A virtual party may be the new normal way to celebrate your kids’ party these days, and we’re so lucky that that for most of us the technology and means exists to be able to do so. Finding ways to celebrate these special moments …even if in a non-traditional way …is so important. After all, it’s not the where or how but the thought that counts after, right?!
Whether you book a magician, musician or scientist, there is no shortage of interesting themes and/or entertainment options out there for virtual parties. You can even forgo entertainment and just do a group friends & family hang – that’s cool too! But whether you book a Party from Home with one of our partners, a local entertainer, or provide the entertainment yourself, there are lots of additional ways to personalize your child’s party and make it even more special and unique. Here’s a few brilliant ideas we’ve seen in action:
1. LET THEM EAT CAKE
Just because you’re hosting a virtual party doesn’t mean guests can’t enjoy a cake moment together. You just have to a bit more creative (er, organized)! Make or purchase birthday cupcakes and do a contact-less drop off to your child’s friends ahead of the party so everyone can enjoy a cake moment. Bonus points if you include a candle so everyone has a chance to light and blow one out for good luck.
2. GUEST GREETINGS
Art is always a great way to keep you kiddo busy, for oh, 5 minutes. Still. A homemade birthday card is a great gift. And makes for an even better Show & Share item. Use the last 10-15 minutes of the party going around the ‘virtual’ room and having each guest show off their masterpiece and share a special message with the birthday child.
3. IF YOU BUILD IT
Don’t have time to prep, bake and deliver cupcakes ahead of time? No worries! Have all the children make a lego/block cake using whatever building block toys they have at home. Use the last 15 minutes of the party and have everyone show off their creation, reserving the last few minutes for an epic virtual block cake smash finale!
4. AN ODE TO BIRTHDAY JOY
Have each guest write a short poem (or sing a short song) in celebration of the birthday child – could be a fun HAIKU, CINQUAIN, or any other simple and creative form of poetry for a very special and personalized virtual party poem reading.
5. TWINNING IS WINNING
Have everybody dress up pretending to be the birthday child. Or their favourite character. …kids will get a kick out of pretending to be each other.
6. PHOTOSHOP JOB
Have everyone create their own zoom background for the virtual party using an image of themselves with the birthday child. You can even take this one a step further by manipulating the images in a fun way, like photoshopping the kids riding a dinosaur or swimming underwater! This one will require some adult ‘help’ if you will, but the kids will love seeing themselves in a surreal situation. Photoshop not your jam? Try free software CANVA – it’s super simple and intuitive. Alternatively, a simple photo slide show is always fun too. Organize a folder of the best images and simply share your screen during the call with the guests as you go through each image.
7. GO HUNTING
Organize a group Scavenger hunt for items found in every household – sunglasses, mug, pillow, a blue shirt. etc. The kids will love racing each other as they rush around trying to find the items. You can giveaway a fun prize to the winner like an online gift card or candy delivery.
8. BRING THE VIRTUAL BAND BACK TOGETHER
Why limit the singing to just the birthday song? Group sing-and-play alongs using instruments made of out household objects are a riot – what can you find to bang rattle and roll along with the group? And the more noise it makes the better! The meeting host can live out their producer dreams by playing with the mute functionality in order to turn up or down certain ‘instruments’ for added effect.
9. HIGH FIVE THE GIVE BACKS
In lieu of physical gifts, why not ask your guests to make a small donation to a local charity? They could really use the support during these difficult times. And it’s a great way to teach children the importance of giving back. Plus, it feels really great! Some of our faves include The Birthday Angels, Nanny Angel Network, or The Red Door Family Shelter. Or better yet, you can use a digital invitation platform with a built-in donation mechanic such as Wish&Give. Then during the party itself, have everyone explain why they chose the charity they did. Or if everyone contributed to one collective charity, write a special group message to send with your donation.
10. BIRTHDAY MONSTERS
Invite each friend to bring a guest to the party. Except it can’t be a real human like a parent! They have to bring a special, one of kind, imaginary creature like a birthday monster! Every child has to use whatever materials and objects they can find in their own homes to create one – toilet paper rolls anyone? And of course, they have to make sure to give their +1 a name, a backstory, and be responsible for their behaviour during the party at all times.