With summer finally here, I’ve got parties on the brain. We just threw an end-of-the-school-year party for my son, and we’ve been attending endless parties as the school year winds down and the summer heats up.
My friend Sree inspired me a while back to think about how to throw a social media themed party, so I’ve been gathering some pins and links about food, decor and activities. Maybe you can use some of these ideas at one of your summer work or play gatherings.
Social Media Party Food
Delicious food is an absolute must for any party, and a social media party must have delicious – and fun – food! This may be one of the most exciting parts of planning a social media party. For inspiration, I’ve created a Pinterest board with many of the following ideas:
- Bake and decorate Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn icon cookies.
- Prepare adorable Twitter cupcakes – bright blue and featuring the Twitter bird.
- Like Peeps? They’re sugary marshmallow treats that come in bird form. Get a bunch of blue peeps to represent Twitter.
- Make your main dessert a cake with an image of your social media avatar (many bakeries can translate a photo image into the frosting).
- Serve square finger sandwiches painted to look like social media icons (use food paint).
- Use color contrast to create food displays that have a social media theme. For example, spread blue M&M’s out on a tray, and then use light-colored M&M’s to form an F for Facebook or T for Twitter in the middle of the sea of blue.
- Make up social media-themed cocktails: a blue Twitter-tini or a red Pinterest drink of some kind (I’m no mixologist – just add food coloring or grenadine, I guess!).
- Not quite social media – but everyone will love this: Prepare Angry Bird deviled eggs!
Social Media Party Decorations
You’ll need theme decorations for your social media party. The right choices can make your party more festive and drive the social media focus home. Here are some ideas:
- Download images from the social media sites you use and head to your local print shop. Have them printed into banners and posters.
- Printstagram makes it easy to print your Instagram photos, either on your own printer or by taking them to a photo printer – hang them up for decorations or print them into little box versions for 3-D table decor.
- Use Printstagr.am to print stickers of your Instagram photos, and use them to decorate invites, tableware, or to stick on your guests as they enter the party.
- Create banners featuring interesting, funny, weird, or popular hashtags or tweets.
- Decorate a wall with blown-up social media avatars of your friends/colleagues, or make a poster-sized collage out of them.
- Have each guest RSVP with a photo of himself/herself and a short greeting. Use these to create banners and posters to hang about the room.
- Create social media bunting flags, string them together, and hang them in the party room.
Activities & Icebreakers for Your Social Media Party
Icebreakers are a great way to get the networking started, which is what you want at a social media themed party. And even more importantly, they can be a whole lot of fun. Here are a few icebreakers and other activities.
- What’s In a Screen Name (adapted from the “My Name Is” game): Each guest shares his or her screen name for the social media site of your choice and then makes a sentence using each of the letters in the screen name. Bonus points if the sentence is social media related.
- Know Your Partner (adapted from The Know Thy Neighbor Game): Each guest pairs up with someone new and spends a few minutes talking to him or her. After the allotted time is up, each guest must introduce his or partner, sharing details about the partner, such as his or her name and screen name (for the social media site of your choice), a few of the partner’s likes and dislikes, and a hashtag that describes the partner.
- Personality Tweets: Have each person write out a 140-character description of his or her personality. Time this activity to make it more difficult and give points for the descriptions that are the most detailed and funny.
- Tweet Down the Line (adapted from theTelephone Game): Form a long line and have the first person make up a tweet. Have each person whisper the tweet to the next person in line. See how much the tweet has changed by the time you get to the end of the line.
Have you ever thrown an social media party? If so, please tell us in the comments what you ate, how you decorated, and what you did at the party. I’d love to add your images to my Pinterest board, too!
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