Simple Appetizers for Your Next Zoom Party

Attending another Zoom party this weekend – why not celebrate with your own Zoom party appetizers? Dip, taste, snack, and savor delicious bites while you catch up with friends, family, and coworkers.

No matter what the occasion, appetizers can make everything better. Not sure where to start?

Check out these 5 fun appetizers you can make at home quickly!

1. Caprese Skewers

All you’ll need for this simple appetizer is cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, balsamic glaze, and wooden skewers. Assemble the skewers starting with tomato, then basil, then mozzarella cheese – and repeat. When you’re done top it off with a drizzle of balsamic.

This is sure to be one of your new go-to Zoom party appetizers!

2. Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip

This ooey, gooey dip is at the top of the easy appetizers list because it’s delicious and simple. Whether it’s a New Year’s Eve bash or a Friday happy hour, this appetizer will not disappoint. Here’s what to do:

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees

– Microwave 2 ounces of cream cheese for 20 seconds and spread into bottom of a one-quart dish

– In a bowl, add 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 finely chopped scallions, and 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (hot sauce optional)

– Add 1/2 cup shredded artichoke hearts, 4 ounces crabmeat, 1 ounce of mozzarella, and 2 ounces of parmesan cheese

– Stir all your ingredients together and top with a little more parmesan cheese

– Bake for about 25 minutes until cheese is bubbly 

Consider adding a squeeze of lemon juice for added freshness. You can serve this dip with veggies, crackers, or bread.

3. Easy Focaccia Bread

Everyone knows that the best Zoom party has carbs! Try this easy focaccia bread for your next Zoom event. You will need:

– 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed

– 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives

– 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

– 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

– 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On an ungreased baking sheet, pat dough into a rectangle. Top with olives, cheeses, and Italian seasoning. Drizzle with oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes and enjoy!

4. Mango Salsa

Looking for a light and refreshing appetizer? How about a mango salsa served with tortilla chips? Slice up 1/2 red onion, 1 mango, 1 bunch of cilantro, and 1 jalapeno (seeded). Add a generous squeeze of lime juice and add salt and pepper to taste. 

newThat’s it! Stir it all up, chill it, and serve. This a perfect Zoom party appetizer for those hot California days and nights!

5. Festive Goat Cheese Log

Don’t have much time to sort through zoom party ideas? This is the appetizer to make. All you need to do is crush up about 3/4 cup of pistachios and chop up 1/2 cup of dried cranberries. Take a log of goat cheese and roll in the pistachio and dried cranberry mixture. 

Serve with crunchy crackers. This is a great year-round recipe but is especially festive for the holiday season

Have an Unforgettable Zoom Party Menu

Try these simple appetizers for your next Zoom party. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the chance to eat delicious food and socialize!

It’s been a challenging year – treat yourself to these tasty bites of food. And if you are looking to buy a new home this year or sell your current home, we can help! Connect with us today. 

10 Family Fun Activities in Laguna Beach

With lots of sun, nice weather, and a relaxing atmosphere, Laguna Beach is a great way to experience Orange County. It’s also a very family-friendly destination since it features a variety of interesting attractions, tasty restaurants, and beautiful accommodation options.


Here’s a list of 10 fun activities for families in Laguna Beach.


1) Ride on the Trolley: Get a good feel of Laguna Beach by hopping on the trolley on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the spring. At this time, the ride is free and gives you a great way to see some of the area’s hot spots. Plus, it’s a good way to shuttle your family to some of the best destinations in town.


2) Try Local a Dessert: Laguna Beach is well-known for its tasty gelato and ice cream, and there are a multitude of shops selling both near the beach. Get some sweet treats and stroll around the beach while taking in the warm weather. Or grab some ice cream and a meal to have all the ingredients for a picnic out on the beach.


3) Visit Some Cute Sea Lions: Laguna Beach is home to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a rehabilitation facility that is specifically designed for seals and sea lions. Visiting this attraction is a good activity for all members of the family since you have a chance to see some of the animals up close and learn more about conservation efforts in the area.


4) Go Hiking And See the Scenery: California’s inviting climate makes hiking and walking a great activity for the family. Aside from great beaches, Laguna Beach is also home to some great inland wilderness. There are a number of kid-friendly trails to explore, like the Dartmoor Boat Canyon Trail, that also presents plenty of opportunities for great photos.


5) Explore the Local Sea Life: The shoreline around the beaches in the area feature different tide pools that host a plethora of local sea life, like snails, starfish, and anemones. Let your kids explore in and around these pools to learn more about these (harmless) examples of sea life. Just be sure not to take anything since the pools are protected habitats.


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6) Go Kayaking: The ocean near Laguna Beach is a great spot for kayakers of all ages (and skill levels). There are a number of rental agencies to choose from, and many of them have tandem options as well. This makes it easy for you to paddle while your kids sit safely in the middle seats.


7) Listen To Live Music: Laguna Beach’s Bluebird Park is a hotspot for local music on Sundays in the summer. Bands come and play as part of the city’s Music in the Park event, and it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Otherwise, come check out the park to play frisbee, soccer, or just enjoy the expansive green spaces.


8) Learn About the Area’s History: A trip to the Laguna Beach Historical Society is a good opportunity for you and the family to understand the area’s history. The Murphy Smith Bungalow is an authentic dwelling that was built in 1923, and visitors can literally see the humble beginnings of Laguna Beach up close.


9) Check Out the Art Scene: Laguna Beach has a number of art festivals, galleries, and museums that also offer kid’s workshops and classes, along with gallery tours and open studios.


10) Check Out Diver’s Cove: Nestled right alongside the south end of Picnic Beach, Diver’s Cove is home to a variety of sea life and safe beaches for younger children to explore. The surrounding area is also replete with unique natural rock formations.


Once your family is ready to go to Laguna Beach, keep these exciting destinations and activities in mind to make your trip a fun one!


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