Want to spend time with friends and relatives while reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19? We’re here to help!
Following are some tips for throwing a socially distanced gathering in your backyard.
Keep the guest list relatively small
The more people you interact with, the greater the risk of exposure to the disease, so consider limiting invitations to close friends and family who have also been practicing social distancing. In addition, be sure to follow government guidelines and rules regarding the size of gatherings in your area.
Request that guests wear face coverings
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these “may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”
Enforce a six-foot rule
Ask that all guests maintain a six-foot (approximately two arms lengths) distance from other attendees who are not members of their own household as studies indicate that respiratory droplets typically travel this distance.
Avoid serving communal food
Skip the potluck and consider serving individually packaged foods, such as sandwiches in plastic baggies, burgers wrapped in foil and small bags of chips, and replace condiment bottles with individual condiment packets.
Now that you’re ready to kick off summer with an intimate backyard bash, the following items might come in handy:
This botanical disinfectant “kills over 99.99% of household germs.” It’s safe for use on hard, nonporous surfaces and doesn’t require rinsing—even on surfaces that come into contact with food. Bright citrus fragrance!
Keep bugs at bay with this all-natural, eco-friendly repellent! The must-try spray “naturally repels insects with the pleasant aroma of citronella, rosemary and wintergreen essential oils.” Plus, it contains no DEET, synthetic chemicals or petroleum products, so it’s safe for the entire family!
Looking for a greener alternative to traditional paper or Styrofoam plates? These are “made from sustainable sugarcane fiber that is compatible with your home composting system.” They’re free of artificial dyes and inks and super sturdy for serving up heaping portions of your favorite hot or cold dishes.
Not all single-use utensils are created equal. These heavy-duty, BPA-free forks, knives and spoons are certified compostable and “made from plants, not petroleum.” Designed to mimic traditional cutlery and withstand high temperatures!
Apple chips make a perfect summertime snack, and these contain no added sugar, fat or gluten. Your guests will clamor for these single serving bags of baked, crunchy apple chips in Cinnamon, Fuji and Reds and Granny Smith varieties. A delicious and nutritious alternative to potato chips!
If your friends and relatives have a sweet tooth, they’re going to love these all-natural candies made with 55% Fair Trade Cocoa. In fact, they’re “so mind-blowingly delicious,” you may have a hard time sharing!