How to Host a Virtual Thanksgiving
November 10, 2020
Just because you can’t gather with your family in person as you normally would doesn’t mean Thanksgiving is canceled! You just might have to tweak your traditions a bit. If you’re going virtual this year, here’s how to make the holiday feel just as festive as a typical Thanksgiving.
- Send out an Evite. One perk of taking Thanksgiving online? It’s a good excuse to make a cute Evite! The website has been rolling out social-distancing-specific invitations for months, and they have a special selection just for Thanksgiving. Best of all, they’re free!
- Set up the Zoom meeting. Whether you use Zoom, FaceTime, Google Duo, or another video chatting service, make sure you have everything ready to go before Turkey Day! Get every guest acquainted with whichever type of technology you choose and agree upon a time to “meet” for your meal.
- Plan similar menus. You’ll be dining in different households, but enjoying similar foods might make it feel more like you’re together. Of course, you can tweak the menu for personal preferences, but it might be fun to agree upon the same main course, sides, or desserts.
- Create a festive backdrop. Not feeling particularly inspired to decorate for Thanksgiving? Design a Zoom backdrop to get yourself in the holiday spirit! DIY a garland of paper turkeys or handcraft a Thanksgiving wreath to proudly display in the background of your video chat.
- Plan a virtual game. ScrabbleGo, bingo, a household scavenger hunt—there are lots of games you can play without actually being together. Plan an activity for after the meal that everyone can partake in, even from afar. This will serve as a nice way to wrap up your Thanksgiving and send everyone off on a high note!