It's that time of the year and thanks to the holiday period, you can save yourself a lot of money by downloading out awesome and fun party games!
Written by:- Farhan Subi
It’s Christmas time and I am sure you must’ve invited friends and family over to your place for some really good, soulful food and just spend some time with them. But what if there was a way to elevate that experience by a whole lot? Well, then you’ve come to the right place looking for that.
There are tons of holiday themed party ideas out there but sometimes, it might be very expensive or just not something that you might be looking for. It could vary in a plethora of price ranges and it might not be feasible for everyone to be able to afford it. That’s where downloading and hosting your own Christmas holiday party would be a much better idea than actively looking for something that might be super expensive.
For starters, if you’re on a tight budget, you could start off by not adding too much decorations around your home. You might have already decorated your home for the holiday period anyways and it doesn’t make sense to add too much decorations on top of it. Besides, simplicity is key to decorating your home. Add too much and your place could become like a flea market, and no one wants that, for sure.
You could also skimp on invitations though, that is really up to you. It doesn’t necessarily make sense to make invitations but it’s really up to the host. If you do plan on calling a lot of people, you could make an evite since for starters, it is easy on the environment and you don’t need to spend so much money printing it and things like that. Just a simple e-vite would definitely help, if needed.
Next up is food. Obviously, if you’re inviting them during the holiday period, chances are, you most definitely have food prepared though if you don’t, you could order some home-made food from restaurants or you and if your guests love cooking, you could whip out a dish that most people would definitely love and you could cook it with them! If you want to serve alcoholic beverages, limit the choices to wine and beer. This will help reduce your cost. For non-alcohol drinkers and designated drivers, you can always keep it simple and set up dispensers or pitchers filled with iced water with fruit slices and freshly brewed iced tea or serve hot cocoa with all the fixings such as marshmallows, candy canes, whipped cream, etc. And since it is the holiday period, eggnogs are popular as ever and can be used as well!
One interesting game you could pick up is Secret Santa. You and your guests can pick a draw with each other and that’s where the fun begins! You could set a spending limit as low as you like and let people get creative. That way, your guests will only have to buy one gift instead of a gift for each guest. Also, if your budget allows, you could send your guests home with gifts such as ornaments or special sweet treats like fresh baked cookies or homemade candies.
Another interesting party you could have is basically a wholesome Christmas movie! For instance, Home Alone has a reboot now. and it’s everyone’s favorite Christmas movie (well, almost.) There are plenty of movies that a family could watch together and it’s better if you have a subscription service to something like Netflix, Hulu or something along those lines, you’ll most likely have content curated for the holiday theme as well, so that’d be a great idea.
But another great idea is basically just chilling around and playing a ton of games that everyone can enjoy regardless. One of them is basically our own games, here on Fat City Entertainment. We have Trivia which is actually one of the most popular games we have in our store. There are various topics to choose from and the feedback we’ve received has been incredibly great! You can check them out here if you ever are interested in that. We also have a Christmas Special Game Pack, which includes a simple knowledge trivia with 5 Christmas themed categories. Plus, it also includes bonus rounds as well! Another game includes Music Trivia which includes final challenges and bonus rounds as well.
We also have a plethora of music trivia games and music bingo games as well! Music bingo is essentially a different take on bingo where instead of crossing out numbers, you cross out music based on what music the caller/DJ plays.
That’s some of the games and holiday party ideas we have. We’d love to know if you have any more ideas. Feel free to mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Time to party!
Nostalgia and great music? Well, this is the right place! MUSIC BINGO FEATURING SONGS FROM MICHAEL JACKSON, QUEEN AND MORE! THE GREATEST MUSICAL ERA!
Feeling nostalgic? Want to travel back to the greatest era ever? Now you can! It's the 80s themed Music Bingo!
The 80s was truly a great time to live and people who were born and grew up in that time would agree. It was simpler and the music made then was simply great! It still is timeless and even the current generation of artists are producing music that is reminiscent of the older style. This playlist features popular singers, including Michael Jackson, Phil Collins and famous bands like Queen, Wham! among many others. Some could say that this was the golden generation of music and some would agree. And most would certainly agree that an 80s themed music bingo party would definitely be an amazing idea!
So to start things off, you’d need decorations. Decorations are key to any and every party. They set the mood and help people get into it as well. Imagine it being something like a kickstarter for a party. And for an 80s party, getting people into the mood is something that should be paid close attention to. During the 80s, neon colors were incredibly popular and was basically the theme. Every invite, every club back in the day was filled with neon color decor. You certainly will be hitting the brief of an 80s themed party. Consider using black as well for contrast. Another cool thing that can be used as decor is essentially an arcade game or even a photo booth. That’ll be nailing the brief!
