Virtual Gathering Ideas That Aren’t Zoom Happy Hours

What: A social graphic and link to our list of virtual get-together ideas, from yoga to sushi rolling classes to trivia and a completely online white elephant gift exchange. There’s something for everyone—full list below!

How This is Used: For many, the novelty of hosting a Zoom happy hour has worn off. Luckily, we have some fresh ideas to try, many of which are offered by local businesses. Share the options with your people and be sure to host your own virtual festivities during the holidays and beyond. It’s a great way to stay safe and keep your business top of mind.

How to Access: This will be included in next week’s social media calendar, but if you want to share now, download the graphic and post it along with the message: No need to roll your eyes when you can take a virtual sushi rolling class! And that’s just the start. Check out our complete list of virtual gathering ideas that aren’t Zoom happy hours at:

Food & Drink

  1. At-home cupcake and cake decorating kits from My Make Studio, perfect for a sweet party
  2. The Truffle Cheese Shop’s virtual burrata and mozzarella cheese-making class
  3. Step-by-step Sushi Rolling Classes from Colorado Sake Co. 
  4. Baking Classes by The Good Food Project
  5. Cooking Classes with The Seasoned Chef
  6. Mixologist classes from Spirited Cocktails
  7. Have everyone grab one of these To-Go Meal Kits, then prepare and enjoy dinner together
  8. Set up a regular coffee date, then try different blends from local companies and compare notes
  9. Virtual Beer/Cheese Pairing with Denver Beer Co.

Crafting & Art

Order kits online and work through them together with your people! Learn to macrame, make string art or distressed wood art, how about building a clock? 

  1. Upstairs Circus Make-At-Home DIY Project Kits
  2. Various Denver DIY Kits from the 303 Magazine list
  3. Canvas & Cocktails classes—you can purchase material packs from them
  4. “Visit” the Denver Art Museum together by viewing the Highlights of the Mexican Modernism exhibit, then discuss your points of view

Exercise & Dance Classes

  1. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
  2. Livestream classes from dance2b
  3. For virtual yoga classes, The Freya Project
  4. Denver Parks & Rec fitness classes

Movies, Games & Books

  1. Solve an online murder mystery with My Mystery Party or The Digital Murder Mystery Co.
  2. Get together for a virtual gift exchange with Camp’s White E-lephant
  3. Host a private, virtual trivia night with the help of Geeks Who Drink
  4. Netflix Teleparty with synchronized video playback and group chat
  5. Play charades, set up virtual karaoke or throw a party that includes Zoom Games
  6. Start a virtual book club with help from a local bookstore—a few tips to get you started

A final note. If you’re going to host a Zoom happy hour this holiday season, make it an Ugly Sweater Party with voting and prizes (generators work great) for the best/worst sweater! 

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