What’s your ideal and perfect picture of the best childhood birthday party? We’re sure that it was the one with slices of huge yummy cake, funny and entertaining games, and friends who sang loudly to you as you blew out the candles. Now, it’s 2020 and it might be your kid’s birthday coming in a few days, and you still have the quintessential bash in your mind. However, most of us are in social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this is the time to get fun and more creative! It’s time to consider having a virtual birthday party celebration at home, but it will take some organizing.
Although social distancing has cancelled kid’s birthday parties today, parents can still create new ways to take the bash online. With the help of video chat apps like Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, kids can gather together in the virtual space to celebrate the special day. If you need some guidance on how to host a virtual birthday party celebration, we got some tips for you!
Send Customized Virtual Invitations
If you wish to rise above the standard Zoom emails, you can opt for a pretty and customised virtual party invitation. You may also have printable options that are available online if you want the gathering to have a traditional vibe.
Set Up Decorations
Even if you’re just celebrating at home, it’s still important to have some decoration on your walls to set that festive feel! Although you can use the Zoom background, we are more of a fan of real-deal decorations. You may get creative with banners, kaleidoscopic balloons, and streamers. Research says that bold, bright, and happy colours can lift our moods, so choose cheerful and colourful colours for your decorations.
After deciding that you want the party to be hosted online, it’s now time to pick what’s your favoured platform. Here are some options you can choose from:
- Zoom: Your strong choice for small, moderate, or huge events. You can create a free account that can fit up to 100 people with a max time of 40 minutes (which is the suited time for a virtual kid’s party). You may download the app from your phone or log on from your computer.
- FaceTime: Your preferred platform if you want to use your iPhone and just want to invite a limited number of guests.
- Google Hangouts: The easiest and free option you have since most parents have a Gmail account, and it works for a large party that doesn’t have a time limit like Zoom.
- WhatsApp: This app can be downloaded to your phone but it only works for small groups of about 2 or 3 guests.
Whatever you want to use in one of these platforms, just be sure to work it out first in advance since technical problems will always happen, but if you try it out prior to the even and make sure guests know how to log in, everything will be fine and smooth.
Choose a Theme
If you really think about it, a traditional birthday party is not different from a Zoom birthday party. Even if you’re doing it online and in a room, your guests would appreciate the party more if you’ve incorporated a theme for it. You can have an astronaut, tea party, or superhero theme that the kids would love. You need to inform the parents and kids in advance about the theme and you can even ask them to set their Zoom backgrounds accordingly. Another fun option is to have a costume-oriented party, so send them the ideas in advance.
Include a Quick Party Game
You may think that this won’t work since you are doing the party online. But this would be easy as long as you plan ahead and make a space for one or two fast party games to maintain a sense of order at the party. The games should be kept simple, short, and fun. Here are creative games you can consider:
- Name It– Have the kids gives funny names to alien characters.
- Bring Me– Ask the kids to bring an item and show it to the camera.
- Stop Dance– Play the music and stop it. Kids must freeze.
- Simon Says– It’s old school time! Make sure you give the kids instructions.
The Party Should be Sweet and Short
For an online party to be a success, just keep it thirty minutes. More than thirty minutes can make kids more distracted, moody, and have meltdowns. You need to take note that kids will be facing the computer, so for younger kids and toddlers, the key is to keep it short and fun.
Thirty minutes should be plenty of time for your online party. Any more than that will most likely contribute to distracted kids, moodiness and even meltdowns. Remember the kids will be in front of the computer, so for toddlers and younger children especially, the key is keeping it short and entertaining.
Don’t Forget the Cake
After the guests have had enough playtime, you must save the cake for the main event. Even if it’s online, everybody can still sing and celebrate over a slice of cake. This may sound like it’s a small thing to do but you kid and other children will feel as if they’re actually together celebrating the birthday.