How To Hold A Virtual Friendsgiving in 2020
Nov 03, 2020
The holidays might look a little bit different this year, but that’s okay!
Specifically, if you’re looking to gather ‘round and celebrate Friendsgiving with the people in your life.
So, how do you hold a virtual Friendsgiving? It’s easier than you think! In this post, we’ll break down what you can do to ensure that this year’s festivities truly go off without a hitch.
First, Build Your List
The first thing you’ll want to do is determine who’s getting a Friendsgiving invite to this year’s event.
Especially with so much going on, it’s going to be important to let everyone know the plan well in advance. That way, people can be prepped, technology can be sorted, and everything can go smoothly.
You might not think that punctuality is an issue when we’re all at home, but you’d be surprised! So, make sure you put together a list of everyone you are inviting and get them on an email thread, a WhatsApp group, or a Facebook conversation.
Pick Your Tech
For months, we’ve all gotten accustomed to using various meeting platforms at school, with friends, or at work.
This means that one of your first considerations for a virtual Friendsgiving has to be which platform you’re going to use. Do you go with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet?
One of the most user-friendly platforms has to be Zoom, and it’s also one of the most familiar. That said, Google Meet is also super easy — especially for those who are older and have a hard time working meeting software.
Either way, everyone needs to get on the same page and ensure they have all of the updates, which leads us to our next point!
Send A Proper Invite
After you’ve decided who’s coming and what you’re going to be using, send a proper invite!
Make sure everyone knows:
- The Date
- The Time
- The Link
- The Activities
This way, there’s no confusion and no excuses when the time comes. In addition, everyone can get their meeting link in one place and in one email — there’s no margin for error!
Socially-Distanced Friendsgiving Games & Activities
Now that you’re all around the virtual table, here’s what you can play to have a great time…
Dinner Delivery Roulette
The first thing you’re probably thinking is: “what’s everyone going to eat?”
That can actually be an activity in and of itself! For example, you could all pick a name (secret Santa style) and order food off UberEats or DoorDash for one another. That way, everyone gets a surprise.
Or, you can play virtual bartender, share an ingredients list with everyone (in your invite) and do a walkthrough of a drink or a dish that everyone can make together. Then, you can review your work with one another!
This has to be one of the most popular mediums for socially-distanced hangouts.
Jackbox is an online platform that can be accessed through multiple channels (Playstation, Xbox, PC, or even your phone) and has a compendium of different games that can be played by large groups of people.
Keep in mind, the maximum number is 10 people, so make sure you have a good idea of who’s attending or else some folks may have to wait for their turn. Either way, this is a great way to make virtual gaming accessible for everyone!
Everyone loves trivia night, right?
That said, trivia nights have fallen by the wayside thanks to the pandemic. But, there are loads of great online platforms that can simulate what a night at a pub’s trivia night used to be like — one of them is QuizUp.
Choosing from a whole host of different categories, you can celebrate Friendsgiving by flexing your trivia muscles and showing everyone how much you know (or, sometimes, how much you don’t know).
All you have to do is download the app and hop on your video chat — the rest will be trivia history!
Cards Against Humanity
This has to be one of the most modern games to have become such an instant classic. The best part, too, is that it’s actually quite easy to play while being socially distanced!
Worried about NSFW content? Don’t worry, there’s both a family version and an adult version, so you can choose the one that makes the most sense (whether it’s with coworkers or with grandma).
Either way, Cards Against Humanity is an easy, and free, way to enjoy Friendsgiving!
Things May Be Different…
But, they can still be fun! This year might look a little different, but if you plan ahead and make a consideration or two, things will be just as seamless and, potentially, more fun than ever.
We hope you have a fantastic Friendsgiving this year — celebrating with friends, family, or whoever brings joy to your life during these less-than-ideal times! Enjoy!