How to Throw the Ultimate Virtual Dinner Party

If you have missed throwing dinner parties for your family and friends in the last 12 months, you will be happy to hear that there is an alternative.

The Virtual Dinner Party

Perfect for sharing great food and even greater conversation with your nearest and dearest, all you need is your phone, Wi-Fi, and all the usual elements of a standard dinner party.

Not Sure Where to Start?

Keep reading to find out how you can throw the ultimate virtual dinner party and bring new meaning to the phrase “hostess with the mostest.”

Preparation is Key

In the same way that you would for a normal dinner party, throwing a great virtual event takes careful planning and preparation. However, as well as planning the food, sending out the invites, and deciding on a theme (optional), you also have to decide which platform you will use for your video call.

There are several options to choose from, including:

· Skype
· Zoom
· FaceTime
· Google Hangouts

The one you choose will depend on how many people you are planning to invite and how long you want your dinner party to last.

Set Your Table

Just because you are not having guests physically in your home doesn’t mean that you can slack on your table setting. In fact, the opposite is true. Because you are limited in interaction via a virtual setting, you need to work even harder to offer your guests the wow factor.

One of the simplest ways to bowl over your guests is by bringing out the fancy cutlery and plates. Stainless steel cutlery sets never fail to disappoint, and you can find some stunning collections at Lincoln House without spending a fortune.

Decide on a Menu

One of the best aspects of a virtual dinner party for many is that you only have to cook for yourself and your family rather than all your guests as well. That being said, you still want to make sure that everyone enjoys their food.

It can be a good idea to pick a simple menu that can be made by people of all cooking abilities, as well as one that doesn’t include too many ingredients and that doesn’t take too long to prepare.

Set a Time Limit

Although real-life dinner parties can often go on until the early hours of the morning, you may find that guests become fatigued sooner with a virtual party. This isn’t a reflection on your hosting abilities but simply one of the downsides to not being in the same room as your guests.

This can be especially problematic if some guests are drinking and others are not. Therefore, to avoid anyone feeling awkward, it can be beneficial to set a time limit on your dinner party or, at least, the latest time that you will all stay online.

Throwing a virtual dinner party is an experience like no other. There may be hiccups along the way, namely poor signal or people leaving the party by mistake, but it will be worth it to see your friends and family all together enjoying fine wine and fabulous food.

Good luck and enjoy!

Thanks to Zoe

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