Still want to celebrate the holiday season with all your employees, but concerned about social distancing? No worries!

Here are several great ways to still host holiday parties with employees virtually.

Tips: For virtual events plug your laptop into your TV with an HDMI cable to enjoy the party with a larger picture and better sound.

 

Virtual Cocktail Holiday Party with Entertainment

Virtual Cocktail party

A few days prior to the party, send all employees their party essentials for the big day. Hire a fun mixologist to get the party started by hosting a virtual mixology class and showing everyone how to make their drinks with the ingredients they were sent.  

Set up a party playlist so everyone is hearing the same beats or kick it up a notch and hire a band to stream virtually while everyone enjoys their cocktails from the comfort of their own home.

 

Virtual Wine / Beer Tasting and Trivia

Virtual wine - beer tasting

Pick your favorite brewery, winery, or both, add cheese pairings and send your employees all the goodies prior to the party to set up a virtual tasting for the whole company to enjoy as a group.

Hire an enthusiastic expert to walk you through the tasting, or consider turning it into a tasting and trivia holiday party.

Bring in a game show host to moderate the trivia and get people engaged in the fun by offering small prizes for the winners.

 

Drive-by Pop-up Holiday Party

Drive-by Holiday party

Get dressed up in your best holiday party outfit. Set up a pop-up winter wonderland photo opt for your employees to drive through and get their holiday party photos.

As they drive through to greet them from afar and have to-go dinner to grab for them and a spouse or nice charcuterie board and a bottle of wine for them to enjoy at home. 

  

Drive-thru Holiday Dinner Party

Drive-thru Holiday dinner party

Create a mini drive-through trail of lights for your employees to enjoy from the comfort of their car. Offer stations of gift bags, appetizers, hot cocoa, and mocktails to grab from the car so they can enjoy along the way.

 

Drive-In Dinner and Band Party

Drive-in dinner and band party

Skip the screen and create a drive-in holiday party! Think drive-in movie but hire an awesome band to perform live that your employees can enjoy from their vehicle while staying socially distant. 

Create that perfect holiday menu and bring the delightful meal right to your guests’ car windows.

  

Socially Distant In-Person Holiday Party

Want to consider some in-person interaction?

Find a venue in your area that has implemented new health and safety guidelines that you feel comfortable with and then consider these tips. 

  • Pre-set tables 6ft apart with the appropriate number of place settings and have people assigned to tables.
  • Minimize the walking around by having servers available to take drink orders, serve hor d’oeuvres, and plated entrees.
  • Bring in live entertainment for the whole party to enjoy from their seat
  • Set up devices at each table that can connect with people at a different table, so everyone gets a chance to mingle with all tables without having to leave their own.
  • Consider creating a fun holiday theme or company branded face masks to wear as needed.

  

Carriage Rides

Carriage rides

Set up festive carriage rides that your employees can enjoy one and at a time with their spouse. Serve hot cocoa in branded to-go coffee mugs, holiday gift bags for all, and a nice stroll around town in a carriage which will also serve as a great holiday photo opportunity, so don’t forget the photographer!

  

Virtual Ugly Sweater Party

virtual ugly sweater party

Have the infamous ugly sweater holiday party, but virtual style.

Send out invites informing everyone of the details and to prepare their best ugly sweater outfit for a chance to win the grand prize. Set up virtual games, contests, and entertainment for all to enjoy through the evening.

This would even be a good opportunity to get the whole family involved!

 

Virtual Holiday Karaoke Party

virtual holiday karaoke party

Why not have your employees be the holiday party entertainment and consider a virtual karaoke party?  Send out cute invites along with a karaoke sign-up sheet.

Get people excited and involved by giving away prizes for those that participate or have different categories that they can enter with a chance to win prizes.

If you want to take it up a notch, send out a prop box to each employee prior to the party that equips them with a microphone and fun stage props to take their performance to the next level.

  

Drive-thru or Virtual White Elephant Gift Exchange

Have all your employees purchase a white elephant gift.

Drive-thru: all employees send in their white elephant gift to be set up at the drive-through event. Have hot cocoa, mocktails, food, holiday photo booth, and a table of white elephant gifts for them to choose from.

Virtual: Prior to your holiday event randomly assign one address to each employee while everyone buys a white elephant gift and sends it to the person/address they were assigned the white elephant gift.

On event day everyone virtually opens their white elephant gift and guesses who sent it to them. Add in a holiday playlist, holiday theme backgrounds, and food delivery (provide a code prior to the party, so they can have dinner delivered compliments of the company).

 

The Wrap

2020 is not the year to consider canceling your holiday gatherings – you may just need to reimagine them to keep social distancing in mind. 

Internal events are crucial for your company culture and your employees will need this end of year celebration more than ever as 2020 has brought many changes to us all. 

As you can tell, there is plenty of fun, creative ideas out there to bring your employees “together” for an end-of-year celebration.

 

 

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