What we thought would be a month-long, stay-in-place order, has now become an almost year long saga of quarantining and living our lives at home. As parents get used to doing elementary school all over again alongside their kids, kids are getting used to making sacrifices too, like smaller birthday parties, and fewer outings.
Because we’re in this together, and we’re here to help in whatever way we can, we put together a list of some ideas for how to make your kids’ birthdays during quarantine, a little better.
From beginning to end, we want your birthday experience to feel as wholesome and exciting as when we’re not limited by social distancing. This list of tips helps structure the day so as not to lose a moment of joy!
- Whom to Invite: For your child, not being able to invite their class to their birthday party can feel very lonesome and dejecting. Hype them up by having them make a list with you of all the people they can. Perhaps the people they live with, people they have been interacting with all of quarantine, or even their stuffed animals. Furthermore, you can turn it into a video party and invite people to attend over Zoom!
- Invitations: Make the experience more all-consuming by creating digital invitations with your child. Websites like canva.com make creating invitations online extremely easy and a fun activity. For a more immersive experience, break out the papers, crayons, and markers and draw the invitations yourselves.
- Delivery: If you made paper invitations, make a show of creeping around the house / block delivering them to the lucky attendees. If they’re digital, guide your child in sending an email or text with the image.
- (Optional, as some children might enjoy not being a part of these two processes:) Make baking the cake part of the importance of the day. Bake the cake with your child, or have them decorate it. You can extend the set-up by setting up with them and making them excited about how it looks.
Once the party has officially begun, and everyone’s eaten, you can break out these games that can all be played with two or more people.
- Birthday Classic: Pin The Tail: Whether you buy a kit at the party store, or you’ve drawn a horse on oaktag, Pin The Tail on the Donkey (or Unicorn, if you child is anything like my 6 year old), is a classic birthday game for good reason: it’s blind fun for a good couple hours. Make it more exciting (if you have fewer people) by adding a points system that requires more points for harder-to-hit spots.
- Treasure Hunt: An Edoughble favorite, a treasure hunt can be done inside or outside, or both. The night before, you (parents) hide a series of items throughout the property, and write a list of clues per item to help your child find all the hidden treasure. Here is a list of ideas of what you can hide, and how to make it more fun.
- Itty Bitty Spa Day: Treat your little person to a mini spa day, with a hot bath (or not), pedicure, manicure, scalp massage and face masks! They can do your nails too, if they want.
Now for the best part… DESSERTS
- Birthday Bash Cookie Dough: Our Birthday Bash Cookie Dough (can be ordered online) is literally made for your child’s birthday. Eat it on its own, or in a cone with ice cream, or without ice cream. It’s versatile, it’s delectable, and it tastes sweeter than birthday cake!
- Edoughble Doughy Delicioius Baked Cookies: They come in vegan, they come in packs of 12 or 20, and best of all? They come in all the most popular flavors - including Birthday Bash! So if raw, edible cookie dough is not your favorite dessert, these doughy delicious baked cookies are sure to hit the spot.
- Last but not least, we strongly recommend our Fudge Graham Swirl pint: It’s a jar full of your best childhood memories. Combine it with your kids’ birthday party and you’re creating an experience to write home about!