Throw a virtual party everyone will love! This guide is packed with fun virtual office party ideas, for teams of all sizes and budgets.
Read on to discover how you can keep everyone entertained – whether you’re planning an office holiday party, conference, awards ceremony, or another special occasion.
A few of our favorite virtual office party ideas:
Read on for more information on these virtual office party ideas, and more ideas!
- Choose a theme to get everyone excited and engaged
- Send everyone a party favor or keepsake
- Book a fun, interactive team building activity
- Celebrate DEI occasions and holidays
- Play virtual party games and friendly competitions
- Get festive with fun virtual holiday party ideas
In this guide, you’ll find:
- Fun ways to liven up a virtual party and ensure everyone has a good time
- Virtual party ideas for hybrid and remote employees
- Inspiration for your next holiday party, virtual birthday party, or company milestone
- Interactive virtual team building sessions for remote workers
- Virtual games, icebreakers, and activities for your next video chat
- Holiday party games, activities, and inspiration
Virtual Office Party Ideas
The Ground Rules: How to Throw a Fun Virtual Office Party
1. Get Everyone Excited with a Theme
Choosing a virtual party theme can help your event feel cohesive and fun, while also getting everyone excited ahead of time! You can use your party theme for inspiration throughout your e-vite, when choosing your video call background, and when selecting party games and activities. Additionally, you can dress in theme or wear a costume!
Online party theme ideas we love:
- Decades – 70s, 80s, 90s, etc.
- Movies & TV – dress as a character from your favorite film or show – or pick a common theme for everyone to share
- Seasonal – spring flowers, fun in the sun, fall foliage, or winter wonderland
- Superheroes or anime
- Colorful theme – silver & gold, black & white, etc.
- Food themed – BBQ, sweets & candy, charcuterie happy hour, etc.
2. Create Fun Party Invites
Set the mood by sharing a fun party invitation with your team. You can use a free design tool like Canva to create an invitation graphic to add to an email or calendar invite. Or, use an online invitation service like Paperless Post or Evite to keep track of everyone’s RSVPs.
3. Gift Employees Party Favors or a Keepsake
Make your virtual party extra-special by sending everyone a special treat, gift, or keepsake. When hosting a virtual party, giving participants something tangible to hold in their hands can help the event feel more “real” and connected. This might be some company swag, a food item to enjoy together (be mindful of dietary needs!), or even a craft activity to complete during your party.
If you’re hosting a virtual birthday party, consider mailing a small gift to the employee who’s celebrating! For a convenient and affordable option, send a small e-gift card to their favorite coffee shop so they can enjoy a special treat.
Unique Virtual Team Building Sessions
Swap the chit-chat and icebreakers for a fun, guided team building experience tailored to your corporate goals.
4. Play Alongside the Masters
Throw a golf-themed virtual gathering with the Design-A-Golf-Course team-building event from Unexpected Virtual Tours!
In this fun experience, you and your team will learn about golf design history. First, you’ll test your skills by building a golf hole at your desks. Then, get a live look at locations important to golf legend Bobby Jones.
Even if your team isn’t full of golf enthusiasts, everyone will enjoy this 90-minute Zoom experience that gets your team collaborating, laughing, and creating. Moreover, you can have themed treat boxes shipped to each player’s door! Boxes include Lindt golf ball chocolates, the Golf Mug, and other fun golf-related surprises. It’s the perfect fun activity and gift for your team.
Learn more and book your Design-A-Golf-Course session.’
5. Take a European Vacation
Take your virtual office party overseas with a European vacation! You’ll join our expert on-location guides live-streaming from Europe.
During this experience, your team will be mesmerized by Prague’s famous holiday markets. Then, visit the beautiful Trevi Fountain with a live Roman guide. Finally, challenge your employees’ design skills! Everyone will be tasked with building a Colosseum using sugar cubes as a fun team building activity.
Your group will love testing out European knowledge with a trivia session. Finally, everyone can indulge in treat boxes, shipped directly to their door with delicious European-themed goodies.
Learn more and book your virtual European holiday experience here.
6. Explore the History & Culture of Street Art
Unexpected Virtual Tours’ Street Art Virtual Team Building event is perfect for a creative party activity or virtual happy hour bonding! This employee engagement idea combines trivia, hands-on painting activities, and lots of team building challenges.
The session is guided by two live, knowledgeable, engaging guides who will help your team learn about the history and culture of street art. For instance, participate in an artistic team challenge, and get a live-stream look at one of America’s most fascinating street art locations.
Learn more and book your Street Art virtual experience!
7. Learn About the History of Music
Great music can set the tone for a fun virtual company party – but have you ever explored the origins of the music we enjoy today? During this virtual experience, your team will trace the history of music! This 1.5-hour session includes fun musical challenges and fascinating tales of music history, shared by vibrant and knowledgeable guides.
Additionally, our Nashville-based virtual tour guide will give your team a live look at the Ryman Auditorium, home of the renowned Grand Ole Opry. Each participant will receive a Treat Box to enjoy during the session. Interactive activities and snacks will enhance your musical team building experience!
Pro tip: many DEI teams pick this event because it ties Black music history seamlessly into the fun experience.
Explore our music team building session here!
Seasonal & DEI Virtual Team Building Sessions
Limited spots are available for these seasonal events from Unexpected Virtual Tours!
8. Delve Deeper into Black History Month
The history of Black History Month is nuanced, emotional, and celebratory. Unexpected Virtual Tours provides an incredible view of the month with a focus on why diversity and equity education matters.
During this experience, your team will get an educational, interactive overview of the history of Black History Month. This session includes a live hosted experience and an on-site guide at one of America’s most important neighborhoods for Black history.
