Everybody needs a break sometimes, but that’s become more complicated with social distancing. Most of the time, your family members are home with you, which means you’re always in mom-mode. Being there for your kids sometimes requires putting your needs second, but you don’t have to feel stretched thin much longer.
Once your kids are in bed for the night or entertained by a movie, it’s an excellent chance to catch up with your other mom friends. Instead of chatting through text or a regular phone call, help everyone have fun by adding a few drinks into the mix.
Check out these tips so you can host a virtual mommy happy hour with friends. With a little extra thought, you can transform your next video chat into a party so everyone can relax and have fun together.
Review the Video Chat Instructions
There are many platforms to choose from when it comes to video communication. Look through ones like Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts. You might already have the technology for one, like FaceTiming over your Macbook or a Google account for Hangouts. Once you find one you like, it’s time to review the instructions with your friends.
Even if you think your friends are good with tech, make sure everyone knows how to answer a video call and adjust their volume, background or whatever else the platform calls for. It’ll prevent the group from spending the entire happy hour trying to fix the call instead of enjoying the conversation.
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Create Virtual Invitations
If you were hosting an in-person party, you’d create invitations for everyone to save the date and RSVP. You can do the same for your virtual happy hour by making email invitations. Make sure you note important factors like:
- Your chosen video platform
- Any invite codes, if required
- Happy hour start time
- Everyone will appreciate having the required information written down so they can plan for the date or email back and let you know they can’t make it.
Make New Drinks
You can have a glass of wine or a bottle of your favorite beer anytime, but a happy hour should be special. Before your party, find new drink recipes that you think your friends will enjoy. You can try a twist on an old favorite, like a strawberry gin and tonic. Go big with something brand new, like a Pyrat summer tea.
Creative hearts may even enjoy drawing a menu and including it in your invitation so everyone can create drinks from the same recipes.
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Find Happy Hour Specials
If you could meet up with your friends at a restaurant or bar, you’d probably order appetizers to go with your drinks. Everyone can easily do the same thing at home. Make a list of your favorite restaurants and find their happy hour specials that you and your friends can order.
Decide on a Theme
If you want to take a happy hour to the next level, decide on a theme. Maybe you host a trivia challenge or get everyone to dress up for ’80s night. Take a poll to see what your friends prefer and go all out.
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Start Planning Early
The best events require lots of planning, so start thinking about the small details now. Send invitations, find drink recipes and support local restaurants with appetizer deliveries so everyone has a great time catching up after the kids are in bed.
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more! Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!
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