Throw a Virtual Dinner Party to Stay Connected with Family and Friends

woman cooking and hosting a virtual dinner party

Socializing improves our overall well-being. According to Psychology Today, talking to friends and family improves brain health, strengthens your immune system, combats depression, and may even help you live longer. Stay connected by throwing a virtual dinner party at your Highlands apartment home. Follow this easy step-by-step guide below:

Choose a Platform

Some of the most popular choices are Zoom, Skype, and the video chat feature of Messenger. Don’t worry. All of these platforms enable you to video chat with multiple people at once.

Zoom’s gallery view supports virtual gatherings of up to 100 people and includes some uniquely entertaining options. For example, after you and your family finish sharing your dinner tables, you can keep the chat lively with fun, digital backgrounds, like backgrounds showing the hallway from The Shining or images from the off-the-wall Netflix series Tiger King. Skype allows users to chat on their laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Skype makes it easy to share videos, files, and documents, making it a great option for those sharing recipes.

Nearly everyone with a Facebook profile has access to Messenger. Simply add guests to a group, then press the camera button on the top right of the chat window. If conversation lulls, Messenger offers fun filters to make loved ones laugh. Filters change periodically to keep things fresh.

Agree on the Menu

Plan ahead on what you want your menu to look like for your virtual dinner party. Consider challenging family and friends to cook the same things and compare outcomes, or ask everyone to prepare their favorite recipe and share! Maybe you want to keep things simple and forgo cooking altogether. Order takeout from local restaurants and use video chat to introduce your family and friends to your favorites, like The Guardian suggests.

Chat During Dinner

Keep the chat going after dinner. Compile recipes into a virtual dinner party cookbook. Open a bottle of wine or champagne and make a toast to good company.

You do not have to wander out of The Highlands to stay connected to family and friends. Create a new tradition with fun virtual dinner parties and other ideas from our blog. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our premier Overland Park apartments.

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