Lockdown Birthday Parties!

Could the traditional birthday party be making a comeback? As lockdown continues, more and more children’s parties are taking place at home in a much simpler way and we think that’s a good thing. Trends come and go but some things are just too good to ever go out of fashion; pass the parcel, musical statues, cheese and pineapple hedgehogs, and jelly and ice cream to name but a few!

If you’re unsure where to start or just want to be sure you have all bases covered, check out our top lockdown birthday party tips!

Party Theme and Decorations
Here at Party Box by Design we love a theme, it’s what we do, but with items difficult to come by during lockdown we all need to get creative!

Check out what’s available on the web. The Hey Duggee website, as an example, has lots of tips to help you plan a Hey Duggee party at home and most of it’s centred around making your items using free downloadables from their site. There are also lots of themed downloadables on sites like Etsy but there’s a charge for them.

See what you already have at home. If the theme is L.O.L Surprise Dolls and your little one has lots of them, they can be used to help decorate the party table and the house. You might even be able to use them on the birthday cake too.

Raid your birthday box. Most of us have a box with leftover stuff from previous parties that we keep, just in case. Balloons, napkins, and bunting can all be used and modified to fit the theme. It might even be worth taking a look to see if you have any Christmas decorations that could work.

Get crafting! Get the children involved in making things like party bags and decorations. Paper chains are really simple to make by colouring in plain paper, cutting into strips and linking together and it’s a great activity to keep the little ones busy!

The Cake
If baking is your thing or something you like to try with the kids, get them involved in making their own birthday cake, it will all add to the fun!

Alternatively, why not add a birthday cake to your weekly shop along with some candles too, if you don’t already have them. Tesco has a great range of themed birthday cakes including Spider-Man, Peppa Pig, Frozen, and Harry Potter to name but a few!

Party Games
Get your children involved in choosing party games to play. Pass the parcel, musical statues, treasure hunts and hide and seek are still firm favourites with all the children we know, as are many popular board games too. They may even be inspired to devise their own new party games for their party!

Make a playlist. If the theme is Moana, for example, download the film soundtrack and be sure to have some tracks saved for the party games!

It’s not a birthday without a few gifts but your child’s birthday wish list may be a little harder to come by during lockdown. If you can get what you need using home delivery – great! Be sure to order well ahead of time as deliveries can take around 14 days at the moment. If items are hard to come by, how about printing out a photo, making it into a card, and wrapping it up as a promise to buy it when things return to normal. Finally, homemade presents can be lots of fun. We made pom-pom sheep as Easter presents and they were very well received!

Add Friends and Family Using Technology
It could just be a quick online group chat with their closest friends or a full-on Zoom party, in addition to a family tea at home. If using Zoom or other apps like it, be sure to run a test session with the other parents beforehand to make sure technical glitches don’t stop anyone from joining the fun. Also, be sure that the app you choose does what you need it to. The first 40 mins of a call with Zoom, for instance, are free but for any more than that you will need to upgrade to a paid subscription. As with all apps, make sure you read, and are happy with, the terms and conditions and privacy policy.
Entertainment can be added to Zoom parties. Companies like Sharky and George www.sharkyandgeorge.com have adapted their usual party entertainment offering and taken it online, with great results!

Be sure to also schedule calls with grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins to make the day feel even more special.

Even if your party only includes those in your household wouldn’t it be nice to send out invites and more importantly for the birthday boy or girl to receive homemade RSVPs? We think so and let’s face it, it’s another great activity to keep everyone busy on a rainy afternoon!

Don’t forget to take photos. This party, for many reasons, will be one to look back on and one your children will talk about with their children in years to come!

Most Importantly
Have fun making some great memories!