There’s nothing like a good (virtual) party. If I’ve learned anything from social distancing, it’s that you don’t necessarily have to have your friends with you IRL in order to throw the ultimate bash. Sure, it takes a little bit of creativity, but there are so many fun virtual theme party ideas for 2021 that you’ll definitely want to try this weekend (or any weekday, since time is not real anymore). Whether you choose to party on Zoom, Skype or FaceTime, there’s no reason not to shake things up and plan the greatest virtual party the world has ever seen. Throw on a costume! Choose an appropriate Zoom background! Commit to a theme and you’ll have a blast.
We’ve all become even more reliant on technology as of late, especially when it come to the switch from real-life ragers to virtual parties on Zoom. Sure, you probably miss your favorite nightclub’s loud music and sticky floors, but no one’s stopping you from video-chatting with your friends and turning your living room! Turn it into your own private late-night spot. You get to be your own DJ, pour your own drinks (as heavily as you want) and go to bed whenever you get tired. Honestly, why didn’t we start throwing virtual parties sooner?
If you’re not sure how to get excited about virtual partying, consider a theme. From self-care-inspired nights in to absolutely wild costume parties, the 13 virtual party theme ideas below are about to shake up your group chat. You can go low-key or rage all night. The beauty of it all is that you get to decide how and when to party—while also seeing your friends (even if it is just on a screen). Just because we’re all social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t also dance the night away, right?!
1. Masks & Mimosas
Grab your favorite face mask and pour yourself a mimosa (or literally just a glass of champagne—these are tough times.) and have a major virtual self-care party with your BFFs. We’re partial to this pink clay mask from Herbivore that’s natural, vegan and cruelty free. Plus, if all your friends are going to have to look at you while you wearing a face mask, it might as well be a pretty pink one.
If you’ve got a superhero costume from three Halloweens ago lying around, now is the time to wear it. Or, for all you craft-lovers with extra time on your hands, you can DIY in preparation for your raging superhero-themed virtual party. Of course, there’s always the option to snag something last-minute on Amazon. Do what you gotta do, boo.
3. Beach Party
Since you can’t actually be at the beach, why not pretend? Throw on your favorite swimsuit, grab a cocktail and play some Beach Boys. You can even put a cute beach towel on the floor and create the ultimate beachside set-up inside. It’s (almost) as if you were really on spring break.
4. ’90s Vibes
Ugh, as if! Have fun coming up with a cute ’90s outfit with all your friends. Just snag a classic ’90s baby tee or some chic scrunchies (Luckily they’re on-trend right now!) and watch Clueless together using Netflix’s group viewing party feature. Or, you can all choose a ’90s-inspired Zoom background and chat the night away. Either idea is honestly great.
5. Club Living Room
Blast the music, down those shots and create your own nightclub right in your living room while your friends do the same miles away. If you want to go above and beyond, you can always amp up the party by playing your favorite tunes through a bluetooth speaker. (We’re kind of obsessed with this pink retro speaker!) Just make sure you don’t get any noise complaints.
6. Tea Party
For those who want a virtual party they can have during the day (although we don’t judge day-drinking), consider hosting an afternoon tea party. Miniature pastries are highly recommended—as is a super cute tea set. And as a bonus, it’s the perfect set-up for a cute indoor Instagram photoshoot!
7. Pajama Party
You’ve probably been in pajamas all day anyway, so this virtual party theme is a no-brainer. Plus, this is the best excuse to treat yourself to some cute pajamas you’ll wear long after social distancing is over. There are so many options from which to choose, but we can’t help but love this cozy floral set.
8. Game Night
While you can’t really play a board game virtually, there are plenty of Internet-friendly games you can play with your friends while you’re all in different locations. Or, if you want to take it a step further, you can dive into the world of virtual reality, and meet up with your friends that way. And thanks to emerging technology, VR headsets are actually super affordable. (Who knew?!)
9. Early 2000s
Bust out The Lizzie McGuire Movie and all your favorite early 2000’s garb. You and your pals could probably spend hours listening to the hits from 2005 alone. If you have an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, there are so many amazing playlists already made—or you can go ahead and sign up and get your early 2000’s dance party on.
10. Happy Hour
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so pick your favorite easy cocktail recipe and start relaxing. There are so many drinks you can make with items probably in your kitchen, so you don’t have to be a professional bartender to make an amazing cocktail. The only thing that could make this situation better is drinking your beverage out of a super cute cocktail glass. It’s the little things, OK?
11. Indoor Camping
If you have a tent, set it up indoors. Then turn your fireplace on and grab some s’mores supplies. And don’t forget to fill your thermos with Bailey’s hot chocolate—or another delicious cocktail! This is your house and there are no rules, baby.—to enjoy while you and your friends tell scary stories around the (virtual) campfire.
12. Fancy Dinner Party
If you feel like getting bougie, you and your friends can all order food and set your respective tables with Instagram-worthy place settings. You can even use this time to give your kitchenware an upgrade and treat yourself to some new dinnerware. (And wait for the compliments to roll in, obviously.) Then, put your laptop or phone on the table and just imagine you’re all together IRL. Proceed making sophisticated conversation.
13. Movie Night
Of course, you can’t go wrong with a classic movie night. With almost every movie available online these days, you could sit there for hours upon hours watching your favorite flicks. Like I said, Netflix’s group party streams are the move! Or, you can always spend an entire night binge-watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime or Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu. Truly, the possibilities are endless.
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