Stay At Home and Virtual Birthday Party Ideas
It’s been almost a year that many of us have been in lockdown and some may even be experiencing a second birthday without all the usual festivities. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebate. Here are some ways to make it really fun.
Let the neighborhood know
Lawn signs are a great way to let everyone know you’ve got a birthday boy or girl in the house. You can order your own custom birthday message, even with some fun theme accessories, from businesses like Birthday Yard Card Signs. Add some balloons and other decorations - Party City delivers - to add some favorite characters and other touches. You can also go all out and contact a local decorating pro like Ilisa’s Balloon Decor located in Metrowest!
Go big with your party theme
Don’t just decorate the lawn. Put up signs and banners. You can add some wall clings, table centerpieces, bowls of treats around the house. Leave them up for a week to make the birthday celebrant feel special. You can also create some fun decorative backdrops to have some fun taking silly photos and to use as backdrops for your virtual calls. you can get free virtual backgrounds by clicking here.
Create party packages
Want to keep your party virtual? You can make it more fun for your birthday kid and friends by putting together a party package and dropping them off at friends’ homes before a virtual party. Create goodie bags with your favorite party favors, some treats and activities. You can plan out a small craft and include supplies and instructions. Here’s a cute idea for a Baby Yoda paper bag puppet that would be fun to make. You can also find lots of cute printable activities and games on Etsy.
Keeping kids’ attention during a virtual party could be a challenge so set a short time limit and plan some fun ways for the guests to interact. Games like Pictionary and Simon Says are fun and easy to play with a group. And a dance party is a must!
There are also lots of local party entertainers who have gone virtual. Here are some:
- Marcie Joy (Boston): games, dancing and puppets
- Elijah T. Grasshopper (Millis): virtual concerts for the preschool set
- Chris Herrick (Billerica): magic tricks for all ages
Or you could host a virtual paint party. Canvas and Cups in Westborough, MA plans virtual painting sessions and will provide all the supplies, which can be picked up or shipped. Kids can even make pottery or slime in a virtual party with Painting Place 4 Fun in Wellesley.
In Person Playdate
If you’re going to have some guests over, you can make it safe and super fun. Etsy has a lot of matching masks for the birthday child and the squad. You can set up spaced-out stations for each child in the yard where they can enjoy their snacks and play games.
Here’s a really cute idea for a “drive-in” movie theater party. Guests can decorate and bring along their own cars. Or set up little tents with trays where kids can enjoy some activities, a tea party or a campfire.
With just a few creative touches you can make this year’s birthday parties just as memorable as the rest and give the birthday boy or girl some extra love and attention for their annual milestones!
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