Ideas for celebrating your child’s birthday at home

If you’re staying at for your child’s birthday, there are ways you can make it special. You can also get family and friends involved. Here are some ideas.

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  • Decorate your house. Make your child feel special using balloons, banners and streamers. Ask friends and family to make and send pictures to add to the decorations so that they can feel part of the celebrations, too.
  • Have a birthday bake off. Decorate cupcakes and see who can make the most show-stopping.
  • Invite people over or organise a video party. Make sure that everyone who is coming has a slice of cake. Think of some games you could play so you can get the party feeling. Ask everyone to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ while your child blows out the candles on their cake.
  • Host a scavenger hunt. You can do this with your family. Or get a bigger group – in person or on a call. Ask everyone to find things in their house: a hat, piece of fruit, a favourite toy. Give points for the first person back with the items.
  • Make a video compilation. If you’re good with technology, ask friends and family to send short video clips saying “Hello” and “Happy birthday”. Then edit them together into a video birthday card.
  • Host a video game or Netflix party. For older children, you can make use of the in-built features in some video games or an app like TeleParty (previously called Netflix Party). That way, they can spend time with friends, even if they aren’t in the same room.
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