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Virtual Thanksgiving Games for Teams

Veronica Brundle - Aug 24 2022, 9:20:59 PM

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of the year to celebrate what you’re thankful for and show gratitude to one another. As your team gets ready to enjoy a much-deserved long weekend with their friends or family, consider planning a virtual thanksgiving game or experience to celebrate their contributions. Going the extra mile for your employees is a great way to show them you appreciate their hard work and dedication to your company.

With our virtual Thanksgiving ideas, you can celebrate the holiday with your employees and inspire your team to show gratitude. (And maybe even eat some delicious food!)

Here are a few of our favorite thanksgiving games and ideas:


Volunteering is a meaningful team-building activity for Thanksgiving that everyone can enjoy together. Giving back to your community or a cause you're passionate about is a great way to share a special moment with your team and inspire them to do more for others.

Together, they will bond over their shared passion for helping others and have a moment they can cherish together for years to come. Even if your team is remote and living in different cities or states, you can encourage them to take a half day or a day off to volunteer in their community.

Plant a Fall Succulent

Is your team not that into games? Don't worry, games aren't for everyone. Sometimes, all your team wants to do is relax after a long day, and that's okay. This virtual thanksgiving idea involves taking a step back from the chaos of the work week to plant a lovely fall succulent as a team. Your team members will receive everything they need to create their own terrarium, delivered straight to their front door.

During this therapeutic experience, the host will walk your team through the ins and outs of creating their own succulent terrarium. At the end of the experience, everyone will have a beautiful garden they can keep by their desk or at home. This experience can accommodate up to 200 individuals and is an hour long.

Lunch and Learn Experience

There is much more to Thanksgiving than turkey, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes. A great way to show your team this is by planning lunch and learn experience. A lunch and learning is a great way to learn more about November history or explore new ways to show gratitude in your everyday life.

Here are a few topics to consider:

  • Native American History
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Exploring new ways to show gratitude and give thanks
  • Presentation on local charities

After a short presentation on a topic of your choice, you can dive right into a fun and exciting cooking class, like our Fall Buttercream Cookie Event. This simple yet relaxing cookie decorating class helps your team master their decorating skills with pre-baked cookies.

Show Your Gratitude

Sometimes, the small things leave the biggest impact. Encouraging your team to show their gratitude and write thank you letters to their coworkers is a great way to foster connections in the workplace and show appreciation. After an all-hands meeting, ask your team members to write a thank you card to a coworker they would like to show gratitude for.

At the end of the 30 minutes, they can either take a photo and send it over slack, send it as an email, or simply jump on a Zoom call and share their thanks with them one-on-one. At the end of this virtual thanksgiving game, everyone will leave with a smile on their face!

A Pumpkin Spice Celebration

It’s safe to say the best part about fall is the pumpkin spice-flavored everything. With a one-hour virtual pumpkin spice class, your team will experience everything they love about flannels, cooler weather, and Thanksgiving. We’ll show your team how to make healthy pumpkin spiced treats while discussing how to stay well during the holidays with practical nutrition and lifestyle tips. Throughout the hour-long experience, your team will learn new culinary skills, share conversation over delicious drinks, and bond with their team even when they can't be physically together.

Colorful Chocolate Cookie-Os

Have a team full of sweet tooths? We have the perfect thanksgiving experience for you. For this fall-inspired cooking experience, your team will learn how to mix and mold dough, back donut cookies, and decorate them with creamy Brazilian brigadeiro. All your team needs to do is have a change of scenery and set up their laptop in their kitchen. Their hands will get dirty, but they’ll share some laughs with their coworkers and have the best time learning how to bake. After the experience is over, baking is a skill they can use for all of their upcoming holiday parties.

Act in a Murder Mystery

A classic virtual thanksgiving game is a murder mystery party. A professional actor will host your party and set the scene. The guests will play detective and try to guess who the suspect is in the murder mystery. Before the event, all of your attendees will receive witness and suspect roles before jumping right in for this two-hour experience. This virtual thanksgiving game is ideal for small, intimate groups that want to celebrate or thank others for their hard work.

Thanksgiving-Themed Ice Breakers

Ice breakers are great mini-team-building exercises that can be incorporated into your everyday work week routine. These mini-games are typically 5-10 minutes long and are great to try out after an all-hands or department meeting. You can consider trying out Thanksgiving-themed ice breakers from our free virtual ice breakers.

Here are a few ways to add a thanksgiving spin to some of our classic ice breakers:

  • What’s the last photo you took?: Share photos of your last Thanksgiving or something you are thankful for.
  • I Spy: Fall decor! Try to find the fall decor in other participants' backgrounds.
  • Green Screen Creativity: Change your background to a fall-themed, whoever has the best, wins!
  • Never Have I Ever: Thanksgiving food edition! Share different foods you’ve never had at Thanksgiving

Have some fun with these ice breakers and think outside of the box! The best part about ice breakers is you can plan as many as you want throughout the month.

Fall Game Shows

Celebrate the colder weather with a fall-inspired game show! Cozy up in a warm blanket, grab your favorite warm drink and get ready for the good times to begin. A host will play multiple themed games with your team and create a social atmosphere where everyone can bond and connect.

You can look forward to games like Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, Name That Tune, and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Everyone will come ready to have a good time with a pen and paper. This experience is an hour long and can accommodate up to 497 participants.

Show gratitude with Elevent

Virtual thanksgiving games are so much more than just games and experiences. It's a tool your company can use to help your team build a connection with one another. With the help of these experiences, you can create memories, increase your retention rate, and improve the workplace experience for the individual.

At Elevent, we want to help you give thanks and show your team gratitude. Our virtual thanksgiving ideas are all pre-planned and ready for your team to experience. You don’t need to worry about any of the nitty-gritty details or the planning: our team will handle it all for you.

If you’re ready to find an experience for your team or want to learn more, contact us today.


Originally published at Aug 24 2022, 9:20:59 PM. Updated on Sep 30 2022.

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