Two years ago, life changed as we know it. Everyone started washing their hands a bit more ferociously than they may have before, and gathering together turned into zoom parties rather than packed rooms.
But with new CDC announcements and the pandemic landscape shifting, we’re beginning to learn more about what gathering in a post-pandemic world looks like. One thing we’re happy to report? The art of celebration is still carrying on in many creative ways!
While the pandemic changed a lot, one universal truth is that we’re still human! We’re longing for connection and joy, and celebrating special moments together is the one thing that allows us to celebrate that humble fact.
So when it comes to gathering together in a post-pandemic world, what that looks like really comes down to what works best for you and what you believe in.
While many people are beginning to gather again without covid restraints, this doesn’t mean that you can’t ask your guests to follow covid precautions if you desire. So as with any event, we recommend that you first sit down and plan.
What is the goal/purpose of the event?
Are COVID restrictions important to you?
How about the majority of your guests?
What significant moments do you want to happen throughout your event?
Can those moments happen while being covid-conscious?
By answering these questions upfront for yourself, you’ll have a clearer picture of what this event may look like for you!
It’s also important to remember that while planning this event, not to judge yourself! If there are certain precautions, you don’t feel comfortable following, then opt-out. As long as you’re abiding by your state’s laws and/or venue requirements, this is your event, and you have the autonomy to make your own decisions!
After you’ve answered the questions and decided on what’s important to you, have fun with putting it into effect! It’s your event, so take whatever precautions make you comfortable and make it easy for your guests to do the same.
If you want your guests to use hand sanitizer before joining your event, provide some! You can even make it friendly and inviting by having cute at-the-door signage. This will ensure that your guests know where you stand and make slapping on some hand sanitizer no biggie.
If you would prefer your guests to social distance, ask them too! While most people will cognitively respect the wishes of their host, you can also help ensure they do by putting up signs around the event and maybe even fun markers on the floor so that they’re aware of it throughout the event.
If you prefer all of your guests to wear masks, make that known as well! With masks now available in bulk, you can even buy some online and leave them at the door or at other stations around your event. Remember that asking someone to wear a mask at your event is not an inconvenience to them.
If you won’t have any precautions in place, make sure you let your guests know ahead of time, whether in the invitations or by some other form of communication, so that guests who may want to bring their own precautions can.
Gathering in a post-pandemic world does not have to be complicated; you only have to be creative depending on where you stand and what you want out of your experience.
And it’s important to note that if you want to be cautious, there are now so MANY ways to get creative with post-pandemic events.
You could have your birthday dinner outside in your backyard instead of having it inside of a restaurant. Or instead of throwing a wedding with 250 guests, you could enjoy an intimate one. Or you really could just stick with good ol’ zoom and plan fun games that make your time online with your loved ones as fun and memorable as possible.
Life keeps going no matter what you choose, so celebrating important milestones should remain a priority. We don’t get any of the time back that we have lived, so why not always try and live it to the fullest?
Celebrate those special dates in whatever capacity you feel is best for you.
Check out our Pinterest here for more inspiration on events post-covid.