Who knows what the state of the nation will look like in December? One thing is for certain, festivities are NOT cancelled, maybe just a little different this year. The though of more zoom calls lingers with dread for most of us, but why not try to plan a Virtual Cocktail Night In? Hopefully I can help.
I planned a Virtual Cocktail Night for some of our team back in October, and it was a brilliant night.
So here’s everything you need to make it successful and easy for you.
Step 1: The Invite List & Details
Whether it’s a work event or with friends, the finishing touches make it feel special.
Start by making a full list of everyone you want to invite, making sure you’ve either got their E-mail Addresses or a mobile phone number.
To make it easier I’ve provided a draft of the information you can send to everyone to collect the information you’ll need. If it’s individually funded you can use the additional text, if not just delete the payment information:
“To celebrate the festivities this year we’re planning to do a Virtual Cocktail Night which will be on [INSERT DATE] starting at [INSERT TIME]. We really hope you can make it!
Please complete the table below and return it to me by [INSERT] to enable me to place the order in time. [Please transfer £[X] to me via [INSERT DETAILS]
|Name||Address||Alcoholic/Non-Alcoholic||Type of Cocktails (Light, Dark or Mixed)|
*Light: A carefully curated selection of fresh, elegant and crowd-pleasing cocktails. Featuring luscious fruit flavours and exquisitely balanced lighter spirits.
Dark: A sophisticated collection of bitter-sweet classics, bold flavours and spirit led drinks.
Mixed: The best of both worlds for the person who wants to have it all. You’ll be the lucky recipient of two light and two dark cocktails.
If you have anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol, you may have to arrange something different for them. Ideas that worked well for us:
- Chocolate delivery
- Non-Alcoholic Beers
- Give the individuals a budget and get them to select their own gifts
The link to join the call is:
If you need help with how to set up a Zoom meeting you can click here to follow step by step instructions
Step 2: Ordering your Cocktails
We used the company Kocktails for our drinks and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Dependent on your numbers you probably want to place your order at least 2 weeks minimum before the drinks are needed (longer if you can).
You can either order these directly via their site using this page here
(Don’t forget to select “One-Time Purchase”)
You’ll get to add a gift message, select the delivery date (ideally a few days before your event) and then you can enter each individual delivery name and address.
Alternatively you can check out their page on corporate events here and contact them either via the chat with us on their site on their contact details.
Step 3: Planning Your Eve
The nice thing about having the cocktails delivered is that they instantly give you a talking point. You can either let people tuck in and pour in whatever order they want; or you can set the structure (remember some peoples boxes may be different depending on what they select).
After the first drink, it’s likely everyone will have loosened up a little. If you need any ice breakers here are some you can prepare for in advance:
Ice Breaker 1
Give everyone 2 minutes to go and grab one item in their house. Give each person 45 seconds to explain why they selected that item and what it is.
Ice Breaker 2
There’s a great list of 10 ice breakers here that are easy to do
And that’s it, if you run a Virtual Cocktail Night I’d love to hear how it goes, if you really want to jazz up your drinks you can read some easy ways to do that here. I hope you manage to celebrate some festivities with friends, colleagues or family this year.