How to Host a Virtual Holiday Happy Hour

How to Host a Virtual Holiday Happy Hour

Don’t let life being different this year keep you from your favorite holiday events like festive happy hours! Read on to see how to host a virtual holiday happy hour that will be just as fun as the in person kind!

One of my favorite things about the holidays is the happy hours I meet my friends and family all season long. I have even been known to host a holiday happy hour or two at my home, but this year’s event calendar won’t necessarily look like last year’s. And that’s ok!

That doesn’t mean I am going to give up an ounce of holiday fun! I want my friends and family to know how much I love them and how much spending time with them means to me during the holidays. 

I know many of you too have loved ones you won’t get to see as much as you would like to this holiday season, so I hope these virtual holiday happy hour ideas will help you get that quality time in with them, even if it is from afar!

Easy Virtual Holiday Happy Hour Tips

1. Send an invitation: Create a festive invite that will get your fellow happy hour goers in a holiday state of mind! You can use services like Evite, Paperless Post, or Green Envelope. And don’t forget to include the Zoom invite info in your invitation or you could try something new like evite’s virtual party platform.

2. Make a playlist: You obviously need holiday music playing softly in the background for a proper virtual holiday happy hour! And when All I Want for Christmas Is You comes on you can crank that most perfect jam up for an impromptu group dance sesh!

3. Set a dress code: You could handle this a couple of different ways. You could go full-on fancy with it. I don’t know about you, but I love sipping champs with my girls all dolled up in my sparkles. Or you could get super casual and have everyone come in pajamas and slippers. I also love my loungewear. So, I say it’s a win-win either way!

4. Decorate: The key to a successful virtual holiday happy hour is making your guests feel like they aren’t missing out on anything. Cheerful holiday decorations will definitely help in that department! Nothing beats a beautiful Christmas tree twinkling behind you. 

5. Assign an on-theme cocktail: Send the recipe for your holiday drink to everyone so they can make their own to sip on OR if they’re in the same town, you can drop care packages at their door filled with all the cocktail fixin’s they’ll need. And I suggest that you tailor your cocktail of choice to your dress code. Something sparkling would go great with cocktail attire, while a nice mug of mulled wine or spiked hot chocolate would be fitting for a pajama party!

6. Play a game: There are plenty of game apps that allow you to connect virtually with your guests, but how about a good old fashioned scavenger hunt? If you host your virtual holiday happy hour far enough into the season, everyone will probably have their holiday decorations up, so it will be very easy to come up with what to find. First up, a red ornament, GO! You get the idea…

So, are you ready to plan your own virtual holiday happy hour or what? We need as much good cheer as possible these days and connecting with your friends and family, even virtually, is sure to fill up your cheer jar in no time!

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Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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