In these challenging times of isolation and social distancing its easy to feel a little disconnected from the rest of the world or at least to those normally closest to you.
So here we've put together some tips on hosting a Virtual Dinner party. You can of course make it a Happy hour it that's more to your liking.
Firstly you'll need to decide the time and platform you'll be using. There are tonnes of applications you can use for Video calling, here are just a few that are mostly free!
Choose a theme and or your menu. If you choose to go with a theme for Costume or table setting keep in mind that its likely that no one is going to be hunting around the shops to find suitable props. Make it easy by finding something that most people would already have at home, for example: White themed party where everyone dresses in white, Italian party where all food prepared should originate from Italy or Gender clothing swap where guests dress in each others clothes for something quirky.
Choose your space. Even though its a dinner party you don't have to have it in the kitchen or dining room. Find a location where you've got an interesting backdrop or create one if you can.
Set to impress. Bring out your best dinnerware or show off the gorge new glasses you haven't used yet. Add your fave candles and some greenery whether it be faux or from the yard. Its all about creating interest!
Lastly ensure that your video set up works for you. Elevate your camera/laptop/device so that it is at a height where your guests aren't looking up your nose (not a flattering look) and showcases everything you want them to see. Do a test run prior to your guests dialing in and make sure that once the streaming begins you have everything you need at your fingertips. Leaving for a few seconds is totally acceptable but leaving the room to cook your meal is not