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21 Virtual Birthday Party Ideas

Published on 30th September 2021
Virtual events21 Virtual Birthday Party Ideas

2020 has changed the way we celebrate birthdays, holidays, and all the meaningful moments in our lives. Over the past two years, we have witnessed the rise of virtual events which have made it easier for us to host parties on web-based platforms such as Zoom, making it possible for people anywhere in the world to join their friends, colleagues, and family in their celebrations.

Virtual Parties: More Fun, Less Work

Hosting virtual parties sounds like an ordeal but it doesn’t have to be! With the help of fully-hosted events or free online ideas, you won’t have to worry about the planning, the venue hunt, or the afterparty clean-up anymore! Birthdays are, far and foremost, a celebration of your existence, whether you prefer crafting some cocktails, cooking a beloved dish, or simply hosting an online trivia competition, we’ve got you covered with our list of birthday ideas! All you have to do is select your favourite idea and send out the invites.

Planning a remote birthday party is definitely a challenge that may seem scary at first, but don’t worry, we can guide you through it step by step!

Choose a provider for your virtual birthday party

Straight away, you have some tough choices in front of you. You can either decide to hold your remote party through a service that simply allows you to video call several people at once, or a designated platform that will provide you with a specific experience. In order to make this choice, all you have to do is answer a simple question – How much time and effort would you like to put into planning your virtual birthday party?

Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts and other services

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All these providers will help you get all your friends together in one call without a big hassle, however, what you do after is all up to you! If you enjoy planning your party agenda to the smallest details, this option will be great for you!

  • Size of the group: You can invite as many people as you’d like, however, we would recommend sticking to groups under 30 attendees for easier communication.
  • Estimated price: Free
  • Duration: As long as you’d like!
  • Installation: You may be required to download an app or at the very least sign-up/log in with an account.
  • Equipment required: If you have a computer with a webcam and a microphone, you’re all set!

Pick a professional provider

If you are looking for a well-rounded online birthday experience with not much planning required on your side, Opt for a provider like Tagvenue that provides customised or hosted experiences. If you are looking for a well-rounded online birthday experience, pick a fun trivia game like Team Quest or a family feud game like Yolking from Home. These birthday activities are designed with entertainment in mind. So if you need a good time with your favourite people, consider a virtual activity filled with fun trivia, buzz-in challenges, Pictionary, and much more, you’re in the right place. You can even customise the content to make it all about you!

Check out these fun options if you’re planning a relaxed birthday party:

The Team Quest

A 60 minute-online trivia with buzz-in challenges, emoji riddles, Pictionary, karaoke, and more, that’s easy to understand and filled with fun. Grab your favourite drink and hop on the platform to start playing. 

  • Pricing: from £16/$22 pp
  • Group size: 6-400
  • Duration: 60-min

Yolking from Home

Family feuds have never been so much fun! Yolking from Home is a TV show-themed event with six different games to choose from! Chances of getting bored: Zero. The event can be hosted for small and large groups of up to 180 guests. Highly interactive and creative, fans of Family Feud will love this game!

  • Pricing: from £520/$725
  • Group size: 8-180
  • Duration: 75-min

Around the World

Known as one of the most loved office games, this online icebreaker game is not only great for virtual office birthdays but also for an online party with your crew! Simply hop on the platform and embark on a journey across the world! The game is played in small groups so it’s perfect for everyone to enjoy some healthy competition. And since it’s your special day, maybe they’ll go easy on you and let you be the winner! 

  • Pricing: from £16/$22 pp
  • Group size: 8-500
  • Duration: 60-min

Unique Online Birthday Celebration Ideas

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Spontaneously catching up with your loved ones is always a nice time, however, you may want to do something more interesting for your birthday. Depending on who you have invited to your online session, you can pick and choose what you would like your virtual party to consist of. There are many activities that translate well into an online form and many more that are even more fun when you play them online.

Virtual Birthday Happy Hour

What’s a birthday party without a few rounds of your favourite drinks? If you can’t all make it to the birthday party, why not bring the party to your home? Whether you’re a vino or cocktail lover, there are  a bunch of options to host your own happy hour. These events are great social mixers, thanks to the drinks and atmosphere.

Getting everyone to talk and interact with each other can be pretty tough when you’re hosting a birthday party, but with the help of a vetted host or sommelier and a few sips of aqua vitae, everyone will be mingling and sharing fun stories about the birthday boy/girl in no time. Remember to opt for shippable experiences with ingredients to avoid last-minute grocery shopping.

Here are our favourite picks for an online happy hour:

Seasonal Wine Tasting

Treat yourself to an exclusive birthday party with a seasonal wine tasting class hosted by the professional sommelier Jacinta Maddison. You’ll get to choose three wines from lesser-known grapes and various regions. Talk about a treat! 

