During a year that’s just shy of jolly, spreading a little holiday cheer is more important than ever—even if it’s from a distance.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but in 2020 that phrase requires a bit of reimagining. As loved ones practice social distancing and plan to stay home, this year’s gatherings get relocated to the cloud. And while hosting an online event may be a little unfamiliar, we’ve covered all the basics to get you started!
first things first
Planning is key to a successful virtual get-together. Start by setting a schedule and determining activities for the event. A shared holiday playlist, online card games and a mail-in gift exchange are all great ways to set the mood for a fun and festive celebration. Finally, send the invite and let everyone know how they can participate.
comfort and joy
Choose a cozy, yuletide backdrop for the call. A fireplace or a fully trimmed tree are great options but are not required; we have plenty of affordable, space-saving decorating tips below to fit any home.
set the table
One of the most magical parts of the holiday season is sharing a meal with the ones you love most. Replicate the feeling of gathering ʼround the table by sharing a menu that all of your guests can make. Our meal plan includes all of the traditional holiday flavors but is easy enough for anyone to prepare.
You don’t need to spend money to add holiday magic to your home—simply decorate what you already own.
Bring the great outdoors in! Mother Nature offers beautiful, natural decor— free of charge.
No fireplace? No problem! Simply hang stockings from coat hooks or use adhesive hooks to display on a wall.
Holiday lights make for a festive video-chat background. Set up in front of the tree or simply string lights along a wall behind you. Next, light taper candles behind your screen to add a warm, cozy glow to your stream.
Branch out from trimming the tree—you can also deck your halls (or walls) with lights, ornaments, garland and wreaths.