Of course, if you have a themed party, you need the right dress code. People during the 80s wore, what we would consider today, to be some of the wackiest and weirdest clothing options available. They’re loud and bright and everything in between. Some ideas are scrunchies, ripped jeans among many others. Ask guests to come in their favorite 80s creations. Be prepared to see plenty of legwarmers, neon, animal prints, and hot pink. Or if you want, ask your guests to come dressed as their favorite 80s actor, actress or even their favorite movie character! The possibilities are endless when it comes to playing dress up! Look at some pictures and get inspired!
Next up, food. If you run a bar, you’d definitely have a lot of tables. The centerpiece for any table can be a simple Rubik’s Cube, 3x3 of course. Why? Well, during the 80s, Rubik’s Cubes peaked and you could find those nifty little thingamajigs in everyone’s hand, trying to solve it. And you can also set up a bar with some really colorful drinks. Swap out classics for some really bright and fun colored drinks, like a Midori Sour, for example. Besides, you can also have a candy bar for people that want to indulge in some of their favorite 80s candies, like Sour Patch Kids, Push Pops, Chupa Chups and more! It’s pretty evident that these candies can actually invoke nostalgia in the party and adds to how immersive the party is!
And of course, the main thing - the music bingo! While playing the song, you can ask the guests or contestants or audience to dance to it if they want to. You could have some space allocated for that if you do have that much space. If you also wanted to, you can add a karaoke machine which would add a lot of fun and ask the audience or your guests to sing to it. People would love it if they could sing along to the song and also just create a fun atmosphere. A fun little touch to the party would also be to add the music bingo sheet on a neon colored paper. As a prize to the winner, you can hand them a Rubik's Cube which was, like we mentioned earlier above, was incredibly popular in the 80s.
Finally, you need the invitations. If you’re the kind of person who goes all out, you know that invitations can bring a party together. It just feels like the bow on the tie. If you wanted to, similar to the music bingo sheets, you can print out the invitations or to be more precise, design the invitation around neon colors and splatter paint on it.
You can also come up with your own amazing 80s based ideas and ensure that your guests have an amazing time! If you do have any great suggestions, feel free to let us know in the comments section below and if you need our playlists, you can find them on all major platforms like Spotify, Amazon Music, etc.
The first thing you are going to want to do when planning your video conference event online is ask yourself the following questions:
Once you have answered most, if not all, of these questions, you can start to pick games that will be well-suited for your event.
Step 1: Setting a date
For myself, as an event entertainer, an event does not begin to materialize until a date is inked in. While it is sometimes possible to alter the date down the road, I would never recommend it. Try to choose the correct date, nice and early. Do your homework too. See what else is might overlap with your start time. Ask your guests if that is a good date or not. See if people might be away on holidays, or if the Academy Awards are that night.
One of the great things about virtual events is, people do not need to add travel time to attend the event, and events tend to only last 1 hour. 2 hours would be a fairly long event. Compared to an in-person holiday party, the input time required from participants is much lower. I know we'd all prefer to be there for the open bar, but we must take our positives where we can!
Step 2: How many people will be signing in to the event?
While this doesn't need to be an exact number right away, this is maybe the most important question to ask when choosing what games to select for your group. We have 3 main choices to decide upon when hiring us as your Virtual Event Hosts.
The first is the most popular right now, "Music Bingo". One of the great things about music bingo is there really is no limit as to how many people can play at once. WE can generate randomized bingo cards for as many as we require! What we do is, pack all the games into a Google Drive folder and send the link out with the meeting link for Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet.
Then we use a tool, such as, PDFSAM to split each pdf file into individual parts. You are going to want to make a numbered list of all your guests for the event, and share this list. That will let each player know which bingo card sheet is theirs, and to download it. Then you shouldn't have anyone accidentally using the same cards. It also provides a handy list for reference to see if they are a winner when they call a Bingo!
If you send the link to all the cards out early enough, players will have time to print the cards out to play along (print Landscape on regular 8.5x11 letter size paper for best results). Players can also play along on their devices using the free software Adobe Reader, or similar.
The second game we offer is Triv101 - "Survey Style" trivia. This is team game, and the game will permit up to 24 teams. However, this would make for a very long game, and, in my opinion, it is much more fun with less teams, but more players per team. Input your team names before the game, and away you go.
The third option we have is called Fat Bottom Trivia "Game Show". This is similar to Jeopardy-style questions and game board. But there are hidden side-games and final challenge. For this game, your host will download the Powerpoint file and select "Screen share" on the presentation when it is open. You will want to check the box for "computer audio", so you will get all the soundfx, and keep track of the team scores on a separate piece of paper.
Step 3: Choosing your video conference platform.
