how to throw a ridiculously fun virtual company party in 2020

Uh oh, still planning your company’s holiday party? Let the pros take care of it!

I’m here to show you that virtual teams can still have an amazingly awesome company party, where everyone feels connected and inspired (all from the comfort of their own computers).

We’ve boiled it down to a fail-proof party formula that you can apply for any company (50-500+ people) which we call Party in a Box.

Long story short: you’ll see how this remote team party will:

  • engage your staff
  • boost morale
  • ensure that you’re office royalty (until next year’s party)

Meet Monica

Monica is the office manager at Double Fine games (part of Xbox Game Studios). 

She poured her heart into organizing an awesome 20th anniversary party for her team…

It was going to be an epic restaurant buyout, at one of San Francisco’s most storied Mexican restaurants (the people that created the Tommy’s Margarita).

And then? COVID hit. 

Instead of cancelling outright, she decided to throw a company-wide virtual party. She called on Wild SF to replace their planned in-person event.

It was a super fun night (margaritas still made an appearance) with karaoke and a tropical vacation.

“Wes worked with us to make a memorable experience in lieu of our regular party! 

Everyone had an incredible time, so much so that we are hiring Wild SF to host our virtual holiday party in December.

I highly recommend this company to anyone who wants to create a unique and entertaining virtual experience for their employees!”

 Monica, Double Fine office manager

The Truth About Online Team Building

  •  40% of remote employees struggle with loneliness, or collaboration and communication issues
  •  38% of remote teams say entertainment and fun are the elements of team building they need most
  •  27% say getting to know each other better is their top need

As working from home becomes the new normal through the end of 2020 (at least), engaging virtual team building is as important as ever. 

Data from Buffer’s 2020 State of Remote Work, and from Wild SF virtual event exit surveys

SECRET #1

What Do Employees Really Want in a Party?

Answer: Connection

A big event with motivational speakers, year-end recaps from execs, and flashy production quality are all nice, but…

…what remote workers really want is meaningful team connection.

If your goal is to “wow” your virtual team with an end-of-the-year celebration, create an event that prioritizes bonding.

How do you do that?

It requires a few things:

  1. A fully-structured event (with a clear timeline)
  2. Generous use of facilitated breakout groups (plenty of small group chats)
  3. Masterful facilitation (important for psychological safety of your team)

I really enjoyed being weird (aka myself) with my new coworkers. This was the perfect ice breaker and a great way to connect with everyone in the company!”

Seeing everyone laugh and getting to meet with different team members was so much fun!”

I loved seeing everyone’s face (and not just Slack messages)

I appreciated being able to really connect with new team members during this time!”

(Actual quotes, from actual employees who joined a Wild SF party)

Let’s face it: you are brilliant in your field…

…and true brilliance lies in knowing when to outsource.

Instead of MacGyvering a virtual event this holiday season, bring in the pros.

The Wild SF Experience

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Introducing Your Starting Lineup…

Our roster of dedicated Virtual Event MC’s includes:

  • Robert: a veteran Chicago/LA improv comedy instructor
  • Rebecca: award-winning mixologist and cocktail historian
  • Hannah: a slapstick clown and host from SF Circus
  • Matthew: Brooklyn graffiti artist and street art archivist
  • Mary Vice: the award-winning drag queen and lip sync pro
  • Matt: our resident Aussie and virtual “cruise director”
  • Lisa Frankenstein: drag queen of the macabre
  • Wild Wes: our fearless co-founder, song-and-cocktail man

How to Structure a Virtual Company Party

Instead of trying to guess one event that everyone will love (which isn’t likely)…

…design a festival-style itinerary with guaranteed fun happening in multiple rooms.

That way, your team can “choose their own adventure.”

This is the perfect way to include your whole company (for groups of 50-250+), and ensure everyone has a great time.

Ideal Structure:

  • 15 min – Opening Words (CEO, Slideshow, Awards, etc.)
  • 45 min – Session 1 (with multiple Theme Rooms)
  • 45 min – Session 2 (with multiple Theme Rooms)
  • 15 min – Closing

For our Party in a Box, we’ll create a dedicated webpage that has Zoom links to each Theme Room.

All your team does it click “Join” on whichever theme room speaks to them!

Each room is led by a dedicated virtual events host, who prioritizes:

  • team engagement
  • psychological safety
  • and having fun!

It’s a no-brainer: we’ll work with you to ensure that your whole company has an unforgettable, virtual party for your team! 

Some of our Theme Room options…

  • Karaoke Club: A fun, fast-paced karaoke with an enthusiastic “KJ” host

  • DJ Dance Party: A high-energy DJ gets your team moving and laughing

  • Team’s Got Talent: An AGT-style open mic and talent show for all

  • Virtual Vacation: Games on a tropical island (Hawaiian shirts a plus)

  • Intro to Improv Comedy: Quick-paced, fun games that teach teamwork

  • Clown School 101: Learn physical comedy with professional clowns

  • DIY Cocktail Class: Make 2 easy, delicious drinks with a craft bartender

  • Drag Show: Performances + sassy banter from Mary Vice and friends

  • Secrets of Magic: Mind-bending, hilarious magic show and class

  • Ghost Stories: Campfire ghost tales with a witchy paranormal expert

  • Acoustic Cafe Show: Singer-songwriter plays an intimate live concert

  • Graffiti Workshop: Hands-on class and history with a renowned artist

  • Stand Up Comedy: Serious laughs with up-and-coming LA-based comics

A Quick Word of Warning

Because these events require so much behind-the-scenes work on our end, we can only offer one party per day.

For end-of-the-year Holiday Parties, that means only 3 Fridays and 3 Saturdays are available in December before Christmas.

(And yes, these dates are already filling up!)

We’d love to work with you, so please…

To get the ball rolling, send a request NOW 

…to lock in your date, while it’s still available.