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Virtual Gathering Ideas That Aren't Zoom Happy Hours

If the novelty of hosting a Zoom happy hour has worn off for you and your friends or family, you're in luck! We've put together a list of virtual gathering ideas for you to try, whether you want to learn how to roll sushi or take a yoga class with your bestie. Plus, most are offered by Colorado businesses.

It's a great way to keep safe and connected while supporting our local community!

Food & Drink

  1. At-home cupcake and cake decorating kits from My Make Studio, perfect for a sweet party
  2. The Truffle Cheese Shop's virtual burrata and mozzarella cheese-making class
  3. Step-by-step Sushi Rolling Classes from Colorado Sake Co. 
  4. Baking Classes by The Good Food Project
  5. Cooking Classes with The Seasoned Chef
  6. Mixologist classes from Spirited Cocktails
  7. Have everyone grab one of these To-Go Meal Kits, then prepare and enjoy dinner together
  8. Set up a coffee date, then try different blends from local companies and compare notes
  9. Virtual Beer/Cheese Pairing with Denver Beer Co.

Crafting & Art

Order kits online and work through them together with your people! Learn to macrame, make string art or distressed wood art, how about building a clock? 

  1. Upstairs Circus Make-At-Home DIY Project Kits
  2. Various Denver DIY Kits from the 303 Magazine list
  3. Canvas & Cocktails classes—you can purchase material packs from them
  4. “Visit” the Denver Art Museum together by viewing the highlights of the Mexican Modernism exhibit, then discuss your points of view.

Exercise & Dance Classes

  1. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
  2. Livestream classes from dance2b
  3. For virtual yoga classes, The Freya Project
  4. Denver Parks & Rec fitness classes

Movies, Games & Books

  1. Get together for a virtual gift exchange with Camp's White E-lephant
  2. Solve an online murder mystery with My Mystery Party or The Digital Murder Mystery Co.
  3. Host a private, virtual trivia night with the help of Geeks Who Drink
  4. Netflix Teleparty with synchronized video playback and group chat
  5. Play charades, set up virtual karaoke or throw a party that includes Zoom Games
  6. Start a virtual book club with help from a local bookstore—and a few tips to get you started.

A final note. If you're going to host a Zoom happy hour this holiday season, make it an Ugly Sweater Party with voting and prizes for the best/worst sweater! 

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