5 Ways to Celebrate Birthdays While Social Distancing

Just because social distancing rules are in place doesn't mean birthdays can't be special!

By Veronica Leon, publisher of Macaroni Kid North Scottsdale-PV, Ariz. April 21, 2020

Is Covid-19 getting in the way of a birthday celebration for someone you love? Birthday celebrations in 2020 might not be what you planned or what you're used to, but they can still be really special during the time of coronavirus — you just have to be a little creative! Here are five ideas on how to make this birthday great, even while practicing social distancing:

Birthday door surprise

Invite the birthday door fairy to decorate your kid's bedroom door the night before their birthday with balloons and streamers. When your child opens the door when they wake up in the morning, they'll get a surprise that starts their day with a giggle. Make sure to have your video camera rolling!

Decorate the yard

Just because you're social distancing doesn't mean you can't decorate the yard! Deck out your yard with balloons and signs, or yard ornaments like pink flamingos. You can even post a sign telling passersby to honk for a birthday!

Host a video virtual birthday party

Set up a meeting on your favorite conference app and invite all your friends for a virtual birthday party. The video quality on most is great and you can see each participant's face in a simple grid view. You can even hold a "surprise" party by having the guest of honor sign on a few minutes after everyone else so you can all sing "Happy Birthday" when they log on. Need inspiration? Check out our 10 ideas for hosting a virtual theme party online! 

Have dessert delivered

A great way to support your local businesses in these difficult times is by ordering delivery! Choose a local bakery or a restaurant with stellar desserts and send something sweet to a friend's home to let them know you're thinking of them.

Hold a birthday parade!

Organize friends to meet in cars at a certain time and encourage them to decorate vehicles with balloons and signs. Shout, beep horns, and play Happy Birthday full blast as you drive (safely!) by. 


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