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8 Fun Birthday Ideas for One Year Olds in Quarantine

For quarantine babies, the first year of life probably looked a little different, but this doesn’t mean their birthday should be any less special. It’s your baby’s first birthday and you’ve been parents for a year—that’s something to celebrate! To help you with some special first birthday ideas, we’ve compiled an exciting list of ideas for quarantine birthday parties while keeping COVID-19 precautions in mind.

Let's get right to it, then!

 

1. Virtual First Quarantine Birthday Party Theme 

A quarantine birthday party theme is a fun way to make lemonade out of lemons, especially in this stressful time. Simply create decorations, invitations, and signs to station in the background behind your baby, and use a yellow and black caution tape-inspired color scheme. Ready-made signs and cake toppers make this easy to do, and a special shirt for the birthday kiddo makes for a keepsake of just how unique their first birthday was.   

 

2. Play a Good O'le Game of Bingo

If you’re looking for a fun virtual birthday game, baby bingo is your go-to. Start by inviting your family and friends to join you for a Zoom party. Email or mail them baby bingo cards before the virtual party, which you can find online or create your own.

Step two is deciding on the trivia to ask about your baby for the game. In one row, for example, you can have the baby’s zodiac sign, height, and weight at birth. Come up with some funny squares, too, that tell guests fun facts about your baby they may not have known before.

 

3. Party Boxes for Your Virtual Guests

A coordinated party box is a great way to help your family and friends feel connected to the birthday baby. You can ship these boxes or drop them off locally, and then everyone has the same goodies during a virtual party. In the boxes, you can opt to include party hats, party favors, sweet treats, and even a photo of the birthday baby so everyone can celebrate alongside your family from a distance.

 

4. Host an Online Costume Parties Virtual (or Outdoors)

Although the birthday child may not know what a costume party is, they will love seeing their parents and family getting dolled up. The more ridiculous costumes the better when it comes to costumes for a baby. To start, invite guests to your virtual or small outdoor gathering. Ensure that the guests dress according to the specific theme or in a costume of their choice. Virtual guests aren't exempt; they can wear their costumes and sing Happy Birthday to the baby. 

If you prefer an outdoor gathering, encourage guests to wear costumes with a mask or face covering. A superhero like Wonder Woman might be a fun theme. Guests will have a little more fun wearing masks when a costume party is involved. And the best part is that your newborn will have awesome photos to look back on in the future.

 

5. Send Virtual Guests a Signature Cocktail Recipe 

Your baby’s first birthday is also about celebrating the fact that you as parents survived the chaotic first year of parenthood, so you should enjoy the party as well. Consider making signature cocktail recipes for the adults to sip during your virtual party. Distribute printed recipe card with instructions for making the perfect party drink. 

If your budget allows, include all the mixers and accessories with your recipe in a drop-off party box. You can include mini pop cans, orange or cranberry juice, with a travel-sized alcohol bottle. Don't forget also include cherries, oranges, lemons, or limes to spruce it up (go wild!). Learn how to DIY some origami art, because it'll be a fun addition that also looks good. You can even include a personalized name tag with your baby’s name.

  

6. Birthday Baby’s Photo Shoot Session

If you don't want to throw an in-person party but are too tired after another long, taxing week, there are alternate ways to celebrate your baby's first year with friends and family. Photos are a great way to celebrate the big moments in your little one’s life. Find a great local photographer and choose your favorite outside location (like the zoo, the beach, or a favorite playground). Or play photographer yourself! Even if you're not a pro, have fun! Do it big this year with a first birthday photo shoot. 

After the shoot, you can throw together a slideshow for family and friends to enjoy. As a bonus, you can have some of the best pictures printed and framed for embarrassing your kids in the future.

 

7. Costume Parties Go Virtual (or Outdoors)

Although the birthday child may not know what a costume party is, they will love seeing their parents and family getting dolled up for the evening. The more ridiculous costumes the better when it comes to costumes for a baby. To start, invite guests to your virtual or small outdoor gathering. Ensure that the guests dress according to the specific theme or in a costume of their choice. Virtual guests aren't exempt; they can wear their costumes and sing Happy Birthday to the baby. 

If you prefer an outdoor gathering, encourage guests to wear costumes with a mask or face covering. A superhero like Wonder Woman might be a fun theme. Guests will have a little more fun wearing masks when a costume party is involved. And the best part is that your newborn will have awesome photos to look back on in the future.

8. Smash Cake Zoom

Undoubtedly, the first birthday cake smash is an exciting part of every 1-year-old birthday, and thanks to Google Meet and Zoom, no one has to miss out on your cutie smashing that cake. This is the moment your family and friends most love to share with the birthday baby.

Invite everyone and let them know how to join the virtual party. From there, you can start decorating your baby’s highchair and a backdrop to set the scene. Once all or most of your guests are on, you can sing Happy Birthday— then let your baby dig in. You can use a screen recorder record your virtual party, and keep a record of everyone's reaction when your baby demolishes that cake!


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