How To Host A Virtual Dinner Party With Friends

Just because our social lives are on pause at the moment, doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy ourselves, apart. So download the Houseparty app, schedule a 4-way Skype call or jump on Google Hangout and follow our tops tips on connecting virtually with your family and friends.

With social distancing becoming the new normal, it won’t be long until our WIFI is the table and our phones are the new place setting. But don’t worry, these digital get togethers can be just as fun, crazy and carefree as they usually are; all you need to do is find a time, get a group of people together, pick the menu and enjoy yourselves. Keep reading and we’ll show you how.

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1. Gather the troops

First things first, you need to invite your favourite group of people and set a time and date when everyone is available. Once you’ve got that in the diary, share what you’re cooking and send over the recipes and ingredients to your friends if you’d all like to eat the same thing. It’s worth bearing in mind that not everyone has a cupboard full of food or can even get hold of that many ingredients at the moment so try and choose a recipe that makes do with the bits and pieces most people have in their cupboards already.

2. Download an app

Get prepared early for your virtual dinner party and make sure you’ve got a social app downloaded to host your party. Some of our personal favourite apps to use are Zoom, House Party, Skype and Google Hangout. They’re all free, really easy to use and can host big groups of people at once. But as a warning for you social bunch, some apps do have time limits so check this out beforehand and go for the app with the longest call time.

3. Set up your location

Just because you’re not throwing an actual dinner party, doesn’t mean you can’t still sit down properly at the table. So get ahead of the game and make sure your dining room is just how you like it – now might even be a good time to give your dining room that much deserved makeover you’ve been putting off. Even if you’re short on space in the home, don’t worry, we’ve got extendable dining tables that can double up as a desk during the day and foldable dining chairs than can be put away when not in use.Wooden dining table with bench and grey dining chairs

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4. Lay the table

Treat your (virtual) guests to a 5* restaurant experience with colour popping tableware, gold cutlery and a wide selection of glassware from short stemmed red wine glasses and champagne coupes. You’ll forget you’re at home in no time. Finish off with complementary linen table cloths and napkins. Once this is set up, relax and pop open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion.

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5. Rustle up a good meal

Just because you’re only cooking for yourself or your household, it doesn’t mean you can’t still cook up a storm in the kitchen. Whilst it might be hard to get all the ingredients you need in a shop at the moment, the best thing to do is raid your store cupboard and see what you can conjure up – it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. If you’re hosting an Easter themed meal with your family, then look no further than a pistachio crusted lamb rack and the ultimate chocolate brownie recipe. For the vegetarians in your group, we’ve got a trio of healthy vegetarian recipes that are quick, simple and easy to make. And because the sun is shining (fingers crossed it stays), treat yourself to a gin-based cocktail.

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6. Eat, drink and be merry

Just because you’re not together IRL doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. Quite the opposite. Sit down, crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy your food together whilst catching up. If you’re after a bit of fun throughout the evening, why not throw in some virtual games (we’re sorry if it get competitive). Our personal favourite app, that we guarantee you’ve heard many people speaking about, is Houseparty. All you need to do is download the app, add your friends and play some games. From Heads Up to Quick Draw and Trivia, they can all be played with up to 8 people at a time.

7. Time for a Netflix party

Don’t want the night to end? It doesn’t have to. Get everyone to join Netflix Party and watch one of your favourite movies together. Simply press play at the same time and enjoy.

We hope you enjoyed our top tips – Enjoy!

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