The ongoing pandemic has made our day-to-day routines challenging, and the things we’re used to, such as gathering with friends and family to celebrate important events, are no longer possible until the coronavirus crisis passes. Now, other than the weddings, proms, and graduations, birthday celebrations are another thing that’s been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many parents canceling their kids’ birthday parties.
However, that doesn’t mean that our little ones’ big days can’t be made special while they’re spending time at home. While it’s true that you will need to adjust the plans you had for your kid’s birthday party, it can still be wonderfully fun and magical even during social distancing with these five tricks below.
DIY birthday decorations
Now that trips to the store are reserved for ‘essentials’ only, parents may think they’re out of luck when it comes to their kid’s birthday party decorations. However, there are many ways to create stunning birthday decor with the items many of us have at home. Anything from colorful pens to paper to tissues can be of great use here. You can easily find printable party hats templates online and use the items you have to decorate them together with your child. Use tissues to make DIY party garlands and rely on printables to make birthday banners and paper crowns. Feeling extra crafty? Create a cool DIY unicorn piñata to make things a bit more magical!
Get creative with holiday decor
If arts and crafts aren’t really your cup of tea, you can get creative with the already existing decor in your home. Check your closets and boxes and see which holiday decor you can use to spruce up your home for the upcoming party. String lights are great because they can be used year-round, and they’re bound to make any room feel a bit cozier and extra special. You can also decorate with hearts and red balloons you’d usually display on Valentine’s Day to fill your child’s room with love and joy. Finally, you can always rely on webs, spiders, and bats from last year’s Halloween and hand them around the house if your little one likes all things spooky.
Order their birthday surprise online
In days when we are stuck inside the house, the Internet is what keeps many of us entertained. However, the Internet can also be of great help when it comes to ordering items for the birthday. A birthday surprise in the form of cake can easily be crossed off the checklist with the help of a birthday cake delivery service which is sure to make your little one happy as a clam.
Other than ordering the delicious sweet treat for everyone to enjoy, you can also use the power of the Internet to surprise your little one with a cool birthday present, whether it’s a video game, a doll, or a stuffed animal.
Throw a dance party
If your little one likes to be active, throwing a dance party can be a great way to get them moving during the quarantine. In fact, you can even make it a part of your regular daily schedule to play some music and let off some steam. Let your child select the playlist of the songs they’d like you to play at their party and pick a time in a day when you’re going to do it. Dancing around and showing their best moves is a great way for kids to do some cardio while also being very entertaining.
Play some fun family games
If your child would rather pick games over dancing, then you should definitely make fun games a part of their quarantine birthday party. Have your kiddo demonstrate their abilities in a talent show where you’ll be the judge, or play charades or Pictionary and have some fun as a family. You can also create a scavenger hunt – after the kids find everything they were supposed to locate, reward them with some delicious homemade cupcakes! If the weather allows, take your party in the backyard and have everyone participate in a silly string fight, and when the night falls down, build a fort together and enjoy the magic.
Birthdays are monumental moments in our children’s lives, which is why many parents might feel like they’re disappointing their kids by not being able to throw them a party they deserve.
While celebrating your child’s birthday at home may be a bit more challenging during this strenuous period, with a little creativity and some fun party tricks up your sleeve you can make your little one feel special on their big day. Surprise your child with these five tips above and ensure they enjoy every moment of their birthday at home.