The year it went online
There’s no denying it, Christmas is going to be a little different this year, and unless your team is under 6 members and you all happen to live together, the annual work event of the season is probably going to be different to usual too!
However, 2020 has taught us that we can do virtually (pun intended) anything online and when your team deserves time to relax and unwind together more than ever, why shouldn’t you still have a great Christmas party?
So, with that in mind, Hawkwood have put together a list of potential ideas, for the year it all went online!
Mass Theatre/Film Streaming
Create your own Secret Cinema experience at home, prizes for best costume and bonus points if employees kit out their living room with decorations. You could even have an interval, where everyone meets for a mid-performance drink on Zoom!
Virtual Art Night
They send kits with all the equipment you’ll need ahead of time, let your team pick a famous artwork to recreate and then all paint along together with an art instructor.
Wreath Making Workshop
One of the usual highlight’s of my season is witnessing my housemates bring home Christmas wreaths they’ve made at a ‘festive fun day’ at the creative agency they both work at, then arguing about which one makes it onto the front door.
So inspired by this tradition, why not work with a local florist to source materials and host an online festive wreath making workshop? We’re all spending much more time at home this year, so anything decoration related is bound to go down a treat with your employees!
*bonus that you don’t have to awkwardly carry it home on the tube this year, spiking your fellow commuters with holly.
Cocktail Making Evening
This option won by a mile in our Virtual Christmas Party Survey and lucky for you, there are an abundance of London bars offering at home drinks kits this year, including Callooh Callay and Mac & Wild!
You can either host a DIY evening or have a full on cocktail making evening, with custom cocktails (maybe relating to company values or named after different teams?) and a virtual mixologist teacher will talk you through how to make the perfect festive drink!
Another popular suggestion is to host a Virtual Wine & Cheese Event, and the team over at The Drink Talking will take care of this for you! A two-hour social event, with 3 different wines and cheese pairings sent directly to your doorstep.
I doubt I’m the only one that got lured by the Instagram adverts of Sculp’d… the at-home clay pottery kit, perfectly designed for your houseplant loving employees! They are currently offering a ‘Halloween Pottery + Paints Bundle’, so I have big hopes for a Christmas kit coming soon…
Set up a work station, grab a drink (or two) and get making with your colleagues digitally present! You could always go for a theme, offer prizes for the best finished pieces and maybe even put up a shelf when you’re all back in the office to display them? (If only as a reminder of the year we all hope not to repeat)
For the more active companies, why not divide your company into teams (or let people play as individuals) and plan an afternoon of tasks/activities, all in a bid to minime screen time but maximise engagement levels.
Ideas Team Hawkwood have come up with so far:
- Build the best snowman out of household items
- Quickest one to film themselves next to a postbox (mask on of course)
- Decorate yourself like a Christmas tree
Have video check-in points after each task, prizes voted for by either a panel of judges or the most laughs, then give everyone a voucher to order themselves food of their choosing online.
Let the games commence!