So you’re staying in for the holidays. That doesn’t mean you can’t host a dinner party—you just have to tweak the definition a little. Welcome to 2020’s version of entertaining, where family gatherings take place over Google Hangouts and FaceTime catch-ups replace the IRL thing. Hannah Bronfman is making the case for digital dining: The DJ and influencer is having a “cooking party,” and everyone’s invited.
Bronfman shared the idea on her Instagram account earlier this year: “Let’s make dinner together using what we have in our pantries…when is good? Tell me and let’s make it a date.” The idea is a simple one and something that everyone can get in on. Making meals at home feel a bit more elevated only takes a few easy tricks—no Michelin star required.
Invite Your Friends
Virtually, that is. Tune in to everyone’s kitchen via FaceTime for the prep work, so you can all stay connected while chopping and dicing—glass of wine preferred, but not required. Then move the fete to the dining room and keep the conversation going all night.
Set the Mood
Nothing ruins an atmosphere faster than fluorescent overhead lighting. Switch over to sconces or accent lamps for a cozier setting. And you know those colorful tapered candles you bought at a boutique years ago and never found the right occasion to burn? Light ’em to kick things up a notch.
Rearrange the Layout
Who says dinner has to happen on a dining table? Move yours to the living room coffee table, in front of a fireplace or your favorite movie, to differentiate it from an everyday meal.
Bring Out the Good Stuff
The decor you collect—like the Italian porcelain dinnerware you bought as a souvenir or the antique flatware passed down from your grandmother—is meant to make you happy, and it deserves to be used even on nonspecial occasions. So go ahead, break out the proverbial fine china for your frozen pizza spread, even if it’s really just a novelty dish you found at a flea market. If it’s smile inducing, it’s a fit.
This story was originally published in March 2020 and has since been updated.
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