Happy Birthday ‘Rona-Style!
Pandemic, quarantine, birthday, and party.? Should any of those words even be used together in the same sentence? They were in my mind and haunting me from the time our state was shut down. How was I going to survive, let alone celebrate a birthday and create a special memory for not one, but two kids during the Corona Virus outbreak?
Well, just like the rest of the world; I had to go virtual! Here are ideas for how to make a fun and safe birthday happen- online!
I wish this was an original idea on my part, but I stole it from all those people out there having happy-hour parties and splashing them all over social media. I just knew I could make a virtual birthday party work! Soo, I went straight to planning mode, which for me meant calling our youth pastor for game ideas. (working smarter not harder, I mean why reinvent the wheel?). After our conversation, I got straight to work.
First, I decided on my agenda. Any good
virtual meeting party has one, right?
My rule for in-person parties has always been 1.5 hours to 2 hours max….. What would my time frame be for an online party? What games would I play? How would we start? How would we end? What virtual platform would I use?
After much thought, this is what we landed on:
- 45 minutes
- Open with introductions and Ice breaker (How do you know the Birthday Kid?)
- Games: Joel and Levi Trivia (I made-up questions about my boys that would be fun, easy, and sometimes hard) & Scavenger Hunt (This was a big hit!) I picked easy “around the house” items. Sometimes they had to figure out a clue. Some examples: Matching pair of socks, an item that turns on the T.V. You get the idea, right?
- We sang Happy Birthday and all participated in blowing out the candles, virtual style of course.
- Food: This is where I did work a bit harder and maybe not smarter. The night before the party I drove around to our guest’s house and did porch drop-offs of store-bought and sealed cupcakes for each family, along with goodie bags. What can I say, I am the “go big or go home” type of mom! This took a total of 7 hours, as some of our guests lived over an hour away. Talk about making memories for Dad and me!
- I wrapped up the party with a Dance-Off Competition. This was super fun! They danced the Cupid Shuffle.
For extra fun, I scored both games with points. For “Joel and Levi Trivia: the first person who raised their hand with correct answer earned 3 points, the second person 2 points and the third person 1 point. Same system for the Scavenger Hunt. The first person to return to the screen with the item earned three points, the 2nd person 2 points and the third person 1 point. I sent Target and Amazon gift cards to the winners- virtually of course!
45 minutes later the party was a wrap! I used ZOOM as our platform but I have heard that there are several other great mediums in the virtual world to hold a great party. I did let any kids that wanted to, hang out for a bit longer in the zoom room to chat and catch up with each other. By ALL party definitions, this was a HUGE FUN success!
If you are going to take a stab at a “virtual” party I would just read up on how to keep your party safe. There have been lots of “party crashers” out there recently.
From our family to yours, we wish you great joy as you celebrate your loved ones- be that online or in person!!
About the Author
Erin Garcia is a frontline, boots on the ground, homeschooling warrior momma of 11 kids. She has 13 years of Educational experience. Erin has been married to her husband George for 20 years. They have a beautiful, messy, blended family. George came into the marriage with 3 children and a stepdaughter, and Erin entering their covenant with 3 children, the Lord then blessing them with 4 more children together. Their children range in ages from 35 to 10. While still enjoying their three youngest at home they are also loving the newest season of grandparenting.