Ideas for virtual parties that AREN’T quizzes

It’s week 18557302 of social distancing and if, like me, you might scream if someone suggests yet another quiz then I’ve got your back. I’ve rounded up some ideas of what you can do to virtually socialise with friends in ways which don’t involve an intricate knowledge of Wimbledon 1986 or rivers around the world. All these virtual ideas are ones you can do privately with your friends or family.

This blog post is a work in progress and I’ll be updating it as I find out about more companies launching virtual classes. If you have know of any please let me know and I’ll add them on!

Virtual dance party with Seen on Screen

This is the dance school I went to before coronavirus was a thing (ahhh those were the days) and I’ve done some of their live classes on instagram so I can thoroughly recommend this. They are so much fun.

You request your song, dance style and experience level and they book your instructor, choreograph your party, arrange the time & date with you and send you the Zoom link! This would be a brilliant idea for hen parties, birthdays or just a Friday boogie. Any pals who are reading this, if we’re still social distancing at the end of July then this will be my birthday party so get prepared to shake ya booty.

It’s £10 per person and is for a minimum of 10 dancers. The session lasts 60 minutes. Email info@seenonscreen.dance to book now.

Virtual escape room with Enigma Quests

I did the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Enigma Quest escape room game at the beginning of the year and it was so much fun. When I got the email that they were doing virtual games I knew I needed to get on it!

Sector X – The B.R.U.C.E. Project: Part 1 is a multiplayer online escape room adventure. You assemble your team via your favourite communication platform, enter the license key number from your confirmation e-mail and then follow the instructions for brain-teasing, head-scratching escape room fun.

It’s £15 per team of 1-6 people and lasts for 60 minutes.

Virtual art class with Brush and Bubbles

Brush and Bubbles is an art class run by two friends, Lara and Tiffany. They aim to bring people together over some painting a prosecco. The classes aren’t about being amazing, they are about having fun which is a mantra I can totally get behind.

They recently launched corporate courses where they create a bespoke painting tutorial of your choice AND post all art equipment to everyone’s home! The class takes your group through step-by-step guidance of an original canvas painting. This sounds like a brilliant idea and would be great to boost team morale. In fact, I may just not so subtly forward this post to my boss…

The class lasts 1 hour and pricing details are available on request.

Virtual multiplayer board games on Steam

Board games are a brilliant way to pass the time but they are a bit tricky to play over zoom even if you all have the same copy of a game. That’s where online board games company, Steam, comes in.

There are so many games on there to browse but to give you an idea of what to expect I’ll use Cluedo as an example which has 50% off until 1st June. You can have a private game with your friends or play against other people through Steam. The online multiplayer game is for up to 6 players and uses a board on your computer screen and a virtual note-taking system. It works pretty much the same as a game of Cluedo, just online!

Prices and timings vary depending on the game chosen.

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