This year has been far from normal, but there are ways to make the holidays feel somewhat normal despite everything. APM Help has been a fully remote company since we were established 3 1/2 years ago, so we know that virtual parties can be fun. We know, virtual? Not the same. But your co-workers or family are sure to appreciate the sense of togetherness, so give these ideas a try and let us know what you think!
The infamous White Elephant party! I was introduced to this party-style in college, and have participated in at least one White Elephant every year since. It sounds complicated at first, especially when it's virtual, but I promise it's not and everyone tends to have a good time. Here's what you need:
The steps on how to set up the game and collect "presents" is listed in the second sheet of the template above - "Directions". If you have any issues with the setup or game play, let us know!
Good news! This game is a bit easier to follow and coordinate with co-workers or family. Here's how you play:
Simple, right? If you want people to give gift ideas, then I would recommend sending out a survey beforehand to ask people what kind of gifts they would want within a certain price range. Have a large company? Mix departments so that people can get to know each other better. For example: IT with Leasing, Maintenance with Accounting, etc.
I love the creativity behind the White Elephant and Secret Santa parties, and I personally love opening gifts not knowing what they could be. Some people prefer to eliminate the gift-giving for various reasons, so if that's you, here are some great ideas for a Virtual Holiday Party:
I hope that these ideas spark some joy for you, your co-workers, family and whoever else you choose to share these great party ideas with! I know I am going to be trying a few of these out with my co-workers at APM Help and my family during this holiday season. Leave a comment below if you try any of these out - we'd love to hear how it goes!
Happy Holidays! 🎁✨