The coronavirus pandemic has certainly made it difficult to enjoy our favorite activities with our kids. And it has definitely forced us to change our habits and daily routines. Since many countries around the world are on lockdown and people are spending most of their time stuck indoors, parents are finding it difficult to discover fun and creative activities they can enjoy with their kids. And then your kid’s birthday rolls along, and you find yourself starting to panic a bit. Because now you need to plan a quarantine birthday, which is a bit different than a normal birthday party.
So what are you going to do now that nobody outside your home can attend your kid’s birthday party? And how do you organize a memorable experience with limited resources? How do you not disappoint your kid? OK, first thing’s first: Calm down and take a deep breath, and use these wonderful tips to organize an amazing birthday party during quarantine, sans the stress and anxiety.
Here are 6 ways to have an amazing quarantine birthday party for your child.
1. Decorate your house
Just because you can’t organize a birthday gathering for your family and your kid’s classmates doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make a big deal of this occasion. Quite the contrary, now’s just the time to go overboard with decorations and use your entire family home to make every room and outdoor space a part of the experience. And you can get creative and use holiday lights as part of your birthday decor as well.
Make the most of your front porch by adding decorations like balloons and streamers. And you can add fun birthday messages to your sidewalk or driveway with fun sidewalk chalk. Your kids will love that anyone who walks by will know it’s their birthday.
Most importantly, you want to get your kids involved in the decorating process. This will be a great opportunity to bond and have fun even before the party starts, and it will let your kids’ creativity come to life.
2. Bake a cake or order a delicious surprise
Whether you’re able to hit the grocery store for some cooking and baking supplies or not, you can ensure that your kids gets a special birthday dessert, and help make the party as fun and memorable as possible. If you have the materials, you can make a cake yourself, and you can even get the whole family involved.
(These delicious mug cakes are a fun twist on a birthday cake.)
If you’re unable to get all the ingredients, not to worry! Instead, you can support your local chefs and bakers by ordering a delicious birthday cake online and have it delivered to your doorstep the same day. Or, you can choose a curbside drop-off or no-contact pickup, depending on what works best for you with physical distancing in mind. This is one of the best ways to surprise your kids with a unique treat while saving yourself the hassle of finding the ingredients and making the entire thing from scratch.
3. Choose fun and rewarding activities
To organize a truly unforgettable quarantine birthday party, you have to have plenty of interesting activities on your list. Again, don’t worry, it doesn’t really matter that their classmates and friends won’t be there to participate. All you have to do is to cater to your kids’ unique interests, and choose a theme that will inspire them to have fun all day long.
For example, if your child loves tea parties and dressing up, you can plan a little tea party of your own! Or if your kid is enchanted with space and the stars, you can build a cardboard spaceship and take them on a voyage across the Solar system. Just being creative is a great way to bond with your kids even further, so let your imagination run free. You could also try a rewarding experience such as learning to bake with a dessert baking kit or you can make some delicious no-bake desserts.
If you’re looking for more fun indoor activities to do with the kids at home, check out our creative craft ideas that are sure to entertain kids and adults alike!
4. Organize a birthday parade
Call up local friends and family members and ask them to drive by the house within a specific timeframe on your child’s birthday. They can hold up signs, honk their horns, and sing “Happy Birthday” so it will feel like a real celebration. But just remember to do this during the day to avoid upset neighbors!
5. Get everyone on a video call
Even though you can’t have guests at your house, don’t forget that technology allows you to organize a group birthday party remotely. A big part of raising a happy child is making sure they are sociable and that they spend time with their family and friends. So make sure to get their friends on a group video call, or have your family drop in to say hi and wish them a happy birthday. It will mean the world to your bundle of joy and it will make their birthday all the more special.
And there are plenty of options, from free services like Skype, Facebook, and Google to paid versions like Zoom and GoTo Meeting. So you can pick whichever service works best for you and the number of people you’ll have on the call.
6. Give your local toy store a call
And finally, if you’re currently stuck in quarantine, don’t worry, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get your child the gift they deserve. Many companies and local toy stores have now started offering online shopping and quick delivery in order to accommodate the needs of parents around the country. And local stores often provide free neighborhood delivery or contact-free pickup. So rest assured that you can definitely find an interesting gift online if it’s in your budget this year.
And you can give your local toy store a call and have them help with choosing a truly unique gift for the little birthday king or queen. Be sure to tell them all about your child’s likes and dislikes to help the staff put together a wonderful little package filled with goodies your kid will adore. A few stores will provide over-the-phone or video shopping sessions, so be sure to call in advance.
Nobody likes being stuck at home all day long, especially when it’s their birthday. That said, you shouldn’t let a lockdown prevent you from giving your kid the birthday they deserve—even if it is a quarantine birthday. So go ahead and use these tips to organize a truly memorable birthday celebration that they will cherish forever.
How are you celebrating your child’s birthday during quarantine? Let us know in the comments below!
And do you have a bridal shower that was canceled because of quarantine? Check out our ultimate guide on how to plan the best virtual bridal shower!
About the Author
Mia Taylor is a 33-year-old blogger who writes about beauty, fashion, and travel. She had always been passionate about fashion and over time she has developed a style of her own. Mia loves to mix and match and inspire girls with her advice about outfit and accessories. She loves telling a story about her travels and providing beauty tips with readers.