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Birthday Party Ideas during these crazy times

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Celebrating your child’s birthday during stay at home orders or  having a birthday during social distancing can be a big disappointment for children of all ages. Here are some ways to celebrate the little ones in your life when they hit milestones. In our current world of “social distancing” and isolation you can still celebrate birthdays in big ways and even get your family and friends involved

Decorate Your Front Yard
Have big Happy Birthday cutout signs in the yard.

Decoration All Over House
Make huge poster board signs, banners, streamers, balloons, whatever you have on hand that’s festive. Leave everything up for a couple of days to keep the party going.

Video compilation
Ask friends and family to send video wishes to the birthday kiddo. If you are tech savvy, you can compile them into a fun “movie” or just play them individually for the recipient while you’re celebrating. Seeing and hearing their loved ones well wishes may just make their day.

Go Camping
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Pitch a tent in the living room or in the back yard. If you’re indoors light a few candles and tell stories with flashlights. If the weather is nice and you are outside, build a fire and roast marshmallows. Reminisce about favorite birthday memories.

Chalk the Driveway
This is super easy for neighborhood friends. Have people write birthday wishes and messages all over your driveway and sidewalk with sidewalk chalk. We did this to our neighbor and other people walking by during the day added messages. Even strangers participated.

Video compilation
Ask friends and family to send video wishes to the birthday kiddo. If you are tech savvy you can compile them into a fun “movie” or just play them individually for the recipient while you’re celebrating. Seeing and hearing their loved ones well wishes may just make their day.

Host a Fancy Dinner at Home
Send invitations to everyone in your family, inviting them to get really dressed up. Set the table with candles, play music, use proper manners and cloth napkins. Even if you are eating pizza it’ll feel fancy and special.

Have family and friends mail cards and/or gifts ahead of time
Collect everything and present them to the birthday child at some point during their festivities all at once (like they’d receive at a party) or spread them out throughout the day. You could also make a game of it and hide cards and gifts around the house for a Scavenger Hunt.

Host a Video Game Party
Older kids are having fantastic Birthday parties online via their video games. Games like Minecraft and Fortnite are hot spots for social interaction and friend and party features are perfect for celebration with those they surely miss most.

Change your routine
Make the birthday a little different by just changing a few things up. Breakfast in bed is always a treat, then how about a picnic lunch in the living room? Dinner could be outside in a tent or around a campfire. The slightest difference will seem special and help make this challenging time more memorable, in a good way.

It’s time to get creative and know that your kids will remember the fun, no matter what you end up doing.

 

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