With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic still greatly affecting everyday life all around the world, it’s not surprising that most people will be glad to see the back of 2020. However, due to the pandemic, you might not be able to celebrate the end of the year with a huge party as you would other years. However, all is not lost as with some additional considerations, you can still host a party this festive season. Here are four points to consider when planning your 2020 festive party.
1. In-person or on Zoom
Many regions around the world have tightened restrictions in an effort to prevent a spike in infection rates over the winter period, and as a result you may not be able to host a huge number of guests at your house. Throwing your party over Zoom can be a great alternative once you get past the awkwardness of being on camera, and has the added benefit of being accessible to friends and loved ones who you wouldn’t normally be able to celebrate with due to distance. If you do decide to have your party in-person, limit the numbers to only your nearest and dearest, and ensure that there is plenty of hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities available.
2. Food and drink
From pigs in blankets to mulled wine, most people can’t resist the smell of delicious Christmas food and drink. If you’d normally host your festive celebration at your favorite restaurant, that might not be an option for you this year. However, ongoing COVID-19 restrictions do not stop you from enjoying your favorite restaurant meals, with many establishments now offering delivery services, bringing their speciality dishes to your own front door. For instance, you could order a vegetarian meal box delivery for a delicious meat-free feast. If hosting your party online, make sure all guests are armed with their favorite tipple. You could even have some fun by trying to recreate an online cocktail recipe.
Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like a Christmas tree and fairy lights, and while you no doubt take great pleasure in your annual home decoration ritual, there are additional decoration points to consider for Christmas 2020. If you are planning on hosting a lot of parties on Zoom, make sure that your recording space looks aesthetically festive. You could record next to a roaring fire, if you are lucky to have one, or with your Christmas tree in the background. Or, if your recording space also doubles as your work station, add some Christmas décor for your desk. A miniature Christmas tree will look cute and Christmassy during your Zoom calls.
You might decide not to plan any specific entertainment for your party, instead using it as a chance for guests to chat and catch up with one another, accompanied by some festive tunes in the background. Or, you could plan to play a few rounds of classic board games, or make some festive crafts.