30 Totally Free Virtual Party Ideas 2020 (+ Tools & Downloads Galore!)

Your Guide to These 30 Free Virtual Party Ideas

  • Ice Breaker Ideas
  • Trivia Ideas
  • Audio Ideas
  • Creative Ideas
  • Low-Key Ideas
  • 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 — Can do it with your eyes closed
  • 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 — Like a quick stretch before a workout
  • 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 — Not the easiest, but certainly not the hardest
  • 👍🏻👍🏻 — A mild pain in the glutes
  • 👍🏻 — Better take a few days off work

🧊 Ice Breaker Ideas for a Virtual Party

Idea 1 — Share an Embarrassing Story

How to Do It

  1. Create an open-ended slide on AhaSlides.
  2. Remove the ‘name’ field for participant answers.
  3. Select the option to ‘hide results’.
  4. Select the option to display the results one-by-one.
  5. Invite your guests with the unique URL and give them 5 minutes to write their story.
  6. Read out the stories one-by-one and take a vote on who each story belongs to (you can make a multiple choice slide to gather the votes).

Idea 2 — Match the Baby Picture

How to Do It

  1. Collect old baby pictures from all of your guests.
  2. Create a ‘type answer’ slide with the baby image at the centre.
  3. Write the question and the answer.
  4. Add any other accepted answers.
  5. Invite your guests with the unique URL and allow them to guess who’s grown up!

Idea 3 — Most Likely to…

  • Eat a jar of mayonnaise with their hands?
  • Start a bar fight?
  • Have spent most of lockdown wearing the same socks?
  • Watch 8 hours of true crime documentaries in a row?

How to Do It

  1. Create a ‘multiple choice’ slide with the question ‘Most Likely to…’
  2. Put the rest of the most likely statement in the description.
  3. Add the names of your partygoers as options.
  4. Deselect the box labelled ‘this question has correct answers’.
  5. Invite your guests with the unique URL and let them vote for who’s the most likely to enact each scenario.

Idea 4 — Spin the Wheel

  • What activity should we do next?
  • Truth or Dare?
  • Make this item from stuff around the house.
  • Name a restaurant that serves this food.
  • Act out a scene from this character.

How to Do It

  1. Go to wheeldecide.com
  2. Fill out your wheel title and create a list of outcomes.
  3. Share your screen and use your wheel in-browser on the website.
  1. Go to wheeldecide.com
  2. Fill out your wheel title and create a list of outcomes.
  3. Embed the wheel into AhaSlides by copying the embed code into a slide’s content field.
  4. Fill in the title of the wheel in the ‘heading’ field.
  5. If the activities or categories of your wheel involve a points system, you can manually add points with pen and paper.

Idea 5 — Scavenger Hunt

How to Do It

  1. Make a list of average household items that could be found around the house with a bit of effort.
  2. During your virtual party, share your list and tell guests to go and find everything.
  3. When everyone is done and back at their computer, get them to reveal their items one-by-one.
  4. Potentially give out prizes for the fastest hunter and the most successful hunter.

🏆 Trivia Ideas for a Virtual Party

Idea 6 — Virtual Quiz

How Does it Work?

Idea 7 — Heads Up! (+ Free Alternatives)

How to Do It

  1. All guests download Heads Up! or any of its free alternatives.
  2. Each player takes turns to choose a category and hold the phone to their forehead (or up to their computer screen’s camera if they’re sitting far away).
  3. All other party guests shout out clues about the word or phrase on the player’s phone.
  4. If the player guesses the correct word or phrase from the clues, they tilt the phone down.
  5. If the player wants to pass the word or phrase, they tilt the phone up.
  6. The player has 60, 90 or 120 seconds (selectable in ‘settings’) to guess as many words as possible.

Idea 8 — Scattergories

How to Do It

  1. Create a room on Scattergories Online.
  2. Choose the categories from the list (you can sign up for free to access more categories).
  3. Choose other settings such as the usable letters, the player count and the time limit.
  4. Invite your guests using the link.
  5. Start playing — answer as many categories as you can.
  6. Vote at the end for whether or not other players’ answers should be accepted.

