While some areas of the United States have opened back up with limitations due to COVID-19 and most party plans due to social distancing have changed, it does not mean that parties have to be less exciting! This summer, whether you host a small gathering with friends and family, or an online party—you can kick it up a notch with a virtual party theme.
Here are 10 fun virtual party themes ideas for your next summer party.
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Both easy and seasonally appropriate, a tropical themed party will be a hit for any summer party. Virtual guests can wear their own tropical button downs or floral shirts. Mix up a pina colada or strawberry daiquiri and you’ll feel like you’re in your own tropical oasis.
Find more tropical party theme inspiration here.
Perfect for: birthday parties, virtual happy hours, small backyard luaus.
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This virtual theme party requires no invitation! Text your group chat and throw a zoom party from the comfort of your own pools. No pool? No problem—a zoom background will do! Throw on your favorite bathing suit, grab a beach towel and sun hat, and get ready to float.
Find more pool party themed inspiration here.
Perfect for: small group gatherings, birthday parties, kids parties.
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One of the most popular trends for summer parties, a flamingo luau theme will not only be a hit with guests, but easy to pull off as well. Flamingo and pineapple party supplies are readily available online, breakout your best hawaiian luau attire, and get ready to flamingle!
Find more flamingo luau party inspiration here.
Perfect for: bachelorette parties, bridal showers, corporate summer parties.
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Always the popular theme trend—this 80’s theme party will be easy to pull off. Cue the nostalgia with neon decade wear, teased hair, and have a DJ spin your favorite 80’s hits. Get ready to get your virtual dance party started.
Find 80’s theme party inspiration here.
Best for: bachelorette parties, virtual prom, a 30th birthday party.
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Find a fun new pair of pajamas (you’ll keep wearing them during quarantine and while working from home!) and get ready for a relaxing night in. Activities can include watching an outdoor movie while social distancing (or a virtual netflix party), doing a face mask with your gal pals, and whipping up a quarantini (or mocktail).
Perfect for: virtual girls night in, small family gathering, kids parties.
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Go team go! Are you ready to get back in the swing of things with sporting events? Choose sports as your next virtual party theme! Guests wear their favorite team apparel and colors, and don’t forget your peanuts and cracker jacks (and some ice cold beer of course).
Find more inspiration for this tailgating theme here.
Perfect for: virtual corporate happy hours, kids parties, social distancing guys nights.
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A themed event that is exciting (and appropriate!) for kids and adults, channel your inner superhero and get ready to save the world. Wear your favorite superhero attire (cape optional) and book a costumed character to make an appearance and surprise party guests.
Perfect for: kids birthday parties, virtual bachelor parties, guys nights in.
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‘Tis the season for patriotic celebrations! Wear red, white, and blue, curate a Born in the U.S.A inspired playlist (or hire a musician performing virtually), play games, and enjoy your favorite picnic foods while social distancing.
Find more Americana themed party inspiration here.
Perfect for: 4th of July parties, Labor Day parties, or any other small backyard BBQs.
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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! A jungle theme is perfect for a summer party and can be fun for a kids party or adult gathering. Wear animal prints, add a virtual background with palm trees, and get ready for a virtual safari adventure.
Find more jungle party theme inspiration here.
Perfect for: cocktail parties, kids parties, an exciting dinner party.
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Strawberries, watermelon, lemons, you name it! Dress in the color of the fruit, make healthy fruit snacks, and prepare beverages (adult and kid friendly) based on your fruit of choice. For a totally virtual party, you can create a zoom background for guests to use based on the fruit.
Perfect for: virtual happy hours, kids parties, baby showers.
For all virtual summer parties, guests can use a theme appropriate zoom background to really capture the essences of your virtual party theme.
Browse a list of over 100 party theme ideas and inspiration from The Bash here.