So, you’re stuck at home, being responsible and safe, and it’s your birthday. What a bummer. But you shouldn’t let social distancing cramp your style. You can still throw quite a birthday bash even while in quarantine. How exactly you ask? Well, there are plenty of ideas out there, but the good people of Smilebox want to make it easy for you, so we’ve put the best ones together in one place.
Throw a Virtual Birthday Party
This is the obvious one, and there are plenty of video conference apps out there that allow you to invite friends and meet up with them in a virtual chat room. So simply pick an app and celebrate with your friends. You can talk, blow candles, play games, make toasts and even dance! All from the safety of your own Coronavirus-free home.
Send out an Invitations Like It’s a Regular Party
Browse through Smilebox’s huge selection of invitations, choose one, customize it to fit your personal style and send it to your friends complete with a link to your virtual party instead of a street address. Make sure people RSVP and get a headcount going!
Get Your Look Together
Just because the party is virtual that doesn’t mean you and your guests should show up in your pajamas (unless it’s a slumber party). Make sure people dress up. Maybe decide on a theme or dress code. You and your friends can shop online ahead of the party – just hope two guests don’t show up wearing the same outfit, we all know how awkward that can be.
Buy Snacks and Decorations
No reason why not to decorate your place. Shop online for party supplies and snacks, preferably from local vendors. Help their business out and have fun doing so. You can also create special backgrounds to use in your virtual event – at Smilebox we already have some ready for you [link to zoom bgd article]
Plan Activities for Your Party
From common party games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Charades or Trivia – to getting a team of friends and playing Fortnite or Call of Duty together. Not into all that violence? You can go for a team build on Minecraft instead! Another great activity can be watching a movie together using the Netflix Party. Yay! Virtual movie night! Just keep in mind Netflix Party is only available on Chrome.
After the Party
Put together a slideshow or collage using screen grabs from the party and pictures of you and your friends from before you all went into quarantine. These can serve as a great way to remember the crazy times we’re living in one day when it’s all over. Simply choose a template from the Smilebox selection, customize it and send it to your friends.
As you can see – putting together a virtual birthday party can be a lot of fun. All you need to do is open your mind and use some readily available online tools. Keep in mind one important thing which makes a virtual party even better than a regular party – THERE’S NO CLEANING UP AFTERWARDS! YAY!
If you need help with ideas for Mother’s day, see our guide: How to Celebrate Mother’s Day During Social Distancing.