Get your party in the right mood by having a party theme! Have an award for the most theme appropriate display or just do it as a fun competition. Remember the more exciting the theme, the better response you may get!
When you host an online party, it is very important to make sure everyone is comfortable. Virtual parties may feel a little awkward since a lot of us are not very used to seeing ourselves on camera and it can be a little strained and not feel as natural as an in-person party. If there is a chance that not everyone knows each other, make sure there is a round of introductions to start things off!
Plan to have the party broken up in either way of breakout rooms, games, or both! Of course, it can be a little hard to come up with what kinds of games you can play at an online party, but here are a few suggestions:
- Trivia (make it theme-appropriate!)
- Costume or decoration competition
You can have the guests play as either individuals or teams. Teams makes it more fun because each player will have a group rooting for them, plus they can amass more points!
Now, to play some of the guessing games, you will probably want to employ the chat box rather than have people guess out loud. Just have a simple text "me" or "got it". Whoever chats first gets to say their guess. If they are wrong, move to the second chat and work your way down.
Another way of playing is to have each person get their own turn. For playing this way, give points for how many answers the player can get in a minute.
Other games that I found on teambuilding.com that I think sound super fun for a virtual event are:
- Penny for your thoughts, and
- Guess the baby
For penny for your thoughts, you have everyone bring a penny with a year from the last 15 (adjust for your group) years. Going in a circle, each player gets to choose another player's coin. The second player reads the year and the first player then tells about something that happened to them or was significant that year.
For guess the baby, everyone previously sends you a baby picture of them. You pull the picture up on the screen during the party and everyone has to guess whose baby picture it is. This one sounds like a lot of fun!
Here is a PDF copy of the trivia game that we played. It is a combination of popular movies, early history, literature and a few more related questions. We allowed 40 seconds per player to try to answer as many as possible correctly. The questions get harder the deeper into the game you go. There are enough questions for about 20 people to play. And of course, you'll need the answers...
Another fun game that we played was a memory game. We allowed the players to look at the image for 30 seconds then we flipped the page and let them write down what actor, character or movie they remembered seeing for 1 minute.