Holiday party season is almost here — get inspired with these festive ideas.
It may be hard to believe, but the holiday party season is already on the horizon. With many companies still working entirely remotely or some combination of in-person and remote, teams are thinking of new ways to celebrate together.
The right virtual experience can bring your entire team together for the holidays, and it doesn’t have to just be a remote happy hour. Experiences can engage teams, foster a sense of unity, and be an amazing way to celebrate and close out a great year.
To inspire your next virtual holiday party, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 virtual experiences to book this year. From culinary delights to a dash of magic, there’s something for every team.
1. A festive culinary adventure
Celebrate the holidays with your team by learning something new. And what could be better than learning how to cook something delicious? Your team will get kits with ingredients delivered right to their doorstep, then can hop on Zoom to be guided through a holiday cooking lesson with the experts at Culinary Artistas, a women-led small business based in San Francisco with over 300+ virtual experiences under their belts.
Choose between a mushroom risotto (with live music to serenade you while you cook), homemade artichoke tortellini en brodo, or bake up some amazingly delicious alfajores dulce de leche cookies.
2. Holiday Refresh
Close out the year with your team with meaning and intention. In this two-part experience, join Laura Rubin from AllSwell Creative for a guided journaling session that leaves you with a set of actionable tools to feel better and more creative in your everyday life. Round out this relaxing experience with a candle-making workshop with Becky Beck from After Party Candle Co., where your team will create eco-friendly candles with festive, winter scents. Get in touch with us directly to book this special, two-part holiday experience.
3. Raw Cookie Dough & Real Conversations
The holidays are cookie season. Spread a little holiday cheer in your team with a fun (and delicious) cookie dough-themed event with Kelsey Moreira of Doughp. Each member of your team will get a batch of limited-edition seasonal cookie dough flavors to taste and bake. Then, be guided through a conversation about mental health as you all share bites of edible, raw cookie dough to taste and bake.
4. A taste of the holidays
Let the taste of creamy, slightly spiced eggnog get your team into the holiday spirit. In this special holiday experience with the team at Virtual Table, treat your team with an eggnog-themed experience to remember. Start things off by sipping on either a Pumpkin Spice or Nutella Eggnog, before moving into a cooking lesson where everyone will learn how to create a simply delicious eggnog panna cotta.
5. Dinner and a show
A virtual classic. This two-part experience includes a professionally-guided dinner from Assembly Co., as your team learns together how to create a memorable meal (with ingredients delivered to everyone’s doorsteps!). Then, be lulled into a sense of relaxation through the smooth sounds of international recording artist Jackie Gage to close out a memorable holiday celebration.
Customize your holiday party with Marco
Sometimes one special event is just enough for a holiday celebration, but sometimes the perfect combination of experiences can take a holiday party to the next level.
In 2020, Bain created a magical multi-experience event to celebrate as a team in partnership with Marco. More than 500 employees gathered virtually for five exceptional experiences. The event featured holiday-themed cocktails, an exceptional dinner, an interactive magic show, a bake-off, all finished off with a jazz performance from Lilan Kane.