While traditional kids’ birthday parties are on pause for many metro families right now, celebrating important milestones just take a little creativity! Here are a dozen ways to celebrate your child’s birthday at home while still practicing safe social distancing practices.
- Notes from Neighbors – Put out a special request for family, friends and neighbors to send your birthday child a card or special note in the mail.
- Yard Decorations – Craft your own or order a yard sign from a local company for a bold way to share the birthday cheer. You can also share sweet messages in chalk on the sidewalk or driveway or with dry erase markers to write on windows.
- Have a YES day – Dessert for breakfast? An afternoon movie marathon? YES! Celebrate your child’s special milestone with a day of their heart’s desire.
- Zoom calls with classmates, family and/or friends – Schedule a time for family and friends to take part in a special activity or game and sing Happy Birthday. Add to the fun of your virtual party by incorporating a special theme and request that guests dress up. You can even craft a special Zoom Virtual Background using a template from Canva!
- Drive-by parade – Coordinate with “party guests” to drive by during a set time to share their birthday wishes from a distance. Add some flare to your birthday party parade with fun signs and sweet message written on car windows.
- Backyard fun – Move the family celebration outside and celebrate with an outdoor movie or campout.
- Decorate – Brighten the day with festive decorations. You could decorate their door or an entire room in the house.
- A special meal filled with their favorites – Order in or spend time together making their favorite dishes.
- Family slumber party – Bring out the blankets and pillows and have a family slumber party! Play silly party games, share special snacks and wind down the fun with a special movie.
- Make the presents extra fun with a gift scavenger hunt – Craft some creative clues and send the birthday child on a hunt for their presents!
- Character messages from Project Princess – Project Princess is offering virtual parties as well as video calls and personalized message.
- Create a memory slideshow and watch it as a family – Take a look back at the special moments in the life of your birthday child!
For even more at-home birthday party inspirations and party planning advice, check out these tips from local party planner Chelsey Flint. Or, read about one family’s experience participating in a drive-by birthday parade.
Here are some ideas our readers have shared:
“My son has his 9th birthday coming up and we have created a Whatsapp group to play Tambola online. All prizes will be sponsored by the host (that’s me)!” – Neha
“My daugther refused to let the coronavirus ruin her special day so I created an event on Facebook and scheduled a time frame that people could drive by and honk or wave at Adalyn while we were sitting outside. She decorated the yard with streamers and balloons. I had her grandparents on Facetime so they could be a part of her big day too. They drove by with signs, balloons and confetti guns. Since she was missing her friends so she asked for handmade cards and drawings from them instead of gifts. She still ended up with several gifts so we did her gift opening on Facebook live so friends and family could watch her open them.” -Chelsi