How to have a great kids’ birthday party in lockdown
My daughter celebrated her birthday recently in lockdown so I gathered some ideas for what to do. Here are some ideas you might like to use if you too are having a birthday at home ….
Presents & decorations 🎁🎁🎁
You may have already been organised and bought some presents online (I haven’t yet!) but what if you can’t get exactly what you want at the moment? How about creating your own gift voucher that your child can exchange once life returns to normal. I’m going to do a voucher for a few of her favourite local places, even just simple ones like ‘a walk at Bridlington beach with an ice cream’.
If you can’t get hold of any wrapping paper you can decorate your own paper or get siblings to help.
No birthday decorations? You could always dig out the Christmas lights or make your own paper chains.
Birthday cards 💌💌💌
Thankfully all the posties are out there are doing a BRILLIANT job at the moment so I’m going to make sure I ask relatives to send her cards to open on the day.
For her card from us I’m going to make one by printing out some photos of us to stick on alongside some pictures I’m going to cut out from magazines. The LOL Easter egg box I kept is being re-purposed!
If you don’t have a printer at home, you can get a personalised card delivered via an online service such as Funky Pigeon or Moon Pig – just remember delivery times might take longer than normal.
Birthday cake 🎂 🎂🎂
It’s pretty hard to imagine a child’s birthday without cake! However maybe you can’t get all the ingredients or you are not this year’s star baker. Well there are plenty of alternatives that are just as tasty.
🎂Why not hack a supermarket cake? Buy a few plain cakes and jazz them up with pre-made frosting and cover the sides in sprinkles.
🎂Make or buy a giant cookie and write the birthday boy or girls name and age on it with icing
🎂Make a tower of doughnuts
🎂Make a Rice Krispies cake
🎂 As your birthday party will have fewer guests this year, why not make a small batch of cupcakes and have your own personal cake each.
Party food 🍕🍕🍕
I’m going to start by letting my daughter decide what she wants to eat, that might be something I cook at home for her or a takeaway she chooses. This might help her feel her day is even more special and that she has some control over things. We’ve had a couple of good takeaways so far from our local pizza place and Indian and more and more places are starting a delivery service (our local pub started this week hooray!).
If you can, get hold of some table decorations, party hats and plates to make the meal seem even more of a birthday treat. Or plan a three-course meal with a written out menu and pretend you are in your favourite restaurant. I’m going to see if her older brother would like to play at being waiter and take drinks orders, serve the food etc (I may have to give him pocket money for it!).
We’re lucky to have a garden and if the weather is nice we might have a picnic outside, or if you don’t have a garden or its a rainy day my kids love a picnic in the lounge. I also thought I might make an afternoon tea and get out lots of nice plates and cups and saucers to serve everything on! Anything I can think of to make it feel a bit different to ‘just another day at home’.
Host a virtual party and set up video calls 📱📱📱
I’m going to arrange plenty of video calls with friends and family and I’m going to ask relatives to send me videos of birthday messages to play to her and keep.
You can hold a virtual party on zoom, house party or a whats app call (up to 4 people) so I might arrange a time to call in all of her friends.
Plus it doesn’t have to be all talk! Why not come up with some games that everyone can play such as directing the birthday boy or girl at ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ or a joint treasure hunt with the same clues in each room for each child. You could have a disco or even try to play musical statues!
Virtual day trips 🌎🌎🌎
Whilst a virtual tour is clearly not the same as the real thing, there are plenty of brilliant tours available. Plus you could start off a list of places you’d love to visit at some point in the future. Why not virtually go somewhere you have visited before and loved so you can talk about it together.
You could make your child’s lockdown birthday even more special by ordering a birthday message from a Princess or Super Hero! There are various local ones that I’ve seen popping up on my social media feeds. We really like Magical Quests North, she can dedicate a bedtime story for your child, or read out a special birthday message – get in touch with her via their Facebook Page.
Magic Shows from the Magic Hatter Enjoy a magic show on YouTube with the Magic Hatter (we’ve seen him at Piglets before) who has created some fantastic new online content. You can watch the Magic Hatter here. The content is free, but donations are always very welcome.
Back to Ours are showing some great bedtime stories, shows and activities for families on their facebook page too.
Even more brilliant Mumbler ideas 💡💡💡
As well as opening presents/cards, having some video calls and letting her decide on what we have for tea I need some special activities to do through the day. Here’s a few suggestions…
🌟Build a den🌟
🌟Set up a birthday present treasure hunt🌟
🌟Create new birthday traditions🌟
🌟All get your party clothes on🌟
🌟Include all the birthday party trimmings!🌟 Party bags, invites…
🌟Set up a disco 🌟
🌟Ask your family to record messages🌟
🌟Have a home cinema night🌟
🌟Have a garden party🌟
Disclaimer: All information was correct at time of publication (27 April 2020). Local businesses may change details of what they provide/withdraw services so please check carefully before you plan your party. Please follow Government guidance when you go shopping or accept delivery of any products. Stay home and stay safe.