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Ways to throw a Christmas party amid the pandemic

While restrictions are placed on large-sized gatherings, you can use these creative ways to keep the Christmas spirit alive!

Ardini Insyirah
Ardini Insyirah

All smiles and giggles especially when there’s music.


Published: 2 December 2020, 4:05 PM

It’s that jolly time of the year for hot chocolates, gift-giving and bonding with your loved ones. 

However, with gatherings of more than five people not allowed because of safe distancing measures, your annual big Christmas parties may have to be adjusted. 

Still, don’t throw out your Christmas party plans just yet! Here are five creative ways you can throw a Christmas party this year!

1. Zoom party

If you have a big group of friends, you can try splitting yourselves into fives and having separate parties at different locations. Then, gather in front of a laptop or your smartphone and have a Zoom session with everyone! 

You can eat the same food and have conversations like you are all sitting around one big table. It will feel like everyone is present in the same room so there’s no reason to be left out. 

If you are a loud and fun bunch, it will be a little chaotic. But hey, that’s what makes it a good time.

2. Secret santa treasure hunt

Conduct your gift exchange a little differently with a treasure hunt. PHOTO CREDIT: SHERI HOOLEY VIA UNSPLASH

 

It’s like the usual secret santa, but with a twist! 

Secret santa is basically a tradition where you, the secret santa, present gifts anonymously to a selected member of the group. After the receiver opens the gift, he/she can make guesses for their secret santa.

Instead of getting the gift directly, you’re gonna have to work for it. For this, the secret santa not only has to prepare the gift but also a message that hints at where the gift was hidden. This makes the tradition more exciting and can amp up the energy in the room.

This activity definitely works for a group of five too! 

3. Christmas bake-off

Christmas treats like the gingerbread man and sugar cookies are a must have in these parties. PHOTO CREDIT: CARA GROBBELAAR VIA UNSPLASH

 

Who doesn’t love a little Christmas treat? Add some competition to spice things up at your party. 

For this, your friends can come over with their bakes ready and you, as the host, get to be the judge of the best treat. 

This can even involve more than your five friends at your gathering. A possible way to conduct this bake-off is to have your group of friends prepare delights and send them to other friends who may not have been able to come to your party. 

This way, those who aren’t at the party are still included and they may feel they are part of it too. The more the merrier, right?

4. Mask-querade party

Enough of the boring masks. Get your creative hats on and make a festive one. PHOTO CREDIT: VOLODYMYR HRYSHCHENKO VIA UNSPLASH

 

Since we already have to wear masks, why not have a little fun with it? 

Have a masquerade theme party, but with your face masks instead. To make it more festive, you have to add your own Christmas-themed designs to your masks. 

Whether it is pasting some Christmas tree stickers or drawing some reindeers, it is up to each your own imagination.
Turning up with no festive mask? No entry! (Or you could make the person do a forfeit instead.) 

The person who turns up with the most festive and creative mask wins. The prize? It could be anything from food to the gift of their choice.

5. Christmas movie marathon

Nothing like a good Christmas movie to get into the jolly mood. PHOTO CREDIT: SAMIRA RAHI VIA UNSPLASH

 

Netflix party, anyone? I don’t know about you, but this takes me back to the circuit breaker days when I used to have a Netflix Party with my friends online.

Whether you decide to hold the physical party or not, this is something you can do with your friends from the comfort of your own homes. Just pick a bunch of Christmas movies and watch them together – with the help of Netflix party, of course! 

To make it more interesting, your friends and you can even order food for each other, so you will all be eating the same thing like you would in a physical party. 

This is a good way to spend time with your friends in a comfortable setting and it wouldn’t matter how late your party ends because you’d still be at home.

Throwing a Christmas party this year will be slightly different, but it doesn’t have to be less meaningful and exciting. 


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