Things are different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t figure out how to celebrate Thanksgiving virtually. Check out these helpful ideas!

Celebrating Thanksgiving with your family and friends in 2020 just became an adventure. Considering the current concerns about COVID-19, many of our usual Thanksgiving traditions may need a safety update. Don’t let the challenges get you down. We’re here to show you how to celebrate Thanksgiving virtually without sacrificing the things you love most about the holiday.

πŸ¦ƒ Celebrate Virtually on Thanksgiving

As much as we love to gather in the same place, watch the football game, and share a big meal (and maybe a nap!), we can’t let our guard down when it comes to keeping our friends and family safe. Fortunately, we live in the Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, and Facebook days! Using a virtual platform to feel connected makes perfect sense.

With so many virtual options for chatting and having facetime, which is best for your special Thanksgiving celebration? Let’s take a closer look at some options.
Family Talking Virtually on Thanksgiving

πŸ’» Top 3 Video Chat Platforms

We hold the power of video chat technology in our hands. Seriously! Most of us are connected to several video chat options just because we own a mobile phone. It’s easy to meet on Thanksgiving day to celebrate using one of the top 3 video chat platforms listed.

Facebook Messenger

  • You can connect with up to 50 people.
  • Download via Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  • You can use your computer’s browser and webcam.


  • Connect with up to 100 people on the free version.
  • You can share your screen. A pretty cool option for playing games.
  • Check out the video below to learn more.


  • Download the app or use your computer’s browser.
  • Set up a Thanksgiving community server.
  • People can pop in and out, share photos, and much more!


Guess what?! There is a 40-minute time limit on meetings when you use a free account. Zoom just told the world that they are lifting their time limit for Thanksgiving from 12:00 AM EST on November 26 to 6:00 AM EST on November 27.

What an amazing contribution to the Thanksgiving celebrations happening around the world! Such a show of kindness is much appreciated. Thanks, Zoom!!

πŸ₯§ Best Ways to Share Dinner

One of our favorite things about Thanksgiving is sharing amazing food. Celebrating together virtually doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice this treasured tradition. We just need to adjust things a bit.

Set up video chat dates that allow everyone to participate in meal prep at the same time. Who can bake the best pie? Let’s share the baking experience and chat. Want to share the same side dish because it’s a family favorite? Send the recipe to everyone and set a time to cook. Create memories to cherish even when you can’t be together in person.
Cooking with Family by Video Chat

After the grand feast is prepared, keep the vibe alive by sharing the meal across the miles using that same video chat option. You can make this fun by sharing unique table decorations. Remember the reason you’re gathering and have a gratitude share before you begin eating.

Don’t forget the kids! Bring them in on the fun with some Thanksgiving-themed dishes and treats. Check out the video below for some ideas to get you inspired.

🧩 Thanksgiving Fun & Games

We need to get a bit creative this year with virtual activities that help us connect and have fun. Here are a few fun ideas to get you started. We can plan the best Thanksgiving ever – even when we are dealing with tough times.

Reach out during the planning stage to get input from others attending the virtual celebration for Thanksgiving. While it’s nice to have some structure, remember to be flexible. If you’re having fun playing a game and it’s closing in on the next scheduled game, let it slide. Keep the fun alive and go with the flow.
Visiting with Family on video Chat

Scavenger Hunt

Create a list of items that people may have available in their homes. Set a time limit and go for it! You can ask people to return to the camera after each item to keep it active. Have a little prize to mail to the winner.

The Question Train

What was the worst dish you’ve had on Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for this year? Start by asking a random person. They ask someone else. Keep going until everyone has answered one question – or more!

Thanksgiving Trivia

Compile a list of Thanksgiving trivia questions. Create teams and let the fun begin. You can create questions in categories like Food, Traditions, or Family Facts. Alternately, keep it random.

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πŸ–οΈ Creative Thanksgiving Crafting

You’ve planned the meal, exchanged recipes, put together a list of games, what’s next? How about having a fun craft session. You can make it a challenge with prizes or simply do it for the fun of sharing some laughs. Share the creative experience and make cherished memories.

Put together a craft box and send it ahead to the people attending your celebration or have it shipped to them via online shopping. If everyone agrees and can gather the supplies on their own, send a list in advance so they can pick up the items needed.
Boy with Turkey drawing

Play-Doh Turkey Dinner

You’ll want to have a variety of dough colors, newspaper, or something else to protect the surfaces and other things to help with the designs.

Who can create the most realistic dinner? Who created the funniest?

Extreme Lego Building

Choose a theme for the holidays or let everyone go crazy with their own designs. Big blocks for the kids and smaller blocks for adults.

Who builds the grandest design? Who wows everyone with something adorable?

Drawing or Coloring

Capture the magic of markers and crayons with themed color books or freestyle drawings. The catch is that you must send them to someone else.

Which coloring page is the most colorful? Who has the funniest drawing?

🍲 Ordering Thanksgiving Dinner in Richmond

What if cooking Thanksgiving dinner just isn’t your thing? That’s perfectly alright! You can order dinner from one of the amazing restaurants or catering services in the Richmond area. Some of these have deadlines for ordering, so be sure to check their website or call ahead for more details.

If you have friends and family in other parts of the world (or in other states), coordinate with them so that you are all on the same page with ordering dinner and preparing. Some may want to cook while others want to order. Be flexible. Have fun with it.

Homemades by Suzanne

  • Southern dishes with a home-cooked vibe that is sure to please.
  • Order by 2:00 PM EST on November 20
  • Pick up on November 25 between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM EST.
  • Check out what she is offering HERE.

Manchester’s Table

  • Awesome if you want something unique with a French, Mediterranean, or Southern flair.
  • Order by November 20. Pick up November 25.
  • They offer delivery!
  • Check out what is being offered HERE.

Big Herm’s Kitchen

  • Want to cook the turkey but order the sides? You’ll find so many choices!
  • Order by November 20 and pick up November 24 or 25 between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM EST.
  • They offer delivery! Find out more HERE.

🐎 Everyone Loves a Parade

We have some fabulous news for you! One of the most popular, traditional parades in the world is still happening this year. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is still on schedule. You won’t see the usual crowds of people, but you will get to experience the wonder and magic that you’re used to seeing every year.

This will be the first year that the parade happens without the crowds. Even though we don’t like the reason for the change happening this year, we can see the silver lining in experiencing something that we hope never happens again. Be sure to tune in!

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Virtually

We’re learning to adapt this year when it comes to our beloved holidays and other celebrations, but we’ve been strong and powered through! However you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving, we hope you have a safe and fun holiday with friends and family –Β  even if you must do so via video chat.

Let’s hope and believe that we can gather again next year in person.Β 

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