Idea 9 — Fictionary

How to Do It

  1. Create an ‘open-ended’ slide on AhaSlides and write your Fictionary word in the ‘your question’ field.
  2. In ‘additional fields’ make the ‘name’ field mandatory.
  3. In ‘other settings’, turn on ‘hide results’ (to prevent copying) and ‘limit time to answer’ (to add drama).
  4. Choose to present layouts in a grid.
  1. Create a ‘multiple choice’ slide afterwards with the title ‘whose answer do you think was right?’
  2. Enter the names of your partygoers in the options.
  3. Uncheck the box that states ‘this question has correct answers.
  4. Repeat this process for another multiple choice slide called ‘whose answer do you think was funniest?’

Idea 10 — Jeopardy

How to Do It

  1. Head to Jeopardy Labs and create or copy a Jeopardy board.
  2. Write 5 categories across the top.
  3. Write 5 questions for each category, ranging in difficulty from 100 (easy) to 500 (difficult).
  4. On party day, divide your partygoers into teams and share your screen.
  5. Follow the typical Jeopardy order of play (if you’re not entirely sure, check out this quick explainer for online Jeopardy)

Idea 11 — Pointless

How to Do It

  1. Create a ‘word cloud’ slide on AhaSlides.
  2. Write the question category in the ‘your question’ field.
  3. Choose the number of entries you will allow each participant.
  4. Choose to hide the results and limit the time to answer.
  5. When all players have answered, delete the most popular answers until you reach the least popular one(s).
  6. Award points to whoever wrote the least popular answer(s) (there is no ‘name’ field on a word cloud slide, so you will have to ask who wrote the winning answer(s) and hope for honesty!)
  7. Keep track of the points with pen and paper.

Idea 12 — Picture Close-Up

How to Do It

  1. Create a ‘type answer slide’ on AhaSlides.
  2. Add the title ‘What’s this?’ in the ‘your question’ box.
  3. Click the ‘add image’ icon and select your image.
  4. When the ‘crop and resize’ box comes up, crop the image down to a small segment and press ‘save’.
  5. In the leaderboard slide that follows, set the background as the full-sized, non-cropped image.

🎧 Audio Activities for a Virtual Party

Idea 13 — Impression Soundbite

How to Do It

  1. Before the party, make your own audio impressions or gather ones from your party guests.
  2. Create either a ‘pick answer’ quiz slide or a ‘type answer’ quiz slide.
  3. Fill in the title and the correct answer (+ other answers if you chose a ‘pick answer’ slide)
  4. Use the audio tab to embed the audio file.
  5. When presenting on virtual party day, the audio clip will play out of everyone’s phones.

Idea 14 — Karaoke Session

How to Do It

  • Create a room for free on Sync Video.
  • Invite your guests via the URL link.
  • Let everyone queue up songs to sing along to.

Idea 15 — Alternative Lyrics

  • Laziness Rating: 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 — Can do it with your eyes closed
  • Laziness Rating (if embedding audio): 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 — Not the easiest, but certainly not the hardest

How to Do It

  1. Create an ‘open-ended’ slide on AhaSlides.
  2. Write the first part of the lyric in the title.
  3. Add the required information fields for a submission.
  4. Limit the time to answer.
  5. Choose to present the results in a grid format so that all are viewable at the same time.
  1. Download the song that you’re using.
  2. Use Audio Trimmer to cut out the part of the song that you want to use.
  3. Embed the audio clip into the slide using the ‘add audio track’ in the audio tab.

🖌️ Creative Ideas for a Virtual Party

Idea 16 — Presentation Party

How to Do It

  1. Before your party, instruct your guests to create a short presentation on a topic of their choice.
  2. When it’s party time, let each person share their screen and present their presentation.
  3. Award points at the end for best in each category (most hilarious, most informative, best use of sound, etc.)

Idea 17 — Design Competition

  1. Canva — A free tool to create images from a large library of templates, backgrounds and elements.
  2. PhotoScissors — A free tool that cuts images out of pictures for use on Canva.

