When you have family in town but you’re still having a socially distanced Thanksgiving and the weather is too cold for an outdoor Thanksgiving throw a virtual Thanksgiving. Today I’m going to show you how to throw a virtual Thanksgiving with these tips.
We are fortunate enough to have most of our family close to home. Each year we have a packed house with family. However, this year with all of the shutdowns due to COVID we are having a virtual Thanksgiving.
There is a silver lining, with a virtual Thanksgiving you don’t have to clean or get the house ready for out of town guests.
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How to throw a virtual Thanksgiving
Since our family is close we are doing something like a drive by potluck. If your family isn’t close, not to worry I’m going to share other tips so you can still enjoy a virtual Thanksgiving with these tips.
Having a drive by potluck is simple. Each family is assigned a side dish or dessert to share with everyone. Everyone has an assigned time to swap on a rolling schedule.
This way you can see everyone (from outside) and enjoy your traditional dishes. It will take a while but we are all able to see each other from a distance.
Progressive dinner with a twist
If you’ve ever heard of a progressive dinner you can easily set this up socially distanced. This is really easy to plan and execute. If you haven’t no problem, let me lay this out.
A progressive dinner is a party where each course is eaten at a different host’s house in the same evening or day. In other words, the guests progress from house to house or driveway to driveway.
To make this socially distanced you can eat each course in the car or set up an outdoor eating area. If you’ve got nice weather enjoy an outdoor progressive dinner. If your area is cold and rainy, like ours, you can set up a serving table in the garage so everyone can dish up their plates and eat in the car.
Plan out who will make the different course:
Having a recipe exchange is a great way to enjoy your traditional Thanksgiving dinner without everyone gathering in one place. When you go to plan your Thanksgiving menu, ask your family for the dish they’re known for.
One thing that our family has been doing for months now is virtual cooking sessions. We’ll all hook up our laptops in the kitchen, hop on zoom and we get to cooking. We are all able to chat, laugh, and catch up while cooking a delicious meal.
Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner
Move your laptop to the dining room table and enjoy Thanksgiving online. Zoom has become our go-to virtual family gathering place. You can use Google Meet, Skype, or Zoom for this activity.
Plan out some ice breaker questions and allow everyone to have a chance to talk, share, and say what they’re thankful for.
A common tradition for families on Thanksgiving is going to the movies. Going to see a movie is not an option for many try hosting a virtual movie.
Install the Chrome extension Netflix Party and you can share your screen and watch Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, and HBO with friends and family. It synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite streaming sites.
Virtual game night
Our family loves a good ole’ game night. We are all competitive by nature. It’s all out of fun and we all get in a good laugh. Here are 30 virtual game night ideas that will help you plan out your virtual Thanksgiving.
It makes me sad, if I’m being completely honest, that this is our life right now. We will have empty seats because we’ve lost some family this year. I don’t want that for other families.
Be creative, take advantage of technology and enjoy a virtual Thanksgiving this year.