With the current situation and advice to stay at home and keep physical distance, you might not be able to celebrate your kid’s birthday as you used to.
We all realize that safety comes first at times like this, but we also understand your special one’s disappointment for not being able to celebrate a birthday with friends. But, while staying at home might be an only option, you can still throw your kid a memorable birthday celebration - online.
The experience is merely the same, but kids today are used to spending their time online and technology is nothing new for them. The concept of a virtual birthday party might be a great alternative if you do it right.
How to make your kid feel loved on their birthday while respecting the social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines?
You can give your kid a promise to throw him the biggest party when this is over (which we all hope is coming soon) but until then, here are some useful tips on how to make a virtual birthday party a memorable experience, for your loved one, and its friends.
1. Choose a platform the party will take place
Choosing the right platform for hosting an online party is important because you don’t want to experience any interruptions, poor connection issues, and other technical bugs.
We, at Giftwalker, choose Zoom as it has gone through lengths to make sure your online parties remain private and hacking free. It can support calls with large groups of participants, so you can include kid’s friends and relatives you couldn’t invite otherwise.
The downside is, normally Zoom has a 40-minute time limit for non-premium users, so if you don’t want additional expenses like this, you can choose to organize an online birthday party using Giftwalker. We offer our customers a premium Zoom account so you can organize a party for free, for up to 4 hours.
We made the event creation and invitation super-easy so anyone can use it. You just need to download the app, choose an “online event”, option set event details and invite everyone
And that’s it! Everyone will receive the invitations in their inbox immediately. Learn more about our online events here.
2. Choose a simple theme for the party
The fact that the party is online, doesn’t mean it can’t be fabulous. Decorate your own environment with your child’s desired theme. You can order online, most retailers do still deliver and ask the guests to wear or create something related to it so it feels like a real party. When coming up with ideas, keep in mind the simplicity and don’t require too much of your guests - a superhero mask, hat, t-shirt, face-paint or some type of requisite will do just fine.
3. Throw a surprise party
If you think your kid would react positively, a great approach to throwing an online party would be to throw an actual surprise party. Make the birthday girl or boy think they’re having a one-on-one call with someone of their friends or family, and have an online surprise party waiting with all their best friends and relatives.
4. Send out party supplies in a box
To make sure everyone keeps up the excitement and share a festive spirit, you can send out party supplies to your guests, via mail, in a small box. Add some balloons, confetti, sweet treats, a cupcake, or a dessert from a local bakery, and a thank you note for attending.
5. Plan the games and activities ahead
As online events are usually not that spontaneous, it’s best to have some sort of agenda and plan the activities ahead.
Depending on the kid’s age, you can choose from various activities, such as drawing, karaoke singing, Simon Says, Dance Battles, or Trivia Quizzes, or if you want to go an extra mile - you can organize a scavenger hunt together with the help of other kid’s parents. Make sure to leave the time for “Happy Birthday” sing-along and the cake.
Get the party started!
Technology is a great helper when it comes to such circumstances that disable us to live our lives as usual, but as a parent, you take extra credit for making your kid’s online birthday a memorable event.
They will feel special now, but they will appreciate it, even more, when they grow up and realize how hard you tried during these tough times.
If you want to organize an online event with Giftwalker, download the app and get started in a few easy steps.
Have a good one!