Ideas for Celebrating Birthdays During Quarantine

April 13, 2020

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.

If you’re using a service, please call before ordering, as situations are changing daily.

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 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: Even though you can’t rent a bounce house, 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.

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.

Themed Party: Use Netflix Party to host a watch party for him and his friends. Have a virtual art birthday party with Young Art.

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.

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.

Virtual Visits

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.

Hold a virtual birthday party with Sky Zone. The Sky Zone team will lead your child and his friends through 15-20 minutes of games, active play and a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for free.

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 $45-$60.

Each day 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.

Party Treats

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, as situations are changing daily, or to check if delivery is still available.

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 is offering free delivery to Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody areas, as well as delivery to other neighborhoods on certain days.

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.

Cake Hag offers free local delivery within five miles. Check out their 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 Cherry Blossom, Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip, Hummingbird and Pink Tulip, and they have a special April Birthday Dozen assortment.

Get cookies, cookie cakes or brownies from Great American Cookies, with delivery through Uber Eats and 25 metro Atlanta locations still open.

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. Free metro Atlanta delivery is available.

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.