What You Need to Host Any Virtual Happy Hour

In the age of coronavirus, we're all keeping plenty of personal space. So we’ll also need to get creative to enjoy some quality social time with our squad. With modern technology and subscription boxes that drop plenty of goodies right to the doorstep, it’s never been easier to get your party on -- from a safe distance!

FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts: just hop on your favorite videochat platform, whip up a tasty cocktail, and head to a virtual happy hour, where you can spend some time laughing (or commiserating) and with your BFFs from the comforts of your respective homes. Close quarters leaving you a little frayed around the edges? Take a moment to retreat from your family members, head to the quietest space in your home, video-call your bestie and enjoy a moment of solitude with an at-home spa night.

And, in these stressful and uncertain times, if you feel yourselves veering into murky waters living, working and being cooped up with some of your closest friends, course-correct with a game night of friendly competition or a day dedicated to self-care.

From cocktails to face masks, you'll find recommendations below to help keep your social life intact while social distancing!

1. Shaker & Spoon

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Price: Starts at $40.00/month

What’s Included: If that quarantini, complete with lime and clove garnish, is calling your name, step up your cocktail game with Shaker & Spoon. Ideal for adding plenty of variety to those virtual cocktail hours with the office crew, get 3 unique craft cocktail recipes in every box! Packing in everything but the booze, open to find all the syrups, bitters, mixers and garnishes needed to prepare 12 cocktails.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. in the 1st consecutive Mon-Tues of every month

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2. TheraBox - Self Care Subscription Box

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Price: Starts at $30.99/month

What’s Included: Curated specifically to reduce stress and enhance joy, TheraBox is the ultimate accompaniment to a life of confinement. Like a wellness retreat delivered right to the front door, gather the roomies together (relatively speaking) or take a moment all to yourself with a box that includes 1 happiness-promoting activity and 5-7 self-care products, including organic masks and skincare treatments, aromatherapy, candles and tea.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 24th-29th of each month

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3. Escape the Crate

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Price: Starts at $26.50/every 2 months

What’s Included: While you might be searching for any opportunity to escape this current reality, Escape the Crate offers a great way to bring everyone together and head into a world of challenging gameplay. An at-home escape room adventure suited for 2-6 players, each bi-monthly box offers a fun distraction for roommates and families, filled with plenty of mentally stimulating puzzles, ciphers and riddles.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of the month, every other month

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4. The Standard - Wine Club (Monthly) By "He Wines, She Dines"

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Price: Starts at $49.00/month

What’s Included: Luckily there is no rule against enjoying some fine wine in your sweatpants! Make sure the wine cooler is prepped to get you through the pandemic with a monthly subscription to one of the best budget-friendly wine clubs. The experts at He Wines, She Dines will handpick a selection of 3 wines that are sourced from some of the world’s best vineyards and chosen to match your personal tastes and preferences.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 5 days of ordering, with renewals shipping on the 21st of each month

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5. American Cocktail Club

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Price: Starts at $27.99/month

What’s Included: Offering a box with or without the booze, an American Cocktail Club subscription can help you let loose at the next virtual cocktail party or get-together. Sending all-natural juices and handcrafted ingredients to mix up 4 servings of a delicious drink, become your own mixologist, head over to your computer, get on that conference call and spill the tea with your friends!

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. before the 20th of the month

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6. Jackie's Chocolate

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Price: Starts at $17.95/month

What’s Included: No spa day, virtual or otherwise, is complete without getting a little taste of chocolate. Count on Jackie’s Chocolate to deliver it right to the front door. Packing in artisan-crafted dark and white chocolates, truffles, caramels and marshmallows, each box brings 15 decadent treats that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Ration it out piece by piece or enjoy a blissful day of pure indulgence!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 7 days, and then after 30 days thereafter

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7. FaceTory

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Price: Starts at $7.57/month

What’s Included: Those monthly meetups to get a relaxing facial with friends don't have to end... just evolve! FaceTory offers a great way to make it happen, bringing easy-to-apply sheet masks packed with innovative K-beauty skincare secrets. Stay right on budget or splurge a little with 3 different subscription tiers, bringing top picks from the pros, including fabric masks, hydrogels and multi-steps.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. 1-4 days after ordering

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8. UnboxBoardom

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Price: Starts at $29.99/month

What’s Included: UnboxBoardom is a great option for game-loving groups of friends and families. Stirring up those competitive spirits can add a little fun into all this time spent indoors. Shipping on a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly basis, choose from 3 featured games -- including everything from strategic board games to tabletop card games and other fun party games -- or opt to be surprised!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 15th of the scheduled month

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