A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving & 5 Other Cute Virtual Thanksgiving Ideas
According to the CDC, “the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate only with people in your household.” Another option they’ve listed? Virtual Thanksgiving! We’re all quite accustomed to Zoom meetings and virtual happy hours now, so why not continue that theme throughout the holidays?
From a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to virtual potlucks, there are numerous ways to make Thanksgiving 2020 unique and special. Sure, it might look different than it normally does, but if you plan ahead, you can make it a special day that you and your loved ones will remember for years to come.
1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Want to really go all out for Thanksgiving 2020? Plan a cross between Turkey Day and Halloween and have everybody dress up as if they’re in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Apple TV+ and Amazon Video are reportedly planning to make the special available to watch this November if you need inspiration beforehand. Take the theme to the next level by crafting the desserts from the short film. With everybody dressed up as their favorite Charlie Brown character, it’ll be a Thanksgiving you won’t soon forget.
2. Fall White Elephant
Who says you need to wait until Christmas to have a white elephant gift exchange? If you’re looking for a way to make a virtual Thanksgiving dinner more personal, plan a fall white elephant (you can even play A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving in the background if you like to enhance the mood). These “gifts” are going to be best if they’re able to show gratitude in some way. Or, set the rules so that people can only “gift” services or words.
3. Remote Potluck
Not sure how to plan a virtual Thanksgiving when it comes to the turkey dinner itself? You can plan a remote potluck with a bit of planning beforehand. Send out email invites to all of your friends and family wanting to “attend” the dinner and ask what kind of dish they’d like to prepare. Once you know what everybody’s “bringing,” you will need to set up a Thanksgiving Day schedule for drop-of. Each person will portion out their dish and drop it off at the other guests’ houses. Sure, it might take some time to ensure everybody’s got their dish, but it’ll be well worth it in the end when you’re all enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner separate but together.
4. Virtual Thanksgiving Murder Mystery
Yes, virtual murder mystery parties are a thing now. And, they’re actually quite engaging and thrilling. The best part is that online murdery mystery entertainment is becoming so popular that there are numerous companies who will craft a story and send you everything you need to ensure that your whole party can remotely engage in the adventure. If you’d like, cater the virtual dinner theme to suit the storyline, too.
5. Zoom Scavenger Hunt
Have a few little ones and are worried about keeping them occupied and engaged during a virtual Thanksgiving? Throw on some Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, share the holiday spirit, indulge in some Thanksgiving desserts, and then plan a Zoom scavenger hunt. The idea is to plan a list of household items that most guests will be able to find (don’t let them know beforehand, obviously). Once you begin playing, give guests 60 seconds to search for each item and come back and show the screen once they’ve found it.
6. Take a Thanksgiving Class
Airbnb Experiences and other online virtual experience platforms are booming, and for a good reason. They’re offering unique classes and experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. From learning from a sommelier from the Loire Valley to cooking cannolis with an Italian grandma, there are numerous fun classes you can take as a family on Thanksgiving Day. For younger groups of friends and co-workers, try planning a virtual mixology class so that you can mix up Thanksgiving-themed drinks before dinner.
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