My heart goes out to all of the kids and mamas (and mamas-to-be, and brides-to-be) who have had to suddenly change their party or wedding plans due to Corona Virus. It would be so very disappointing to spend many months planning, organising and dreaming of your big event, only to have no choice but to postpone or cancel the day.
I thought it would be helpful to put together a guide on how to hold a small family celebration in your own home, for all of those families who will now need to party indoors and in isolation of others! I hope these ideas help to make your milestone moments over the next while a bit more special!
Ways to Celebrate Without a Crowd
HOST A VIRTUAL PARTY
Set up a Virtual Party and invite the families who were supposed to come to the party! You can use a platform like Zoom to host a meeting room and invite all the guests. You could show the cake cutting and invite everyone to sing happy birthday with you!
Alternatively, you could set up a Facebook Event and go Live on the page for guests to watch and send their birthday wishes.
Take photos and videos and reminisce in years to come about the time your child had an “Isolation Birthday Party!”
ORGANISE A DRIVE-BY PARTY
Organise a time-slot where you can stand in the driveway with your birthday boy or girl, and ask your family and friends to drive-by! They could decorate their cars with signs and balloons and beep and wave as they drive past!
HAVE A MINI FAMILY SURPRISE PARTY
Throw your little one a surprise party! Decorate the house while they are asleep, fill their room with balloons and wake her up singing happy birthday loudly with the whole family! A small party set-up like the below can be achieved with Kmart decorations. This was a cheap and cheerful theme and everything pictured cost under $100. Read more about this “Family Party” here.
INVITE TOYS AND PETS AS ‘PARTY GUESTS’
Throw a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the backyard or a quiet local park. Make invitations and ‘Invite’ your child’s favourite toys and dolls to be the party guests. Set out a delicious picnic spread, and then do the usual things you’d do at a party – decorate, play pass the parcel, dance to favourite songs and sing Happy Birthday!
Take lots of photos of this adorable at home party idea, like this photo from Delilah’s third birthday. See this blog post for more DIY birthday photo shoot ideas.
FAVOURITE THINGS DAY
Ask your child to list all of their favourite things! Ideas could include their favourite breakfast, lunch, dinner, toys, songs, colours, movie, board game, thing to do and so on.
Plan out their Birthday day to incorporate all of their “favourite things”, and celebrate all day long by having the whole family join in with each activity.
POSTPONE AND HAVE A HALF-BIRTHDAY
Postpone your party and have a ‘half birthday’ party once isolation restrictions are lifted. That way your little one gets to celebrate TWICE in one year!
SUPPORT A LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS
Hire a small local business to come to you! There are many cake makers, party entertainers, event photographers and caterers who have suddenly and unexpectedly lost all of their bookings and income! If you are in a position to afford it, consider hiring a small party business vendor in your local area if they are still operating.
Here in Brisbane, I can recommend:
- Roxanne from Lovely Occasions – Balloons, Decor & Party Styling
- Sofi The Fairy Floss Cart – Fairy Floss Cart and Neon Glow Sticks
- Natalie from Strawberry Fundaes Parties – Video calls from your child’s favourite character!
CREATE SPECIAL MEMORIES
Even though you and your little one may feel very upset and disappointed that the original party plans couldn’t go ahead, make sure you don’t let that sour your day!
Do what you can to create memories, laugh and celebrate, and make your day as special as can be with your little family!
Good luck mamas!