It's that time where many people are getting ready to celebrate the New Year. But, for those who can't make it out to a party or don't want to leave their home, there's an easy way to have a virtual New Year's Eve from the comfort of your couch.
Plus, many people work remotely, so hosting a virtual party is the perfect way to include everyone. Here are great ideas for celebrating the New Year virtually with your remote team.
What Is a Virtual New Year’s Eve Party?
A virtual New Year's Eve party is a celebration online. People can join in from anywhere in the world by using video chat or messaging platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, and more.
This type of party is perfect for remote teams because it allows everyone to participate in the fun without leaving their home.
The world is still feeling the after-effects of Covid-19, with more than 50% of the global workforce working from home. That said, holding physical parties is not an option. Instead, many people and offices resort to virtual parties to celebrate the New Year.
How to Plan a Virtual New Year’s Party for Your Remote Team
If you're thinking of throwing a virtual New Year's Eve party for your remote team, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are some tips:
The first thing you'll need to do is create a guest list. This will help you determine who to invite and how many people can join the party.
Choose Video Platform
You can use several platforms to host a virtual party, including Facebook, Skype, Google Hangouts, and Zoom. Learn how to create a video montage.
Choose a Party Theme
Virtual parties don't necessarily need a party theme. But a theme can help add some extra flair to your virtual get-together. Popular options include a New Year's Eve masquerade or an ugly sweater party.
There is an endless array of options, so choose one that suits you.
Date and Time
Once you've determined who to invite, you'll need to choose a date and time that works for everyone. Keep in mind that many people will be celebrating the New Year at different times, so try to choose a convenient time for as many people as possible.
Choose an Activity
The best way to keep everyone entertained is by hosting activities throughout the night. Here are some fun ideas: play games, pass around funny videos, decorate your online room, etc.
You can either email everyone an invitation or use a chat platform to reach everyone to send invites.
Virtual New Years Party Ideas
Now that you know how to plan a virtual New Year's Eve party for your remote team, it's time to start planning. Here are some great virtual party ideas:
Champagne or Sham? Trivia Game
Champagne or Sham? is the perfect trivia game to play on New Year’s Eve.
To start, divide your group into small teams of three people and then read through true and false statements.
Watch-Along Movie Party
A watch-along movie party is one of the best virtual gift ideas. Host a watch-along movie party for your remote team. Choose a family-friendly movie that everyone can enjoy and pop some
New Year's Resolutions Quiz
This quiz is perfect for testing how well your group knows one another.
First, have each person write down five New Year's resolutions, then have everyone take the quiz. Whoever gets the most questions right wins a prize.
No virtual party is complete with party favours. So give out New Year's-themed goodies like hats, noisemakers, and streamers to everyone who attends your online celebration.
A scavenger hunt is an activity in which teams of people are given a list and tasked with finding or completing all the items on it. This can be done without purchasing anything.
Create a scavenger hunt for your remote team and award prizes to the person who finds all of the items. Make sure you create enough clues so that everyone can complete it in time.
Virtual Karaoke Party
A karaoke party is a perfect way to end your virtual New Year's Eve party. Choose a selection of songs everyone knows, and have fun belting them out online.
A countdown clock is a great way to keep track of the time as it approaches midnight on New Year's Eve. You can find several online or use an app like Countdown Live Wallpaper.
These sweet treats make a great addition to your virtual New Year's Eve party. All you need is some champagne-flavoured candy and a glass of sparkling grape juice for everyone to toast the holiday.
One of the most popular virtual New Year's Eve party ideas is a costume contest. Before your online celebration, start collecting pictures of funny and creative costumes from all over the internet.
Then, send out an email to everyone asking them to vote on their favourite one before midnight.
A playlist can make any event more fun! Create a New Year's Eve playlist that everyone can enjoy.
Time to Create a New Year’s Special Video Gift for Your Team
One of the best virtual gifts for a remote team is a New Year’s special video. A short video featuring the team will be a hit with everyone involved and can even help get you into better communication throughout 2018.
You need an easy-to-use video maker to create fascinating videos. Make sure the video features most if not all members of your team. A group surprise video gift will catch everyone unawares and be cherished for a long time.
Other great ideas for your New Year gift video include a slideshow of the year just passed and a montage video that recaps all your team's achievements.
You can also include highlights from the past year and a memorable "holiday thank you" to everyone who has supported you.
The Bottom Line
With a little bit of creativity, you can throw a great virtual New Year's Eve party for your remote team. These fun and festive ideas are sure to keep everyone entertained as the clock counts down to midnight on December 31st.
Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in the new year! May it be filled with joy, health, and happiness.