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4 Ways to Connect With Family and Friends Over Video Chat

Since many states are still under a stay-at-home order and travel plans have been halted, people are struggling with being unable to see family and friends as often as they once did. As a result of this distance, friends and families are relying on technology more than ever to connect and communicate. The next time you video chat with your friends and family, mix it up with one of these fun virtual party ideas!

1. Host Virtual Dinner Parties

When we want to hang out with people, the first activity we suggest is going to a restaurant or hosting a dinner party. Since restaurants are only serving take-out or delivery and having people over is highly frowned upon, the next best thing is to host a virtual dinner party!

Invite your friends and family to join you for dinner one night via a video chat. You can all cook the same meal, order from the same restaurant, or make a different meal at home.

Take it a step further and challenge your friends to dress up as if they’re attending a fancy dinner party!

2. Celebrate via Video Chat

Birthdays, weddings, baby showers, graduations—the list goes on forever. All sorts of celebrations have been canceled or derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we can’t be together in person for these momentous occasions, we can still honor the person or event.

Don’t use distance as an excuse not to celebrate a major life event! Send out invitations, create party decorations, pour celebratory drinks, and, most importantly, have fun.

3. Happy Hour with Coworkers and Friends

When you can’t grab a drink with your work buddies after a grueling day at the (home) office, what do you do? You walk to your kitchen, pour your favorite beverage, and head into a virtual happy hour instead!

Don’t skip bonding with your work pals just because the bars are closed for now. Set up a regular happy hour online and enjoy the company of friends as you wind down from the workday.

And, for those who love bar trivia, several bars have restructured trivia for virtual happy hours, too!

4. Virtual Game Night

Another way to connect with family and friends while social distancing is by hosting a virtual game night. Choose a fun group game such as Scattergories, Pictionary, Bingo, and Cards Against Humanity and let the best player win. Can’t think of a game to play with your friends and family members? Choose from this list!

Invite your closest friends and family members to participate in a virtual celebration using the free video conferencing tool of your choice. How have you and your friends connected virtually while being apart?

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