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3 Alternatives To Large Celebrations During Coronavirus

In the past few months, Coronavirus has been keeping parties on hold, at least in the form and scale we know them. Instead of cancelling everything, restaurants, catering companies and event venues around the country have found safer alternatives to keep the celebrations going.

Wondering what they are? Whitney Edwards — Hospitality Industry Expert and National Account Manager at Tripleseat — shares her top picks.

ELOPEMENT PACKAGES

Let’s start with the big-ticket celebration — weddings. By now, brides- and groom-to-be probably have rescheduled multiple times already. Understandably, this is frustrating. So instead of resorting to your third option or postponing, why not consider elopement instead?

At Blue Bee Cider, a cidery in Virginia, there’s an elopement package that includes an officiant, cider, and a cheese and charcuterie platter for up to ten people. Or, check out the “Cherished Wedding Celebrations” packages at North Corner Haven. You can customize your elopement based on the length of the ceremony, how many guests can attend, not to mention the number of add-ons, such as: appetizers, cocktail hour, plus beer and wine.  

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MICROPARTIES

Just because you can’t celebrate with 200 people right now doesn’t mean you have to cancel everything. Instead, go for smaller parties with your nearest and dearest at home.

For instance, Pizza Barbone — a traveling pizza oven catering business in Hyannis, MA — offers a microparty option for parties of 20 or fewer guests at your home, serving pizzas like Rosemary (olive oil, mozzarella, sea salt), Pepperoni & Hot Honey (San Marzano tomato, cheddar cheese, oregano) with extra toppings such as shrimp and lobster, plus salads, cannoli and gluten-free options. Each order comes with a pizza oven food truck to the residence, plus one employee — dressed head to toe in personal protective equipment — to serve catered goods. 

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Also, there are more elaboration options if you want to take things up a notch. The Party Line — a catering company in Nashville — helps customers “Build-a-bash” for outdoors and delivery only. What this includes is a selection of four tailored menus, drink pairings, themed décor and floral arrangements. You can also pick and chose your favorite luxury add-ons, such as custom cakes, caviar, and charcuterie boards. 

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VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES

Now, how could this list be complete without virtual experiences? If you miss watching sports with a crowd, Edwards recommends the $45 “Ballpark at Home” experience at Addo in Seattle, which comes with a delivery of hot dog kits, garlic fries kits, peanuts popcorn, Red Rope candy, and beer. Then, just log into a Zoom meeting and watch a vintage Seattle Mariners game with fellow sports fans.

The restaurant also has a $225-camping “trip” for two people — complete with a tent, camping-themed food and a video. You’ll have a panoramic experience through the video, which takes you on a virtual walk through the forest, lets you sit around the on-screen campfire listening to sounds of nature so you sleep peacefully in your tent. 

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