11 Virtual Birthday Party Ideas
Birthday parties are special. Not only do they mark the passage of another fabulous journey around the sun, but they are also one of the best ways to gather your friends and family for all the festive desserts, cute cocktails and whimsical decoration that your heart desires. Obviously, this year is different. In the midst of our new standard of social distancing, meetings, large and small, were cancelled, leaving many spring babies – as well as their parents, partners and friends – to celebrate at home.
While you may not be able to make the move you planned, there is no reason to completely skip the festivities. If you or someone you love has a birthday coming up, plan one of these virtual birthday party ideas that you can make at home. From sending your friend a champagne delivery to organizing a party via video chat, there are many ways to make the birthday girl or boy feel loved when he special day. And when this pandemic ends – and will end – you have all the excuses to host the biggest and worst birthday party ever.
Make a video montage “Happy Birthday”.
The only way to improve a traditional birthday card is to make it interactive. Use a service like Tribute to create a custom video montage. Ask friends and family to record their birthday wishes and Tribute will assemble them and send the guest of honor a video card (it’s like a traditional audio card that also has a thin video screen). The gift will certainly be a souvenir for years to come.
Organize a virtual birthday party on Zoom.
Organize a meeting on Zoom and invite all your friends for a virtual happy hour. The video quality on Zoom is impeccable and you can see the face of each participant in a simple grid view. Want to make things really special? Tell the guest of honor to register a little later than everyone else and to sing “Happy Birthday” when they connect.
Deliver champagne to their door.
You may not be able to raise a drink together, but that doesn’t mean you can’t say “applause”. Nowadays, there are so many ways to deliver champagne, wine and alcohol directly to someone’s door. Try a site like ReserveBar, which is available on request in many parts of the country.
Host a Netflix party.
If you like movies, schedule an evening of virtual viewing. Download the Netflix Party extension in Chrome and you and your friends can watch the same Netflix movie at the same time. The extension offers synchronized video playback (so that everyone’s screen will stop and resume at the same time); and a chat room to share your impressions of the film.
Send a dessert.
A great way to support your local businesses in these difficult times is to order delivery. Choose a local bakery or restaurant with stellar desserts and send something sweet like a cake, cookies or fro-yo.
Do a group workout – at home.
Pass by their house and do something special.
Just because you distance yourself socially doesn’t mean you can’t go to someone’s house. Decorate your car with balloons and signs and drive in your friend’s place. Tell them to look out and sing “Happy Birthday” when they come to the door.
Take a trip to the museum.
Birthdays are a great time to learn something new. Museums, zoos and theme parks around the world are offering free virtual tours now, which means you can see exhibits at the Louvre, the Vatican, the San Diego Zoo and more from the comfort of your sofa . Organize a group conversation as you walk through the exhibits and discuss your results.
Write them a song.
If you are musically inclined, write a song to your friend and present it to him by video chat. Even if your song is not incredible (or on key), it is the thought that counts. If your whole group is artistic, ask everyone to connect to the chat with something they created for the birthday boy or girl. It could be a song, a poem, a speech, a dance or a work of art.
Just because you’re celebrating your birthday at home doesn’t mean you have to do it in your pajamas. Set a theme for your virtual party and make everyone happy. Possible themes could be Hollywood glamor, rock’n’roll, the 90s or masks and mimosas – the options are endless!