These days, playing it safe is the name of the game—but that doesn’t mean momentous occasions should be overlooked. Enter the era of at-home events and socially distant parties.
“House parties instead of huge venues have become the new normal, with a guest list limited to family and close friends, but still with beautiful decorations, music, and food,” says Andrea Sanchez, balloon stylist and event expert at Blue Lime Events in Port St. Lucie, which specializes in custom balloon garlands, arches, and jumbo bouquets, all delivered via no-contact installation. “Virtual parties where the host has a really beautiful backdrop have also become popular,” adds Sanchez, who recommends virtual events for high-risk individuals. For in-person parties, disposable tableware, open spaces, and masks are a must.
Another popular pandemic-inspired approach to celebrating is the drive-by party, during which a caravan of decked-out vehicles drives past a special someone. Conversely, the guest of honor can hop in a decorated car to make the rounds at participating homes, where loved ones observe the festivities by waving, cheering, or handing out gifts.
Amy Littleson, blogger at Amy Believes in Pink, knew she had to go big to mark her sister’s graduation from Vanderbilt University. “We did our best to make it as special as possible for her with a full at-home ceremony,” Littleson says. She organized Champagne stops around their Vero Beach neighborhood and had well-wishers submit congratulatory video clips that were compiled into a virtual hurrah. The pomp and circumstance concluded with a famous scene on the living room TV: Elle Woods’ commencement speech from Legally Blonde.