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How to host a virtual travel-themed party

May 13, 2020 by Jamie Burke

We created Tiny Escapes to help bring joy to your day in these unprecedented times. Follow us here or on Instagram and Facebook for more little distractions.


Looking for ways to stay connected with friends and family and keep dreaming about future travel plans? Get our tips on how to host an online party, including a few themes for your virtual party.

Pick where to host it

For an online party, we like Zoom—it’s easy to use, anyone can sign up, and it has fun features (like custom backgrounds!) that can add a lot of pizazz to your party. Groups over 5 will have a limit of 40 minutes, but smaller parties get unlimited hangout time. You can also use Google Hangouts for up to 25 people, or group FaceTime for smaller virtual parties.

If you’re watching a movie together, download Netflix Party, an extension for Google Chrome that lets you sync up with friends for a long-distance movie night.

Choose a theme

Whether it’s looking back on a trip you took together or a (pretend) night in Paris, pick a theme for the evening so your guests know what to expect.

Here are some virtual party ideas to get you started:

A Night in Paris

  • BYO wine and cheese for a perfect pairing
  • Pick a très chic Parisian-themed Zoom background
  • Draw the Louvre! Recreate famous art with doodles and vote for the best new versions

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Send an E-vite

Make your online party official with an invitation! Paperless Post and Punchbowl both have options for creating customized e-vites for your party, so your event can still feel special—even if it’s happening at home.

Have fun!

The most important thing? Sharing some laughs with loved ones. “My friends and I have even agreed to 'walk' together, so we chatted and got outside the house for a bit,” said our staffer Amanda. “It’s so nice to stay connected.”

Have you hosted a virtual party? Tell us about it on Facebook!

About the author | Jamie Burke
Always on the lookout for the next best meal ever, Jamie loves exploring the world—and all the great food in it. When she's not working to inspire new travelers, you'll find her biking around Boston, eating at her favorite sushi place, or hanging out at home with her family (and cat).

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