If enjoying a meal with friends or family at your favourite restaurant seems like a distant memory, you’re not alone.

While social distancing has meant having to adjust how we go about our daily lives, technology has afforded us the ability to still keep touch via our phones and computers.

In fact, these days we’re more connected than ever. Even if you’re not all together under one roof, there’s still plenty of fun, food and conversation to be had with your family and friends.

A celebration like Easter, a shower or birthday is a great excuse to turn your special occasion into a virtual dinner party. Here’s how to host your very own!
 

GET CONNECTED

There are several different ways you can connect with friends and family from the comfort of your own home.

Start by making your guestlist. Are you hosting a small and intimate gathering or throwing a bigger online bash? Once you send your RSVPs, choose your platform.

Platforms supporting video calls include FaceTime, WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype and Google Hangout, and come with a variety of unique face filters and backgrounds to make your virtual get-togethers more fun.

DECORATE YOUR SPACE

Set up the space where you’ll enjoy your meal with your online guests. It can be your formal dining table, favourite nook in the kitchen or even the living room (the couch counts!). Any place you choose can be transformed with a few easy flourishes. 

PLAN YOUR MEAL or TAKE OUT

Decide on a dinner menu. Whether you’re planning on whipping up your signature dish or trying your hand at a new recipe, make sure you have everything you need to execute your meal. 

If you are looking for great takeout options, Boston Pizza, Dal Moro's Fresh Pasta To Go, Earls and Popeyes are all currently available at Square One.

Food apps such as DoorDash, Foodora, SkipTheDishes and Uber Eats makes it easy and convenient for you to order the meals you love.

GET DRESSED

While your WFH outfits may be comfortable yet professional, your virtual dinner party is a great excuse to confidently show off your cozy, chic outfits. 

PLAY GAMES

What’s a party without activities? Games aren’t just for IRL(in real life) get-togethers. Make it a fun trivia night by quizzing your guests based on a theme. Are they die-hard fans of Friends or Game of Thrones? Test their knowledge in a round (or two!) of trivia. Or, test your skills at Pictionary or Charades.

If your dinner party crew is tech-savvy, log onto PlayingCards.io, where you can play popular games like Cards Against Humanity, or try JackBox Games for Drawful 2 and Fibbage. Another option is HouseParty where everyone can join in for some long-distance fun and play a game of Heads Up!

SIGN OFF BUT STAY IN TOUCH

Once you sign off for the night, the good news is that there’s minimal cleanup to be done. Even if you’re not throwing virtual dinner parties every week, it’s important to check in on everyone and make sure you’re supporting them from afar.

Community is important now more than ever and a virtual gathering is one of the easiest ways to foster a sense of togetherness.

Scroll below to view inspirational décor, tools, and outfit ideas to bring your virtual dinner party to life!

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