By: CaraG @exclusivelycarag

Typically, you’d be getting ready to go out and party this time of year with large crowds and

absolutely zero personal space, but this year? In-person celebrations will be much smaller and more low-key, and virtual parties will be the go-to.

Start the fun by hosting a zoom countdown with family and friends. Gather your closest friends for a Zoom call, have a few laughs and bring in the new year together. It can be as formal or informal as you’d like it to be. Everyone can dress up and share their favorite memory of the year, their New Years Resolutions, and get excited while you wait for this insane year to officially end. So get out your best dress or sweatpants, pull out the champagne bottles, and decorate the house. You can put on some music or hire an online DJ on and have your own virtual extravaganza.

If you aren’t hip to Zoom backgrounds, we’ve got you covered. After about your hundredth Zoom happy hour, the video chatting platform loses its original charm, so you need to find ways to spice up your calls and make them more exciting. Backgrounds are an easy and fun way to do so. To change your Zoom background, save a photo to your desktop and select Settings, then Virtual Background in Zoom. For NYE, choose from fireworks, champagne, or 2021 balloons.

It’s super simple!

To keep the party rolling, find some fun games for your guests to participate in that can easily be done virtually. Play a live bingo card game where people can scratch things off based on TV shows or events. It’s a fast and fun way to keep people on their toes, and you can never go wrong with Houseparty, a free app that allows you to play games you typically enjoy while at a house party from the comfort of your couch. Tell your guests to download the app and choose from various games, including trivia and Ellen DeGeneres’ Heads Up!.

Get your creative juices flowing with a virtual paint and sip. sells mini paint kits that include 1 Mini backboard, 1 Pre-drawn 8 X 10 canvas sheets with numbers, paintbrushes, disposable table easel, step by step instructions, and number-coded paint. You can also make a 2020 scrapbook, vision boards, or even bake. The possibilities are endless, and making something for yourself can be a fun and positive way to end the year on a high note.

We’ve all been waiting for this year to end, and the time is finally here, 2020 WON.