24 Jun Virtual Hangout Ideas for Social Distancing Together
If you’re feeling wary of gathering with friends due to social distancing concerns, you’re not alone. Fortunately, we live in an information age with a whole host of online options just one click away. Whatever your interest, there’s a virtual event for it – and, thanks to the Internet, you and your besties can create your own private party simply by tuning in together. Here are a few of our go-to virtual hangout ideas to get you started:
Find Your Groove as a Group
We’re still feeling the burn from the cancellation of our much-anticipated summer concert lineup. While there’s nothing quite like gathering together outdoors to enjoy some great jams, Billboard.com gives us the next best thing: access to all the hottest livestream concerts. Every week, the site offers a list of the best upcoming shows, from country and opera to rock and pop. Additionally, find links to the PBS July 4th celebration featuring Patti LaBelle, John Fogerty, Trace Adkins, and more – with a front-row view of the Washington, D.C. fireworks show.
Hit the Mat with Your Mates
Unwind from daily stresses or celebrate Self-Care Sunday with a Private Group Yoga Class led by Cara Provenzano of Jedi Yoga Warrior. Invite up to four of your friends for a 1.5-hour digital class ($150) or enjoy a 1-hour session for you plus two ($100). With over 15 years spent practicing yoga around the world, Cara brings in-depth knowledge of multiple disciplines, including Hot, Restorative, and Vinyasa. Plus, her personalized approach and down-to-earth attitude make for a fun and positive experience.
Set a Vibe
Create the right mood for your indoor adventures with hand-poured vegan candles ($22 – $40) from Noho Candle Co. Fill your space with delectable aromas of Coconut Milk Mango, Orange Habanero, or Pina Cilantro, each naturally scented with hand-mixed, phthalate-free essential oils. Enjoy a full collection of high-end, clean-burning soy and coconut candles, environmentally sustainable right down to the organic cotton wick.
Gear Up for a Great Time
This Custom Engraved Yoga Mat from Corc Yoga ($205) is the perfect complement to your group practice. Available in five minimalist styles, each mat features a 100% renewable blend of cotton and cork that is slip-resistant, hypoallergenic, and free of harsh chemicals. Made of antimicrobial materials, they also naturally repel odors and bacteria for a cleaner approach to yoga. What’s more, the purchase of a Corc Yoga mat helps to support a variety of mental health programs in the US and abroad.
Meet every “namaste” dressed to the nines in Sage Larock’s Sana Terra Black/White Mesh Leggings ($125). Featuring fast-drying, ultra-soft Healthy Seas fabric made from recycled plastics, each pair provides a sculpting fit while offering plenty of flex. Complete the look with the Sana Terra Asymmetrical Sports Bra ($80), available in black, mocha, and coral – perfect as a yoga top or paired with your favorite high-waist summer shorts.
Looking to just relax? Kick back in a cozy tank ($38) and Soft Jogger Pants ($88) from Brooklyn-based Softwear, offering the ultimate in luxury athleisure and loungewear. Mix and match up to seven classic colors for a personalized look ideal for everyday comfort. Each piece features non-toxic dyes, in addition to “buttery soft” and fade-resistant natural fabric from family-owned mills.
After choosing your virtual hangout approach, settle in with a low-sugar summer cocktail. A drink with friends is twice as nice when you can do it without loading up on calories. What’s more, omit the alcohol, and popular cocktails like this Skinny Watermelon Mojito or no-sugar-added Savory Cucumber Herb Sangria become tasty mocktails. Try our summer favorite: a Kombucha Moscow Mule with less than 2 grams of sugar (5 if you add agave).
- 6 oz Ginger Kombucha
- 2 oz of your favorite vodka
- 1 tsp agave or honey
- Juice of 1 lime
- Lime wedge for garnish
How to Make
- Fill a copper mug (or regular cup) with ice.
- Combine kombucha, vodka, lime juice, and agave or honey. Stir or shake to combine.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!