You CAN continue to social distance and still have fun. We've proven it over the last seven-plus months. If you have handled board meetings, team meetings, networking mixers, happy hours, and team lunches from a distance... why not holiday parties? With office doors locked and travel restrictions possible - these suggestions work for both business and personal events. Let's discover how to make virtual holiday parties exciting... and possible!
Start planning now.
If you're considering a gift exchange, you're going to want to get started now so your guests have time to purchase and ship. Elfster is a free gift exchange website that allows you to set up an exchange, virtually! There's even a blog post on the best useful and creative White Elephant gift ideas!
Get (and keep) everyone excited.
Send something ahead of time, and not just an invitation via email. A mailed invite, a bottle of wine, a logoed chatski - get creative and get your guests excited about the event! Make sure you send out a few text or email reminders about the party, too. You can create great digital invitations at Canva - and they offer printing.
It's always about the food.
Whether the host(ess) cooks, does it potluck style, or hires a caterer - there's always food. A virtual party should be no different! Every group has a great entertainer and someone who loves to cook. Ask the best chef from your crew to do a live cooking demo. Send out the recipe ahead of time and let party goers cook along if they'd like!
Another idea: Charcuterie boards They're so popular and so easy to put together. You can vote for the most beautiful board.
Get out of your PJs!
Encourage everyone to dress up! You can ask people to put on their best holiday garments or choose a theme and see how creative things get. How about a prize for best attire?
Keep everyone's interest.
MyQuiz.org is a live multiplayer trivia quiz site that can host up to 25 people for free and it works from any device. They're offering holiday specials, too! There are a lot of online board game options as well: Monopoly, Words With Friends, and lots of card games, to name a few.
Give more prizes!
You can come up with a ton of ideas and reasons to reward all of your attendees, in addition to the ones already mentioned. How about: Best backdrop, prettiest table scape, best decorations, first to get on the call, last to leave the call. Use your imagination!
If you put in the effort, the possibilities are never ending. And, if you would like some help, just ask! The team at K2C is ready and waiting with the creativity and connections you need to make your virtual party a success... just don't forget to invite us!
Kelli Komondor &