It SUCKS to have your birthday fall during quarantine. You can’t go out. You can’t gather with your friends. You can’t throw a party. Or can you??? Here are 21 fabulous virtual birthday party ideas for party people of all ages. Party on(line)! Excellent!
Host a Virtual Make-Your-Own-Pizza Party Pick up some pizza kits (dough, sauce, mozzarella) from a local pizza joint or grocery store and drop them off at all of the party attendees houses (if they’re comfortable with it). If they’re not comfortable with outside food, ask them to make some dough and create the kits at home so they can join the fun. Then connect everyone via Google Hangouts, Zoom or FaceTime and have them create their pizzas together! Try to finish up at the same time and then the guest can eat together as well.
Have a Virtual Cupcake Decorating Party Like the pizza party, just swap the savory for sweets! Bake, buy or have the guests bake cupcakes, supply frosting and sprinkles and fire up the FaceTime to decorate cupcakes together!
Host a Movie Night Have your friends watch a movie together. The app Rave allows you to stream a movie from anywhere (Netflix, YouTube, Amazon) with a gang of friends. The app syncs up the movie on all of the attendees phones or tablets so you can watch at the same time and voice or text chat during the show. The Netflix Party extension on Chrome is similar to Rave. You can watch the same movie at the same time as your distant friends. It also has a chat room to connect during the viewing.
Get Your Move On Get your kids and their friends moving with a 30-minute virtual party from SkyZone where they can play games and jump around with their friends.
Host a Video Game Party Have the party guests connect on their favorite video game and play together. You can gift party attendees virtual party favors in the form of Fortnite skins or Robux.
Abracadabra Create a Magic Party Keep the magic alive with a virtual magic show. Have a magician perform virtually and blow all of your guests’ minds!
Have a Scavenger Hunt Email all of the attendees a fun scavenger hunt list full of things then can find in their homes and/or neighborhoods. FaceTime while you’re on the hunt so you can do it together or meet up on Zoom afterwards to chat about the chase!
Make a Video I did this for my mom’s birthday. I got all of her friends and family from around the world to send me videos wishing her a happy birthday. I edited them together and then FaceTimed her as she watched it. She cried her eyes out. Success!!!
Create a Scrapbook or Birthday Poster Invite all of your birthday boy or girl’s friends to send a photo, card or special message and then glue them all into a scrapbook or onto a poster. Then connect on FaceTime or Zoom to chat about the memories!
Have a Fairy Party Throw an online party with a fairytale twist! With Happily Ever Laughter’s virtual parties, kids will do magic, hang out with some fab puppets and even have a gift “magically” leap from the screen into their hands.
Do a Drive-by Caravan Have a caravan of cars drive by to celebrate! Invite the birthday girl or boy’s besties to decorate their cars with streamers or balloons and pop out of the sunroof or window with a happy birthday sign as they drive by honking and singing.
Host a Goat-2-Meeting Got an animal-lover? Have them virtually visit a farm or a zoo with their party guests. They can get a behind-the-scenes, up-close look at their favorite furry friends. Ship animal stuffies to all of the guests’ homes ahead of time for a fun party favor!
Have a Virtual Surprise Party Gather everyone (except the birthday girl or boy) on Zoom and then have the guest of honor walk into the room after everyone is on screen. Scream “SURPRISE” and let the fun begin!
Throw a Virtual Theme Party Pick a theme (80s, Superheroes and Villains, Tiger King … you name it) and have everyone dress up before they log on to a Zoom party. You can drop off themed party favors, drinks or snacks ahead of time.
Host a Virtual Murder Mystery Party Gather your friends from near and far for a night of suspense. Night of Mystery has spooky themes for kids, teens, adults and even some non-murder mysteries.
Do a Drop Off Kit Party Create cute little party kits with cake, candles, drinks and decor and drop them off at friends’ houses. Then connect virtually and party together! Whatever you do, don’t have a party where only the birthday boy or girl has cake! No one wants to watch someone else eat cake. AMIRIGHT???
Throw a Virtual Escape Room Party Get your guests brains moving with a virtual escape room. Check out Mystery Escape Room for awesome virtual parties up to 8 people or Puzzle Break’s The Grimm Escape, a fun, challenging adventure for up to 6 players.
Host a Workout Party Use and app like Rave to stream a yoga class from your favorite YouTuber or take turns challenging one another with exercises and get your birthday sweat on!
Boogie Down with a Virtual Dance Party Invite guests to a Zoom, open your favorite music streaming app and then share your computer’s audio. Pump up the tunes to boogie down with your besties … from afar.
Blow their Minds with a Virtual Bubble Party Bubble Dad has taken his awesome, science-inspired, bubble-filled parties to the web! He’s streaming 45-minute birthday parties where he shows off his smoke bubbles, snowman-shaped bubbles and super-sized bubbles. He also teaches the guests how to make their own amazing bubble wands.
Celebrate Like Royalty with a Virtual Princess Party Invite guests to dress up in their finest and then have a virtual visit from a princess! You can order a pre-recorded visit, a one-on-one visit or a live Zoom with a princess and up to 10 guests! Turns out you can live happily ever after in quarantine.
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