Does your little have a birthday during this crazy, quarantine time? Mine too, mama, mine too. This prompted me to start to brainstorm ideas on how to celebrate kids birthdays without a big party, and I thought I would share them with you too.
While I’m totally bummed her first birthday has to be spent at home, we are absolutely staying home and doing our part to keep flattening that curve.
With that said, I’ve come up with a multitude of ways to make her birthday a super special day!
Here are 12 awesome, social distancing birthday at home ideas for kids!
1. Lots and lots of decorations.
Pick a theme if that’s up your alley and decorate their room, or the whole house if you want to.
We decided to do a ‘twinkle twinkle little star, one year old is what you are’ space theme for Stella. I absolutely love balloons (as does she), so I set up a giant balloon arch backdrop for her big day. The set came with star and moon decorations and a sweet on theme banner.
We are also re-using some decorations from past birthdays and I used her letter blocks to write out “Happy Birthday Stella”. You can totally get creative with things you already have! Think lettered fridge magnets, craft supplies you can use to make a banner or sign, etc.
2. Get family and friends to send video or photo messages!
You can collage them together for an amazing surprise for your child. If they are stuck and need ideas you can ask them to make signs, sing songs, create awesome chalk designs outdoors… There are endless amazing options! Ask them to get creative with it.
3. Get dressed up!
There’s no reason you can’t still put on a party dress and feel fabulous, now is there? Get all dolled up and have an epic dance party! As an added bonus – you’ll look great for idea #7…
4. Decorate your stroller/wagon/bicycle and go for a birthday stroll.
Get outside and tour the neighborhood in style. You are sure to get some distanced birthday wishes from your neighborhood besties!
5. Eat cake!
I’m a firm believer that birthdays call for cake. Or pie. Or donuts. Some kind of scrumptious sweet treat!
You could make an activity out of it and bake and decorate cupcakes together. We will be doing a cake smash for Stella’s first birthday, but you could totally have an epic cake smash with an older kiddo too!
6. Have family and friends parade by in their cars!
Have you seen these parades yet? So fun and sweet, it’s sure to make your little feel super special.
7. Do a home photo shoot with the family!
These memories will stick around! Some day this will be a story for both you and your children to tell. Having photos to look back on will be totally worth it.
8. Host a virtual party!
Let your friends and family tune in to sing Happy Birthday. There are a multitude of platforms you can use. Some examples include zoom, Facebook or Google hangouts.
You can even create a guest list, send themed invitations and play virtual games – a total virtual birthday bash!
9. Do birthday crafts!
Make a birthday hat for the birthday boy/girl that they can wear all day long. Check out this post over at Sunny Day Family for a how-to guide.
10. Cook their favourite meal!
Who doesn’t want to eat their favourite breakfast/lunch/dinner on their birthday?
11. Create a scavenger hunt!
This is a little advanced for my one year old, but my sister always creates fun scavenger hunts for my nieces and they LOVE IT! Head on over to Play. Party. Plan for a free, printable birthday hunt.
12. Start a family birthday tradition!
Maybe its extravagant waffles or brunch. Maybe its dessert before dinner. Come up with something special and out of the ordinary to surprise and treat the birthday boy/girl!
And a bonus activity:
Do you have an older child?
Have the birthday boy/girl pick a song and challenge friends and family to a TikTok dance off!! Be prepared for lots and lots of laughs.
There you have it. 12 ways to celebrate your child’s birthday without a party. It may not be the ideal situation, but mamas, we can make the most of it!
Happy party planning!