Start a new tradition that includes family and friends, all from afar.

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Easter will look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo all the fun and festivities. You can still connect and celebrate while practicing social distancing. Keeping up with holiday traditions like egg decorating is important, because it helps maintain a sense of normalcy during this uncertain time. Even though you can't have friends or extended family over to your home, you can still throw a virtual party. Here, our best tips for hosting a virtual egg decorating party.

Send virtual invitations.

Instead of mailing paper invitations where you have to venture out to the post office, send a virtual invite over Evite or Paperless Post. Gwynn Wasson, CEO and creative director of Gwynn Wasson Designs and POP parties Ink, has another suggestion: "You can also record a video invitation and text it to your friends." Include the time, date, and instead of a physical location include the social platform you'll be using. Wasson suggests using Zoom. "My boys and I have been using it non-stop for the past two weeks. It’s a great tool to use for a virtual party."

Give guests decorating options ahead of time.

In order to make the virtual party experience more connective, give your guests a few decorating options ahead of time. "Send your guests three different ideas for decorating and they can pick from those," suggests Allison Carter, founder of Allison Carter Celebrates. "That way, there is some cohesiveness to your party, but kids have a choice and allows families to play to their strengths. Some may want to go all out with more mess, while other will want to keep it cleaner." You can use our fun downloadable templates and clip-art. If you are hosting for a group of older kids or adults, consider our master list of more advanced egg dyeing techniques.

Make DIY decorations to display in the background.

Even though you and your guests won't be in the same physical space, you can still decorate for the party. "Have your little ones help with making an egg garland," suggests Carter. "Cut ovals out of card stock, decorate them and attach bakers twine to the back. Hang the garland behind where you'll be on screen for your guests to see."

Opt for do-it-yourself egg dye.

You can still buy egg dyeing kits online, but you may not be comfortable handling any mailed deliveries or packaging. In that case, make your own natural egg dye with what you already have at home. "Beets, spinach, blueberries, raspberries, and even coffee can all be used to make beautiful dyed eggs," explains Wasson.

If you don't want to use your edible eggs, faux works.

Because you want to limit grocery store outings to as few as possible, you may want to save your edible eggs and not use them for dyeing. "Use plastic eggs and let your children's imaginations go wild," says Wasson. "Paint, glue, decoupage, yarn, googly eyes, and stickers work great. If you happen to have flat spray paint on hand, you can prep the plastic eggs ahead of time, so that the kids can color on them with markers and crayons."

Don't worry if little ones lose patience.

If you are hosting a virtual egg party with smaller children, their attention may drift during the Zoom hangout. That's okay. It's easier for older kids and adults to socialize virtually. Let the little ones stay occupied with a coloring book or their own activity.

Play music in background to add ambience.

Music adds to the ambience of any party, even a virtual one. "You can make your own party playlist on Spotify and share it with friends, although dueling music in the background may get tricky," says Carter. Designate one person to be the DJ.

Share your creations.

Wrap up your party by having everyone go around and show off their favorite egg creation. Says Carter, "Make sure to take a screenshot of everyone holding up their eggs on screen so you have a fun memory to share of this unique Easter celebration."

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