Tuesday, May 18, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
1. Good internet
- When sending out invites or RSVPs give lots of lead time.
- Use your laptop rather than your phone. If the phone is a must, consider placing it on a stand or even a stack of books to keep it stationary.
- Make sure your camera is eye level and your background is clear of distracting items.
- With Zoom, gallery view is better than speaker video–that way you can see everyone and their reactions!
- When five or more people are joining the event, it’s polite to mute yourself when you aren’t speaking.
- The general rule of thumb is the more participants, the shorter the event should be. Expect participants to be present for 45-90 minutes.
- Know when to say goodbye.
- Aim for about eight to 15 people.
- Create a list of things that everyone will have in their homes but might have a hard time finding (ex: Three triple “A” batteries) to make the rush of finding the items much more thrilling.
- Remember to be mindful of the age of your participants.
- Have a real prize for the winner. Ask all participants to pitch in $5 to $10 to buy the winner a gift card or something small.
- This format typically works best with two to three households/families.
- Themed dinner parties can be fun, where you dress up based on the meal you’re having.
- Using a meal prep service or catered delivery can save time and ensure all participants have the same recipes and ingredients for the meal.
- Have an end time planned.
- Play virtual party games to keep things interesting.
- No birthday is complete without cake. Send a cake to your virtual birthday honoree or some cupcakes to all party guests. Local bakeries or food delivery services like UberEats and SkipTheDishes can make this easy.
- Don’t forget the digital decorations! Zoom lets you customize your background so take advantage.
- Encourage partygoers to wear party hats or dress up based on a predetermined theme.
- Think about the length of the class, instructor fees, and the cost and accessibility of required ingredients.
- Don’t choose overly complicated recipes that require special equipment or tools.
- Keep the group size small, usually no more than eight to ten participants. This allows for one-on-one instruction if needed.
- Don’t treat the class like a cooking show. The chef/mixologist is there to educate, entertain and converse with participants, so loosen up, ask questions, and don’t be afraid to chat.
- Take age into consideration when selecting a game.
- For games with no time limit consider using a stopwatch to call a hard stop, otherwise, your game could go on forever.
- Don’t forget the snacks!