One of the saving graces of virtual parties is that nobody is actually going anywhere. You might not need to pick up several bags of ice or wrangle the kids for the babysitter, but there are still little to-dos you can check off to make sure you’re ready to party. From looking your best to getting online, here are our top quick tips for setting up the best virtual party space.
- Get a flattering angle
Look your best on screen by elevating your device so the camera sits at about eye level. This might mean propping up your device with a stack of books, or using a laptop stand. If you can, join from a laptop or tablet instead of a phone, so you can party hands-free.
- Lighting is everything
Lighting makes all the difference. Position yourself facing the light; that is, the light should be in front of your face, not behind your back. Open the blinds for natural light (the most ideal), or turn on a lamp. This gives you the best exposure, and prevents any dark silhouettes.
- Your WiFi router is MVP
Nobody wants to freeze in the middle of singing “happy birthday,” so be sure to set up in the room with the strongest internet connection, AKA the router room. Sit right next to your router or even plug in an ethernet cable (yes, ethernet!) for the smoothest experience.
- Be prepared to act as IT
This one is important. You won’t want to miss a moment, and not everyone joining the party will be equally tech-savvy. If you’re the host, this means you might need to help some guests join the video chat, especially if it’s their first time. As a guest, you can help ease the host’s stress by testing your connections ahead of time. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you’re ready 15 minutes early, so you’re free to address any technical difficulties.