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Connie Yang and friends during a recent virtual dinner party. Photo by Connie Yang
March 13, 2020 2:34 PM PDT

For her 33rd birthday later this month, entrepreneur Sherrell Dorsey planned to throw a dinner party with friends before embarking on a celebratory road trip from Atlanta to Tennessee. She even bought a bright red cocktail dress from a designer on Instagram that she planned to wear at the party.

But with the coronavirus prompting people everywhere to cancel social gatherings, Dorsey came up with an alternative celebration. She plans on hosting a virtual birthday party, via video conference, with friends on March 25. She said she’ll be sitting in front of the camera in her dress she bought for the occasion, with high heels on her feet and a glass of wine in her hand.

“It will be BYOB, virtually,” she said. “It will definitely be nerdy but fabulous at the same time.”