Tips for Hosting a Virtual Happy Hour

After a full week of working from home I was in dire need of some virtual interaction with friends and when the stay at home order went to effect in other states I knew I wasn’t the only one with the same feeling. So I knew that now was the perfect way to encourage social distancing while giving people a much-needed outlet to socialize.

Here are my 7 tips for hosting a fun virtual happy hour:

1.Pick the video chat platform that’s easiest for everyone.

I’m very familiar with zoom because we use it all the time at work but if you don’t have a zoom account I would suggest trying FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Houseparty. 

2. Set a specific time

Consider the number of people you are inviting. We had a large zoom chat with some sorority sisters and although it was fun to see all my friends again it was a little overwhelming we had about 15 people. 
 

3. Plan for a one-hour event

I planned for some 10 minute greetings for people to be able to talk and reconnect. After those 10 minutes we started a game. 

I planned a jeopardy game that went really well with family but with my friends we 
 

4. Send a Formal Invitation

I love a good shared calendar invite but a well-designed digital invitation from a site like Paperless Post  or Evite will make the event feel extra special. 
5. Suggest a Special Cocktail
Obviously your guests can imbibe on the cocktail, wine, beer, or non-alcoholic drink of their choosing, but sending along a recipe to your favorite signature cocktail makes the event feel a little more “hosted.” Just make sure to choose something relatively easy that requires few ingredients to keep it accessible.
 

6. Actually Get Dressed

I know, I know, one of the best parts of working from home is being able to do so in your comfiest loungewear, but the best way to make a virtual happy hour feel like a real event is to get at least a little dressed up. You don’t have to go the gown and red lipstick route, but something as simple as swapping your leggings for jeans can make your get together feel more official.
 
7. Most of All, Enjoy the Time With Your Loved Ones
Not being able to see your friends and family—heck, even acquaintances—whenever you want can be hard to adjust to. But it doesn’t mean you can’t put your hosting skills to good use and throw a happy hour to celebrate the love you have for each other. Cheers to that.