D.I.Y.

Don’t have the budget for all the bells and whistles? Or do you just prefer the DIY approach? No problem. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Computer / Device:

You will need a computer or device to connect with your guests. It will need to have a working camera and sound capabilities. If your family has more than one to choose from, it’s a good idea to use whatever is newest. No fancy laptop or desktop computer? No problem. Most smart phones work great.

Software Platform

You will need to decide on a software platform to use. We use a professional Zoom platform for VirtualParty.ca events which allows for longer events. But you can get a free version which will allow you up to 100 people for a maximum of 40 minutes. Check out Zoom here. There are also other platforms you can use, including streaming live to your FaceBook page or Instagram account.

Virtual Backgrounds

Depending on your computer capabilities, Zoom will allow you to create a virtual background to make your party more colorful and fun. If you have a green screen or a green wall it works best. But you can often achieve an acceptable effect without one. Here are some free Zoom backgrounds for you to enjoy. To use them, save one of the backgrounds to your computer. Click on the up arrow next to “video” at the bottom left of the Zoom screen. Click on “choose virtual background”, then click the “+” button to add in your new background.

Help yourself to a free birthday Zoom background
courtesy of VirtualParty.ca

• Swipe right or left – or use the arrows to find a background you like
• Click on the image
• Right click (or ‘control-click) and select “save image as…” to save it on your computer.

More Ideas

There are lots of great ideas out there to help you on your way to a D.I.Y. virtual bday party. Here are a few we found. Some of these are appropriate for kids and some are not. They are all from outside sites and we don’t take responsibility for the content, so party and have fun at your own risk! Please let us know if you have feedback or if you find any other great links for us to share!

Good Housekeeping

Wirecutter

Woman’s Day

The Bash

All this sound like too much work? No problem, CLICK HERE to find out how we can help you create a truly extraordinary birthday experience.