Transcript for Pandemic party planning for 4th of July
party planning. If you're organizing a summer get-together, "Good housekeeping's" Lori bergamotto is here with smart ways to be the host with the most while keeping yourself and your guests safe, of course. Lori, good morning to you. I'm playing the role of party guest with the folding chair. But, of course, we're keeping social distancing in mind. The rules are different this year, six feet apart, masks. Considering all of that, how should we be planning our parties this year? Well, happy fourth of July, whit. You look very comfortable even in your suit. What I would say is keep it small, and make sure you're inviting people over the phone. Now, since it is a small group of people, this shouldn't take too long, but clear communication is safe communication, and following CDC guidelines, you want to be sure you're communicating that to whatever small amount of guests that you're inviting over. Let them know what the layout is going to look like, that you expect social distancing. Let them, you know, know all of the rules because we do want everybody to party safely. Another thing to keep in mind is that masks and hand sanitizers make really practical party favors. I see that Dan is manning a little bucket, if you will, of hand sanitizers and masks and really thoughtful things that you want to be able to give out to your guests. Dan, I may sneak in a copy of "Ten percent happier" for my guests, but these are things you want to encourage that your guests are bringing. By, you know, laying them out there for them, there's no mistake. Everybody will be safe. Do you agree? Definitely agree. Absolutely. Yes. And no party would be complete without food, but you say this year, ditch the buffet. Yes, you want to rethink the potluck, Eva. I understand that you're up against a beautiful table of some single serve cupcakes and a fruit salad. You want to remember that instead of byob, right now in the summer of 2020, everything is byoe, bring your own everything. So encourage guests to bring a plate of their own so that they can feast on their own food. But if you are going to host, you want to keep things really simple and single. So you can see here I have some of my go-to favorites, caprese skewers, steak bites, these are things that somebody can just take, eat, finger foods, throw away. You don't want serving spoons shared. You don't want any double dipping. You want to get rid of that communal family style for right now and keep everything as clean and disposable as possible. All great tips, Lori, thank you so much.
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