High school graduation is right around the corner, and parents are starting to think about how they will celebrate the scholarly achievement of their son or daughter.
While in-person parties have always been the norm, COVID-19 has caused people to rethink how to celebrate the newly minted graduate. Instead of gathering in a home or at a restaurant, many families are now hosting a virtual graduation party.
If your teen likes the idea of a virtual celebration but you’re unsure how to go about organizing one, no worries — the following tips will help you throw an epic virtual graduation event:1. Get the Word Out
In order to host a successful virtual graduation party for your son or daughter, you’ll need to inform guests about your plans and how they can attend. One effective way to do this is through graduation announcements that you can send out to family and friends. In addition to including the graduate’s name and high school, add a line about how the recipient is invited to join you for a virtual celebration of your teen. Include the date and time of the party, as well as how guests can log on and join you — whether it’s via Zoom or another online platform.2. Plan Things to Do
To ensure the virtual graduation party goes as smoothly as possible, you’ll want to plan something for everyone to enjoy. For instance, you can host a virtual party on Minecraft and have guests work together to “build” a 3D representation of their school and stadium where the graduation ceremony would normally take place. Or, set up an online Escape Room that will have your teen and guests working together to solve puzzles to solve story-themed mysteries.3. Serve Food in a Creative Way
In lieu of serving guests tasty eats in person, consider delivering some party favor bags ahead of time so everyone can enjoy some snacks together. Make or order special iced graduation cookies that feature the school’s colors and then include some of your teen’s favorite snacks. For out-of-town guests, send them these party packs ahead of time. Then, as everyone socializes during the virtual graduation party, they can also enjoy bags of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and/or other chips and snacks that the graduate enjoys.4. Schedule a Test Run
Of course, you want this virtual graduation party to be a success for your son or daughter. Thus, prior to the event, perform a practice run on Zoom or another platform of your choice to ensure all technology is working properly and that any links to events you have planned are also glitch-free. Keep in mind that while you and your teen may be adept at Zoom and other online platforms, other family members may need a little assistance. In other words, consider practicing with grandma and grandpa ahead of time.Have a Wonderful Time!
The pandemic may have changed the way we celebrate special life milestones — at least for now — but it can’t take away the sense of pride and happiness that you and your son or daughter are feeling. By hosting a virtual graduation party with the help of these tips, you can still celebrate your teen in style.