11 long-distance birthday party ideas keep the celebration going and make their heart smiles even through this difficult time.
These unique and fun ways can still gather everyone to create a truly memorable birthday party.
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Easy and fun virtual birthday party ideas
Some of these services are free, and some have small fees; you will need to check each service depending on what you pick.
1. Do a virtual Birthday Tiktok challenge
Have the birthday kid pick a song on Tiktok for everyone to dance to and send their dance version back to the birthday kid. This fun challenge will get everyone excited and having a lot of fun. You can even use a special hashtag.
2. Host a virtual dessert party on Zoom
Invite all your friends to eat dessert simultaneously and have fun chatting over yummy fun food. You can use a free tool like Zoom where everyone can see each other, chat, and enjoy each other’s company at the same time. To make it extra fun buy a deluxe party kit like this one. It can make the party really come together.
Zoom is free to join and does have a 40-minute time frame for group meetings. However, many companies are giving away longer time frames and specials with many people using virtual meetings, so be sure to check.
Zoom has an option to use a simultaneous screen share. To make it even more fun, you can use the virtual background feature to change the look of your background.
BONUS!! How to make your virtual background on Zoom fun and visually pleasing with Canva.
There is an awesome resource that you can use to make your Zoom call/party even more fun—Canva’s Zoom Virtual Background Templates. While celebrating your special occasion or have a meeting, you can use Canvas’s templates to match your party’s theme.
The best part is free to use, and you can change up your virtual background as often as you like. How fun is that!
3. Host an party with Sago Mini
How cool would it be if all your party guests got a unique party box in the mail? I was gifted a free Sagomini box to try out. It’s perfect for kids ages 3-6. Sago Mini offers multiple options to help you host your own virtual party with friends. You purchase the package of your choice, and every party guest gets sent a box filled with activities, creative makers, and play toys. Complete with storytelling.
After trying the box for ourselves, I can say they truly beat the goodie bags we are all used to. Besides, the quality of the items is made so durable that the kids can play with them repeatedly.
Check out my video below on the Sagomini box we got to try and a fun way you can beef up your birthday celebration. At the end of the video, you will see us put the whole thing together and the kids playing.
4. Create the ultimate printable birthday card with virtual messages
You can create the ultimate printable birthday card made by all your friends and family.
For a small price of $19.95, you can host a virtual birthday on the site Thevirtualbirthday.com.
On this site, friends and family can send messages and even send photos to the host to post on a gallery.
When the event is over all, the heart-filled messages are collected together to create the ultimate printable keepsake.
This site works by allowing the host to create a web page by choosing a party theme from the offered templates. Once created, the host invites the attendees to share.
5. Host an online movie night together by using Kast
Have your child pick out a movie they want to watch with their friends. Send an invite out and share the link with Kast.
After all the attendees download Kast, you can watch a movie and have a live chat during the movie.
Kids will be sure to get a kick out of this; for a full explanation of how to create a private party, click here.
6. Animated Greeting Cards party
How fun would it be for your child to open multiple animated birthday cards created by their friends and family?
First, shoot an invite out to all your attendees and tell them to create a free animated greeting card on Renderforest.
People can create fun animated greeting cards with personal photos they want to upload and heartfelt words they want to share with the birthday person.
Afterward, the birthday child can open them privately while enjoying their cake.
To add more fun, record or Livestream, the child opening each card for everyone to see. There are no right or wrong ways to do it. It’s all about fun.!
7. Create a Facebook pop-up party
Create a pop-up Facebook group and invite all your kiddo’s friends to the group. Go live and allow others to go live with you. Have people post videos and pictures and have fun interacting with each other in real-time.
8. Host a Virtual Surprise Party with Vidhug
Create a virtual surprise party for your kid. Invite your friends and family to create a video montage on an awesome site called Vidhug. It’s free to get started but is a paid service ($15).
After sending out a special link to your guest, they easily record & submit videos from any device. They don’t even need to download anything.
Vidhug then creates a fun video montage that family and friends can share with everyone. The best part will be to see the reaction on your kid’s face as their favorite people light up the screen with virtual love and hugs.
9. Host a virtual whiteboard party with games
If your kid is of writing age, you can invite everyone to join Murual for free.
While this is really for business collaboration, you can play online whiteboard games with a little creativity.
Get creative with the white space!!
10. Have a virtual game party using Synaptop
This one is more like a 3 in one option. Synaptop allows you to play online games together with chat, watch movies with chat and even listen to music together.
The kids will surely have a blast play online games live with their friends, and you can control the time limit. 😉
11. Have a Marco Polo virtual party
The Marco Polo app is a lot of fun. It’s like using a walkie-talkie and video chat as well. You can download the app and add your friend’s list straight from your contacts. Then you send short walkie-talky videos to each other.
You can start a private group within the app and invite everyone inside the app. Then have fun talking back and forth.
The app is free, and it notifies you when you have a video/chat waiting. You can see when your friends are active too.
Benefits of having a virtual birthday party
In these times of necessity and keeping everyone safe virtual parties can be a great alternate idea. At the same time, you could wait until everything dies down and reschedule a real in-person party. The truth is we don’t have a time limit on when life will resume to normal.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t pull off something extraordinary for your kiddo.
Besides virtual parties are:
- Practically free or a meager cost
- There is no cleanup
- No need to cook or bake
- No kids running around
- No exhaustion from hosting all-day
- Your child still gets recognized on their actual birthday.
- Social interaction can still happen even with the strict social distancing practice currently in place.
- Guests don’t even need to buy a cost-saving gift to them, and if your kid is like many other kids, one less toy to land in the toy pile.