How to Do It

  1. Think of a theme for your design competition to be based on.
  2. Before your virtual party begins, get everyone to create a design, following your theme, using Canva and PhotoScissors.
  3. Get each person to reveal their design at the party.
  4. Take a vote on which is the best.

Idea 18 — Draw a Monster

How to Do It

  1. Head to Draw.Chat and create a virtual whiteboard for free.
  2. Invite your guests using the personal whiteboard link.
  3. Create a new page for each guest in the bottom left corner.
  4. In the bottom-right chatbox, type /roll to roll the virtual dice.
  5. Assign each dice roll to a different limb.
  6. Everyone draws their version of the monster on their page.
  7. Take a vote on the best monster at the end.

Idea 19 — Pictionary

  • Laziness Rating (if using Draw Chat) : 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 — Like a quick stretch before a workout
  • Laziness Rating (if using Drawful 2) : 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 — Can do it with your eyes closed

How to Do It

  1. Create a Pictionary list of words for drawing (topical ones for the holidays are great).
  2. Send a few words from your list to each of your guests.
  3. Create a room on Draw Chat.
  4. Invite your guests using the personal whiteboard link.
  5. Give each guest a time limit to progress through their set word list.
  6. Keep count of how many correct guesses their drawings evoked in the time limit.
  1. Download Drawful 2 for $9.99 (only the host has to download it)
  2. Start a game and invite your guests with the room code.
  3. Choose a name and draw your avatar.
  4. Draw the concept that you’re given.
  5. Enter your best guess for each other player’s drawing.
  6. Take a vote on the correct answer and the most hilarious answer for each drawing.

Idea 20 — Charades

How to Do It

  1. Create a list of activities and situations.
  2. Give out a few of these to each guest to act out when it’s their turn.
  3. Get them to act out their list over video.
  4. The person with the most activities guessed in a time limit wins.

Idea 21 — Sheet Hot Masterpiece

How to Do it

  1. Create a Google Sheet.
  2. Press CTRL + A to select all cells.
  3. Drag the lines of the cells to make them all square.
  4. Click on Format and then Conditional Formatting (with all cells still selected).
  5. Under ‘Format rules’ select ‘Text is exactly’ and input the value of 1.
  6. Under ‘Formatting style’ choose the ‘fill colour’ and the ‘text colour’ as a colour from the artwork being recreated.
  7. Repeat this process with all the other colours of the artwork (entering 2, 3, 4, etc. as the value for each new colour).
  8. Add a colour key on the left so that participants know what number values evoke what colours.
  9. Repeat the entire process for a few different artworks (make sure the artworks are simple so that this doesn’t take forever).
  10. Insert an image of each artwork into each sheet that you’re making, so that your participants have a reference to draw from.
  11. Make a simple multiple choice slide on AhaSlides so that everyone can vote for their favourite 3 recreations.

Idea 22 — Household Movie

How to Do It

  1. Ask guests to come up with a movie scene they want to recreate.
  2. Give them a generous time limit to create the scene with whatever they can find.
  3. Either get them to reveal the scene over Zoom, or take a picture of the scene and send it to the group chat.
  4. Take a vote on which is the best/most loyal/most hilarious movie recreation.

⬇️🔑 Low-Key Ideas for a Virtual Party

Idea 23 — Virtual Beer/Wine Tasting

How to Do It

  1. Click on the link above and scroll through the preview to see if it’s suitable for your virtual party.
  2. Click the ‘sign up’ button to create a free AhaSlides account within minutes.
  3. Select ‘copy to account’ and then ‘go to your presentations’.
  4. Change anything you want about the slides to fit your virtual party.
  5. Duplicate the slides in the template for each beer or wine you’ll be drinking.

Idea 24 — Watch a Movie

How to Do It

  1. Create a free video sharing room on Watch2Gether.
  2. Upload a video of your choosing (or by consensus vote) to the box at the top.
  3. Play the video, sit back and relax!
  • Tip #1: After the movie, you could hold a quiz on what happened to see who was paying attention!
  • Tip #2: If everyone at the party has a Netflix account, you can sync any Netflix show using the Teleparty browser extension (formally called ‘Netflix Party’).

