Are you or someone you know celebrating a birthday at home this year?
This year, birthdays are being celebrated a little differently than what we’re used to.
We can’t see all our friends or go out for a nice dinner. But being stuck at home when you’re self-isolating for your birthday can still become a fun night to remember! Whether you are isolating at home alone or with family or whether you have a friend who’s birthday is coming up, here are some ways to make it a special one. Check out below for ideas to make birthdays at home feel special!
Throw a virtual birthday party:
Organize a group chat with friends or family, there are a lot of free video chat platforms like Zoom, Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime allowing many people to join at once. Here are some ideas to make these video chats special:
Play a game:
Play a game together like Would You Rather or Trivia; and if the birthday boy or girl is a fan of anything like Star Wars or The Office, make the trivia themed to what they like!
Play a “How Well Do You Know (The Birthday Person)? Make a list of questions and see what everyone’s guess is!
Play a game on House Party, a social networking app filled with fun games to play virtually.
Sing Happy Birthday together: Ask everyone in advance to light a candle on a cupcake or cake or just join to sing happy birthday on the call. If you’re celebrating someone else’s birthday, you can drop off a cake for them at their front door on the day of or deliver one to them.
Drop off party favors (hats, streamers, balloons) to the people participating in the call to make it feel like the ultimate virtual party.
Host A Birthday Movie Night:
Host a movie night with your housemates who are isolating with you and watch the birthday person’s favorite movies, with popcorn and snacks included, or organize a virtual movie night like on the Google Chrome extension Netflix Party.
Ask friends or family in advance to put up a birthday sign or balloons at their windows and to send a photo, you can share this moment with the birthday person.
Decorate rooms in the house with balloons, streamers, confetti, and other birthday decorations. Bonus if every room is differently decorated!
Give them a Birthday Jar:
Write down positive things about the birthday person and put them in the jar for them to read on their birthday, you can even get friends or family to participate by sending in their notes for you to add in.
Give them a Birthday Box
You can make them a box filled with their favorite items and party favors like notes, treats, a small gift like a perfume, or a scented candle.
Give friends and family the birthday person’s address and ask them to send letters to them to receive on their birthday.
Ask friends and family to record a short video of them singing happy birthday or anything creative and send it to you. You can then play them on their birthday!
Bring the virtual party to reality:
Print out photos of friends and family and stick them to balloons, chairs, stuffed animals, etc to make it seem like they’re really there celebrating with you!
Here are some ways people are making isolation birthdays special:
This mom who threw a self-isolation birthday party:
This family who turned their home into a nightclub to celebrate a 21st birthday:
These friends who said ‘Happy Birthday’ from a distance:
Here’s an example of a great isolation birthday party:
This family made a birthday special by decorating their home:
This family decorated their home for a birthday to be remembered:
Decorations make a birthday at home feel special! Check this one out:
There are a ton of ways to make a birthday special during these times. Hopefully this list gave you some ideas to put your own creative spin on celebrations! If you’re planning on purchasing gifts, decorations or treats, you can get a lot of options from contactless delivery services in Bahrain like on Talabat, Carriage or Wasel.