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Let’s face it, having an at-home celebration at lockdown is not exactly the type of birthday your child has always dreamed of. But, if this is the only kind of birthday they can have right now, why not at least try to make it the best birthday ever for them.
We thought long and hard about how we can make an at home celebration (without any guests!) as exciting as we can so that your little darling can still have their special day and have come up with 11 ideas for their big day within the four walls of your home – No guests, no fancy gifts, but 100% full of magic!
If your little one is between the ages of 1 and 10 and is happening to be celebrating their birthday during the lockdown then read on!
But First, Prepare!
Start by stocking up on party supplies a day or two before the birthday day, which you should be able to get from the nearest supermarket. When picking out party decorations or tableware consider your child’s favourite colour(s) and use that as the colour scheme (or just get whatever’s available – Either will do the trick). If unsure what colours your child likes think about what colours they like to wear most. This is usually a good clue. Or if still unsure, simply ask them!
Grab things like balloons, birthday candles, colourful paper plates and/or cups, and party poppers or streamers if available. If you are also able to pick up some little toys and wrapping paper at the supermarket get those as well.
Here are just some of the things that you may want to prepare before the day:
Things to Get:
- Birthday candles
- Cake tin
- Cake ingredients (or cake mix)
- Sweets and any snacks your child loves
- Clear tape and scissors
- Plenty of balloons (helium not require)
- Party streamers or any other simple party decorations
- Party themed tableware (single use)
- Small toys
- Wrapping paper
Fun At-Home Birthday Idea No. 1
(Plan a) Surprise!
Your child will love waking up to any kind of fun surprise on their birthday, so start by decorating their bedroom on the night of their birthday to wake them up to a fun balloon filled space they will enjoy. And if sneaking into their bedroom while they sleep isn’t really an option, decorate the living room or dining instead – They will still love it! Hang streamers from the ceiling and. Blow up lots of balloons taping some to the ceiling and letting the rest just be somewhat evenly distributed all over the floor (Tip: Keep the room door closed if at all possible in order to keep the balloons all in one place).
Having decorated a space in your home with fun party decorations the night before your little one will already be full of smiles when they wake up to it on the day of their birthday.
Make it even more special by adding in a wrapped gift or two into the space for your child to discover. What could be more fun than opening a birthday present – Be it big or small.
Fun At-Home Birthday Idea No. 2
A Fun Birthday Breakfast
Start the day with a fun-to-eat breakfast that your little one will love. Here all that is needed is just a little bit of effort and foods that you should be able to pick up ahead of time from the supermarket. Pancakes, waffles, muffins, or Nutella or peanut butter on toast are all great options. Otherwise a creatively plated breakfast of bacon (or sausages) and eggs is also a great option. We’ve scavenged the internet to bring you some of our favourite fun kids breakfast recipes just perfect for stay-at-home birthdays.
Check it Out!
We’ve collected our Top 5 Favourite Ideas for a Fun Kids Breakfast. See them HERE now!
Fun At-Home Birthday Idea No. 3
Hide Little Surprises
Who doesn’t love a fun scavenger hunt! Distract your little one with some screen time (or another activity where they will be busy for a while) while you sneakily hide some little gifts around the house. You can do this inside the house or outside if you have a big enough yard and weather allows.
Fun things to hide could be small toys that you picked up from the supermarket and wrapped up in birthday wrapping paper. If you have a little girl one idea is to get her little hair accessories like pink hair clips (which also should be available supermarket). Other little surprises to hide could include lollies and chocolates (just don’t stay away from too many sweets if you don’t want a disaster on your hand). If your child collects kinder surprise eggs these little yellow plastic eggs are just perfect.
If your child loves lego a great idea is to hide bundles of lego pieces and then have them put something together after all pieces have been collected.
For those younger little darlings aged 1-2 years using some of your child’s existing toys will also do the trick as they will enjoy the process of seeking and unwrapping these little surprises.
