President Donald Trump has extended social distancing guidelines through April 30, and many states, cities and counties are instituting stay-at-home orders.

If you want to see your loved ones but still help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you’ve had to become a bit creative.

These days, socializing is almost exclusively virtual. People are meeting up with friends, family and coworkers via video games, Zoom and other apps and technology.

But people aren’t just using technology to chat. Some are hosting events and even dinner parties.

While hosting a virtual dinner party can help to retain a bit of normalcy during this time, its purpose can be much deeper. The University of Oxford has found that the more often people eat with others, the more likely they are to be happy and satisfied with their lives. People will also feel closer to those they eat with.

One couple in the U.K. shared a video of a fancy dinner party they hosted for their children — and more than 2 million people have watched it.

But if you live alone, you don’t have to be this guy.

Here are some creative ways to host your own CDC-approved dinner party.

  1. If you live close enough to friends and family, you could follow these neighbors’ examples: Go outside and chat — just stay 6 feet apart, don’t share any items or food and simply enjoy the time together.
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2. If you live far apart from loved ones, you can use FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger — any video conferencing technology, really. Just get familiar with it first, the Guardian advises.

And if you want a little something extra to feel like you’re eating together, have everyone make the same dish or order takeout from the same place. After dinner, you can even play a game together.

3. If you’re tired of video-chatting or just looking for a more creative way to host a dinner party, some people are hosting dinner parties through video games like “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.”

Whatever method you prefer, don’t let yourself be lonely. While the CDC continues to recommend people stay far apart physically, we can still find ways to come together socially.

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