Idea 25 — Virtual Cookie-Off

How to Do It

  1. Make sure everyone has the basic ingredients for the cookie-off before party day.
  2. On party day, get everyone to move their laptops into the kitchen.
  3. Follow the emoji cookie recipe together.
  4. While the cookies are baking, decide on who will recreate which emojis.
  5. Decorate the cookies in icing.
  6. Make a ‘multiple choice’ slide to vote for the best recreation.

Idea 26 — Zoom Origami

How to Do It

  1. Choose a simple origami video from the list above, or find one yourself.
  2. Instruct your guests to gather a bit paper (and possibly a pair of scissors, depending on the video).
  3. Create a room on Sync Video or Watch2Gether and send the room link out to your guests.
  4. Go through the video together. Pause and rewind if anyone gets stuck.

Idea 27 — Virtual Book Club

How to Do It

  1. Click on the link above and look through the virtual book club preview presentation.
  2. Download it by clicking the ‘sign up’ button and creating a free AhaSlides account within seconds.
  3. Select ‘copy to account’ and then ‘go to your presentations’.
  4. Change anything you want about the presentation, including questions, backgrounds and slide types.
  5. Share the materials with your guests and give them plenty of pre-party time to read them.
  6. When it’s virtual party day, invite your guests to the presentation using the unique room code at the top.
  7. Let them fill out each slide with their opinions on the books.
  • Tip #1: Add a few quiz slides at the end of each book you’re reviewing to test everyone’s memory of it!
  • Tip #2: Let your audience progress through the presentation at their own pace by selecting ‘audience take the lead’ in the ‘settings’ tab.

Idea 28 — Virtual Card Games

How to Do It

  1. Head to CardzMania and find the card game you want to play.
  2. Select ‘multiplayer mode’ and then ‘host table’.
  3. Change the rules to suit.
  4. Share the URL join code with your guests.
  5. Start playing!

Idea 29 — Virtual Board Games

How to Do It

  1. Head to Tabletopia and create a free account.
  2. Browse the free games on offer and select one to play.
  3. Click ‘play online’ and add one seat for each player.
  4. Share the room code with your guests.
  5. Start playing!

Idea 30 — Virtual Jigsaw

How to Do It

  1. Head to epuzzle.info and find a puzzle (or create your own from an image).
  2. Select the table as ‘private’ and set the maximum number of players.
  3. Press ‘create a table’ and share the URL link with your party guests.
  4. Get everyone to press ‘join table’ and start assembling!
  5. Use the settings in the top-right corner to see each player’s contribution to the puzzle and to see the box image.

More Ideas for Virtual Parties, Events and Meetings

List of Free Tools for a Virtual Party

  • AhaSlides — Presentation, polling and quizzing software that’s fully interactive and cloud-based. Participate and play from anywhere in the world.
  • Wheel Decide — A virtual wheel you can spin to assign tasks or figure out the next activity at your virtual party.
  • Charades! — A free (and better rated) alternative to Heads Up!
  • Scattergories Online — A tool for creating and playing a game of Scattergories.
  • Jeopardy Labs — A tool for creating Jeopardy boards with tonnes of free templates.
  • Sync Video — An online tool to sync YouTube videos for watching at the same time as your guests.
  • Watch2Gether — Another video syncing tool, but one that allows use of videos outside of YouTube (albeit with more ads).
  • Audio Trimmer — A simple in-browser tool for cropping audio clips.
  • PhotoScissors — A simple in-browser tool for cutting sections out of images.
  • Canva — Online software that helps you design graphics and other images with heaps of templates and elements.
  • Draw Chat — Online whiteboard software that lets users draw on the same canvas at the same time.
  • Cardzmania — A tool to play over 30 varieties of card games with your guests.
  • Tabletopia — A library of over 1000 fully licensed board games that you can play online.
  • Epuzzle — A tool for assembling virtual jigsaws with friends, either casually or competitively.

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