Let’s party! With all the social distancing happening now, families, friends, and teams are looking to connect more in creative ways. Good news people, the Little Steps team has gathered up the best apps for hosting virtual parties and also provided 5 popular themes as well. Organize a dance-off, have a camp-out or sip wine at a virtual happy hour. This round-up is for all ages – enjoy!
Top Virtual Party Hosting Platforms:
Zoom – The free version allows up to 100 people and up to a 40-minute session
Skype – Up to 40 guests and 4 hours of calling
Facetime – Up to 32 devices can join!
Google Chat – Up to 10 people
House Party – Up to 8 people – easy and free
To schedule a virtual campfire, ask your friends to join a virtual campfire gathering when the sun goes down. Next, download on a different device the Winter Fireplace app which you can stream to your TV. Turn off all the lights, ask everyone to grab a candle and prepare 1 haunted ghost story to share with friends. You can also light a marshmallow (with a match) and prep smores from afar. Happy camping!
Winter Fireplace, download here
Download the House Party App, schedule a time to get together online (from your mobile or laptop), grab a bottle of wine, and chat it up with as many friends as you like! While there are other apps that do similar features, House Party is unique in that it is very easy to use - even grandma can get involved easily (no codes required!). If you are gathering with more than 8 people, Zoom might be a better option to connect.
House Party - Apple, download here
House Party - Google Play, download here
Who says movie night has to stop with all this social distancing? Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. It synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. TV Watch Party and long-distance movie night - here we come! The best part - it's free!
Netflix Party, www.netflixparty.com
Game night with friends can also be done online! This is a great option for a fun night between family members living apart, friends being quarantined, and youngsters looking to organize a virtual playdate. Below are some fun options (most of which are free too!). For Pictionary, you can download Mural and play the game with friends. Good luck.
Settlers Of Catan, www.catanuniverse.com
Words With Friends, www.facebook.com/WordsWithFriends
Cards Against Humanity, www.airconsole.com/play/card-games/cards-and-humanity
Get your boogie on with a virtual dance party! Use your favorite app - such as Zoom, House Party, Facetime, to Skype depending on the number of people coming to the party. Zoom might be easiest as it allows up to 100 people to join the party. Be sure to plan activities in advance and let the group know what you have in mind to ensure that they come prepared. Create a playlist on Spotify in advance which is also shareable for the party. Ask everyone to dress up (your theme of choice). Ideas to include in the virtual party include - dance-off, musical statues, dance contests, and more. Zoom,
Dance Party Ideas, click here
Zoom, download here
Virtual Book Clubs - listen and chat!
Virtual Baby Showers - host and share gifts
Virtual Supper Club - share your dish online with friends
Group Yoga Or Workout Classes
Virtual Pajama Party