How To Have The Greatest Virtual Thanksgiving of 2020

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It’s clear that none of us would have expected for a pandemic to come between us and a mouth-watering plate of pumpkin pie placed on a table surrounded by the people we are most grateful for. But fortunately, we can still virtually celebrate Thanksgiving with friends or family this year. Here at Presently, we remain dedicated to making your celebrations extra meaningful. Here are some tips to make your upcoming Virtual Thanksgiving a success!


Creative Virtual Invites

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In attempts to kick off this virtual celebration as strong as possible, we’ve got to start with sending out some fun invites that stand-out. Maybe you typically just invited your loved ones over via call or text. Now that we’ve moved online, it is best to break that routine up and spend some time on a design platform like Canva, crafting up some unique evites that will get your loved ones as excited for this year’s Thanksgiving as they were for last year’s.


Recipe Raffle

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Let’s be honest: food is definitely the most important part of the holiday. Any foodie will tell you that’s the thing they are most grateful for. That’s why you and your loved ones should engage in a recipe swap, sharing the family recipes that you’re most thankful for. You can do this by having each attendee send in their top pick and then using a random generator app to raffle up which attendee is going to bake what. Make sure you do this a few days before Thanksgiving to ensure everyone knows what ingredients they will need to create their on-camera masterpiece!


Signature Cocktail

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Hiring a professional mixologist to design a holiday-themed drink for you and your attendees and having them go step-by-step on the call is a great way to spice up your event. Not to mention, this is the perfect intro into a group toast where everyone can share one of their takeaways from 2020. Need help setting this up and being able to collect all the funds in one spot to afford this lavish drink specialist? You can set up a group gift on Presently’s platform where all your Thanksgiving virtual attendees can pitch in while you search the web for the most impressive mixologist you can find.


Group Cooking Class

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Maybe you have some friends that can’t cook from just a recipe – let’s admit it, we all have one or two! In this case, skip the Recipe Raffle. Instead, hire a virtual chef! A professional will be sure to guide you and your loved ones along in the cooking process, making sure that even the baking newbie is able to make that sweet potato and marshmallow dish. An added bonus is that you will be able to recreate the delicious recipes even after Thanksgiving!


Powerpoint Party

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Nothing pairs better with a cocktail and tasty food than laughs! Turn the typical table conversation around with a group PowerPoint Party. Ask each guest to prepare a short presentation going over any topic of choice. May we suggest a presentation on the best Thanksgiving memes out there or a funny explanation of your favorite pilgrim-inspired dish? Just share your screen and be sure to finish off the activity with a vote on whose presentation was the best!


Family Photo

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Are you part of a family who never fails to take up a holiday photo op? Well, there is still a way to get those poses in and turn it into a competition. Take some photos over zoom or arrange to send in some photos before-hand of each person doing a specific pose, then having your most tech-savvy attendees whip up a hilarious photo edit or perhaps a perfectly photoshopped frame. Either way, we are sure you will have a great time and a resourceful method of saving a holiday memory.


Our Presently fam hopes your Thanksgiving makes it to the best memories list through the use of some of these tips. After spending some time sipping on your apple cider or celebratory cocktail, at least you can also virtually transition into Black Friday and Christmas or Hanukkah mode without having to wait in long lines and walking around in the cold. And, if you want to avoid the chaos of Black Friday deals, set up a group gift to make your holiday gifting process hassle-free AND more meaningful.


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