From drive-by parades to virtual parties, creative and fun ways to honor your big day while social distancing
By Nicole Glynn
Sure, birthdays are best celebrated surrounded by friends and family. Unfortunately, blowout bashes aren’t in the cards these days. The good news: Your birthday can still be fun! Check out these creative ways to celebrate, quarantine-style.
Host a Virtual Game Night
Party games are a great way to keep things moving at a social gathering, and they work at virtual gatherings, too! Adult card games like For The Girls can easily be read over video chat and websites including playingcards.io and allbad.cards offer online adaptions of fan favorites like Cards Against Humanity and more. Other multiplayer web games like The Jackbox Party Pack can be played through Zoom by sharing your screen and having everyone join via their phones. Gather your friends for a video call and let the games begin!
Plan a Drive-by Parade
Even though we can’t see our loved ones up close and personal right now, you can still get a glimpse of them while maintaining your distance. Pick a date and time and invite all of your closest friends and family to line up and drive past the birthday girl/boy’s house. Bring balloons and fun signs and don’t be afraid to honk that horn.
Have a Conference Call with Cocktails
For those 21 and up, drinks are often a birthday-celebration staple. While bars and restaurants are closed for the time being, you can easily become your own bartender for the evening. Raid your liquor cabinet and mix up your go-to drink or use websites like makemeacocktail.com to try something new. Once you’ve got your beverage in hand, arrange a video call and enjoy drinks with friends virtually.
Add a Theme
While a digital get-together may not be able to replace your usual celebration, adding a theme can spice things up. Pick a fun theme (think “red carpet” or Wild West) and invite your family friends to dress up and join in on the fun via Zoom. Too complex? Simply have everyone dress in the same color or wear pajamas!
Have a Virtual Movie Night
While some might prefer a birthday trip to the movies, closed theaters equal at-home movie nights. Thanks to browser extensions such as Scener and Netflix Party you can now sync up movies and TV shows with friends online! Download one of the free extensions and send a link out to friends to enjoy a movie night together from the comfort of your own couch.
You can’t go to your favorite restaurant for your birthday, but it can come to you. Arrange for you and your closest friends to order takeout from the same restaurant for an at-home dining experience. Once everyone receives their food, hop on a video call for a virtual dinner party. And don’t forget to order dessert because what’s a birthday without a little cake and ice cream?
Go All Out with Decorations
If you’re quarantining with someone who has an upcoming birthday, surprise them by decorating your space with balloons, streamers and signs. Pick up supplies curbside at Party City or browse your local superstore or market for available decorations. It’s a simple way to make someone’s birthday extra special during a time when we need all the celebrations we can get.
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