COVID Approved Social Events
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown imposed on the UK, I thought it was worthwhile planning some socially isolated social events that can be enjoyed this academic year.
- Dinner Parties
Dinner parties are always a fun idea to get your whole house involved in the cooking. There really is no better way to enjoy one another’s company than at the comfort of your own home, eating dishes you have lovingly prepared yourselves. Mexican themed nights always go down a treat, with each member of the house specialising in a dish: be it the fajita filings, the nachos or the guacamole. Equally, I recommend to get creative with some pizza dough bases and to set up your own workstation with different options of toppings. If you are really up for the challenge, you could even suggest to do a Come Dine With Me experience, designating each housemate to a particular night of the week to prepare a three-course meal for the others. For those that don’t have much talent in the kitchen, ordering take-out can be just as fun, and definitely a crowd-pleaser.
Top tip: themed dinner parties are particularly fun, with maybe a fancy dress theme to follow or a murder mystery to solve during the meal.
- Virtual Pub Quiz
I don’t think I’ve seen so many people play pub quizzes than I did during our initial lockdown. But they are good fun so it’s perhaps unsurprising. As it can be made virtual, you can make use of Microsoft Teams or Zoom to get all of your friends involved, not just your housemates. I personally enjoy the rounds that are personalised to those playing, for example by finding old Facebook statuses and asking the players who wrote it and in what year.
Assuming the UK government will continue to allow us to spend some social time outdoors, I think picnics are a good way to make the most of the remaining good weather before summer finally ends. You could each bring your favourite snack for the others to try and spend the rest of time catching up about your summer holidays. Make sure to keep groups to a maximum of six though!
Top tip: I really enjoy bringing a book to read or some beads to make friendship bracelets. Pens and paper to draw would also be a fun idea.
- Movie Night
I feel like it’s a student staple to watch an episode of our favourite programme before bed. I doubt I would be able to sleep if I didn’t. However, it’s so much more fun to watch a movie together with your other flatmates. You could make some popcorn, or any snacks you like to eat, and all sit down together to binge watch your preferred Netflix show. And if you can’t decide on a film, try starting a new series together as a flat. I recommend American Horror Story and Black Mirror.
- Room Decor
You’ll definitely be spending the majority of the time in your room this year – or at least this first term – so you may as well make it look pretty, right? Get creative and draw some artwork to hang on your wall, or print off some of your favourite photos to pin on your board. Neon lights also work so well draped around your bed frame.
Top tip: Make sure to not leave any permanent marks on your wall as you will probably have to pay for the damage.