How to throw a virtual cannabis Christmas party

Published Dec 15, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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The holidays are just around the corner, which means that it's time to start planning your yearly Christmas party. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, these celebrations are going to have to look a whole lot different this year. In-person gatherings in most areas are not recommended, which means that if you want to ring in the holidays with flair, you're going to have to get creative, and that might force you to step outside of your typical comfort zone.

Everything from work to social time and big celebrations has moved to online platforms. This is the year to embrace the virtual party, as it will keep everyone home safe and sound where they belong, and we want to help you with that. So, to assist, we've covered the essential things to add to your to-do list, to make the less traditional gathering feel just as wonderful as every other Christmas party you've been to.

Make a guest list

Many of us want to invite everyone we know to our Christmas party this year, but it is essential to remember that technology limits comfortability. If you have a Zoom type Christmas party, then you'll need to keep in mind that each person invited will take up a certain portion of the screen, so it might be a good idea to limit the number of guests to those you're closest to this year.

Search for a virtual platform that can accommodate your needs

Now that you know who's coming, you'll need enough space and options to accommodate your crew, and there are quite a few different options out there to choose from, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Join.me, Google Meet, and Whervy, many of which offer free or reduced-cost services to assist with keeping everyone safe this holiday season.

Settle on a background or effects

You've got a list of invites and a platform that can make it easy for everyone to interact with one another during your virtual party smoothly. Now, it's the perfect time to break from the stressful decisions and browse through the various background of effects choices available to you. The options you have will depend on the platform that you choose, but most will simplify the process of adding some Christmas cheer to your celebrations with neat graphics.

Choose virtually compatible Christmas party games

Decorations, the platform, and your guest list are all sorted out, but what is everyone going to do during this virtual Christmas party? Music can help to set the mood for a good time. Still, entertainment is one of the most critical decisions for any type of gathering, and an excellent place to start is with Christmas party games that can comfortably be played online, like:

  • Charades
  • Bingo
  • Pictionary
  • Scavenger hunts (for household items)
  • Scattergories
  • Never have I ever

Pick a date

The best part about hosting a virtual party is that you can check out at any time that you like. So, you don't have to worry about lingering guests who stay past their welcome, and since there is no travel time required, it's pretty easy to host one earlier or later than usual in-person events. Making it a simple task to accommodate all of the schedules of those you'd like to invite.

You also don't have to worry about your venue getting booked, and you won't have any deposits held in case a last-minute cancellation is needed. Still, it's a good idea to determine a time that works well ahead of time so that everyone you want to be involved can be sure to plan the holidays accordingly. Once you've settled on a date, make sure to email it to everyone on the guestlist so that they have a tangible reminder to look back on throughout the month, and it'll help to increase the rate of attendance.

Don't forget the weed!

Virtual platforms are compatible with cannabis parties, but they aren't exactly designed to provide the very best stoner experience, which is why you'll need to figure out how you're going to incorporate a pot theme through online means. We highly recommend opting for things like share boxes. Everyone contributes and gets a share to enjoy for the party or using smoking competitions to take the edge off of what can at first feel like a slightly awkward experience.

Have fun!

This year's Christmas party might look a lot different than those we think of so fondly from the past, but this temporary change doesn't have to put an end to your celebrations. In fact, if you use the tools that are out there, it could be the best celebration you've ever had. The most important thing to remember is that no matter what, you can have fun and make the best of an unusual situation thanks to technology, which has made that more comfortable than ever before.

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