Birthdays just aren’t the same when a stay-at-home order is in place. We can’t have a special dinner out, have our friends and family over or celebrate at our favorite entertainment spot. I have a few ideas on how to make it special while following social distancing and stay-at-home orders that also won’t break the bank.

  1. Keep it simple – My husband’s birthday fell just a few days home after the stay-at-home order was put in place. We had a celebration planned with all five kids, their significant others and our two granddaughters. We were even going to have a family photo taken. Only our youngest, 18, my husband and I live in our household now. I changed my Bean Haus Bakery order from a large cake to just a half dozen cupcakes. The kids and I secretly scheduled a group FaceTime call at a set time. Everyone sang happy birthday and chatted a while. Zoom, Skype and other programs could be used for this as well.
  2. Birthday hunt- Ask family, friends and neighbors to post birthday signs in their windows or on their sidewalks in chalk. Then drive or walk around to find all the birthday wishes (kind of like the bear hunt).
  3. Have a crafting party – You can find simple craft ideas on the Library Facebook page or use Creativebug for step-by-instructions for crafts of all levels. You could just do as a family or use FaceTime, Zoom or another app to do the crafts with friends. You can order supplies from Amazon or local craft shops that are doing delivery or curbside pickup. Or just pull out the craft box and see what each person can come up with.
  4. Cards – Ask friends and family to mail a card. It doesn’t matter if it’s not a traditional birthday card. It would be funny to receive a Christmas card at this time of year. Homemade cards are great too.
  5. Have a drive-by parade – Ask your friends and family to line up and drive by your home while holding up signs, singing happy birthday and honking.
  6. Surprise concert – My neighbor’s birthday was just last week. Her grandson and his family, who live on the same street, knew she would be in her sun room. His wife played the guitar while he and the kids sang happy birthday. Everyone was safe with the glass windows between them.
  7. Costume party – Break out the Halloween box and dress up. Let the birthday person have first pick of the costumes.
  8. Gaming party – Play board games, scavenger hunt, hide-n-seek, minute to win it games and other favorites the birthday person. Adults and kids can enjoy a variety of games.
  9. Decorate your own dessert – Bake a cake, cookies, brownies or whatever the favorite is and let everyone decorate their own. You could even make a contest out of it. Post all the bake goods on social media and let people vote for their favorite.
  10. Decorate – Decorate your sidewalk and porch with chalk, print off photos of the birthday person and hang them up outside and around the house, grab the hole puncher and construction paper to make confetti or tape paper together to make a banner.

What other ideas do you have to make birthdays special during this time?

Written by: Gina Stegner, public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library and wannabe party planner. 

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