Ideas for Celebrating Birthdays During Quarantine
Even though everyone is stuck at home, you can still make your child’s birthday feel special with these fun ideas of what to do at home, ways to connect with family friends, how to host virtual visits and where to find special treats. Please check websites for more information on delivery and services.
What to Do at Home
Decorations: Go crazy with the birthday decor. Make his room, the house and the yard feel celebratory. Hang banners and streamers, blow balloons, sprinkle confetti all over the place and make signs. Create a photo collage using his age. Get help decorating the yard from Buckhead Yard Greetings or Peachtree Yard Greetings, depending on your location. Hang a poster board or banner on your fence and ask friends and neighbors to sign it with happy birthday wishes.
Activities: Cater to her interests. What does she like to do? If she’s a budding fashionista, hold a runway show. Have a spa day. Play video games or karaoke. Cook together. Hold a dance party. Sit in on a virtual art or coding class. Watch her favorite show.
Royalty for a Day: As much as you can, let him choose how his day will go—what he eats, what he does or what he watches. Host a movie night and let him choose the movie and his snacks. Let him choose what games the family plays and what you order for dinner.
Go Outdoors: Create a backyard obstacle course with the trampoline, cardboard boxes, the swing set and other materials. Have a water balloon or water gun fight. Play pool volleyball. Listen to beach music to transport your family to a beach vacation. Camp out and make s’mores.
Jump for Joy: Rent bounce houses for your backyard for entertainment for the birthday girl and her siblings. Jumptastic is offering free delivery if you meet minimum order requirements for bounce houses, bounce and slide combos, obstacle courses, water slides, inflatable games and more. Jump 2 It has inflatables, games and rides. Astro Jump has water slides, mechanical bulls, rides, foam pits, obstacle courses, bounce houses and more.
Birthday Buddy: Young children will enjoy making birthday memories with Happy the Birthday Bird. Start a new tradition. Anticipation of the special day is half the fun. Think about a certain elf. Happy comes with creative multimedia ways to keep the party going all week long. Read the accompanying book, and follow the steps to activate Happy’s magic and bring him to life. Give Happy a middle and last name when he arrives, play bird-n-seek to find
where Happy is hiding each morning. Each day, you can hide small birthday surprises in Happy’s backpack for extra fun.
How to Connect with Family and Friends
Video Connection: Host a Zoom party for her friends, where they can see each other and play easy games, like Charades or Pictionary. Ask friends and family members to create birthday videos that you can show her each hour, or have them collaborate in helping you create a VidHug.
Letters: Bring back the lost form of letter writing! Have friends and family write and decorate letters or ship small presents that she can open on her special day.
Parade: Ask local family members, friends and neighbors to participate in a parade. They can decorate their cars with banners or balloons, and then ask them to drive by your house at a certain time.
Scavenger Hunt: Ask neighbors to hide cards or little gifts outside their houses that he can then search for. If he’s into pirates, hide presents around your house and create a treasure map for his quest.
Driveway Wishes: Leave sidewalk chalk on the driveway so local family, friends and neighbors can drop by to sign and decorate the driveway with birthday wishes, messages and doodles.
A Circus Act: If you’re in the 30030 zip code, JuggleGrams will perform a juggling show that you can watch from your window or porch. Proceeds will go to the COVID-19 Relief Fund of the Decatur First United Methodist Church.
Dream Friends Entertainment offers virtual Zoom parties with your child, their friends and their favorite character, or get a one-on-one interactive video. Choose from superheroes, princesses and more. A Zoom videogram costs $75, and a full virtual party costs $150.
Virtual character visits are available from Atlanta Birthday Party Characters. Have a 15-minute live interaction with any of the costumed characters, princesses or superheroes starting at $50.
Learn face painting, juggling, magic and more with Circus Camp’s online parties. These virtual parties start at $150 and can include a magic show and lesson, customized circus skill classes, a juggling performance, balloon twisting and more, as well as a circus-in-a-box to the birthday child.
Amazing Fairytale Parties offers free YouTube or virtual storytimes, as well as a video birthday message or a virtual party with one of their princesses for $75.
