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How to Make a Kid’s Birthday Special When You’re Stuck at Home

Fretting over how to make your child’s birthday special at home? Don’t worry, it is doable! Below, I am sharing simple ideas that will make your child’s birthday special and memorable.

Family celebrating kids birthday at home

10 Ideas to Have a Fun Birthday at Home

When in-person classes were canceled, my five-year-old’s immediate reaction was dismay at not celebrating her upcoming birthday at school.

“How could this be?!” She asked in utter disbelief. 

It was an awful development for a child who had been impatiently counting the days to her birthday for months.

Weeks later, dismay turned to depression as she realized family and friends wouldn’t be joining us either. Suddenly, it was clear in her mind that her birthday was no longer going to be exciting.

Meanwhile, my stomach sunk to the floor. What was I going to do?!

I’ve since realized that it is possible to have an incredibly special birthday at home. No, it can’t be a blowout bash, but certainly, a birthday can be special without a party

Different can be better. And we work with what we’ve got!

So, if you are looking to create an unforgettable birthday celebration at home, read on for 10 great tips.

Epic Birthday Ideas for Home

These tips were shared by Jenn @ Healthy Happy Impactful

1. Balloon Countdown

First, let’s build anticipation to the big day! Here are two easy ways:

Begin with ten balloons (ten days before) and pop a balloon every day leading up to the birthday.

Jazz it up with special notes in the balloons hinting at the fun ahead!

Alternatively, blow a balloon up each day leading up to the special birthday and use them in a balloon waterfall on the big day. Simply put them in a bag over the door. When the door opens, down fall all of the balloons on the recipient!

2. Creative Decorations

Next, decorations make a huge impact! Who says they have to stay in one room?

Get creative with decor this year! Check out these fun ideas:

  • Blow up extra balloons for the child’s bedroom
  • Decorate the “birthday chair” (used for eating or lounging)
  • Write exciting sayings outside with sidewalk chalk
  • Post birthday signs in the front yard
  • Tape crepe paper on the doors so the child has to break the wall of paper when he or she comes out!

3. King or Queen For a Day

Surely, every child living creature on this planet would love to feel like royalty.

So, make it happen with a royal decree!

First, let the birthday kid sit in a special decorated “throne” for the day.

Then, make a small crown and let the child use a unique plate. Additionally, he or she picks the food, music, tv, and the day’s festivities.

4. Baby Albums

Birthdays are fun for kids because it fulfills their deep desire to feel loved and special.

One simple (but meaningful) gesture is to get out their baby books and mementos.

Go through these items together, and tell stories of what they were like as a baby. Remind them of how much they’ve grown and for how long you’ve loved them.

5. Homemade Cards & Videos

Another marvelous way to make a birthday special at home is to have friends and family send an abundance of cards and videos.

Just ask! These simple messages of love create an extra dose of excitement for a child that can’t see others in person.

6. A Virtual Get Together

No, we can’t all be together in one place. But consider these two options that are just as fun!

  • Organize a birthday parade! Have friends and family drive by with signs in the window and horns honking to make your child feel loved.
  • Create a virtual birthday party! Get family together to sing to the child before blowing out the candles. In addition, you can create a tea party or other simple theme to extend the fun.

7. Living Room Sleepover

Most kids love sleeping anywhere that is not their own bed.

So, organize a slumber party out in the living room in honor of the special birthday at home.

Pile a mountain of blankets and pillows and bring on the late-night snacks. This is truly a party to remember.

8. Scavenger Hunt For Presents

The ordinary act of opening presents can be a strikingly memorable experience!

Simply draw a pirate’s treasure map or leave a trail of thoughtful clues that lead to the exciting birthday gift.

Furthermore, this doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money on presents.

Have the clues lead to a simple birthday box first thing in the morning! In it, include additional decorations, candles, and birthday cake ingredients. Nothing fancy is required to make this amazing!

9. Yes Day

Every child’s dream – the day mom and dad say yes all the time.

For one day only, (because we’d never survive more) let the birthday child do what he or she wants. Eat chocolate for breakfast, jump on the beds, and do what kids love doing without getting in trouble.

10. Fun Meals

Finally, food has the power to stir so many positive emotions.

It’s also an incredible way to make the birthday at home special and comforting. Start with birthday pancakes and then re-create favorite restaurant dishes, and of course a special cake for the celebrated child.

10 ways to celebrate a kids birthday at home

Remember What’s Important

At the end of the day, it’s the love that matters.

Of course, pulling off a special birthday at home takes a little creativity and thought, but it’s well worth the effort. After all, these are the memories that you and your child will cherish forever.

Jenn Kropf is a Kansas City native and mama of three. She writes at her blog Healthy Happy Impactful, a place that empowers and supports moms in personal growth, health, and family. Jenn is passionate about discovering ways to live better and to give our kids the tools they need to live a full life.

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