How to host a dinner party during a global pandemic
December 1, 2020

 With everything that’s happened this year, the notion of hosting may feel like a distant memory, but there’s a case to be made that, after months of physical distancing and business closures, face masks, pandemic updates, and general uncertainty, we could all use a little festive cheer. With the holiday season nearly upon us, it’s time to (safely) celebrate. Here’s how.


Take the festivities online and host a virtual dinner party from the comfort of your suite. Get in the spirit by decorating the same way you would for an in-person event – candles, flowers, and a beautiful table setting will look just as good on screen as they do in real life. Plus, the wide, shallow, light-filled layouts and clean lines of Scandinavian design at Nørdic make the perfect backdrop for Zoom.


In addition to the regular shopping list for social occasions, COVID means adding a few more items to your cart. If you’ve opted for an in-person event, make sure to provide all the necessary supplies to stay safe. The World Health Organization recommends organizers stock up on hand sanitizer, soap, tissues, closed-lid garbage bins, distance markers, and masks.


Sometimes it’s the simple things that bring the most pleasure, so stock up on small items that will have a big impact. Think great wine, top-quality ingredients, and beautiful details. Head to Costco and the LCBO for everything you need to plan a delicious menu; Suzanna’s Flowers for spectacular blooms; Restoration Hardware for items to dress up your space; and the 270+ shops at Yorkdale to dress up your personal style. Thankfully, the neighbourhood around Nørdic offers everything you need, with many shops still open curbside pickup.


Now it’s time for the fun. Whether you’re face-to-face (at a safe 2-metre distance of course) or gathering online, adding some friendly competition by way of games or shared activities is a great way to continue the festivities. Old school favourites like Charades and Trivia can be tailored to your audience and never fail to get people laughing. There are also plenty of games now available online for group play like Checkers, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, and Cards Against Humanity.


This may not be the most exciting tip of the bunch, but it just might be the most important. In a year where things seem to change from one moment to the next, be sure to stay on top of the local guidelines. Check in frequently with reputable sources like Toronto Public Health, the World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Health for the latest restrictions and information, and be sure to follow their recommendations to keep everyone safe.

During the pandemic Collecdev continues to bring complete communities, like Nørdic, to life, safely and responsibly.