How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Remote Team?
Lovers’ Day is around the corner. Tiny and shiny red hearts, cute decorations, and mushy quotes are everywhere around you. This is the perfect occasion to connect with your remote team that is scattered across the globe.
But how can you celebrate this wonderful day with your team members? Simple, you can take a look at these 14 original virtual Valentine’s Day ideas listed below!
14 Virtual Valentine’s Day Ideas Perfect For Work
1. Virtual Valentine’s Day Bingo
Trying out different home valentines day ideas, Remote Bingo is one of the funniest games to bring your team together. You can even create small teams like ‘single vs. couple,’ making everyone feel involved. The game can last 10 minutes or an hour, depending on how the team gets along.
How to play
Send Bingo boards to your team members.
Chatting with colleagues, players mark off squares describing someone else writing their name in the box.
The first who gets 5 marks wins the game.
Besides making Valentine’s day less annoying for those who lack romance, it’s a funny idea to make your team members engage and know each other.
Don’t forget to randomize squares so that not everyone wins at once!
2. Virtual Game Night +1
You can celebrate Valentine’s day with a special game night +1. Especially for distributed teams, it can be a funny valentine’s work idea to connect with other team members ‘outside the virtual workplace.’
Here are some ideas for a special game night to spicy future Slack games:
- Escape Room: Jewel Heist
- Virtual Clue Murder Mystery
- Virtual Team Pursuit
3. Best Playlist Or Podcast Contest
For Valentine’s day, you could launch a competition for the best podcast to start the working day and the top playlist to work remotely.
As the contest celebrates the lovers’ day, you can make limitations like romantic music. Or, people can suggest only podcasts about long-distance relationships or improve remote connections. You can use these suggestions during a call to engage in new conversations about the topic with your team members. And the winner will receive a pack of discounted chocolate post-Valentine’s day and good coffee.
4. Poetry Slam Or Personalized Poems
One of the most creative activities to have in your virtual Valentine’s Day meeting is to write personalized poems together for your team members or have a poetry slam. You could choose to compose a soliloquy or sonnet and send it via email. Or, you could recite your ode out loud for all to appreciate.
5. Valentine’s Trivia
Valentine’s trivia is a fun way to celebrate the occasion. You could kick off the video call with a couple of questions or sprinkle them throughout other activities. You can also have a proper online tournament and get an online gift for Valentine’s Day for the winner.
Here are some questions that you can include in your special Valentine’s Day trivia:
- Who is the unofficial patron saint of love?
- Which is the most popular flower given on Valentine’s Day?
- What is the name of the winged child that shoots arrows to make people fall in love?
6. World Wide Valentine’s Dinner
Valentine´s Day is one of the best occasions to propose a ‘receipt sharing channel’ with special dishes for the best Valentine’s dinner – and advice for wine!
After the lovers’ day, colleagues can share pictures of their dinner and keep a more casual conversation in the long run.
7. Escape Room
Escape rooms are an interesting way to stay occupied. You can create one that is suited to the occasion of Valentine’s, which can easily be done virtually. Then, leave clues inside, like hidden hearts or love letters. Be sure to send the winner a prize, like candy boxes or stuffed animals!
8. Virtual Cooking Classes
You could organize virtual cooking classes with your team. They can teach each other a local recipe live and cook for their families and friends to celebrate the lover’s day – or any day of the year!
9. Virtual Wine Tasting Classes
Wine has always been a more reliable friend than diamonds. Like any other virtual celebration, Valentine’s day is great for engaging with your team members attending online wine-tasting classes. You can arrange a Zoom call, including snacks, or you can create an interactive Flipbook containing photographs and descriptions for each individual variety of wine!
Here are some virtual wine-tasting classes to take inspiration from:
- Far Niente Winery
- Clos Du Val Wine.
- Passalacqua Winery
- Priority Wine Pass
You can also organize a wine subscription to celebrate and talk about ‘heart affairs.’ Here are some winery deliveries in different places:
- Craft Gin Club – If one of your colleagues is getting married!
P.S. If you have worldwide team members, remember to check the local mail policy for alcohol!
10. International Romantic Movie Night
Another wonderful activity for Valentine’s Day would be to propose a love comedy from each team member’s original country and make a small contest. And you can watch all together your favorite one commenting in real-time using these apps.
- Amazon Prime Watch Party
If you cannot figure out what to watch, maybe the movies mentioned below can give you ideas.
- Valentine’s Day (2010)
- The Half Of It (2020)
- Moonstruck (1987)
- Dirty Dancing (1987)
- Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
- Pretty Woman (1990)
- 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
- Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
- The Big Sick (2017)
- Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
11. Scavenger Hunt
Virtual scavenger hunts can be a fun way to keep attendees engaged on video calls. So, if you want to get a virtual scavenger hunt going for Valentine’s Day, give your team members some prompts.
You should also remember to divide everyone up into teams before the game starts. Keep assigning points to the team that manages to complete tasks first. Be sure to tally the points by the end and award the winner a prize. To make things interesting and get an occasion-appropriate gift, you can choose an online gift for Valentine’s Day!
12. Name The Tune
Since it’s the day of love, why don’t you search for tunes that are either about love or have the word in the lyrics or title? After you do, you can sit around on a video call with your teammates and have them guess which song you are playing.
How to play
- Split up into different teams
- Take turns humming or singing a love song
- Challenge the other teams to guess the name
- Award points to any team that guesses the name correctly
To make things interesting, you can have the losing team serenade whoever wins.
13. Secret Admirers
Not only is this activity a fun one for a virtual Valentine’s Day, but can quickly boost the morale of teammates. It also strengthens relationships. Much like Secret Santa, divide your coworkers into teams and notify them of who the other person is.
Then, instead of giving gifts to each other, they can just spend the day or the week sending words of praise and encouragement to each other. They can also send out inspirational quotes, pictures, videos, and funny GIFs.
14. Rom-Com Charades
Ah, charades never fails to liven up a party, whether online or physical. This is why it makes sense to put it on the list of virtual Valentine’s Day ideas. It is a team-building game that you can play with your coworkers.
How to play
- Divide the attendees into teams
- Pick a romantic comedy from a list you have made beforehand
- Privately message the movie’s name to one player
- Ask the player to act out the plot or the title
- Give 60 seconds to the team to guess
- Give out points for correct answers
Last Thoughts On Valentine’s Day
Working in a distributed team means getting to know different cultures or even learning some words of a new language while working from home. Virtual Valentine’s Day ideas can be a funny and original way to bond with people you are working with and improve your working relationship even if you are far apart!