Fun At-Home Birthday Idea No. 4
Go Virtual Shopping
You may not be able to get your little darling that gift they have been wanting during the lockdown, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t go gift hunting online. Do it together with your little one, browsing your favourite websites for toys, little-nicknacks they like, or pretty dresses and accessories if you have a true girly-girl.
Decide to settle on the number of gifts you will be ordering in total (we recommend limiting it to 3 whether or not the gifts are inexpensive) or if your child is a little bit older and understands the concept of money choose a total to spend in total.
Your little darling will be more than excited waiting for their gifts to arrive giving them something to look forward to and also teaching them the important lesson of patience. If they are younger they will probably forget all about these gifts as quickly as a day or two, but will be so thrilled to unbox them when they arrive, making it feel like their birthday all over again. And who doesn’t love that!
Fun At-Home Birthday Idea No. 5
Family Games Day
Pull out those family board games that your little boy or girl loves so much, but you never seem to have time for, and organize a few hours of family fun. Your child will love to have that special time with you.
For little ones aged 5 and under try playing ‘Guess the animal’ – An easier version of charades that allows your child to have fun and be silly while you try to guess what animal they are. Of course this game also works both ways.
Fun At-Home Birthday Idea No. 6
Have a Dress-Up Party
For Girls, Ages 2+
If your little girl loves to play dress-ups organize an extra special one for her with lots of fun elements like hats, necklaces, and even shoes (if she’s a little bit older) out of your wardrobe for her to try on. See if you can find any old halloween costumes of hers or dresses that she really loves that you can include. Make sure to set up a full-length mirror in the room so she can look at herself and maybe even give her a bit of blush to put on her cheeks for her to feel a bit more grown up. She will love imitating mummy!
Fun At-Home Birthday Idea No. 7
Create Memories with the Camera
If your child loves the camera she will also enjoy a bit of a photo shoot as she strikes fun poses in the pretty outfits that she has put together. Then make sure to take turns giving her the camera and the opportunity to capture some cute and funny photos of you.
Boy or girl, your child will also enjoy taking selfies together with you with the use of an app like Snapchat. Our personal favourite funny filters on Snapchat include bunny, bear and doggy ears (the doggy filters including tongues that poke up when you open your mouth!). Both my son (7) and daughter (5) love them. Make sure to save all photos as memories of your child’s special day.
Fun At-Home Birthday Idea No. 8
Bake a Cake Together
Kids love baking when they know that the result will be a big yummy cake. So while at home together why not get them involved. Allow your child to choose the cake recipe showing them 2-3 options and then have them help you with things like mixing the batter and pouring it into the cake tin.
Cake-making is not your thing? We’ve done the homework for you finding some of the best easy cake recipes out there, so you don’t have to go looking. See our Top 5 Kids Birthday Cake Recipes for Non-Bakers HERE!
Fun At-Home Birthday Idea No. 9
A Very Special “Happy Birthday”
Send out an invitation to your closest friends and relatives to do a call via Zoom, Skype, or Facetime during ‘cake’ time and sing the “Happy Birthday” song all together as your little one blows out the candles.
We recommend using http://www.zoom.us, which allows multiple people to join in from multiple computers for a free group video chat up to 30 min.
If using Zoom make sure to select the option to record the video call so that you can then keep it as a beautiful memory.
Fun At-Home Birthday Idea No. 10
For Girls, Ages 4+
If your girl loves to be a girly-girl she will love the idea of a pampering session. Give her a fun bubble bath (adding in some rose petals) then do a face mask together, manis, pedis and anything else she may like. She will love the special one-on-one time with her mummy.
Look for all-natural facial mask recipes on the internet that use fresh ingredients like avocado, lemon, and egg that will be nourishing for her young gentle skin. We’ve included our fave recipe here for you.
Nourishing Facial Mask Recipe
1 Egg white
1 Squeeze of lemon juice
1tbsp of Honey
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and apply with fingertips. Leave on for 5-10 mins. before washing off with lukewarm water.