All of those months of not seeing any friends or family, locked down within our own household bubbles, are seeing a warm-weather reprieve. Initially I invited friends over for drinks only, but I really missed having the whole social experience of sharing a meal together. I've hosted three different distance dinners on our patio (which was the subject of my last post), two with the same group of friends and one with my aunt and uncle.
I have to admit that the first time it really frayed my nerves. One of my best friends is immune-compromised so we have to be extra careful as a group to follow recommended protocol. I was literally going mad all day with Lysol wipes and thoughts of how it could all go wrong.
We know now that the virus transmits quite well indoors, and that outdoors is the place to see and talk with friends. It is still imperative to stay six feet apart however, and to minimize contact between households with dishes and drinks. How to do this and stay safe?
I think it is key to ask guests to bring their own drinks and glasses. This has worked really well, my friends and my aunt and uncle have all brought their own baskets with drinks, ice and glasses. This erases contact with wine bottle handling and pouring, really important as the hours go on and the drinks create a mood of conviviality.
|It's a very long table.
I was speaking to my friend Laura this morning and she joked that we might be having drinks outside in the snow, in our parkas. I'd better order some firewood this fall for our outdoor chiminea!
Wherever you are I hope that you are safe and healthy. This is certainly a stressful time and some areas are being hit really hard by the virus. Every day it is overwhelming to keep up with the news and to think about what the next months hold for us.
Seeing friends and family, however far down the table, feels like a balm for the soul. I hope that you are able to do so as well!
Take care and you can always reach me by email (my comment form is still broken).