Bring your friends together over a video call and donate the money you would have spent on a meal out to Noah's Ark.
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice is facing a fight for its future, with over £2million in potential lost income this year due to coronavirus. Help us to continue our care for seriously unwell babies, children and their families by hosting your own virtual dinner party.
Around the country bars and restaurants are shutting down – but just because we can’t go out shouldn’t mean we need to feel isolated. The world we’re living in and the power of technology means we do not need to cut ourselves off from friends, family and colleagues. So keep sight of that social connection by hosting a virtual dinner party. Bring your friends together over a video call and donate the money you would have spent on a meal out towards your local children’s hospice – Noah’s Ark.
A virtual dinner party does not need to be complicated, and we’re here to help. Take a look at the tips below on how to go about setting up your own virtual dinner party.
First of all, think about who you would like to invite – it could be a romantic dinner for two or a blow-out with all your friends. If you have an existing WhatsApp group thread with your friends or family, this could be a great place to start.
Now it’s time to figure out how to get everyone you’ve invited onto the same screen. There are a number of different apps available that you can use.
WhatsApp can host video calls with up to 4 people and can be used on a mobile phone or desktop.
Houseparty can host up to 8 people and can also be downloaded onto a mobile or desktop.
Skype can host up to 50 people and is available on both mobile and desktop.
Zoom can host up to 100 people at once and is available on both mobile and desktop but the free version only allows 40 minutes for group meetings but unlimited 1-to-1 calls.
All of these apps can be downloaded for FREE from the websites or by going to your app store. You could also think about creating a joint Spotify playlist for everyone to pop on while eating together.
Now the fun part - eating together. Why not pick a family favourite or an easy to cook meal that can use up some of those store cupboard essentials? You could possibly incorporate cook time into the chat to help out anyone who needs tips. Something simple in terms of culinary skill and required ingredients is always a winner as it makes it easier for everyone to participate.
If cooking isn’t your thing, why not support your local community and order delivery from your favourite restaurant. Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat will have details of local restaurants in your neighbourhood that are still offering takeaway services during the lockdown. You could even think about ordering from the same place so it’s really like you’re all sitting down at the same restaurant together.
For more inspiration, take a look at How to throw a dinner party online. And don't forget to share any photos you take on our social media channels - the links of which can be found under the donate button!
Once your virtual dinner party has finished be sure to send a message thanking everyone for joining and ask them to donate. Every penny will go towards ensuring we continue the care for our children and families at this extremely difficult time.