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    13 Brilliant Zoom Party Hacks And Ideas You Should Know About

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    If you're sheltering in place, it's easy to miss normal life — especially if it means missing out on IRL celebrations.

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    Like graduations, birthdays, bachelorette parties, weddings, baby showers, or anything else you want to raise a glass to!

    While it's hard not to see friends and family in person, you can still find ways to make virtual celebrations creative and memorable. Here are 13 things to try:

    1. Call people in individual time slots.

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    Having a big group where not everyone knows one another can be overwhelming for some, especially when side conversations or silences somehow seem more awkward. If you want to celebrate with your friends and family but the attention of 30 people on Zoom feels like too much, schedule time slots to spend time with individual friend groups and family.

    2. Use Zoom backgrounds to your advantage.

    Now you can create a virtual dinner party at home with our downloadable Zoom backgrounds. Order delivery, crank up our Spotify playlist, put up the virtual background, and you’ll be dining out at home in no time! Download and learn more here:

    If you have a bar or restaurant you couldn't wait to celebrate your birthday or graduation in, it can feel sad to have to do it in your living room. But customizing your background can at least lighten things up, especially if you pick said place as your background. You can even do a virtual bar crawl to all your favorite spots by switching backgrounds every hour.

    3. Or do the same with filters.

    my boss turned herself into a potato on our Microsoft teams meeting and can’t figure out how to turn the setting off, so she was just stuck like this the entire meeting

    No matter what video platform you're using, there are a ton of filters available for use — some practical, some wacky, some (like the potato) now infamous. At the very least, filters can break the ice in a great way. Here's a quick explainer on how to find and use them.

    4. Add a PowerPoint to the mix.

    Last night my friends threw a PowerPoint party on Zoom where everyone had to prepare a 3 minute lecture; the theme was “quarantine & slowly going insane” I went 6 minutes over time, but I won best presentation for the fourth time in a row

    Zoom and Google Hangouts are great for screen sharing. And you can definitely use either one to your advantage, whether that's creating a PowerPoint in honor of someone's birthday or nuptials, or challenging everyone to contribute one slide to it — and then presenting to the group.

    5. Show and tell.

    ˢʰʰʰʰ... 𝕚𝕥’𝕤 𝕤𝕙𝕠𝕨𝕥𝕚𝕞𝕖 🎥🍿 i moved my theater to the beach and i really like how cozy it came out ♡ #acnh #animalcrossing

    If a whole presentation feels too involved, ask everyone to quickly share something small — their favorite TikTok or Spotify playlist, the most random object in the room they're in, the best show they've seen lately, or their proudest Animal Crossing accomplishment.

    6. Dance it out!

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    You can throw one yourself by making a playlist and DJ'ing for the night, or you can join a premade dance-heavy event, like Dance Church.

    7. Attend a virtual brunch (or fancy dinner).

    got my birthday brunch after all, even if all it involved was my friends in the neighborhood picking up tacos from the same place around the same time and going home to eat them on a zoom call ✨

    Even if you can't toast in person, you can at least see one another while you sip mimosas. You can get creative with ordering from the same spot, cooking similar things, or simply sharing a meal on camera as you would in real life.

    8. Watch your favorite fun movie or show together.


    For my friend's birthday, we watched Ma, which, yes, is a horror film but also a deeply GIFable one. It was perfect because it was wholly entertaining without being too serious or plot-heavy to feel guilty about talking over. (Pro tip: If you can, add subtitles so no one misses any dialogue!)

    9. Organize a lineup of performances.

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    Vogue writer Emma Specter talked about doing a table read of a Sex and the City episode with her friends. You can also do a comedy night, a virtual talent show, or a reading of the wildest fanfiction you can find online. Get weird and have fun!

    10. Karaoke to your heart's content.

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    Miss drunk karaoke? At least now you can do it without paying for a room. Bars like Marie's Crisis are offering virtual live piano tracks to sing along to — perfect for a birthday bash or bachelorette party.

    11. Take an online class together.

    When you miss your friends/workout buddies so you Group FaceTime and do an online class together 😂 #EAT @DCGStrength

    Bring your friends to a virtual paint class, cooking class, workout class, improv class — the options are pretty endless!

    12. Host a game tournament.

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    Maybe you've played games already, but you can up the stakes with prizes or a set number of rounds. You can do everything from Scattergories to Quiplash to trivia to even Dungeons and Dragons, if you're down to play all night.

    13. Find the virtual event you want to go to, and make your friends come with.


    If this is your special day, you should feel free to pick something you really want to do, just as you would IRL, whether it's asking your friends to go to a concert, Broadway show, zoo, or opera. Pick whatever you want, invite your friends, and enjoy your day!

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