Virtual Happy Hours are all the rage these days. Friends are virtually meeting daily or weekly and hanging out with each other online. Now that we’ve all been locked down for 5+ weeks, you might be looking for a way to spice up your happy hours.
With virtual happy hours, the sky’s the limit with what you can do. Here are some ideas to take your virtual event to the next level.
1. Play a game together
There are a few board and dice games that lend themselves well to playing together over video and Charades, Pictionary, or Heads Up work perfectly. There are also plenty of online games everyone can play together.
2. Play Drinking Games
If you’re not in the mood for an online board game or trivia match, play a drinking game instead (they tend to be easier). Try a website like Drunk Pirate or an app like 5 Second Rule, Never Have I Ever, or Picolo for games that will have you and your friends laughing all night long.
3. Host a book club
The time for reading is now. Pick a book and dial your pals once a week to discuss it. Ask questions like, “Which character in this book would you most like to meet?” Or, “What questions did you have while reading this week’s chapter?”
4. Watch a movie or show together
Tiger King is better with a group! Start the movie/show at the same time, and be sure to turn the sound down on your device. You’ll still get to see everyone’s reactions and talk about it together at the end. Extensions like Netflix Party allow you to sync your video playback so a movie pauses and resumes at the same time on everyone’s screen.
5. Virtual Slumber Party
Set your device next to your bed at night. If you get tired and want to sleep, just turn the volume down. Eventually everyone will probably fall asleep, but you’ll end up waking up together just like at a real slumber party!
6. Private Concert
Have a musician friend? Ask if they’d be willing to perform a few songs during the virtual happy hour. You could also watch one of the free daily virtual concerts we list on our site together, but having a friend perform is a lot more personal.
7. Make your own Chopped episode
Enjoy cooking? Have friends who enjoy cooking? Why not face off against one another to prepare a spectacular three-course meal? Maybe one non-cooking guest can choose the ingredients to be used, and you can have a few friends vote on a winner.
As you can see from the list, Virtual Happy Hours don’t need to be just about sitting around drinking. With a little creativity, you can transform these events into something everyone will look forward to.
If you try one of our ideas, let us know how it goes in the comments. Have more ideas? We’d love to hear those too!