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What you need to know about COVID-19: August 4, 2020
Birthday parties have always been a big deal in my house. I’ve never spent a large amount of money on presents or festivities, but I have always loved planning unique and fun parties for my three sons. I adore a thoughtful celebration that includes DIY details that make a party memorable and special.
My youngest two sons have July birthdays, and most years, we have one big party with about 20 guests. However, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, I knew things would need to be different this year. I recently planned a simple celebration for my 11-year-old, and today I’m sharing some tips you can use for planning your own birthday party during a pandemic.
Keep the invite list short. Depending on the public health directives in your province, you will need to adhere to gathering restrictions. For us, the gathering limit (without social distancing) was 10, so my son invited his brothers and five of his closest friends.
Consider having the party outside (in a venue that allows for social distancing). We opted to have our guests meet us at a mini golf course. I called ahead and was assured that the balls and clubs were sterilized between uses. The facility also allowed for social distancing between groups. If mini putt isn’t your thing, parks and splash pads are good options too. A socially distant outdoor movie would also be fun.
Think carefully about food. During these difficult times, it’s important to ensure that party guests will not be sharing drinks, food and/or germs. We kept our party short and made sure the gathering didn’t include a meal time. We gave our guests individual snacks and served cupcakes (instead of cake) to minimize guest contact with the food.
I also purchased water bottles for the guests and used a Cricut (cutting machine) to add the children’s names to the bottles. The bottles were helpful because no one shared drinks… and the water bottles made fantastic take home gifts/loot bags for the kids.
Find simple ways to celebrate at home. If gathering with a group doesn’t feel like a viable or safe option this year, consider just celebrating with family and finding other creative ways to make the birthday boy or girl feel extra special. Some fun ideas include:
You don’t need to host a big gathering to celebrate a child’s birthday. Planning a fun and memorable celebration that adheres to COVID restrictions is totally possible with a little imagination and creativity. Things might be a little different this year, but birthday celebrations can still be a lot of fun. Happy party planning!
Gina Bell writes the East Coast Mommy column, which runs every second week. Follow her blog at www.EastCoastMommy.com or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org