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Virtual Birthday Party Ideas

By Lindsay Pinchuk

It’s safe to say that if you or someone you love has a birthday in March, April or May—you’ll be celebrating at a distance.  While not ideal, our current shelter in place situation leaves room for a LOT of creativity when planning a loved one’s birthday celebration. BCB’s Founder + CEO, Lindsay Pinchuk knows a bit about birthday celebrations.  BCB turned TEN last week!  She shared some great ways to celebrate on WGN Morning News’ Around Town with Ana Beleval.  Scroll down for even more!



  1.  SNAIL MAIL!  When you know someone is about celebrate a birthday, drop a card in the mail to them.  One of the things currently still running is mail service.  Take advantage of good old fashioned mail and send a handwritten note.  You can also get your kids involved!  Have them make and send a card.
  2. SEND A PROJECT. Check out the handmade friendship bracelets in the clip above!  Put your creativity to the test and send something along with your handwritten note.  If the person celebrating is local, package it up and drop it on their porch.  This is a great opportunity to go back to basics and again, get your kids involved.  It’s an activity, you’ll take up some time, and you and your kids will be doing something kind for others.
  3. ZOOM/HOUSE PARTY/Google Hangout Surprise Party!  Send out the invite to the birthday boy or girl’s friends and family.  Tell everyone to join and then have the birthday celebrant join themselves!  Everyone can sing happy birthday and watch them blow out their candles.  Remind everyone who comes that it’s BYOC (Bring Your Own Cake!)
  4. Schedule a Car Parade!  This seems to be all the rage for kids and teens, but it doesn’t have to stop there!  It’s a great excuse to get out of the house, have something to do and somewhere to be. All the while practicing social distancing!  Friends and family can parade by, drop off treats and celebrate!
  5. Decorate The Birthday Celebrant’s Yard:   Companies like Card My Yard  and Sign Gypsies will come and decorate the birthday celebrant’s yard to make for an extra special day—and to let those in the car parade know where to stop by! Make sure to plan ahead—these companies are booking out fast due to the current situation.
  6. Chalk the driveway and sidewalk surrounding the celebrant’s home!  Another great way to involve your kids in the celebration!  Surprise the celebrant by leaving them notes and decorating the surfaces surrounding their home!  What a great surprise to wake up to.
  7. Make a video!   Ask friends and family to send video messages.  Use iMovie or Videoshop (one of our favorite apps for your phone!) to compile them into a montage with music.  This is good for anyone but especially teens and adults.  It also makes for a meaningful keepsake.
  8. Send them treats from afar! This is a great opportunity to send someone celebrating a birthday something special.  Some of our favorite treats include Lou Manalti’s Pizza, Shookies Cookies, Baked By Melissa, Sprinkles (delivery and pick up only,) Winc Wine,  and Zingerman’s Bake Shop.   Our friend and lifestyle writer, Samantha Lande, told us about Goldbelly when her son had his birthday.  Basically you can order anything from anywhere with this amazing online ordering service.  She ordered her son cake from Carlo’s bakery, AKA the CakeBoss.  (You can also check out some of Samantha’s celebration ideas on RealSimple.com!)
  9. Send them GIFTS they can use now!  If you want to send something that will get some use during this time, some great ideas include:  sweat outfits and lounging clothes, arts + crafts kids, subscriptions to Netflix or Hulu.
  10. Send gifts that they can use later!  If you want to support local businesses, send the birthday boy or girl a gift card to their favorite restaurant, salon or spa to use when we come out of quarantine.
  11. BONUS:  Bake a cake.  If it’s you’re celebrating in your home, take the time and make something from scratch that you normally wouldn’t make.  It will take up the whole day and then your dessert is taken care of!

BCB Founder, Lindsay Pinchuk, and her kids with the cake they made for BCBs 10th Birthday!

tay tuned for for more the Bump Club and Beyond Team.  We’ll be providing you many ideas for things to do over the next few weeks when we’re home with our kids right here. Check it out for ways to keep busy, Amazon Prime haul for keeping kids entertained, 101 Movies for Parents, online activities, virtual fitness and MORE!  We’ll be updating our ideas for you and your family daily. 

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