9 Best Themed Party Ideas For Your Next Zoom Call

Zoom is the place to be right now.

Well, technically home is the place to be. While we're all stuck inside due to social distancing guidelines, Zoom is the new go-to spot for all your virtual hangouts. This video chat service allows you to hang with dozens of friends at one time. It's the closest you'll get to seeing your pals in person for a little while, so you might as well take advantage of it.

However, normal Zoom parties are so four weeks ago. If you want to kick your virtual hangout up a notch, you need to plan a themed call. Keep scrolling for the none best themed party ideas for your next Zoom call.

Spa Night

You and your friends can't go to a real spa, but you can bring the spa to you. For your next Zoom call, plan a relaxing spa theme that all your girlfriends will love. Don a comfy robe, throw your hair up in a towel and put on your best face mask. Unlike going out to see your friends, chatting the night away while taking care of your skin is totally acceptable in the age of quarantine. It's the perfect opportunity to practice a little self-care while spending time with your BFFs.


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Beach Party

You might not be able to go outside, but that shouldn't stop you from donning your favorite swimsuit. For your next Zoom call, plan a beach party theme. Everyone can wear their favorite suit or go all-out by blowing up flotation devices. Change your background to something beach-related, grab a cold soda and pretend that you're genuinely out catching some rays. You don't need a summer body when you can enjoy the beach from home.


'90s Night

Costumes are the best way to bring your themed Zoom party to life. And what era has more recognizable outfits than the '90s? For your next Zoom call, take your friends all the way back to a previous decade. Whether you dress up like your fave '90s cartoon or don an outfit that has you looking exactly like Cher Horowitz, coming up with your ensemble for this Zoom party will be half the fun.

Cher holding shopping bags on Rodeo Drive in Clueless

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To Infinity and Beyond

If you want something simple that's full of options, throw a space-themed party on your next Zoom call. You can change your background to a glowing galaxy and decide which outfit makes you feel the most spacey. With a theme like this, you can even dive into your favorite festival makeup to create an alien-like look. Encourage your friends to get creative with this theme, then laugh at each other's out-of-this-world outfits.


Tea Party

At this point, we're all living in our favorite pair of sweats or pajamas. It's comfortable, but it also makes us feel a little less than human after days of wearing elastic waistbands. To combat the hobo look, throw a fancy tea party on your next Zoom call. Don a cute sundress, a hat and even some heels if you really want to get into character. Decide on a menu with your friends and prep little sandwiches and a tray of tea. Once that's done, hop on the Zoom call and eat your food together while you raise your teacups to how proper you all are. Don't worry—after you're done, you can slide back into your favorite pair of sweatpants.

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Harry Potter

Who can resist a Harry Potter party? This theme is fun in person, so it's guaranteed to be a blast in a virtual space. If you want to make your party even more fun, ensure each of your friends chooses a different Harry Potter character to imitate. Set your background to something magical and spend the evening chatting away. To make the party last a while, watch one of the Harry Potter movies together while you're all in costume.


Jungle Party

While Tiger King is still at the forefront of everyone's mind, you may as well take advantage of this wild story with your own jungle-themed party. Encourage your friends to come dressed as their favorite animals and pretend that you're spending the night outdoors amongst the trees. Face painting and animal print are definitely encouraged for this party.

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Disney Party

When in doubt, you can always rely on Disney. For your next Zoom call, dress up as your favorite Disney character. Spend the night watching Disney movies with your friends and complimenting each other's outfits. If you want to take it one step further, you can even instruct people to dress up as characters from a specific movie and then compare your costumes to the film.


Under the Sea

Last, but certainly not least, plan an ocean-themed party for your next Zoom call. This time, you're not sitting out on the beach–you're under the water with the rest of the aquatic creatures. Dress like a mermaid, a fish, a dolphin—anything you can imagine! Change your background to a watery paradise and pretend you're swimming around with all your pals by your side.

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