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How To Celebrate An Unforgettable Virtual Party

When getting together in person is challenging, you don’t need to feel like you’re alone in the world. There are plenty of creative online solutions that can help you keep up-to-date with friends and even encourage you to have a little fun together. There’s an old proverb that says necessity is the mother of invention, and necessity has given birth to the virtual party. There are several online platforms that allow groups of people to gather online. You can simply get together and hang out, or you can get creative and add a theme to give your virtual party meaning.

June 4, 2021 in Life

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What should you include in a virtual party

Any good party starts with an invitation and a virtual party is no different. There are a number of online companies that offer fancy online invitations and virtual backgrounds for your party. Online invitations offer clarity and a little pizzazz to your virtual party, by clearly showing the date, time and theme of your festivities.

Virtual birthday party ideas

The most common kind of online party is the virtual birthday party, and the number of ways to celebrate is endless. You can shake up any of these ideas, adapt them to your needs, and even combine them to make a party extravaganza!

Host a virtual birthday party on a video call

One of the advantages of a virtual birthday party is that your friends can join your shindig from just about anywhere, so if someone moved across the world, you won’t have to exclude them. It’s a perfect way to include important people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.


Another advantage is that there is no need for a designated driver to get your guests safely home. You’ll also eliminate the cost of providing food and refreshments as people will have to bring their own treats and beverages. It may not be quite the same as being in person, but it certainly has its pluses!

Make a “Happy Birthday” video montage

You can also ask friends and family to make short videos sending good wishes to the person who’s birthday you are celebrating, and even add what everyone loves and appreciates about them. You can then cut the clips together into a video montage and play it on the video call. It’s a memorable gift for everyone present.

Birthday cupcake bake-off

Cooking competition shows are all the rage, and you can even create your own. Get everyone to bake themed cupcakes, arrange for judges and give out funny virtual awards. Your categories could be something like, Best in Icing, Best in Theme, Most Original, and Better Luck Next Time. The sky’s the limit.

Play virtual games

For the video gaming crowd, there are many games that allow you to play and chat with one another online. Virtual games are often a nice change from watching movies or TV shows, which can be rather passive and solitary pastimes.

Virtual office party ideas

The holidays are fast approaching, and there are many interesting and fun activities workplaces can use to get together online. You could hold an office trivia party or even an end-of-year awards night. The party organizer could set a theme, and everyone could make a food item they feel embodies the theme. As with the virtual birthday party idea, you could arrange your own judges and come up with your own awards. Depending on your workplace, you might even consider creating a virtual tea party with everyone enjoying high tea in posh fashion. Gifts for staff could include gift cards, time off, or donations to a favourite charity.

Host a digital board game night

What’s old is new again. There are many apps that allow participants to get together and play old fashioned board games. Go for a nostalgic wander through your childhood memories as you take on coworkers and your boss in iconic games of chance and strategy. Games that require teams can also be a fun way to practice team building.

Virtual brunch ideas

Just because you can’t get together in person doesn’t mean you can’t share brunch with your workmates. Send out a creatively-themed backdrop for your virtual brunch, give employees a budget for takeout, and away you go.

Other virtual party ideas

Host a watch party

Just because you can’t get together in person doesn’t mean you can’t share brunch with your workmates. Send out a creatively-themed backdrop for your virtual brunch, give employees a budget for takeout, and away you go.

Virtual karaoke party

For groups of friends or workplaces looking for something potentially more wild, there’s always the choice of getting on the virtual stage and singing in front of your friends or colleagues. It’s a good opportunity to discover hidden talents among friends or coworkers.

Virtual masquerade

Challenge everyone to come up with some DIY ideas for their costume and give out prizes for as many categories as you can come up with. You could also add a theme related to an upcoming holiday.

Use American Express® Membership Rewards® points for your virtual party

American Express Membership Rewards enrolled Cards offer reward points that can be used for eligible eats, drinks, and purchases for your virtual party. Cardmembers can check American Express Maps  to find local options for their virtual party needs.

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