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How to Have a Socially Distant Holiday Celebration

Paige McKirahan

Paige McKirahan

March 22, 2021

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Work holiday celebrations have always been an interesting part of corporate culture; from Christmas parties a la The Office or a small gathering at lunch, these gatherings are great for getting to know your coworkers while having fun with the whole team. But since the onset of the coronavirus, events in the workplace have become a thing of the past (at least temporarily) as social distancing and working from home have taken precedence over in-office time. Even though we may not be doing as many activities with our team as we were before, there are still safe and enjoyable ways for us to celebrate holidays with our crew. And in our opinion, every holiday is worth celebrating whether it be something as big as Christmas or something as low-key as Crunchy Taco Day.

Since many of us are still working from home, a virtual Zoom party may be our only option. But luckily, we have some great solutions for at-home events that will take your upcoming remote get-together to the next level.

Schedule a Virtual Happy Hour

St Patricks Day Cocktail

Happy hours used to be the pinnacle of post-work fun, but since the pandemic has forced us to forgo mingling with the masses, getting drinks with your team seems like a far-off fever dream. But it doesn’t have to be.

With everything being done via Zoom nowadays, why can’t we take our holiday happy hours online too? Many companies have done exactly that; Cater2.me has partnered with some amazing vendors that can provide holiday happy hour kits for the whole team to enjoy! 

You can opt to do something like a St. Patrick’s Day beer tasting for those teams who are less hands-on or go all-in and create your own Valentine’s Day cocktail (or mocktail, whatever you’re into).

Plan a Group Game

Who doesn’t love a good team-building activity? Even though we can’t all get together for a fun (and sometimes competitive) game night in person, that doesn’t mean we can’t show our skills online. Many teams have been using free online platforms to create fun trivia nights, but why not save yourself time and stress by booking with a vendor that can set up a full-service trivia extravaganza complete with yummy snacks or drinks. The best part? You actually get to participate in the event and are not in charge of running the whole thing!

Trivia not really your team’s thing? You can put your employees’ problem-solving skills to the test by scheduling something like a virtual escape room or murder mystery challenge. Who knew you could have so much fun while improving your culture?

Bond Over Some Food

Valentines Day Cookies

Food is at the heart of many holiday celebrations, so it’s definitely a great solution perfect for bringing your team together regardless of their location. You could have a fully catered Thanksgiving spread delivered right to your employees’ doors, or even send a box full of fun snacks for them to enjoy on Halloween.

If your team wants more of an interactive experience, consider hosting a baking contest or have one of our great vendors send everyone cookie icing kits for holidays like Valentine’s Day or Christmas. We even plan cooking workshops and demonstrations so everyone can make a festive meal to enjoy together!

Schedule a Show

Scheduling a show for your team to enjoy is one of the easiest ways to bring everyone together; all you need to do to participate is simply show up (or login), sit back, and relax. And seeing how it’s been a lonnnggg time since any of us have been out to see a real show, we deserve to enjoy a little live entertainment from our couch!

Magic shows are a fun option for a Halloween gathering, or you can take it up a notch: we can book a real live shark scientist to put an educational spin on the next Shark Week.

Schedule a Wellness Activity

What’s better than a scheduled time to just chill with your team in the middle of a stressful afternoon? 

For a more relaxed celebration on holidays like Earth Day and World Health Day, schedule a guided meditation, art therapy, or yoga class perfect for getting everyone to unwind together. No gym membership or crowded cycling class necessary.

Which virtual celebration is right for me?

If any of the above sounds like something your team would enjoy for any upcoming holiday or celebration, let us know. We have many more virtual experiences available and are adding new vendors all the time!

This is just the tip of the iceberg in what we offer, and we are happy to help you create a one-of-a-kind experience for your team to enjoy. And since we facilitate the event from start to finish, you won’t have to lift a finger and will get to join in on the fun. Click here to learn more.

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