10 Virtual New Year's Eve Games To Play With Your Friends & Ring In The Fun
The world is only a few sleeps away from 2021, and you're likely thrilled to say goodbye to this year with champagne and virtual games. The last 365 days were probably not what you expected they would be. But, with your newfound Zoom skills, you'll spend the sparkliest night of the year playing virtual New Year's Eve games with your besties. Each of them will tune into the festivities from their individual homes and make a toast to something they're looking forward to in the new year.
Many of us are hoping that 2021 is the year we can gather with friends in person again. In the meantime, though, sticking to virtual celebrations in the comfort and safety of your home is the safest option, as it protects both you and others. The New Year's Eve guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — which were updated on Dec. 28, 2020 — advise keeping your celebration to your immediate household, avoiding travel, and watching fireworks over a livestream.
So, why not get all dressed up in your favorite outfit, open up your laptop, and play some of these virtual games with a group of friends on FaceTime or Zoom? Hang up a disco ball in the view of the camera, pour a glass of sparkling cider, and have a ball right from your own home. 2021 will be here in a prosecco, and it's time to celebrate that.
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1. Pics Or It Didn't Happen
You and your friends are having a virtual party on New Year's Eve, and that means snapping tons of pics to document all the fun. In fact, you should play "Pics Or It Didn't Happen" and have a virtual photoshoot with your BFFs.
Beforehand, advise your friends to decorate their homes with sparkly balloons ($19, Party City), streamers, and even disco balls. Then, play photographer and have them pose with their props. Take screenshots of them in different positions, and post your results on Instagram for the world to see.
2. Do That TikTok Dance
In 2020, you and your friends have mastered many of the most iconic TikTok dances, including "The Renegade." Play this game to see if you remember the moves.
To start each round, one of your friends will volunteer to be the tune master. They'll pick a friend in the group to challenge, as well as an audio clip to play. The tune master will play the clip through once. On the second play through, the friend who's been challenged has to dance to the trendy clip.
If they make it through correctly, they win that round. If they don't, then the turn gets passed on to the next friend to dance.
3. Leave It In 2020
Like many other years, 2020 has been filled with trends, both good and bad. During quarantine, the world got into watching Tiger King on Netflix, baking banana bread, and tie-dyeing. "Leave It In 2020" lets you and your friends rate each of these trends and decide if they're worth bringing into the new year.
To play, have one person prep a game board with five different categories, including: Bring to 2021, Hard Love, Don't Care, Eh, and Loathe. This person should also prep the trends by saving pictures to their laptop that represent them. When the virtual celebration starts, this person can share their screen with the group and get the conversation going for each trend.
4. Say It In Emojis
"Say It In Emojis" is made for the friend group that wants a chill and relaxing New Year's Eve night. For this game, get everyone together in a group chat. One person will be tasked with choosing a category like "sitcoms" or "hobbies." In the chat, everyone else will have to send three emojis that they think represent a specific item in that category.
The person who chose the category can then guess what each set of emojis represents. If you chose "sitcoms," one friend may send a coffee cup emoji, a city emoji, and a cat emoji grouped together, which represents Friends.
5. For The Girls
The makers of What Do You Meme? have created this game that's bound to let the good times roll. To play, one of your friends just needs to pick up For The Girls ($25, Target) and have it at your virtual celebration. Inside, they'll find cards that fall under different categories like "Truth or Dare?" and "Rapid Fire!" Have that friend be the game host and read the cards to the group. Then, rotate who completes the task or answers the questions.
6. Let's Get Fizz-ical
The foodies in your friend group will adore "Let's Get Fizz-ical." This game is all about taste testing different drinks, from fizzy sparkling ciders, to arsty-looking bottles of champagne, if you are 21 or over, of course.
Start by having each person bring their own drink to the virtual gathering and a glass. Watch them as they sip and serve up a dramatic description of it. At the end of their description, have them give a final rating, along with a hilarious catchphrase for the drink they tried.
7. 'Vogue's 73 Questions
Have you watched Vogue's 73 Questions series on YouTube? It puts all the celebs in the hot seat, answering fun and random questions while casually walking around their homes.
You should totally play with your friends on New Year's Eve by writing down 73 questions of your own. (Of course, the videos can give you some ideas.) Then, rapid fire style, ask your BFFs the questions and see what they say. Pause if you want to have a debate over their favorite sitcom, snack, or place to travel to.
Making resolutions for the new year is all fun and games, but playing "Daydreamers" is arguably much better. This game lets you and your friends dream about 2021 and all it can be. To get started, have each person grab a notebook and rip out tiny slips of paper.
On each slip of paper, people should write a dream they have, even if they don't think it'll come true. Once everyone is done writing, have each person talk about their dreams, excluding any they don't feel comfortable sharing. Try to manifest one of those dreams for them by repeating an affirmation or deciding on ways you can support them in the new year.
9. Arcade Champs
When you were a kid, you and your BFFs may have spent hours playing video or arcade games. Recreate that fun with "Arcade. Champs" on New Year's Eve. Decide on a few games you'll each purchase ahead of time, like this trampoline toss target game ($35, Urban Outfitters). Play the games while on Zoom, and see if you can set and beat many high scores before midnight.
10. Feeling Toasty
No New Year's Eve celebration is complete without a toast. So, take a note out of the Friends playbook and raise your glass at midnight.
In the show, Phoebe and Rachel — while competing to be Monica's maid-of-honor — practiced giving a toast. During a Zoom or FaceTime hang, do the same, but turn yours into the most creative PowerPoint presentation. Once everyone has gone, have your group vote on the best one and pop a bottle of champagne in that person's honor.