Time continues to march on despite stay at home orders, social distancing rules and COVID-19 spread. As the weeks and months go by, it’s likely someone in your family will have a birthday or other reason to celebrate. But how do we celebrate in this new reality? And as a mom, how do you make your little ones feel loved on their big day, even though they can’t have the birthday party they planned? Y’all it’s time to innovate and get creative! Today, we’re sharing our favorite ideas for Virtual Birthday Parties so you can still throw a party they’ll remember for years to come!
I’ll be honest, researching Social Distancing Birthday Party Ideas, was not something I ever thought I’d need to do! But alas, here we are, right?! This strange new world we’re living in has hit so many people hard and that’s why it’s important we figure out how to maintain some sense of normalcy and focus on the good moments as they come along.
And what’s more joyful than a birthday? One of the most popular posts on our blog is 12 Birthday Morning Ideas for Kids and that tells me that you all are amazing parents who want to go the extra mile on your child’s birthday.
This year is no exception, but you’re going to have to innovate and get really creative! You’re a mom… you were made for this! And to help you, I’ve put together some of my best ideas for Virtual Birthday Parties. Take a look…
Host a Virtual Dance Party
My niece attended her first Virtual Birthday Party this past weekend and it was a Dance Party! The girls all gathered via Zoom so they could see each other, talk and sing Happy Birthday, but they also utilized YouTube for the dance part.
Virtual Party Tip: Personalize your Zoom party experience by uploading a custom Zoom background! You can search Canva for Virtual Zoom Background templates or create your own party background that matches your theme!
My brother explained how the party’s dance coordinator utilized YouTube Live to provide the music and the dancing for the girls. And because they were all on Zoom, they could keep an eye on everyone’s cool moves.
Host a Virtual Painting Party
If your child and their friends love to paint, why not host a painting party with the help of Art Studio Live?! Grab a few of the Acrylic Paining Party Experience Kits, which include canvases, brushes and paints and drop them off on party guest’s front porches before the party. Then you can pick your favorite painting and stream the tutorial for your whole group to paint together. The kits are designed for ages 6 and up. (I think this would also make a super fun date night, don’t you?)
You may also be able to support a local small business that did painting parties in their studio, but had to close due to stay at home orders. Just reach out and I’m sure the owner can help you create a fun alternative.
Coordinate a Birthday Car Parade
One of my friends from high school coordinated the cutest Birthday Parade when her son Hawk turned 8 last week! She had a local company set up a birthday “card” in the yard and then had family and friends drive by with decorated cars to wish him the happiest day!
Our Party Printable Library has several printable alphabet banners you can download and use to spell out the birthday boy or girl’s name. Attach it to your car with some ribbon, add balloons and party hats and you’re ready for a drive by celebration! All you need to do mom, is coordinate a specific time for friends and family to drive by and wave so you can gather the birthday child on your porch and wave.
Host a Virtual Cookie or Cake Pop Decorating Party
Similar to the painting party idea, why not send each child who’s been invited to the party a set of decorate your own cookies or cake pops? I’ve seen the bakeries in my area advertising these cute kits on our local Facebook mom’s group and I’m sure you have too! You can set a time to all gather together on Zoom and decorate the cookies together… and of course, light a candle in one, sing Happy Birthday and everyone can enjoy!
Here’s a cute Spring Cookie Kit from Charlotte’s Cookie Kits…
Host a Zoo Party
That’s right – you can still “go” to the zoo for a birthday party even when it’s closed. One of our readers, the super creative Kyla, reached out and shared the unique birthday party she coordinated for her son’s 4th birthday. She reached out to their local zoo, which was closed during the pandemic and asked if they would do a virtual animal encounter through Zoom. Much to everyone’s delight, they said yes and the birthday boy and his guests got to have a personal encounter with Sumudra the baby elephant! Kyla made a donation to the zoo for their efforts and planned a truly unique birthday for her son! I love this picture she shared of their Zoom elephant encounter along with her son in his safari hat in front of his special zoo-themed party backdrop. Well done Kyla!
Birthday Present and Favor Door Drops
If your child has a friend celebrating a birthday, why not swing by and leave a present at the front door? I know it will be a welcome surprise and so appreciated! You could even bring chalk with you and decorate their sidewalk with birthday wishes – kind of like a huge artistic birthday card!
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Alternatively, if you’re hosting the Virtual Birthday Party, why not drop off small party favor bags on the porch of all the guests that attended? The birthday kid will love getting out of the house to spread joy to all of his or her friends after the party as a token of appreciation!
Social Distancing Party Theme Ideas
Finally, I couldn’t resist sharing a few ideas for social distancing themed parties or photoshoots. First up, this “Lock Down” themed quarantine party is adorable for a First Birthday Photoshoot, isn’t it? Grab some caution tape and a few “Caution Quarantine Area” signs and decorate away!
Or how about a Pandamonium Party?! With all the togetherness, homeschooling and quarantining it sure feels like pandemonium everyday, doesn’t it? Big Dot of Happiness has a really cute line of Panda Party Supplies to help you nail this party theme!
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Hopefully this gives you a few creative ideas for hosting your first… or next… Virtual Birthday Party! Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re doing to make birthdays extra special at your home! And be sure to Pin this post to your Party Planning board!