Are you and your family looking for fun and creative ways to break bread with your friends, while in Quarantine? Check out these quirky ideas that will be sure to feed your belly and nourish your soul!
I have something to announce to each of you: Over two years ago, I was clinically diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety & Panic Disorder. Needless to say, this global Covid-19 pandemic has not been easy on me, or I imagine any of you. Neither has staying at home and practicing social distancing. And I am saying this as someone who is already introverted, and works from home. Folks, it has not been easy.
Nevertheless, as per the CDC and World Health Organization guidelines, one of the best ways to reduce the spread of this strand of the Corona Virus is to stay home (if you are able to, of course). For those of you who are able to stay at home, you may be starting to get cabin fever, and are trying to figure out the best ways to interact with your friends and loved ones. I totally get it. And since many of us do not know how much longer this pandemic will last, so many of us might be looking for ways to have fun, while staying sheltered.
If you are looking for some unique ways to enjoy a meal with those you love, I present you with this list of six (6) fun ways to break bread with others while in quarantine:
1. Host a Virtual Potluck
If you and your friend(s) have been trying to figure out how to connect over a tasty meal, consider hosting a virtual potluck. If you have access to digital conferencing software, like Zoom, Skype, Go ToMeeting, or Google Hangouts, know that any of these platforms have far more potential than your average remote work meeting. As the potluck host, you can contact your friends, and let them know that you want to organize a ‘themed’ meal (i.e. pizza night, taco Tuesday, brunch), and require that each friend contributes a dish. While the others in the meeting may not necessarily be able to eat that other meal that’s being contributed, each participant can describe the meal, and share the recipe with one another during your live remote potluck.
2. Recipe ‘Secret Santa’
This idea is similar to hosting a virtual potluck, but takes things one step further. Instead of creating an anonymous list of ‘gifts’, you create an anonymous list of recipes to challenge each other to make. For example, one person can receive an anonymous recipe for a favorite pie, or their grandma’s famous pot roast. Then, like any Secret Santa, you set a date and time to host the virtual get together. During the get together, you will find out whose recipe you were cooking. You can each share stories about the recipes you passed onto one another. Hosting a ‘Recipe Secret Santa’ is not only a fun way to learn how to create a new dish, but a great way to honor oral history, as you learn about the origins and stories of each new recipe.
3. Enjoy a Romantic Dinner for Two…To-Go!
Is your anniversary approaching, and feeling bummed out about your favorite restaurant closing their indoor dining? No worries! Whether it’s your anniversary, or you want to treat your honey to something special, consider the fact that many local restaurants are still open for service. While most eateries may have closed dining, many are still offering takeout options. Ordering food to-go is also a fantastic way to satisfy your wonton craving, while also supporting a local business that is in dire need of your patronage. Supporting your favorite local restaurants and enjoying every bite from the comfort of your own home, while watching Netflix with your loved one? Sounds like a win-win to me!
4. Host a Live Streamed Cooking Demonstration
Do you have a knack for cooking or baking? Consider sharing your talent with others during this time! This quarantine time is a fantastic opportunity to showcase how you prepare your favorite casserole or apple pie. Create a Facebook or Eventbrite invitation with a date and time for your upcoming cooking demonstration, to give everyone ample time to RSVP. Then, you can choose to either stream your demonstration via platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch.
For those of you who are wondering, yes! I plan to host a few live streamed demonstrations in the weeks to come. Stay tuned. 😉
5. Host a Far-Out Neighborhood Picnic
Are you the president of your neighborhood association, or an active tenant of your apartment complex? Consider hosting a ‘far-out’ neighborhood picnic. How the heck would that even work? Everyone on your block can roll out a picnic blanket or tiny fold-up table on their respected properties, or balconies, and coexist and interact with one another-all from the comfort of each of your own respected properties. This is a great way to not only break away from your screens, but to get to know your neighbors a little better.
6. Host a Digital Dance Party!
For many of us, the fun will not stop after our meals. Why not burn some calories, and consider shaking your bun-buns in a fun digital dance party? Similarly to the virtual potluck format, you can host a meet up via your digital conferencing platform of choice. Each participant can even take turns choosing the song everyone will dance to. This is also a great way to test out your DJ’ing skills! 🙂 Another may want to organize a fun choreographed set of moves to a Prince track? Oh, the possibilities…
One of the safest things we can all do is maintain social distancing, as best as we can (if we are in a position that we are able to). Otherwise, don’t forget to thoroughly wash your hands, and have fun eating with one another!