8 tips for planning your virtual holiday party
After running virtual events for over 45,000 people, we’re sharing our tips for planning a virtual holiday party your team will love.
Whether you’re trying to pivot from in-person to a virtual party or looking for ways to make your party stand out in the virtual crowd...we’re here to help. For most, company holiday parties have relied on a pretty standard formula: venue + food + drinks + a little entertainment. In a remote and hybrid world, it’s time to reimagine holiday parties from the ground up. Luckily, there are lots of ways that you can throw a virtual holiday party that feels just as special as an in-person event and creates an opportunity for your teammates to reconnect and celebrate together.
1. First, decide what matters to your team.
Instead of jumping right into the logistics of planning an event, start with the bigger picture. Who do you want to show up for the party, and what motivates them? How do you want them to feel about the event -- do you want them to laugh, shed a happy tear, get to know their coworkers a little better? What milestones are worth celebrating while you’re together? Starting here will ensure that your holiday party is a meaningful team experience, rather than a check-the-box annual tradition.
2. Get your team involved in the planning.
For a virtual holiday party, literally anything is possible...that’s the beauty of the internet! It’s a good problem to have, but the limitless options can feel a little overwhelming. Let your teammates and attendees guide the way by getting them involved in the upfront planning. Invite them to vote or fill out a survey to help you narrow down your options. Do they want to sit back and be entertained? Do they want to eat and drink “together?” Do they want to do something silly and fun? All of the above?! Getting a sense of everyone’s preferences helps your teammates feel valued. This is also a great time to ask for preferences around date and time of day to make sure you can get maximum participation. Luckily, Boombox made this step super easy by offering a free survey tool that you can use! Simply create an account to use the tool.
We hope these tips help you see the endless possibilities of a virtual holiday party. When planned with purpose and creativity, these team celebrations help us experience the true meaning of the holiday season -- connecting with the people that matter, sharing our love and appreciation, and creating a little extra joy for everyone around us. Happy planning!
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