear something fantastic, check out 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. See how the McCrays family has recently thrown a Virtual Housewarming with a YouTube Live Stream:
2. Rose Vine Artificial Entrance Decoration
Imagine how this garland full of Roses would look like in your new home main entrance. It is available in Amazon at multiple color combinations: Blue & white, Champagne, Cream-white, Fuchsia, Pink, Purple & Red-Fuchsia.
3. 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.
4. What do you think about this amazon housewarming bunting for decoration? I think it will look fab in the gallery or maybe above the front door.
5. Another option for wall decoration you may consider for virtual party is this 16 inch Balloon Banner.
6. See how you and your guest will appear on a screen with a zoom app.
7. See how you can make a beautiful lighting view with just one candle—no need for decorations.
8. Another example of how a single decor element “Part Hat” gives a decent look at the camera.
9. Table decorated with balloons and some artificial plants
10. Outdoor party sign popularity has been growing constantly, not in Housewarming but also in other parties too. See with a simple cheap outdoor sign, you can decorate your backyard and display to your guest through a virtual screen
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.
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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.
Which party is trending right now among traditional housewarming and virtual housewarming party in 2021?
In 2021, people are likely to throw a virtual housewarming rather than a normal in-house party, because nobody knows when things will become normal, as the Covid-19 crisis on its peak now, and also to avoid government policy and cops raid, it is better to enjoy a party through a virtual screen.
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