What I’ve learnt about how to host a zoom party

Yesterday my little bundle of joy turned one. Because we are in lockdown here in Melbourne we decided to have a zoom birthday party to celebrate with our friends and family. Here's what I've learnt about how to host a zoom party...
Brigette's zoom birthday party

Yesterday my little bundle of joy turned one. Because we are in lockdown here in Melbourne we decided to have a zoom birthday party to celebrate with our friends and family. Here’s what I’ve learnt about how to host a zoom party…

Post all your guests a party hat beforehand

If you can post everyone a party hat beforehand to wear on screen that makes it even more fun. Some of my guests had created fabulous hats and decorations and it added to the festive feel.

A guest at Brigette's zoom birthday party in her party hat
One of our zoom guests in her party hat

Think about how your decorations will translate on the video.

I created a zoom meeting just for myself on the day so I could see where I was hanging the balloons and placed our chairs so that it all fit nicely in the frame. Then don’t move the computer or it could all be off the screen for actual party!

The balloons, birthday girl and cake all in view on the screen
The balloons, birthday girl and cake were all positioned to be in view on the screen

Keep the guest list small and introduce everyone

Just as you would in person at a party, it’s important for all the guests to meet each other. Taking the time to do this at the start will help make everyone feel comfortable. Also keep the guest list small. Too many people in a zoom meeting means it can be hard for people to chat when only one can speak at a time.

Brigette eating cake whilst her Dad shows her the party guests on the screen
Brigette eating cake whilst her Dad shows her the party guests on the screen

Go with the flow

My daughter was still asleep 15 mins before the party started. She spent half of it grumpy and wouldn’t sit in her highchair until the very end but nobody seemed to care.

Brigette enjoyed eating the cake.
Brigette enjoyed the cake!

A zoom party is better than no party at all

Although nothing compares to real human contact and interaction, it was great to see all those smiling faces on Brigette’s birthday.

Have you held a zoom party too? We’d love to hear any tips you’d like to share too.

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