  • Pricing: £55 pp
  • Group size: 6-100
  • Duration: 90-min

Apres Ski Cocktail

Craft the prettiest cocktails while visiting four different bars around the world with your friends. With the help of the mixologist/ entertainer, participants will get crafty and win awards at the end of the game.

  • Pricing: £45 pp
  • Group size: 5-120
  • Duration: 60-min

Pop the bubbles

Another gem offered by the lovely Jacinta Maddison. Learn how to differentiate between the types of wine bubbles whilst tasting some Prosecco, Pinot Noir, and Champagne. Ideal for a classy birthday party with your colleagues and family!

  • Pricing: £50 pp
  • Group size: 6-100
  • Duration: 90-min

Birthday Cooking Feast

It’s not a celebration unless you have a plate full of delicious food. Cooking parties are a feast for the tummy!   

Online cooking classes are an interactive and fun way to celebrate a birthday party particularly if you’re honouring a foodie’s big day. All you have to do is invite your friends, family, or colleagues to your Zoom party! 

Guests will not only learn something new but they’ll also get to devour the delicious food that they prepared! Whether you prefer Italian or Polish cuisine, there are plenty of virtual cooking classes to choose from on Tagvenue. Cooking parties work for both remote and hybrid birthday parties and they are a hassle-free way to get everyone in the same room (virtually!) at the same time. Perfect for those who love stirring it up in the kitchen! 

Here are a few options to consider: 

Polish Dumpling Cooking Class

Make your pierogies from scratch with the help of a chef who will guide you through dumpling making and folding techniques. Customised according to your dietary preferences, this virtual cooking class is a perfect gift for someone who loves comfort food! 

  • Pricing: £12.5/$17 pp
  • Group size: 6-200
  • Duration: 120-min

Spanish Classics

Craving some homemade patatas bravas and chorizo? Stir up your favourite Spanish dish with the assistance of a chef. Get on Zoom, grab your fresh ingredients and treat yourself and guests to an exquisite online cooking experience. 

  • Pricing: from £29/$41 pp
  • Group size: 10-1000
  • Duration: 120-min

Pasta Master

Hey, pasta lover, we’ve got you covered! Make your own pasta from scratch with the help of a chef. Hosted by the Jamie Oliver Cookery Class, Pasta Master is any foodie’s dream gift! 

  • Pricing: from £29 pp
  • Group size: 10-1000
  • Duration:  120-min

Virtual Birthday Party Ideas for Adults

Never Have I Ever

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Put up your fingers and brace yourself for some unusual confessions. If you have trouble coming up with your own experiences, there are many posts online that will help you take your game to the next level.

Truth or Dare

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Push your limits with some truths and dares! You can come up with them by yourselves or use a website to generate them automatically.

  • Size of the group: any size
  • Estimated price: free
  • Duration: approximately 30 minutes
  • Installation: You don’t need to download anything nor register.
  • Equipment required: Just a drink in hand!

Online board games

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Board games are quite universally enjoyed by many families and groups of friends. Surprise, surprise, you can enjoy your favourite classics even online! But careful, the arguments over the rules don’t subside even if you’re only video chatting…

Monopoly

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Everyone’s favourite capitalist dream now offers a way for you to create your own empire of property from anywhere. Just be careful about getting into too much debt!

Clue

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Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? Become one of the slick characters from Clue for an hour and try to solve the horrendous crime that happened in the villa.

Catan

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Catan is a legendary game, now available even in an online version. Finally, you can settle, trade and build from anywhere in the world!

  • Size of the group: 1 – 5 (depending on the game)
  • Estimated price: £2 – £5
  • Duration: approximately 1 – 2 hours
  • Installation: You need to download it from an app store.
  • Equipment required: Just your phone.

Online card games

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Card games have been around for centuries and still remain one of the most popular forms of entertainment. There are many different types of card games you can play online, whether you are looking for a casino themed night or some more elaborate card games.

Texas Hold’em

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This popular version of poker is a fun way to gamble without any consequences. You and your friends can enjoy a few hours of friendly competition and still walk out with no money lost!

  • Size of the group: 1 – 5
  • Estimated price: free
  • Duration: As long as you want.
  • Installation: You need to download it from an app store.
  • Equipment required: Just your phone.

All Bad Cards

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This game will test the limits of your humour in ways you haven’t experienced yet. Play at your own risk!

  • Size of the group: 1-50
  • Estimated price: Free
  • Duration: As long as you want.
  • Installation: You can just start playing once you access the page. If you want expanded card packs, you will need to pay a minimal fee.
  • Equipment required: Just your browser.

