entertaining tips

hosting tips for your next virtual get-together

posted in: Food, Parties  |  January 22, 2021

Just because we may not be able to physically sit beside our friends and family, it doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected. For your next virtual get-together, try our hosting tips and easy to create snack ideas, that will help encourage your guests to participate in a common activity. Why not enjoy tasty new appetizers along with great company. Below we’ve provided a few of our favourite snack ideas and entertaining inspiration, that we hope will add some variety to your next virtual hangout!

Eat Together

A great way to connect is to send a menu in advance, so all guests can eat together and share the experience of making something new. By keeping things simple you can ensure that anyone from a beginner in the kitchen to your most experienced aficionado friend can join in. Try these tasty app ideas made with lesley stowe raincoast crisps®.

  • raincoast crisps® cranberry and hazelnut with Emmental, salami and black olives
  • raincoast crisps® cranberry and hazelnut with Boursin and a mini pickle
  • raincoast crisps® fig and olive with cream cheese, smoked salmon and dill
  • raincoast crisps® fig and olive with goat cheese and cucumber
  • raincoast crisps® rosemary raisin pecan with avocado and garlic shrimp
  • raincoast crisps® rosemary raisin pecan with brie and sundried tomato

Create a Custom Cocktail or Mocktail

Shake things up with a custom cocktail or mocktail for the evening. You could try a simple and refreshing sipper like a Moscow Mule (vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger beer) or a Paper Plane (bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino and fresh lemon juice). For those enjoying mocktail options, try a take on the Mojito (muddled lime, mint and agave topped with soda) or take a juice spritzer to the next level with a herb garnish for some interesting aromatics, like a Grapefruit Spritz (grapefruit or blood orange juice topped with your favourite sparkling water and garnished with a sprig of rosemary).

Create a Playlist

Give the gift of music by creating a playlist and sending it out to your group in advance. You could focus on a genre, time period or just add your favourites. Make it easy to listen by creating the playlist in a music streaming service, like Spotify and sharing the name, so all they have to do is hit play!

Play a Game

Keep things interactive by playing a game. There are lots of great apps and virtual resources you can use like Houseparty to select from different trivia genres or play Heads Up! You could also keep things classic by playing favourites like Pictionary or Charades.

While we may be apart, there are still meaningful ways to connect, and what better way to bring people together than through delicious food. If you like these appetizer recommendations and want to explore more, visit our pairing guide for even more virtual entertaining inspiration.