Celebrating your child’s birthday is one of the most rewarding aspects of parenting. Watching their smiling face as they open their presents and celebrate with loved ones can be absolutely wonderful. So, if their big day falls during lockdown, you may be feeling worried about how you’ll mark it and give them the amazing party they deserve. Fortunately, there are ways to make sure your child has a magical birthday at home even when others can’t be there. Here’s how to plan the perfect birthday party during lockdown.
Write birthday invitations
Writing invitations can help to make your child’s birthday feel special. A few days before the big day arrives, create invites for your family members (including your pets), even if there are only a few of you, it still matters to have everyone included. The wording could read ‘Venue: Home Sweet Home’ and ‘RSVP: Daddy’. Making invites for the event will add a sense of occasion and make your little one feel that they’re not missing out too much.
Make your own party decorations
Money is tight for many people during lockdown but decorating your home for your child’s birthday party doesn’t have to be expensive. You can cut costs and have a great time by making your own decorations. It’s sure to get everyone into the party spirit and build excitement before the big day. This is also a great way to get the little ones involved in interactive activities and encourage creative learning and team activities! Ideas for DIY party decorations include glitter balloons, balloon arches, tissue paper pompoms, and even paper fan banners. However, don’t worry if your creative juices aren’t flowing, you can always buy affordable Party Supplies here at PoundToy.
Have a picnic
Planning a birthday picnic is a fantastic idea during lockdown. Taking the party outside is a lot of fun, especially when the weather’s good. Lay down a big colourful blanket and prepare all your little one’s favourite foods, including a big birthday cake with candles and a cake topper. Eating alfresco is a lot of fun for kids and something very special if you don’t do it often.
If you don’t have a garden, you could always have a picnic indoors. Create a comfortable space with cushions and pillows and play your child’s favourite music to build a party atmosphere. Everyone loves a little fort as well so this is guaranteed to be a treat for your little ones. For younger kids, a 'Teddy Bears Picnic' theme is a great idea!
Book an online kids party entertainer
Online party entertainers are becoming increasingly popular during lockdown, with parents across the UK opting for virtual entertainment for their children’s parties. They’re a great way to make your child feel super special, despite the distance. Entertainers can create personalised playlists, themes, games, and performances that the whole family will enjoy.
As long as you have a laptop, tablet, or phone, trained party entertainers can be there for your little one’s big day via Zoom or Skype, keeping everyone happy and engaged throughout the party. With this technology, you can even invite your child’s friends, allowing them to join in from the safety of their homes.
Arrange a present treasure hunt
If there are two things kids love it’s presents and treasure hunts, so why not combine the two? A birthday treasure hunt where they have to seek out their gifts is sure to excite and entertain them on their big day. You could create a treasure map or even just a list of clues which will lead them towards their presents. Younger kids particularly love this game, often having more fun searching for the presents than actually opening them! So, consider making up a little kit to help them search. You could include binoculars, a magnifying glass, and clues and then send them off on their hunting expedition.
Plan a pamper day
Birthdays are a time to relax and unwind, so why not consider planning a pamper day for your child? Start their day off with a nice relaxing bath, let them pick out their favourite bath bomb from our amazing collection of Bath Toys and set that in warm bath as they get ready to embark on a day full of luxurious treats! You might not be able to get a nail technician or facialist round to your home right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own treatments. Have fun making up your facemasks with banana, oatmeal, or even mayonnaise, and then paint each other’s nails. You could have Dad on pedicure or foot massage duty! Creating a spa-like atmosphere at home is easy too. Light some candles (battery operated are best!) and put on a pre-made playlist with lots of relaxing music. You can even have a spa-style afternoon tea with posh sandwiches and mini cakes and a side of their favourite sweet treat.
You may be thinking of postponing your child’s birthday during lockdown, but there’s no need to. When there are so many fantastic at-home party ideas to choose from, you can easily make sure your little one has a fun and memorable day. Don’t worry too much if everything isn’t perfect – lockdown is an unusual situation and there are bound to be mistakes. Relax and focus on having fun and creating birthday memories together as a family.
Let us know how you're finding lockdown and what you're planning for your little ones birthday!