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The Party Must Go On: How to Safely Host a Kids’ Birthday Celebration

The Party Must Go On: How to Safely Host a Kids’ Birthday Celebration

Explaining COVID-19 to our kids has been a tricky conversation to navigate. Perhaps the most disheartening is trying to explain why their party is being canceled or why we can’t celebrate their day like usual. With a few safe practices in place, celebrations don’t have to be stressful, and they can still be just as meaningful despite the pandemic.

Before any planning for your child’s party, familiarize yourself with your state’s current restrictions. Here are some other tips:

  • Think small to limit exposure. Most kids only need a few friends to have a good time. Encourage those not feeling well, those at high risk of developing serious illness or those with underlying health issues to stay home.
  • Consider keeping it outside. Outdoor events are ideal and should allow enough space for proper social distancing for guests. Space tables and chairs at least six feet apart and encourage a limited number of kids per table.
  • Mask up. If the party is inside and the proper social distancing isn’t feasible, masks should be worn. Set these expectations in advance, but providing masks upon arrival would ensure everyone has one. Always remember to have a few extras on hand. Offering themed masks could double as an easy party favor.
  • Have hand sanitizer readily available. Keep it stationed throughout the party. Make cleaning their hands fun and have them sanitize while singing the Happy Birthday song.
  • Skip blowing out the candles. Instead, give the birthday boy or girl their own individual cake so they can still make a wish!
  • Switch up food options. Limit food served to single serving snacks, drinks, ice cream cups and cupcakes. Consider prepackaging cupcakes and cake slices in advance to help cut down on exposure to germs.

For a “contact free” celebration with grandparents or those most vulnerable, consider a virtual video chat event using popular platforms such as Zoom, Band, Google Hangout or Houseparty. For a non-virtual, social distancing event, you can try a drive-by birthday car parade.

With a little planning and a lot of creativity, you can still carry on the birthday traditions you hold most dear.