It's actually that time of year again to start thinking about and planning holiday parties. Can you believe it?

I realize holiday parties are going to look different this year, just like most everything else. But that doesn’t mean you have to skip them altogether.

Here are some fun, local options – both in-person and virtual – to celebrate with co-workers, family or friends that you might not have thought of before.

The Tie Dye LabThe Tie Dye Lab

If you want to get together in person, I recommend holding a party at The Tie Dye Lab in Avon. Our office staff had a holiday party there a couple of years ago with our board members and it was fun for all age groups.

The Tie Dye Lab offers several different items to tie-dye, and during the holidays, they add Christmas stockings. And if you want to add graphics to your items, they have stock images to choose from or they can do a custom graphic for you. But make sure you give them at least two weeks notice.

The Tie Dye lab can accommodate up to 50 people at one time for an after-hours event and will have plenty of staff on hand to help. For a smaller group, you can go during the day, but other people will be there at the same time. You can also bring your own food and drinks.


Press Play Gaming LoungePress Play Gaming Lounge family pods

A new option for in-person holiday parties is Press Play Gaming Lounge in Brownsburg. They offer a wide variety of games including Nerf Wars, 3-Point Challenge and Virtual Reality games. 

They can accommodate groups of up to 60 people and offer huge party rooms, a huge bar, sports entertainment and great food. And for Halloween they have a Costume Contest on Oct. 29 from 4-8 p.m.


Jared Wade EntertainmentJared Wade Entertainment virtual parties

Jared Wade Entertainment provides another party option you can choose to do in-person or virtually. 

If you want to get together in-person, he has a new stream-lined photo booth option where the system works off hand gestures - no touching of screens needed. The photos, gifs and boomerangs are digitally sent to the guests, so since there are no printed photo strips, there is no chance of sharing germs. 

He also offers a Family Feud game that’s great for office parties as well as family parties. I’ve never had the chance to play it, but I’ve heard it’s a lot of fun.

For virtual parties, Jared offers trivia games, music video bingo and a large selection of digital game shows.

The digital game shows are all focused on team building or family style, so working together is key.  These games combine trivia style and chance, so it’s perfect for all ages, and groups. I’ve had the privilege to play a few of these games, and Jared does a great job keeping everyone entertained.

New this year, Jared has teamed up with other local professionals to put together “Party@Home” packages that have food, non-alcoholic drinks and entertainment all included.

I know it has been a tough year for everyone, so I hope that however you decide to celebrate the holidays, you stay healthy and that one of these party suggestions will help make your holidays a little brighter.