Paula Rizzo Featured in Article for CNN

Paula Rizzo, author of Listful Living, was recently featured in an article for CNN on how to throw a successful virtual holiday party! Read Paula’s feature here and learn a few tips and tricks.

5 tips for hosting a virtual holiday party

By Matt Villano, CNN

Paula Rizzo, a media trainer and author in New York City, suggested holiday hosts look at the virtual event as an opportunity for creativity. Envision it as if you were producing a television show and ask yourself: What do you want people to remember about it?

Rizzo turned 40 during the Covid-19 pandemic and had to cancel her big plans to travel to Europe. Still wanting to do something fabuulous, she hired a sommelier to guide her and her friends and family through a wine and food tasting. Rizzo sent out menu ideas and what wines to purchase ahead of the party. She even hired a camera person who shot photos and created a video reel of the event for posterity.

“We visited Italy, Spain and France,” said Rizzo, a former television producer with an eye to visuals. “(Your holiday) can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like, but do more than just stare at each other on a video call.”

Rizzo added that while she advises against using custom Zoom backgrounds for work, incorporating them for a virtual holiday event could make the celebration more enjoyable. She said a host could challenge participating family members to create their own backgrounds and set up some sort of contest that rewards homemade prizes for originality, attention to detail and overall vibe, to name a few.

“The possibilities are endless and can add to the fun,” she said.

Come together around food and wine

As Rizzo experienced during her birthday celebration, food and drink offer an obvious opportunity for friends and family members to come together during virtual holidays.

“No one wants to be caught in front of a screen for a long time,” she said.

Read entire article here!


Listful Living by Paula Rizzo

Listful Living

A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You

A best-selling author and Emmy-award winning television producer for nearly 20 years, Paula Rizzo produced health, wellness, and lifestyle segments with a range of top experts, including JJ Virgin, Jillian Michaels, and Deepak Chopra. Rizzo brings her experience to this new project. Readers will learn their stress style and strategies for shaping their days in more productive ways. With self-assessments and exercises, this guide will bring readers to better patterns and better, more organized lives.

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