Birthdays are a magical part of childhood. No One will ever forget that superhero cake or that doll cake. In this era of hesitant social gatherings, Should your kid have a celebration this year? If so, what kind? What safety precautions need to be taken?
For in-person birthday celebrations for kids, guests should follow CDC guidelines and wear masks or other face-coverings. Non-family members should remain 6 feet apart. Everyone at the party should wash their hands frequently, and surfaces should be disinfected on a regular basis, especially after the party is over. If those rules are strictly followed, parties are not impossible, as long as they are small and they happen outdoors where there is less risk of infection.
One thing’s for certain—this is a birthday none of us will soon forget.
Just because people around the world are practicing social distancing, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our special days. It is still possible to host celebration like birthday, even if we need to stay home or practice social distancing. there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate virtually.
Thankfully, though, we live in the online age, where if nothing else, it’s at least possible to keep up with your friends through one of the thousands of video calling apps on the internet. If you do choose to host a virtual celebration, the most important elements are a theme (think rainbow, farm party, unicorn, superhero) and a plan. “Nothing is worse than a boring or chaotic Zoom party”. Finally, decorate: Use streamers, banners, and balloons to create a festive backdrop and encourage guests to do the same.
Plan a surprising Virtual meeting
Make your birthday boy or girl feel extra special by surprising them with all their favorite faces dialed in on the night of their birthday, and you can make the call extra special by giving it a theme.
Take advantage of the ability to get more than 10 people together by throwing a virtual birthday party. Set some mood lighting, make margaritas, create a Spotify playlist that everyone can listen to, play trivia, stream a movie together, or make it a themed party in which everyone dresses up. Let the party-viewers watch while the birthday boy blows out his candles and opens his gifts.
Establish a theme
Just because you’re stuck indoors, doesn’t mean you can’t have a little bit of fun. Give your party a theme, and make your friends follow it, so it feels like a particular day, and you’ll have plenty of pictures to go around. You can ask your online guests to dress in costume or create something related to the theme (a song, a dance, etc.). You can even give out awards for different categories (best costume, funniest dance, best joke, etc.). For a birthday party, she recommends ’80s night, which is fun for parents to introduce kids to ’80s fashion.
Decorate the house
Decorating your house is a fun and easy way to make your child’s birthday special. Balloons and streamers are great, but if you don’t have any, use regular paper to make a banner or poster. Get a little creative and use what you already have to celebrate.
Related to the point above: It’s amazing how much getting out of your sweatpants can change your mood. Just because no one can see what you look like, don’t hesitate to dress up for your birthday. Even if you haven’t left the room in three days, you’ll feel your confidence skyrocket!
Host a Virtual Game Night
There are different online platforms to play games together .Virtually gather your kids’ friends at a designated time on a video game system. Facebook’s Instant Games offers games like Scrabble, Uno, and Cribbage that kids can play online together. Or challenge your child and his friends to solve a virtual escape room. The birthday teen can host a live game with questions on a screen and share it with players. Teens can play a game like Minecraft or Fortnite while chatting on Discord.
Invite friends to the virtual theater
Invite a group of buddies to a planned event and encourage them to grab delicious snacks and settle in for a show. Watch2gether allows you to create a room where kids can simultaneously watch a video or listen to music—while chatting or using a webcam to video conference. Netflix has a new feature called Neflix Party, where you can watch on Netflix and talk to each other in the group function. They can also watch a movie together using another service and then chat over FaceTime.
Plan a virtual tour with your friends
Even if you want to keep it simple, there are many ways to make your birthday celebration special at home. Take an online trip to the zoo or a famous musuems. Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate.
Don’t forget the cake
Of course, we can still have an awesome birthday cake while in quarantine! A lot of bakeries in our area are still open and offering curb-side service. This could be an opportunity to support a local small business if you have the means. If you want to make your own, it might be a good time to try a new recipe.
This birthday, rather than feel bad about not being able to party in person, try baking yourself a cake, and you may find the activity soothing, as well as have a delicious treat at the end of the day.
Take lots of screenshots or photos of your birthday in quarantine
The COVID-19 pandemic will go down in history and having pictures of your quarantined birthday will be great moments for them.
The COVID-19 pandemic will likely be a notable part of history, and we will have the opportunity to share with our kids and grandkids what they experienced. Even if they don’t appreciate it now, pictures will likely be a neat memento for them to have later in their lives.
Plan a final celebratory moment
It’s always fun for your party to end with a bang, so think about an epic ending. That could be bringing out a cake, everyone dimming their lights at home, and singing “Happy Birthday”. We always recommend you leave your guests with a final memory!
Use This as a Time to Take a Break and Have Some Fun With People You Love!
How are you celebrating your quarantine birthday party? There are so many ways you can have fun and make the best of the situation while we stay safe and protect others in our community.