Virtual Slumber Party

Netflix Party

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Missing watching a movie with a group of your friends? You don’t have to! Glab your favourite snacks, put on your comfiest pyjamas and with a few easy clicks you are gonna be able to watch anything available on Netflix live with your friends! Trust me, it will feel as if they were in the room with you!

  • Size of the group: doesn’t matter
  • Estimated price: free
  • Duration: as long as you want
  • Installation: You need to download and install the extension.
  • Equipment required: Your computer, Netflix and Chrome.

Who knows you better?

Kahoot

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It’s your birthday, so why not make the whole evening about you? Create a quiz about yourself and find out who out of your guests knows you best! Use this opportunity to ask not only obvious but also obscure questions to find out who can be crowned the most attentive friend.

  • Size of the group: doesn’t matter
  • Estimated price: free
  • Duration: depends on the length of your quiz
  • Installation: You need to create an account to make a quiz.
  • Equipment required: Your computer and your phone.

Draw with friends

Skribbl.io

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Test your friends’ creative abilities with a sweet and short game. Each person would have to draw a word that the website generates for you, ranging from easy to difficult. The other people in the virtual room would have to guess what is depicted on the screen and get points according to their speed. Let the best art critic win!

  • Size of the group: Doesn’t matter.
  • Estimated price: Free.
  • Duration: 5 – 20 minutes
  • Installation: No need to install anything, no account creation required.
  • Equipment required: Just your computer.

If none of these suggestions work for you and your party, or you simply need more inspiration, here are 40 more games to play on Zoom !

Tips for your online birthday party

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If you are one of those people that loves to go the extra mile for any occasion, this is the right time to let your creative juices flow! You can make your online birthday party even more unique by adding a physical element of your choice to it. Here are some ideas that we love:

  • Setting a theme or a dress code for your party – This is a sure way to make everyone laugh and bond quickly, you can even include a competition for the best costume!
  • Send your guests a ‘party package’ – You can fill a simple envelope with balloons, confetti, photos, candy, or practically anything you want and send them out a few days before the remote party. Everyone can open their envelopes on camera and see what surprise awaits them inside!
  • Get food or cake delivered – If you don’t live too far from your guests and want to give them an extra treat, you can order everyone a meal or a cupcake for them to munch on throughout the party!

In the end of the day, novel situations require creative solutions, so don’t be afraid to try out something new for your party this year! Whether it was a good or a bad year for you, everyone deserves a fun birthday celebration in whichever form possible. After all, it’s those tiny moments of joy that make life worth living.

Virtual Birthday Party FAQs

Can I organise a virtual birthday party on a budget?

Absolutely! Funnily enough, a virtual birthday party is probably the cheapest way to have a birthday party in general. There are many completely free providers to choose from when having a video call with your friends and family, as well as a long list of games and activities that won’t cost you anything.

Is a virtual birthday party only for adults?

Not necessarily. However, it all depends on the age of the child. Kids that are still quite young get easily distracted and bored, so it might be the best idea to keep the party short and sweet. Though you can choose to broadcast the most important moments of the celebration, such as gift opening and blowing out the candles, so that your loved ones don’t miss out on these small joyful moments.

What other events can I hold online?

Christmas and Halloween parties are also something you don’t have to give up just because of social distancing. Read here about some fun games to play with your team or friends to have a blast even virtually.

What are some fun virtual birthday party ideas? 

As weird as it may sound, we recommend trying virtual escape rooms for some collaborative fun! Virtual escape rooms are designed for interaction and some crazy fun. Plus, they are less scary than their traditional counterparts. If you’re looking for more affordable ideas, it’s all up to you! You can make a ”Happy Birthday” video montage for the birthday boy/girl or you can simply host an online happy hour and get talking! Alternatively, you may host a Netflix party and watch a show together. Whatever you decide to do, it’s rather easy to host an online party on Zoom or any other platform of your choice!

How do virtual birthday parties work?

We’re glad you asked! Virtual events are similar to traditional parties in the sense that the goal is to bring people together to celebrate something. Virtual parties are hosted online instead of requiring everyone to travel to a specific location, which is often tough for remote teams or dispersed families. Instead, people gather on an online platform where they can chat and have fun! Hosted events facilitate such gatherings as there is a professional host to entertain the guests; however, you may host your event on your own with some extra work.

How do you make a zoom birthday party fun?

It doesn’t have to be complicated! For instance, you can plan a themed-Zoom party where everyone gets to play dress-up or you can simply do a virtual activity together such as painting or making candles together. Alternatively, you can attend a virtual concert, parade, or any other online event together. Whatever you decide to do, just remember to celebrate with your friend/colleague!

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