While now is the best time for your child’s birthday party, there are still things you can do to make the day special. Here are some tips on how to celebrate your child’s birthday in social isolation.
Start Off With Surprises
There is something really special about waking up and being made a fuss of from the get-go. To know that someone has gone to the effort while you’re sleeping to do something really special for you to wake up to really starts the day off right! There are lots of ways to create special surprises to wake up to:
- Balloons in the bedroom – You can fill your child’s room with balloons while they sleep so when they wake up they are surrounded by balloons.
- Special birthday breakfast – this can be as simple as serving your child their favorite breakfast or creating something special for the occasion. A fun birthday breakfast is Funfetti pancakes.
- Special notes on the inside of the bedroom door – write a bunch of lovely messages to your child about all the reasons why you love them and why they are special. have all members and possibly even friends write notes.
- Decorations – just because you’re not having a typical party with guests doesn’t mean you can’t decorate! Decorating the house is a great way to show your child that the day is important.
Have An Online Party
Everyone is slowly getting used to the fact that things we usually did face to face will now, for the interim, be done online. There are many platforms in which you could hold an online party like Zoom, Google Hangouts or Houseparty. Being stuck at home doesn’t mean that your child can’t celebrate their special day with their friends. Before having the online party you could maybe drop off something like a $5 pizza and a cupcake to your child's friends or hand them out during the drive-by birthday wishes (mentioned below)
For the online party, you can also hire an online entertainer to host the party. There are many party entertainers who have moved their services online due to the current pandemic. Your child could still have their favorite character turn up to their party even when having a birthday in isolation.
Drive-By Birthday Wishes & Present Drop Off
This is a great way for a child to see their friends and family while still adhering to social distancing rules. Plus it’s a great way to give those people the opportunity to drop off presents. Your child will love waving and smiling at their friends as they drive past beeping their car horns and waving out the windows. This is also a great time to hand out party packs (see details below)
Netflix Party Movie Night
Who doesn’t love a movie night? Just because you can’t have your friends all in one room doesn’t mean you can’t watch a movie together. With Netflix Party, your child and their friends can all watch a movie together but separately.
Here’s how it works: your child and their friends log in to separate Netflix accounts ( You will need to all have your own Netflix account for this). Pick a movie or show to watch, and Netflix Party will sync the playback across your accounts, so they are all watching the same thing at the same time from the individual accounts. Netflix Party includes a text chat function on the side of the screen so your child and their friends can react and chat in real-time.
You could also create party movie packs to includes things like lollies, popcorn, and a drink, etc and deliver them prior to the movie time or hand them out during the drive-by birthday wishes (mentioned above).
Have A Quarantine Theme
No one wants to see a birthday party canceled and it can be particularly upsetting if its a first birthday. However, this family chose to look at the humorous side of having to cancel their child’s first birthday and created a quarantine themed birthday in isolation. Now they have not only created an awesome memory of birthday like no other but showed their families positivity and humor in tough times.