Friends, the time has come. The Super Bowl is upon us! Are you ready for some football? As you well know, even when your favorite team doesn’t make it through the playoffs, the Big Game is still a rocking event that you don’t want to miss. Moreover, it’s one that you don’t want to watch alone.
Just because there’s a global pandemic this year and you have to stay home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fun and excitement of a Super Bowl party. You can still whip up all the Super Bowl party recipes you want, gather the same munchies, mix the same drinks (or crack open a six-pack), and eat pizza just as you’ve always done.
This year, you just need to make a few small adjustments to provide yourself, friends, and family with a fantastic, remote Super Bowl viewing party. In the article below, we’ll go over a few ideas to wow your virtual guests.
Remember that it’s never wise to do anything at the last minute. You don’t want to get to the day of the Big Game and then try to rush to get everything set up and prepared. That’s a stress headache you just don’t need.
Instead, plan ahead. Sit down and make a list of all the things you’ll need. For example, you might want to create a grocery list for all the stuff you enjoy munching on during games. Then you can add that list to whatever you usually go grocery shopping for.
In other words, save time by shopping for snacks whenever you would normally go grocery shopping. Why head to the supermarket more than once when you don’t have to Another option is to order your groceries online and have them delivered.
Now, you might have a close group of friends to share your Super Bowl experience. Alternatively, you might be the type of person who prefers huge gatherings of acquaintances. Either way, since you’ll be hosting a virtual party, you have to remember that many platforms have attendance limits.
If you plan to have intelligent conversations without a lot of confusion, consider limiting the number of partygoers to around 10 people. If you invite more than that, you can certainly do it — some platforms allow up to 100 attendees (but it’s likely to be confusing).
With that said, it’s okay to “overbook” a little. You know your friends better than anyone, but sometimes people flake out and don’t show up. To ensure you’ve got a full party in the house, just invite two or three more people than you think are going to be there.
Listen, just because it might just be you (and family) screaming at the television in your Super Bowl viewing space, it doesn’t mean you can’t enliven the atmosphere. Remember that your virtual guests can see your living room (or wherever), and having some Super Bowl-themed decorations can help set the mood!
Since you’re the party planner, consider finding a platform for your virtual Super Bowl extravaganza to be the equivalent of finding a venue.
Now, since you want to enjoy your guests without confusion or technical issues, you won’t have to worry about spending any money. The free versions of the following software should handle your needs with no problem. At this point, it will merely be a matter of preference.
The natural choice for many will be Zoom. It’s become incredibly popular since the beginning of the pandemic. The only drawback is that Zoom’s free plan has a 40-minute time limit on group meetings. That might not be the kind of limited party you’ve got in mind. Just keep in mind that since everyone is at home, their kids and babies are likely there in the background. A 40-minute time limit might end up being a blessing if somebody’s kid keeps wailing in the background.
Other great choices include Skype and Google Meet. Keep in mind that free versions of these are also limited in the number of people that can attend. For instance, Google Meet supports up to 25 attendees, and Skype supports up to 50.
Outside of the number of partygoers the platform you’re considering allows, you’ll also want to think about overall video and sound quality. You might want to judge a platform as well on its extras, such as backdrops and filters.
Remember that there’s a pandemic going on, and people are distracted by news that seems to come at them 24/7. It’s your job, then, to get the excitement flowing!
To ensure you’ve got a virtually-packed house:
- Start sharing content related to your party on social media.
- Send out party-themed reminders.
- Email everyone and let them know you’re stoked.
Get your guests involved! Ask them to create trivia question lists for pre-game fun. Maybe ask everyone to suggest three or four songs for a pre-game playlist. Get them to decorate their viewing spaces, too!
Remember that sometimes even Super Bowl games can become boring or disappointing. One of the best things about being able to do a virtual party for the Big Game is your ability (and that of your guests) to quickly and easily log out and say bye. That said, grab the nachos and enjoy your virtual guests (and the game)!
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