It has been a year that we have been living in a pandemic. The good news is that vaccines are already out and we all will be vaccinated soon. But, even if everyone is vaccinated, it doesn’t necessarily mean that covid-19 will vanish. Also, certain age groups are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, like the small babies. So, we still need to be careful when we decide to have celebrations. In this article, we will see in what ways we can celebrate birthdays during a pandemic.
Virtual Birthday Party
Long gone is the time when we were trying to be more present in real life than in a virtual life. Unfortunately with the pandemic we went back to where we started with our social media craze. But, this time we can utilize this to be present in special events of our family and friends. Virtual gathering is one of the best ways to celebrate birthdays at present. Setting up a virtual meet up and playing games and drinking and eating together online of course can be fun. WebEx , Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facebook Group Video Call, etc. You can set up some fun online games as well, so that everyone can be involved and can interact.
Birthday Parade has serious become a trend this pandemic season. You can plan a birthday parade for you child, parents or even friends. I honestly don’t think there is a age limit for a birthday parade. Then, all the people who have planned to join that parade can plan to meet at a spot at the given time. Once everyone arrives, they can head towards the house of the person whose birthday is being celebrated. This can be planned as a surprise also, which would definitely make it more fun. It will be fun seeing all the cars parade together. Also, cherry on the top would be some awesome decorations on the car.
Drive by Birthday Party
This is something close to Birthday Parade, yet a little different. You can set up huge yard signs in the yard of the person whose birthday is being celebrated. You have a themed decoration outdoors, like in the pre covid times, and set up a table with thank you favors. You can invite friends and family to drive by your house with decorated cars. You can request them to grab a thank you favor in their way out. You can add some fun by playing music and grooving.
Socially Distanced Outdoor Gathering
If you are the kind of person who is not into virtual gathering or drive thru birthday parties, you can opt for a socially distanced outdoor gathering. You can set up the gathering in your backyard if it is big enough, or book a picnic area in the park. You can have the seating arrangement in such a way that each family or group will be 6 feet apart from each other. Do make sure that you are complying with your state regulations on the number of people that can gather in an outdoor setting. You can order individually packed lunch boxes , so that people will not have to touch utensils that have been touched by others. You can even encourage people to wear a mask if they want to.
Indoor Gathering with only people who have been Vaccinated
Hopefully we are coming towards an end of the covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully!! By now a lot of people have already received vaccines. So, if you are not up for any of the above given ideas, then you can meet your friends and families who have already been vaccinated. You can have the regular kind of gathering that we used to have in pre covid era. Just be mindful that you are not inviting anyone who has not received the vaccine yet. It only takes one person to spread it to all the people present in your party. So you have to take responsibility and initiative to strictly have vaccinated people only in the birthday party.
These are some of the ideas that I have thought of. If you know some other fun ideas please do share.