Everyone deserves to feel celebrated, especially around their birthday. However, in the middle of a pandemic, it can be hard to navigate how to safely and appropriately make that happen. Read on to find tips for having a safe and fun COVID-19 adult birthday party.
One video that I'll always remember as defining 2020 is a man sitting in front of a birthday cake wearing a mask. His friends finish a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday," only for the camera to pan to 5 or 6 laptops to show the singers are actually on Zoom. As the song finishes, the camera pans back to the birthday boy, who then takes out a blowdryer to blow out the candles. It made me laugh at the time, but what a strange dystopian image.
If you're over 21, you probably won't be hitting the bar for a drink to celebrate your birthday this year. However, there are plenty of ways to make the day a fun, unique, birthday party like no other year. It's all about how you frame it.
Now that we have all that out of the way, here are some ways you CAN safely have a birthday celebration this year.
Adult birthday party games: When you're having a party, group games are a great way to break the ice and get everyone involved. Just because we're maintaining a social distance doesn't mean we can't have some fun. It just means Twister may just not be the best idea this year. Some fun group games for adults with little to no contact between players include Signs, Charades, Pictionary, Taboo, and Psychiatrist.
Virtual party: Have a happy hour and game night over Zoom! Play Family Feud, Quiplash, Pictionary, or a trivia game featuring one of the birthday person's favorite topics. You could also try a virtual karaoke night!
It looks like most of us are going to have a birthday that looks a little different this year. However, we can adapt and find ways to care for and celebrate the ones we love while still being safe. If you have any other ideas for a COVID-19 adult birthday, let us know in the comments! And don't forget to share your moments and memories on FamilyApp!