Don't Cancel Your Happy Hour! Just Host It Virtually!
photo courtesy of Brooke Clark
Happy Hours are supposed to be happy, it’s even in the name! Generally, you set up a happy hour because we’re all human and need to spend time with our friends, family, or coworkers. But happy hour started to feel more like “Sad Hour” while many cities and states were under the shelter-in-place order. I am here to tell you Happy Hour is NOT canceled. Happy Hours might not look the same, but they certainly don’t have to be Sad Hours.
Technology has been a key component in keeping “business as usual” across the world during this pandemic and let me tell you, Happy Hour is no exception. Video platforms like Teams, Zoom, and Skype have made it easy to stay connected and help foster the social connections we crave while continuing to social distance.
Don’t let the pandemic cancel your Happy Hour. Instead, plan a virtual one right from your Camden apartment home.
- The first step to a successful virtual happy hour is to set a time and date that works for everyone invited. Give all attendees plenty of notice so they can shower (yes, I am talking to you and all that dry shampoo) and put themselves together.
- I would recommend keeping it to 10 or fewer people that way everyone can have a chance to participate and be heard in the conversation.
- Then send the invitation out via email so everyone can log in easily through the link provided by the video service of your choice.
The great thing about Virtual Happy Hours from your Camden apartment home is that you can make it whatever theme you want. You can dress up in ballgowns with your best girlfriends while you drink your favorite wine, you can set up a virtual game night using platforms like Jackbox Games, you can share recipes and enjoy a meal together, or just sit in your sweats with your favorite drink and reminisce on the good old days. The options are endless! Once you decide on a theme, send it out to everyone so they can come prepared with their outfits, drinks, and stories to share.
The most important thing to remember during Virtual Happy Hours is to enjoy the people you are with. Don’t let anything distract you from giving the people on the other side of the screen your full attention. This is your time to connect with one another, catch each other up on what life being quarantined has taught you, and most importantly showing kindness to one another.
Your Camden apartment can be so much more than just your home and at home office, make it your favorite Virtual Happy Hour hot spot. I hear they have a great Happy Hour menu!
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