How to host a virtual dinner party + mood lighting

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We are living in surreal times right now, and it can seem like your social life has taken a real downfall. However, ever the innovators , we’ve been finding new and beautiful ways to interact with people from a safe distance, and most times across great distances. With the marvellous creation that is the internet, we’ve been introduced to a life where social lives can exist virtually as well. We all miss getting all dressed up and going to a nice fancy restaurant with friends for a night filled with good food and laughter. Fear not, as we have the ultimate guide for you to host the perfect virtual dinner party for you and your friends to stay connected.

Planning

Every successful event requires planning. Start with the basics and find a suitable day and time for everyone, then decide which app works best for your group: Skype, Zoom, Teams, Discord … there are plenty to choose from. If you are looking to watch a movie with or after your meal, you could also try Tele party (formerly Netflix party.) Next would be the most important ingredient, pun intended, the food; so there are some options to consider when deciding what to eat. You could all individually cook something, or you add some fun to the cooking process as well, where you could all pick a recipe prior to the night and cook it together. Whatever you decide, make sure you get the timing right, so that the meal is ready at the same time for everyone. If you are looking for a really relaxed evening, or you just do not particularly trust your own cooking, you could also opt for the good old takeaway option.

 the best part for any night out, meal or not, is the hours before that you spend getting ready for the night ahead with some mood lighting the best part for any night out, meal or not, is the hours before that you spend getting ready for the night ahead with some mood lighting

Location, Location, Location.

Making the dinner party a truly immersive experience means getting the surroundings just right. Set up your laptop or phone in the perfect position on your dining table, counter or wherever you are going to be sitting down to eat. Make sure the framing is just right to see you. Set the table in front of your camera, maybe get some candles out and your best wine glasses to make the space as close to a fancy restaurant as you can. Now, the best part for any night out, meal or not, is the hours before that you spend getting ready for the night ahead; so go get showered, get your most elegant clothes on, and get all dressed up and start building that excitement for a night filled with friends, food and festivities.

Making the dinner party a truly immersive experience means getting the surroundings just right.Making the dinner party a truly immersive experience means getting the surroundings just right.

Light it up.

One of the key aspects of getting the mood surroundings just right is going to be … the lighting. Anyone who has been using video calls lately will know that the lighting can be tricky. If it’s wrong, it can either completely wash you out, or make it near impossible to see you on screen. Finding the right balance for a relaxing evening means having multiple sources of light. Try not to have any bright lighting directly behind or in front of you, as this will make you near impossible to see on screen. Instead opt for some low-level lighting, with table lamps or fairy lights to create the nice relaxing mood atmosphere that you would find in a restaurant.

Eat, drink and be Merry

It is showtime! Enjoy an evening of catching up with your friends, reminiscing about past nights together, and of course sharing your opinions on the food. Keep the party going afterwards and have an activity planned, such as playing some online games together, or watching a movie for a fun filled evening of virtual social interaction.