4 tips on organizing a virtual dinner party for Christmas 2020

November 13, 2020

We all know that 2020 is a special year in many ways. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives greatly and it has become a year in which, due to social distancing rules, we have to rethink the way we socialize. People want to stay healthy, but connected to their dearests. That’s why this year virtual socialization has become the thing. 

But, online get-togethers can become a bit boring if you don’t rethink the event and the preparation process. That’s why we’re bringing 5 tips to organize a virtual dinner party for Christmas 2020 that will be an awesome experience.

1. Choose an online platform to connect

Organizing a virtual get-together is actually not such a big problem as it may seem to some of you. All you need is a platform like Zoom or Google Meet to get connected. While Google Meet is completely free, Zoom has a free and paid plan. The free plan has a 40-minutes session limit, but in the paid plans that limit is gone and they offer some extra perks. You can compare the price plans on their page.

There are many other solutions out there, like RingCentral, GoToMeeting or Grasshopper (if you’re based in the US or Canada), so it’s up to you to decide which one best fits your needs.

2. Think about the atmosphere

You’ll want the atmosphere to be as close to the real thing as possible. Think about putting some time into the lighting and the table setting. So, set the tone and the mood of the event and have clear guidelines for all the participants regarding the party theme. Everyone should give their best to feel like they’re in the same room. 

Virtual dinner party
You’ll want the atmosphere to be as close to the real thing as possible

It’s best to keep it simple, so you can arrange the decor with items you have in the household. Choosing a colour theme can be convenient, because it’ll make everyone feel more connected.

3. Don’t forget the food

Having in mind you won’t be in the same room with your guests, you need to think about preparing the food. One possibility is making a list of ingredients and delivering it to your guests. That way, you’ll set a good frame and give people the possibility to get creative with the groceries. You can discuss how each person used the same ingredients in making different meals. 

Another thing you can do is having food delivered to your guests on the day of the event. You can use apps like Uber Eats or Wolt to send food to your guests and make preparation easier. Another app that’s coming soon and will definitely make party planning simplified is Spotfood. If you’re getting food delivered, make sure to pick the right caterer.

4. Make everyone feel included 

Include your guests into the preparation process, because, when organizing a virtual get-together, one of the most important things is to break the starting awkwardness. And it’s normal that it gets a bit awkward, because everyone is in a new situation. That’s why you should have conversations starters ready to break the ice. During the conversation, make sure to make everyone feel included and try getting everyone to say a couple of words.

In no time, you’ll have the feeling everyone is in the same room and, for a moment, you’ll forget that it’s 2020. Because friends and family are important and the fact that you’re socializing online will fall into the second plan.