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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

Nov 16, 2020

With Event Planner Julie Yaker.

Discussion about how events are changing during the pandemic and how people are still finding meaning and joy while being COVID-19-safe. Julie reveals changes she made to previously planned events in order to be COVID-19-safe and discusses how virtual online celebrations can be a safe alternative to in-person gatherings, as well as the importance of being grateful for the little moments in our everyday life.


What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Julie specializes in not just making an event look beautiful but also meaningful and purposeful.
  • Rather than postponing weddings or major life events scheduled in the next six months, Julie recommends scaling back or modifying the events to be COVID-19-safe.
  • People are still finding joy in events, even though they are different.
  • Some techniques Julie recommends to be COVID-19-safe include masks, social distancing, utilizing outdoor spaces, individualized food and drink containers, personalized gifts, drive-by receiving lines, and more.
  • At this current time, staying home is really the best way to celebrate the holidays.
  • You can still find ways to make the holidays meaningful, whether it is virtual or in-person, through staging outdoor events in garages and in keeping old or creating new traditions.
  • For our mental health, Julie recommends “dressing up” for the event as you normally would, even if it’s just staying at home.


  • Today’s Takeaway: It’s important to find the joy in our everyday lives, especially around the holidays, and practice gratitude for the things that we do have. We don’t have to put our lives on hold, but we do have to be sensible about it. While attending events right now doesn’t look like it used to, we can still find creative ways to celebrate and find meaning.




  • “Is it exactly what everybody envisions or dreams of? No. But I do think there are ways to really make it special and meaningful. We just have to kind of twist what we think the traditional event is going to look like for right now.”
  • “Right now, I really do think we should stay home, be with who lives in our house and find a way to make it special with the larger family.”
  • “Maybe there are ways within your own family that you can create some new traditions.”
  • “Stay safe and celebrate! Don’t give up the happy moments.”


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