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Ways to Celebrate Big Events While Social Distancing

Even if we can't all get together right now, there are still ways to feel connected. Celebrate these life events with food!

By: Kaylin Johnson, Editor, RecipeLion
Updated June 01, 2020
Ways to Celebrate Big Events While Social Distancing

Spring and Summer are huge times for family events and get-togethers, but you may not be able to celebrate like you normally would. Graduations, weddings, birthday parties, and more are all getting cancelled or rescheduled. Events people have been looking forward to for years now feel like they’ll get passed right by without another thought.

Even in these difficult times, we should still honor these milestones in life. That may mean celebrating from afar or with less people than normal but it’s not impossible. One surefire way to bring people together, near or far, is through food. Here are some of the best ideas to celebrate with food during social distancing.
 

Virtual Party

Virtual

Your first question may be, “how do we maintain social distance during a party?” Well, the easiest solution to that issue is by making the party virtual. Stay home and connect with friends and family in a Skype or Zoom call. You may even see some people who would not have made it to a traditional party.
For a birthday party, stay home and bake a cake, then call the family up to watch the candles be blown out. Afterwards, everyone can grab whatever dessert they have on hand and eat while the presents are opened.

Click here for easy cake recipes to bake at home.  

You can use a similar strategy for a graduation party. Sure, you may miss out on some of that delicious grad party food but a video call with one person at a time may be an easier way to visit than having a hundred in person conversations anyways. If you’re still disappointed about the grad party food, have a mini celebration with just immediate family and serve smaller versions of those potluck classics.

Click here for some of the best graduation party and potluck recipes

For any other celebration, try a virtual brunch or dinner. This is an easy way to celebrate or simply get together with those you haven’t seen in a while.

Click here for some great brunch recipes 
 

Get Outside

Outdoors

Another easy way to get together right now is by staying outside. It’s easy to stay at least six feet apart while visiting outside. Go to a park, have a picnic, or have a backyard barbecue. This is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day especially if he loves grilling. You can also wear masks and keep hand sanitizer with you to be extra safe.
You can still spend time together, just try to avoid the hugs. Since we’re quickly moving into Summer, it’s the perfect time to get outside and visit. You wouldn’t want to have your party inside on such a beautiful day anyways.
 

Takeout Time

Takeout

If all else fails, many restaurants are open for take-out and delivery. Order them their favorite meal on their special day to remind them you care. You can also have a party from your cars. Have everyone order take-out, park their vehicles a few feet apart, and eat together from the open trunks. It’s any easy way to visit without getting too up-close and personal.

 

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