Zoom Decor

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Birthdays, graduations and even weddings are taking place virtually these days. We have a few tips on how you can make these events special.

When looking for décor, look no further than creating your own virtual/zoom background image.

Sites such as Canva let you get creative with both virtual and graphic designed backgrounds that you can use for your event. Want everyone to get in on the fun, send them the background d ahead of time. Or ask your guests to create their own.

Want it done professionally? Get the help of a graphic designer.


Share a Song

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Want specific music for your virtual party?
Create your own Spotify list and play it, separate from your Zoom or other virtual hangout platforms. You can do this via Wi-Fi speakers, an Amazon Alexa, or Google Home device.

Share your playlist with your guests so they can continue the party even after your event and reminisce.


Drive-By

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Have you seen the drive-by parades for seniors and birthday parties?

You can organize this for your guests, as long as they are mostly local, and create your own parade for your graduating senior, or someone having a birthday. Play your soundtrack as everyone comes by.

Get creative and ask everyone to decorate their cars and announce prizes for the best parade "float."


Cheery Cherry Lemonade

Depending on who you're celebrating, you may want to do a virtual cocktail hour or something non-alcoholic for the underage set. You can demonstrate how to make the cocktail while you're all online together.

And if you really want to be sure everyone has the ingredients, consider a porch drop off the day of or before the party. This recipe is perfect to make both an adult and a non-alcoholic version.

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted
1 tablespoon sugar
1 liter of lemonade
Optional: 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup Topo Chico or other sparkling water
Fresh lemon slices and cherries for garnish

Directions:
Begin by pitting the cherries. Then add cherries and sugar to small pot. Bring cherries to a simmer then stir frequently until softened, about 5 minutes. Make sure not to let sugar burn.
Put cherry mixture into high-powered blender or food processor and process until very smooth, about 1 minute. Strain juice through fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth and set aside.
Combine cherry juice with lemonade and vodka or sparkling water, if using, and stir together until well mixed.
Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices and cherries! You can add a vodka floater if you’re looking for a boozier option!