In years past, your company would already be planning its annual holiday party to celebrate the season, reflect on the year, and drink too much eggnog.
But let’s face it, 2020 is a different beast. Because of COVID-19, many company event planners are questioning whether or not to host a holiday party this year. We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to cancel all festivities.
Keep reading to learn about virtual holiday parties and how to host a memorable one for your team in five simple steps. Let’s dive in!
1. Get the Basics Right
The first step is to lock down the basics for your virtual event. You need to know how many people will attend, what platform you’ll host it on, whether you’ll work with a virtual events agency or host it yourself, and what entertainment options are available to you.
We’ll talk about the latter two basics later in this article. For now, let’s focus on the number of attendees you plan to host and the virtual event platform you’ll use.
To pinpoint the number of attendees you’ll host, simply count how many people are in your company, department, etc. Piece of cake!
Your virtual event platform will take a bit more time to nail down, but honestly, not much more. The easiest way is to invite your attendees to a Zoom meeting. This option will allow you to host up to 1,000 people (with a special add-on), use breakout rooms, and more.
2. Craft the Right Atmosphere
Next, you need to craft a festive atmosphere to help make all of your virtual holiday parties feel fun and special. You can do this by asking all attendees to wear an ugly Christmas sweater, designing customer Zoom backgrounds for everyone, etc.
The atmosphere you create will really depend on you and your unique team. The point is to do something. Don’t just show up, fruitcake in hand, and hope your event goes well.
3. Hire a Host (Or Don’t)
Step three is to decide if you want to hire a virtual host, or simply host the event yourself. While hiring a master of ceremonies will cost your organization money, they can take the hosting pressure off your team’s shoulders and allow you to relax.
By hiring a professional with experience hosting virtual holiday parties will also help your virtual event feel more authentic and make it more memorable and fun.
But, of course, hiring a host is completely optional. If you or someone on your team wants to take this responsibility on, by all means! If not, give us a call. We can connect you with a talented host who will make your virtual holiday parties unforgettable.
4. Choose Your Entertainment
A virtual event host might be optional, but entertainment should not be. The best way to make sure your virtual holiday parties are successful is to bring in talented comedians, magicians, or trivia hosts to give your event an extra WOW factor.
Once again, Funny Business can connect you to these kinds of professionals. Whether you’re looking for famous celebrities, or lesser known entertainers with just as much talent, we can help — and at a price point that fits just about any budget, too!
5. Partner With an Entertainment Agency
Does hosting virtual holiday parties sound exhausting? Then maybe you should work with an entertainment agency who can craft a complete, turnkey party solution for you. That way you can simply sit back and enjoy the festivities.
Entertainment agencies are able to vett entertainers, manage technical details, take care of headaches, and otherwise ensure your event goes as planned.
And that’s it! Now you know how to host memorable virtual holiday parties for your organization. If you’d like help with your event, get in touch with us. At Funny Business, we have the experience and entertainer connections to make sure your event is a success.