The Black History Month Virtual Team Building experience is one that your team won’t forget. And, in line with the 2022 theme of Black Health and Wellness, this experience highlights the stories of Drs. Kenneth Clark and Mamie Clark, the Black psychologists who conducted the “doll studies” that led to desegregation in schools.
Explore Black History Month team building.
9. Celebrate Women’s History Month
During this engaging virtual session, your team will hear the untold stories of female inventors, artists, and leaders from the 1800s to the present day. A highlight of this experience are the live character guides based in the 1800s and 1900s. The guides are similar to live characters you would encounter in Colonial Williamsburg. (We promise, this session won’t be cheesy or eye-roll inducing!)
Your team will be amazed by similarities and differences faced by female inventors over the past three centuries. Moreover, you’ll learn about the ingenuity and perseverance of female inventors. For example, hear about the inventor of Kevlar, the paper bag folding machine, and much more.
This unique virtual event is NOT a lecture, but an immersive and interactive experience that showcases the triumph of female invention. It is a unique celebration of Women’s History Month.
Learn more and book your “She Innovates” session for Women’s History Month!
10. Learn, Protest, & Celebrate During Pride Month
During this fun and inspiring virtual team building experience, your team will learn about the history of Pride Month, from the early 1900s to the present day. Get a look at iconic locations in Greenwich Village in New York City, as well as the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco.
All you need for this hour-long, live-streaming session is a computer and internet connection. Then, leave it to us to get your team connecting, celebrating, and learning together in this unique and memorable activity.
Learn more and book your Pride Month virtual team building experience.
11. Honor Juneteenth with Your Team
Unexpected Virtual Tours’ interactive Juneteenth Team Building experience was featured in Lonely Planet as one of the best ways to honor Juneteenth! This hour-long virtual session is an approachable and engaging way for your team to learn about this meaningful holiday together.
Enjoy incredible treats from Black-owned businesses and learn about the history of Juneteenth. As part of this experience, your team will hear from two on-location guides in Hampton, Virginia, and Austin, Texas. Preferred by companies like Coca-Cola, this activity is NOT a lecture, but a truly interactive experience that your team will never forget!
Learn more and book your Virtual Juneteenth Team Building experience!
12. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an exciting virtual session! Discover America’s untold stories of Latinx entrepreneurs, creators, and musicians.
Unexpected Virtual Tours’ Hispanic and Latinx Heritage virtual event is a fun and engaging way for virtual groups to celebrate and learn together. Your experience will be led by two knowledgeable and personable in-studio guides, as well as two on-location guides.
Take a virtual field trip together to St. Augustine, Florida, and Austin, Texas. In St. Augustine, your team will virtually travel to the oldest Hispanic community in the country. Then, virtually trek the Tejano Walking Trails in Austin, including the Tejano Music Legends Trail. Additionally, you’ll learn all about the impact of Latin music on American culture.
Learn more and book your Hispanic Heritage Month team building experience.
13. Get into Spooky Season with Ghost Stories
Throw a Halloween party your team will be talking about all fall! During Unexpected Virtual Tours’ virtual Ghost Stories experience, your team will hear spooky stories and hone their storytelling skills.
Each of your team members will receive their very own treat box, allowing everyone to make their own s’mores at home. Then, enjoy your treat around the virtual campfire with your coworkers!
A warm, knowledgeable guide will facilitate your Halloween themed fall experience. In addition to hearing and telling ghost stories, your team will get a live, on-location look at a Victorian cemetery. Additionally, your session includes storytelling contests and other paranormal fun, making it the perfect blend of laughter and learning.
Learn more and book your virtual Ghost Stories experience here.
14. Host a Halloween Superhero Party & Wine Tasting
Host a Superhero-themed Halloween party for your team! During this “marvel-ous” Unexpected Virtual Tours event, your team will experience an interactive virtual movie tour with two expert live-streaming guides.
Get a special on-location look at iconic superhero movie filming locations. Then, everyone will go into breakout rooms to create your own superhero character. As a special surprise, our talented animator will draw two of your teams’ superhero designs, live during your session!
If you’d like, you can add on a special superhero themed wine tasting box for your team. The tasting was uniquely curated for this event by Voluptuary + Lucid Wines, and kits are mailed directly to your team members.
Make this event even more fun by turning it into a costume contest – show up in your best superhero or comic book attire!
It’s a bird – it’s a plane – it’s our virtual Superhero experience!
Virtual Party Games & Activities
15. Entertain Your Team with Party Games
There are so many games to play virtually with your team – it can be hard to know where to start! From sports games to online board games, to word puzzles and more. That’s why we created a guide with some of our favorite games to play online with coworkers.
Add more fun to your virtual office party with interactive challenges, sports games, guessing games, and a “safe for work” version of truth or dare. There’s something for everyone!
Explore our guide: Zoom Team Building Games for Remote Teams.
16. Play a Round of Virtual Bingo Together
Playing a game of virtual team building bingo is a surprisingly fun way to get your team talking and laughing together. You don’t have to stick to traditional bingo cards with letters and numbers. Instead, use our customizable cards to create a unique experience for your team!
Everyone will get to know each other a little better with bingo cards that include conversation starter prompts and seasonal themes.
Get ready to yell “BINGO!” Explore virtual Bingo cards and tips in our guide: Virtual Team Building Bingo Ideas.
17. Get Festive with Holiday Party Ideas
Throwing a virtual holiday party for your team? Make it extra special with festive ideas and activities! From costumes and themes to shared holiday playlists, gift swap ideas, holiday bake-offs, and more – there are so many fun ideas.
Browse holiday party ideas: 40+ Virtual Holiday Party Ideas for 2022.
Ready to take your team building to the next level? Browse even more ideas and activities on our blog. Then, book your virtual team building session with Unexpected Virtual Tours!