Celebrating Your Child’s Birthday in Quarantine? The appearance of the COVID-19 virus has changed life for everyone, including your children. If your child has a birthday coming up, having a party in quarantine probably wasn’t their first choice. However, you can still make your little one’s big day memorable while staying safe at home. Here are four timeless party ideas to celebrate your child’s birthday while social distancing.
Everyone loves a parade, and your little one will feel like the most important person in the world when all their loved ones drive by to wish them a happy birthday. Invite guests to drive, walk or bike past your home at a safe distance and toss out candy or small gifts for the birthday kid. Remember to keep your parade safe and make sure the procession doesn’t impede traffic.
Host a Virtual Party
Birthday parties don’t have to be in-person to be fun. Gather your child’s friends and family on social media for a group video chat party. Guests can send e-cards and virtual gift cards for the birthday kid. If your child is a gamer, consider hosting a party within the world of their favorite roleplaying game and invite guests to give virtual gifts.
Drive-in Movie Party
Setting up a movie night in your driveway might seem like a tall task, but all you need is a white sheet, speakers and a wireless projector that can stream movies from your computer or phone. Hang the sheet on your garage door or the side of your house and invite guests to park in your driveway and enjoy the show. Encourage guests to bring their own snacks and drinks so you can limit contact.
Quarantine Theme Party
If you can’t beat quarantine, why not embrace it? Celebrate with a toilet paper cake, decorate the party with caution tape and send out “uninvites” to your child’s friends and family. Cut out a smiley face, blindfold your children and challenge them to pin a mask on the face for a fun game. No birthday is complete without a piñata, so fill one with quarantine supplies like mini hand sanitizer and ramen noodles.
Keep in mind that not every child will be excited about celebrating their birthday in quarantine. Try to show your excitement about the party and keep a positive attitude even if your child sulks. If your child would rather postpone their party than celebrate in isolation, respect their decision, and don’t push.
By Lizzie Weakley
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.