How To Throw a Virtual Birthday Party During Coronavirus
by Caroline Harris
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Is your birthday coming up? With the current social distancing guidelines, you’ll need to find creative ways to celebrate your special day at home. From a Zoom serenade to a Skype dance party, we rounded up the best virtual birthday party ideas. So whip out the champagne and confetti, and get ready to party.
1) Throw yourself a virtual birthday party.
Now is your time to go all out, preparing quarantinis and decorating your home with party supplies as if you were throwing an in-person birthday party. Fill your space with balloons, confetti, party hats, and disco balls—and invite your friends to do the same! There are tons of online wine subscription services that will deliver champagne, prosecco, and rosé right to your door. Your friends can sing “Happy Birthday” to you over Zoom or Skype, then you can do a virtual “cheers” with your mocktail/cocktail of choice. Deliver a cake to your doorstep so your friends can watch you blow out the candles.
You can even get in some cute birthday pics by taking screenshots of your Zoom celebration. (This is where having party accessories like boas, wigs, and silly sunglasses comes in handy.) If you and your friends really get into the spirit, your virtual happy hour might even turn into a virtual dance party where you can show off those dance routines you’ve been learning from TikTok.
2) Have an Old Hollywood-themed virtual party.
There are unlimited themes to choose from when it comes to planning your party—pink flamingo, tropical vibes, glow in the dark, Roaring Twenties, Alice in Wonderland, and so many more. Give your guests an excuse to switch out of the sweatpants they’ve been wearing for five days straight and finally dress up. A party theme along the lines of Old Hollywood glamour—complete with sparkling dresses, bold red lips, and opera-length gloves—would be totally fun. Who says you need to leave your house to have a reason for looking glamorous?
3) Organize a drive-by birthday serenade.
While this celebration isn’t technically virtual, it still abides by the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. Set up a time to be in front of your apartment or house (making sure to stay at least 6 feet away from other people). Then, your friends can drive by with balloons and signs, honking and serenading you from afar. This sort of celebration works especially well if you live in a suburb where everyone drives.
If you and your friends are the outdoorsy types, you can even go on a social distancing walk together. My pro tip for this is to bring hiking poles on your nature walk. (It’s funny, and it reminds you to stay at least six feet away from the people you’re with.)
4) Have a Netflix movie marathon—virtually, of course.
If you’re feeling more low-key, set up a virtual girls’ night in via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or Facebook. Pre-plan what Netflix movies you’re going to watch, then all log on at the same time wearing pajamas and eating popcorn. You can even step up your celebration by playing a drinking game, like this Twilight-themed one.
Now that you’re chock-full of virtual birthday party ideas, keep reading to shop party supplies and accessories for the ultimate birthday bash.
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