Ways to Celebrate a Birthday During Quarantine


Mary-Edith Cox, Social Media Chair

Birthday parties are special. Not only is it a way to celebrate you, but it is also a great way to gather friends and family together. Obviously, this year is different. Amid our new normal of social distancing, get-togethers have been called off, leaving the spring babies to celebrate from home. While you may not be able to throw the party you planned, that does not mean you need to skip the festivities altogether. Here are five simple ways to celebrate your friends or family members that cannot have a normal birthday this year.


  1. Send a card: Whether it be a virtual or postal, sending a card is the best and easiest way to say “Happy Birthday” while adding more of a personal touch. If you do not live close enough to your friend to drop a letter off in their mailbox (no contact required!), send a virtual card.


  1. Make a “Happy Birthday” video montage: The only way to improve upon a traditional birthday card is to make it interactive. Ask friends and family to record their birthday wishes, and then use a service like Tribute to create the personalized video. This gift is sure to be a keepsake for years to come.


  1. Host a virtual birthday party on Zoom: I know most of us are sick of using Zoom, but it is one of the best ways to host something virtually. All you have to do is send an invite to everyone you are inviting, then boom, your party is ready to go!


  1. Host a Netflix Party: If you love movies, schedule a virtual watch party. The extension is free to download, and features synchronized video playback (so everyone’s screen will pause and resume at the same time); plus, there’s a chat room so you can share your thoughts throughout the movie.


  1. Plan a surprise drive-by with your friends: This is the absolute best way to surprise your friends on their birthday. Make signs, get decorations, and be ready to embarrass them. Honk your horns, yell, play music, and show how much you love them.