Make Your Friday a Little More Formal

By: Michael Fossbakk | April 3, 2020

Photo courtesy of SheWolf.

With so many people working from home, folks have been coming up with all kinds of ways to maintain a positive attitude.

When it comes to attire, working from home doesn’t normally follow the “business casual” vibe that many offices tend to adhere to. In fact, in an effort to flip the script of “casual Friday,” people have taken to the social trend of #FormalFriday, where one wears their best outfit on Friday, rather than any other normal workday. It can be a suit, a dress, or even a tiara, as one New Zealand TV host shared on Instagram.

But, why not extend #FormalFriday from the “workplace” to a fancy evening at home? There are plenty of places still open for carryout and delivery and with so much technology readily available, it won’t be difficult to stay entertained either. So, take the challenge and use these tips to make your Friday night a little more formal.

Carryout with some flair

Places like Bacco Ristorante in Southfield and SheWolf in Detroit, which typically serve very curated dishes, are providing carryout options for their customers. The latter went so far as to temporarily rebrand itself as Mercato SheWolf and is open Tuesday-Saturday with orders being taken from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. and orders available for pick-up from 3-7 p.m. Mercato SheWolf uses a modified menu that changes every few days to minimize waste and includes instructions on how to prepare your meal at home. If your Formal Friday involves dinner for more than two, Bacco has specially made “family meals” that include soup or salad, pasta, an entree, and a dessert.

Set the mood with some music

Whether you prefer something soothing or something to rock out to, music streaming services make it easier than ever to listen to what you want when you want. If you’re going formal, maybe put on classical music or something from your favorite musical or play. If that isn’t your speed (who are we to judge?), there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Roll out the red carpet

With so many streaming services available these days, it’s fairly easy to find entertainment on demand. But, instead of just binging the latest comedy or drama, why not imagine yourself, in your best outfit, at a movie premiere? Take photos, imagine bumping elbows with your favorite celebs, and maybe even craft yourself an open bar. With apps like Netflix Party, you can even get your friends involved!

Play a game

If movies aren’t your thing, how about a game? There are great online resources for playing tabletop games with friends and family while staying socially distant. Tabletopia has more than 800 games available on its platform (fewer if you go with the base, free client). Board Game Arena touts 175 games available to play for free and if that doesn’t work out, you can always turn your Formal Friday into a formal night at the casino. Just break out a deck of cards and start placing your bets. Just hope that things don’t turn into a Bond flick…