How can we celebrate birthdays during coronavirus?

The coronavirus situation is constantly changing. It may mean thinking out of the box when it comes to celebrating special occasions. But you can still make sure your child’s birthday feels special.

a young girl in a party hat blows out the candles on a birthday cake
  • Have a drive-by birthday parade. Ask friends and family to drive by blowing bubbles and singing ‘Happy Birthday’! Co-ordinate a time for everyone to pass your house. Then, make sure your child is in the right place to see everyone who has come to say ‘happy birthday’.
  • Have a Zoom or Face Time party. Make sure that everyone who is coming has a slice of cake. Think of some games you could play over the video call so you can get the party feeling! Everyone can sing ‘Happy Birthday’ while your child blows out the candles on their cake. You could try hosting a scavenger hunt. Ask everyone on the call to find things in their house: a hat, piece of fruit, a favourite toy. Give points for the first person back with the items.
  • 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!
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Make a video compilation. If you are good with technology, ask friends and family to send short video clips saying ‘hello’ and ‘happy birthday’. Then, you can 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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