I think by now we’ve all become pros on the Zoom app! Between meetings, family events, and just long calls with friends, we know what we’re doing on there now. So, it’s time to host a zoom holiday party for your workplace. And let’s make it fun!
Of course, a zoom holiday party doesn’t sound as exciting, but trust me they can be! As long as they are interactive and engaging, it can feel like you’re all together in the same space.
My pro tip for these types of events: make sure you have a moderator or facilitator. Whether that’s you, a colleague, or you hire someone to come in, it will help with the flow of the event and ensure that everyone participates.
Alright, let’s get to it! Here’s our ultimate zoom holiday party guide for 2021.
MUSICAL CHAIRS – THE SINGER’S VERSION
Remember playing Musical Chairs when you were a kid, and you’d make a mad dash for that last chair? Then you’ll know exactly how to play the Singer’s Version. Here’s how it works. The facilitator starts playing a song, let’s say it’s holiday-themed, and everyone starts singing as loud as possible. The facilitator then shuts off the song, at random, and the last person left singing loses. Check out this list of holiday songs if you need some inspo.
SEE WHO’S ON THE NAUGHTY LIST
Yes, this is work appropriate! It’s a variation on the game Never Have I Ever but you play with statements about the holidays. Everyone starts with 10 fingers up. If they have done whatever the statement says, they put a finger down. At the end, the play with the most fingers still up, wins. To further engagement, with each statement, the facilitator can ask the team member to share their story! This’ll help everyone connect and learn more about each other.
LEARN TO BE BARTENDER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Our virtual happy hour experiences focus on flavor balance and mixology skills, led by an award-winning bartender and culinary host. Craft your own cocktails with instructions, tips, and stories along the way. Upgrade to ingredient delivery for an all-inclusive experience.
I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE…
I’m bringing it back with another game from our childhood. I spy with my little eye…a team that loves to have fun (that’s where you folks come in!). Play a fun game of I Spy with items in your home. Even better, if homes are decorated you can start to call out items like a wreath, a candle, or a tree!
DRESS AS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY MOVIE CHARACTER
We all have that one movie we MUST watch during the holidays. For me, it’s Serendipity (not your typical holiday movie but that’s the only time I watch it!). So why not have a little costume fun and come dressed up as your favourite character? Maybe National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is your favorite, or you want something a little more comfortable, so you come dressed as Scrooge. Whatever you pick, costume parties are always a fun time! If you’re looking for a little help coming up with a character, here’s a list of holiday movies you can check out.
TASTE WATERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Join a Certified Water Sommelier and an Avital Emcee Host for a guided water tasting. Waters are delivered to guests’ doors in premium glass bottles from around the world. Discover how different water can taste by sampling the world’s most premium H2Os. Food pairings included, plus guests can compare their tap water to these natural spring waters for a fun experiment.
JOIN IN ON A FAMILY TRADITION
We all have family traditions during the holidays. Mine just happens to be eating enough for 4 people but to each their own, right? But maybe yours play a fun board game or sing carols. Those are beautiful traditions that would be special to share with your workplace. It’ll give everyone a glimpse into the other person’s life, therefore creating a connection (see what I did there?). So, what’s your favorite family tradition?
Participate in Fireside Drinks & Hors d’Oeuvres
Fireside coziness combined with classy hors d’oeuvres for an incredible, memorable holiday experience! During the 60-minute Virtual Holiday Party, all guests will begin by crafting a festive & delicious holiday cocktail alongside an Award-Winning Mixologist. With drinks in hand, guests will be led through the food pairings, including hands-on tapenade assemblage. Finish with chocolate & dried fruits.
BAKE GOODIES TO SHARE
Eating delicious food and baked goodies is a rite of passage during the holidays. Especially if you have treats where the recipe has been passed out for generations. And with that idea, why not have a fun baking class where one person sends around a family recipe, and everyone bakes it? You and your team can bake them before the zoom holiday party but wait to try them all together!
PLAY HOLIDAY CHARADES
Charades is a great idea for a team event for many reasons! Number one, it’s fun and creative. Second, it’s a great way to learn to read body language, which is an essential skill when a lot of meetings are done via video call. You don’t need to only act out movies, books or tv shows. Try acting out holiday events, winter sports, or even holiday characters. Get creative, it’ll be beneficial for everyone!
Throwing a zoom holiday party is necessary in these times. It’s an opportunity for coworkers and team members to connect, communicate, and get to know one another. It’s also a way to show your team you appreciate it and acknowledge their hard work over the past year. It hasn’t been easy on a lot of us so these games are a great way to ensure your team lets loose, has fun, and builds a connection. Let us know which zoom holiday party you’ll be hosting. And are we invited?