I always tell the event planners, is your group is already comfortable using one platform, go with that. It is much easier for the host to transition to another platform, than trying to teach all your guests to sign in to something new.
If you are already using Microsoft Teams or possibly Google Meet for your needs, definitely go with that. Otherwise, Zoom has great features for your host and guest's needs. Customized backgrounds are a nice addition, and if you have a larger group, you can create "breakout rooms", if you want to have a place for your teams to deliberate. Though I think it is more fun for them to do that in front of the other teams.
Step 4: How long do you want the event to last?
I think the sweet spot for a video call is an hour long. Asking more than an hour of anyone will start to get them antsy by the end of it, and you may have people starting to leave the call early.
With the exception of Music Bingo, you can probably say that, the more people, the longer it will take to complete one round.
Music Bingo is a fairly passive and casual game, so other than having the host talk and the music playing. There is no requirements for the players to talk, unless they are calling Bingo! So they are free to socialize and it shouldn't drag the event out. You can play a music bingo game longer or shorter by playing more or less of each song. You can also speed up a game by making easier Bingos! For instance, "1st Line Any Direction" is easier to get and faster than "4 Corners". There are many different ways to customize the music bingo games. But I suggest 2-3 games in an hour long event. Check out all our Music Bingo Game Option Here.
For Triv101, the more teams, the longer it will go. Same for Fat Bottom Trivia. So you will want to prepare beforehand a target score that will suit your time length desire. If you need specific answers from experienced hosts, please reach out on our Contact page.
Step 5: Choose games that your demographic will enjoy
Take a general poll of your guests age and gender, as well as location/nationality. Try to choose games that they will be knowledgeable on. If it is too difficult for them, or doesn't match up with them culturally, they may not enjoy the game as much. Again, if you require specific suggestions from experienced hosts, please reach out on our Contact page.
Step 6: Prizes
While prizes are not necessary, they can add some excitement to the game. It is best to decide how much you would like to give away first, then spread it out accordingly to the games you've chosen.
For Music Bingo, you can have multiple winners per game. Or just the one. For instance, if you are playing "Food Fight" you can say the first 3 lines any direction is a winner, then the first Blackout! So 4 prizes that game.
For Triv101 and Fat Bottom Trivia, those are Team Games based on score. So you will want to have a prize or prizes that splits up nicely among the winning team.
Don't overthink it, and don't try to do too much. Simple Gift Certificates will work well, and easily be shared via an email link or code.
If you have more questions about Virtual Events on Zoom, please add a comment below, or email us at email@example.com
Take care, and thank you for supporting live entertainment.
staff Christmas parties will be a bit different this year, but we have you covered with virtual event entertainment
It's is that time of the year again! But 2020 is admittedly not like anything we've seen in the recent past. That doesn't mean we quit, however. It means we adapt and overcome. Many of us have been forced to work from home, and whether we are enjoying that change or not, I think we can all agree that we would be disappointed to not have the opportunity to have a staff holiday function.
Here at FatCityEntertainment.com we have had to make many changes, as well. As you can imagine, the amount of event entertainment services the world has required has reduced dramatically. Though, when one door closes, you sneak out the bathroom window... or however the saying goes. lol.
We are proud to state that we now offer complete Virtual Event Packages any time of year, and naturally, during the holidays too.
As is our ritual, we like to offer an "Early-Bird Special" for early bookings of 15% off any custom Virtual Event packages. Because of the confusion among 2020 in general, we are going to extend this offer until the end of October, when you speak to an agent from our Contact Page, be sure to request your discount.
We will also be giving a 25% discount to any Trivia and Music Bingo game downloads from our Holidays Category at the Trivia Store. There are now 35 different Music Bingo Games available, and many Trivia Presentations too. Be sure to check out the Halloween Party Pack and the Christmas Party Pack. Each of which come with a free copy of "The Host Handbook: How To Start A Successful Trivia Night".
Since Virtual Events are such a new solution, we do not have much in the ways of video footage at our disposal to share with you, and to other event planners. So, if you are willing, we would like to offer you an additional 10% off, if you would allow us to use video from your virtual event to share on our commercial media avenues, such as here on FatCityEntertainment.com. If you do not wish to share your company event video, no worries. Of course we will respect your privacy. Just as we prove to you each day we refuse to sell your information, and limited our email marketing campaigns to once a month or less.
We hope these small gestures bring you some solace this crazy year, and we hope we still get to see your pretty faces, even if it is online using one of our many video conferencing applications, such as Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, or even Facebook Live, Youtube, Reddit Broadcasting, or Twitch.
Have an excellent Halloween, everyone! Please wear your masks (unless you are home on your video calls, because then I want to see your fantastic smiles), and stay safe!