A birthday is a special event. Family and friends all come together to commemorate the celebrant’s life. Unfortunately, for many of us, the past year has been quite different. The new social distancing measures in place require most to self-isolate at home, forcing people to cancel birthday festivities. The good news is that you can still celebrate without violating regulations.
Here are some of the best stay-at-home birthday party ideas
Cool Virtual Party Ideas
Stay-at-home birthdays have become popular. The numerous online platforms enable you to virtually connect with loved ones. You just have to think of creative ways to organize a memorable birthday bash.
1. Throw a Netflix Party
Do you like to watch movies? Then plan a Netflix movie marathon with your friends. You can choose from Netflix’s wide selection of movies. Most people have their own Netflix account but if they don’t, then they can sign up for a free trial. You can download the Netflix Party Google Chrome extension to sync all of your screens. It allows you to view the exact same movie at the same time with no lag. It also has a group chat so you can communicate at the same time. Serve finger foods like carrot sticks, mini sandwiches, popcorn, and canapes.
2. Create a “Happy Birthday” Video Montage
This is a thoughtful and charming way to wish someone a happy birthday. It’s like an interactive birthday card. Ask your family and friends to record and send their birthday wishes to you. Use a video montage site to make a stunning video montage of all their birthday greetings. Then on the birthday celebrant’s special day, you can send it and they will have special memorabilia.
3. Organize a Zoom party
Zoom is one of the best video calling apps available on the market. It’s free, all you and your friends need to do is sign up using email. You can simply host a meeting and send the code out to all your guests to join. If you want to make it more exciting, ask everyone to wear colourful party hats or fun costumes. Don’t forget to take a lot of photos of this memorable occasion.
4. Video Game Birthday Party
A video game party is a great idea because everyone can wear their headset and join each other in the online gaming world. Schedule an evening with your family and friends where you can all play at the same time. It’s also perfect for kids and adults alike. You just have to be into gaming. If you are all adults, then serve some alcoholic drinks and play the night away with your loved ones. You can also order your favourite takeaway and have fun with your gamer friends.
5. Virtual Karaoke Party
You’ll have to send everyone two links for this one. Set up a virtual meeting and then set up a room on Watch2gether. The host of Watch2gether must create the playlist. Participants will message their song requests via chat and mutes their microphone until their song comes up.
Offline Birthday Party
Below is a mix of child and family-friendly ideas to help you plan a birthday celebration that lets you unplug but still have a blast:
6. Dessert Delivery
The birthday celebrant should never have to bake their own cake — and maybe they don’t even like cake. Ice cream, anyone? Send a friend or schedule a delivery of their favourite dessert via a food delivery service.
7. Adult Birthday Parade
Birthday parades are the hottest thing right now and it’s a shame if they’re only for kids. Organize a Stock the Bar Birthday Parade. Invite friends to drive by the birthday celebrant’s home and bring items to stock their bar. They can hand it out the window and move on to let the next one pass through. Tell your guests to decorate their cars and wear party hats. You can also organize a reverse parade and have the celebrant drive by their friend’s houses. Attendees can wait on the curb and hand their gifts through the car window.
8. DIY Spa Party
This at-home birthday idea is perfect if you like to pamper yourself. Manicures, massages, and face masks while watching your favourite rom-com makes for a fabulous sleepover. Get some party giveaways such as scented moisturizers for everyone to bring home. You can also create your own homemade face masks using household items such as oats, honey, milk, and avocado. Decorate using scented candles and fresh flowers to create a relaxing ambiance.
9. Go Camping
Do something fun for the birthday celebrant and organize a camping party. You can use your garden as a camping site. Set up tents and bring out some snacks. Build a campfire if it’s allowed so you can toast some sausages or marshmallows too. If having an open fire is not possible, then you can use a grill to cook your food.
10. Board Game Party
Almost everyone loves a board game. From old school games such as Scrabble to exciting modern ones like Cards Against Humanity, there’s something everyone will enjoy. Arrange a night where you and your loved ones can gather and play some games for the entire evening. Prepare some snacks or order food and some drinks and you’ll be sure to have a blast. If you and your guests want to have more fun, then get some interactive games and play them after a few drinks. Whatever your preference, board game parties will save you money and are a wonderful way for you and your friends to get together for the night.
11. Potluck Meal Drop-Off
Organize a potluck meal drop-off for the birthday boy/ girl. Plan the perfect menu and assign elements of the special meal to different people: table setting, appetizer, wine, salad, sides, main course, dessert.
12. Throw a BBQ Party
This is a great idea for a summer birthday party. Warm sun, cold drinks, and lots of tasty grilled meat. The best thing about a BBQ party is that it can be an all-day event. You can start at lunchtime and cook up your favourite grilled food and continue until the evening with some music and colourful lights.
13. At Home Bar Crawl
So, it’s your birthday and you want to go bar hopping. However, in the current situation, it’s impossible to do so. Why not organize a bar crawl in the comforts of your home? It’s easy, assign each family member a dedicated room which they have to transform into a bar – sports bar, cocktail, or craft beer, whatever their style is. Make some bar signs or get some whimsical decor and images online and get ready to party all night. Start in one “bar” and once you’ve had a drink move on to the next one. You can also have a theme and dress up according to your chosen theme.
People can still celebrate their birthdays even during the pandemic. Technology has made it possible for you to connect with your loved ones. These stay-at-home birthday ideas are just some of the many ways you can celebrate with family and friends. The important thing is to show the birthday celebrant that they are cherished and loved.
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