Virtual parties: 12 ideas and the invites to match

Looking to stay connected while the world practices social distancing? Our virtual parties can help, whether you’re looking to get the girls together for wine and Netflix after a day working from home (while attempting to homeschool) or you want to keep things as normal as possible as you celebrate a big birthday. Once you settle on the perfect party, we have a virtual party invitation for any vibe.

 

Virtual kids’ birthday parties

For a small family gathering, set a time to dial up the grandparents and cousins and sing “happy birthday” together while the birthday kiddo opens presents. 

Keep kids connected to their classmates with a virtual class birthday hangout. Ask mini guests to come prepared to tell a silly joke, or ask them to share a favorite song when they RSVP so you can create a short playlist for a group dance party. Start the virtual parties early (and keep kids entertained) with a pre-party the day before to decorate DIY paper party hats or birthday cards.

virtual parties - kids' birthdays

Virtual first birthday parties

virtual parties - 1st birthday invite

We could all use a dose of cute babies right now. After a video chat and some sweet baby moves, sync up and watch a movie during naptime. Ask grandparents or family members that might not be able to travel to read their birthday cards aloud to the birthday kiddo and record it for them to have as a digital keepsake. 

 

Virtual birthday parties (for your parents or grandparents)

Get your martinis ready and jump on a call to wish grandma happy birthday. You might not have to try too hard to get her to share a few stories about her life while you’re a captive audience. For a small group, have each person ask about a particular time in their life.

 

Virtual birthday parties (for your partner or best friend)

As an alternative to casual drinks at the bar, have your group chat drop by the Zoom room. Toast to health, happiness, and making it through this year together. Add a cheeky note for guests to “BYO cake,” but make sure to order one or have one sent to the birthday honoree. 

 

Virtual birthday parties (for milestones like the big 3-0)

virtual parties - 30th birthday invite You only turn 30 once, and you can still host a memorable 30th birthday party virtually. Go with a theme like a decade, place, or favorite movie. Ask guests to get creative with their attire based on what they already have in their closet. Try a ‘90s party with a Clueless-inspired dress code and a playlist full of Pearl Jam and Spice Girls. 

 

Virtual team drinks

virtual parties - team drinks invite

Congratulate the team on making it through another week of WFH life. Set a theme to keep things interesting with zen Zoom backgrounds like a tropical jungle or a snowy cabin in the woods. For an all-hands meeting, why not make it a fireside chat with a virtual fire burning in the background. 

 

Virtual bridal shower

Put a new twist on a traditional bridal shower by sending the bride your favorite cookbook. Pair it with an item from their registry so the couple can cook meals at home, even if they’re under quarantine. During the shower, share your go-to recipe and any tips for getting along with your future spouse during 24/7 togetherness.

 

For a more activity-based shower, adapt tips from our bridal shower guide to work virtually like a calligraphy workshop or essential oil blending workshop. For a game that is even more fun to play virtuallyhave one person show photos of the couple at different ages and have guests guess what year each image was taken.

 

Virtual baby shower

virtual parties - baby shower invitationAsk guests to send registry gifts directly to the parents-to-be, and have the new mom or dad open them live so everyone can join in on the fun. If everyone is local, have guests set gifts out on their porch. A host can pick up and deliver them. You can even include a celebratory cake or freezer meal for them to stash away. 

 

If grandparents aren’t able to travel, move your baby naming ceremony or gender reveal to Skype or Google Hangoutsif you record the party you can rewatch grandma’s reaction over and over. Read more of our baby shower hosting tips here. 

 

Virtual brunch

virtual brunch inviteShake up your weekend schedule (without leaving the house) with a leisurely brunchwhy not make it a “hot cakes & hot takes” get-together? Give everyone three minutes to go off on whatever nerdy, historical, or pop-culture topic they want while you sip your BYO coffee and mimosas. 

 

Virtual book club

Keep starting a book club and never read the book? Same. Put a new spin on it with an audiobook or podcast club for your new WFH life. Most libraries have an extensive digital audiobook collection. 

Virtual happy hour

virtual happy hour invite

Keep things interesting with a link to your favorite cocktail recipe in your invite and encourage everyone to mix up something special beforehand. Or make it a regular gathering and take turns demoing how to make your go-to cocktail recipe.  

If you’re inviting your entire guestbook, stay organized with a run of show to keep things moving. Play digital games (we’re seeing a lot of Jackbox games) or make up your own simple oneit can be as easy as “who is that girl?” where you screen share photos of people (from B-list celebrities to memes to TikTok influencers) to test your friends’ overly specific knowledge. 

Since you’re not providing food and drink, consider awarding prizes that guests can donate to a charity or GoFundMe. If you usually meet up at a local bar, see if there is a fund for out-of-work employees.

Virtual supper club

Gather your favorite like-minded foodies for a group dinner over Zoom. Have everyone order from their favorite local restaurant and eat together, separately at home. Prefer to do the cooking? Watch cooking videos together and make your own meal. When you’re done, vote on who had the best plating. 

 

Virtual ladies’ night in

virtual ladies' night invite

Take everyone’s minds off the news for a little while and check in on each other. Curb your cabin fever with a chill group hang over Skype. With emphasis on “chill”. Take time to swap virtual yoga class recommendations, self care tips, or share your favorite meditation app. 

 

 

Ready to kick off your own virtual party? Browse our selection of virtual party invitations for any kind of get-together. For guidance on where to start, check our or guide to how to host an online party.