How to throw a virtual Christmas party – minus the Zoom doom

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Big parties may be cancelled this year but Christmas certainly isn’t. Thankfully, there are still many ways to celebrate – albeit virtually. From a babka bake-off to festive fitness classes, here we provide ideas for hosting an online party with friends, family or colleagues…

How to throw a virtual Christmas party

Babka bake-a-long

Move over banana bread, lockdown 2.0 was all about the babka. Make your own festive version of this sweet braided bread during a virtual cookery lesson. Shuk will deliver a DIY kit to your door featuring panettone oat crumble, Christmas mincemeat and brandy cream to roll up in delicious dough. Available for nationwide delivery, £20 per kit.

How to throw a virtual Christmas party

Pottery workshop

Fancy getting crafty this Christmas? Sculpd is offering corporate virtual pottery masterclasses where teams will experience a relaxing hands-on journey into the world of forming and manipulating clay. Kits contain everything you need to create Christmas decorations from scratch without the need for a kiln. Available for nationwide delivery, £58 per kit.

Festive fitness class

If your office is full of fitness fanatics, why not enjoy a group workout class together. Frame has added some Christmas-themed classes to its online offering including Festive Dance Cardio and Nutcracker Butts. Alternatively, head into the virtual red room with Barry’s for a high-intensity sweat session. Email [email protected], from £200 for a group class.

How to throw a virtual Christmas party

Movie night

What’s Christmas without some festive viewing? Arrange a cosy night for you and your besties where you get into your comfies, load up on snacks and choose a feel-good movie to watch on Netflix via Zoom, Skype or Houseparty. Our pick? The Holiday because even though we’ve seen it a gazillion times, it’s still the best.

Cocktail making

Put on something sparkly and get everyone together for a virtual cocktail making party. Whip up festive drinks from the comfort of your home using Pale Fox’s Christmas Spritz Kit. It includes everything you need to make six cocktails, including a bottle of prosecco, Italian Amaro, cranberry syrup, sparkling water and dried orange garnish. Bonus: you don’t have to spend your night queuing at the bar. £42.95 including delivery.

Escape Room

Everyone is bored of Zoom quizzes, so go one better and organise a virtual escape room experience. Escape Live has 15 different rooms to choose from where you can put your puzzle-solving skills to the test. Themes include Shakespeare’s script, prison break and Peaky Blinders. Prices start from £15pp.

By Sam

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