On Thur.-Sat. at 5 p.m., Camp, a family experience store, celebrates birthdays for free with magic, storytimes, dance and more.
Enjoy a chat with The Princess Party Co., which can include storytime, games and more from $29-$49.
These dessert places and bakeries are currently offering goodies you can celebrate your child’s special day with. Please call or check websites before ordering.
Get Ali’s Cookies from one of their three locations. (And if you want to pass along the celebratory birthday spirit, order a Healthcare Workers Care Package!)
Almond Cakes and Catering offers pickup or delivery for flavored cupcakes: Keylime, Strawberry Crunch, Cookies and Cream and Red Velvet, or get Pound Cake by the slice.
Batter Cookie Dough has classic cookie flavors and seasonal treats.
Through shipping or delivery, get Baked Wright Bakery’s cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, cupcakes or cakes.
Get a celebration cake, cookies or a cookie decorating box from Baker’s Man for pickup.
Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Sandy Springs is available for curbside pickup or delivery through Uber Eats or Postmates for 9″ pies, bite-sized pies or thumbprint cookies.
With custom orders, get CEG Bakery through curbside pickup or delivery. Their menu changes weekly.
Check out Cake Hag‘s weekly menu on Facebook.
Pre-order cakes or cupcakes from Cakes by Darcy for pickup.
Available through Uber Eats, get Endulge Cupcake Boutique for Banana Dream, Chocolate Criss Cross, Salted Caramel, daily specialties and more.
Order Georgetown Cupcake in Buckhead for pickup, delivery or shipping. Monthly specials include PB&J, Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip and Caramel Apple, and they have a special September Birthday Dozen assortment.
Get cookies, cookie cakes or brownies from Great American Cookies, with delivery through Uber Eats and more than 20 metro Atlanta locations.
The Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Westside locations of Henri’s Bakery & Deli are open. Get cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes and more.
Order a gift box or customize an order of 14 different flavors of cookie sandwiches, cookie cakes or brownies from Jimella’s Bakery.
Kupcakerie in East Point is open for takeout or delivery. Flavors include Churro, Cookies & Dreams, Birthday Cake and more. Or order a Kupcake Kit to decorate yourself.
Lenox Cupcakes is operating through takeout or delivery for their sweets, featuring cupcakes, cakes, cake pops, cookies, bundt cakes and cupcake push pops. Located in Chamblee and Decatur.
Order MyFairSweets online for custom cakes. If your child is a baker, why not have her bake her own treat with the Kitchen Quarantine Cupcake Mix?
With curbside pickup or delivery, order a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Metro Atlanta bakery locations: Alpharetta, Cumming, Kennesaw, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Snellville and Tucker.
Sammy’s Cheezecake in East Point offers cheesecakes and cakes whole or by the slice, with flavors changing daily.
Place an order for Southern Sweets Bakery, which is offering curbside pickup. Get pies, bars, cookies, cakes, cheesecakes and more.
Order birthday cakes or cupcakes from Sugar Benders Bakery, with 30 cake flavors, 18 icing flavors and 12 filling flavors.
Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe, with locations in Doraville, Duluth, Marietta and Midtown, is available for pickup or delivery for their cakes.
Order Tiff’s Treats for pickup or delivery for cookies, brownies, ice cream and more. Locations include: Alpharetta, Buckhead, Cumberland, Decatur, Midtown, Perimeter and Peachtree Corners.
Three Ways to Socially Distance and Party with Guests
Backyard Campout: Have a few friends over to spend a night under the stars in their own separate tents. Roast s’mores over a bonfire, project a movie onto the side of the house, and set up stargazing equipment.
Ice Cream Truck: It’s a sweet treat for the whole neighborhood! Rent an ice cream or shaved ice truck, and invite your child’s friends over for a delicious celebration sans cake. Set timed visits to stagger guests.
Puppets to Your Yard: The touring puppet theater, Piccadilly Puppets Company, will come to your location for an entertaining and educational puppet show for your birthday kid and the neighborhood crew. Book one of their 10 shows today.