25+ Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Birthday Party at Home

Is your little one celebrating a birthday party at home this year? With the current focus on staying home and the #StayHome movement, you might be wondering how to make it a special and memorable...

Is your little one celebrating a birthday party at home this year? With the current focus on staying home and the #StayHome movement, you might be wondering how to make it a special and memorable celebration. Don't worry, with these practical tips, you can throw an amazing and happy birthday party right at home!

Little girl wearing a unicorn dress next to a unicorn backpack to celebrate a birthday party at home Caption: Little girl wearing a unicorn dress next to a unicorn backpack to celebrate a birthday party at home.

Birthday Party at Home This Year?

My family has tons of experience with at-home birthday parties, as it's the only kind we throw! This year, my four-year-old daughter had been planning her birthday party for months. We were all set to have a barbecue with friends and family to celebrate her special day, but then the unexpected happened.

The pandemic hit, and we found ourselves in self-isolation. Despite the circumstances, I was determined to make her birthday a happy one, even if it meant having a smaller celebration with just our immediate family. Let me share with you some tips based on our experience to help you host a special and memorable birthday party at home!

Birthday party at home

Pick a Theme

Just because you're having a smaller party doesn't mean you can't have a fun and kid-friendly theme. Let your child choose their favorite theme, whether it's their favorite character, a favorite movie, or something unique and creative. Oriental Trading is a great place to find a wide range of kid-friendly themes, and Rakuten offers additional discounts when shopping online!

Party Decor Made Simple

Don't stress over decorations! Take a look around your home and see what party supplies you already have on hand. Use free printables and DIY decor based on the chosen theme. Balloons, streamers, and even leftover Christmas decorations can add a festive touch to your party. Get creative with tissue paper flowers and dress up in outfits that match the party theme.

Simple party decorations Caption: Simple party decorations.

How Well Do You Know the Birthday Kid?

Even if you can't have friends and family over, you can still include them in the virtual birthday celebration. Create a printable questionnaire called "How Well Do You Know the Birthday Kid?" and have your child complete it. Post the questions on social media for family and friends to play along. It's a fun way to connect and compare answers!

How Well Do You Know the Birthday Kid?

Best At-Home Birthday Party Foods

Let the birthday kid choose their favorite meal for dinner. It's a special treat for them to have their favorite food on their special day. If you want something different, consider serving appetizers or having a themed meal based on their favorite sports team or a favorite movie. Don't forget the popcorn for a movie night celebration!

Making a Birthday Cake (Unicorn Cake Tutorial)

The birthday cake is always a highlight of any birthday party. Making a homemade cake is easier than you might think, even if you've never done it before. Use a white cake mix as a pantry staple and add food coloring to create a colorful cake. Let your creativity shine when decorating the cake. The most important thing is to make it special for the birthday child.

Homemade Unicorn birthday cake Caption: Homemade Unicorn birthday cake.

Birthday Gifts and Cards

Even if you can't have physical guests at the party, you can still make the birthday child feel special with gifts and cards. If your child receives gifts in the mail, transfer them from the cardboard box into a recycled gift bag. Consider using video chat platforms like Zoom or FaceTime to broadcast the party celebrations and have the birthday child open their gifts in front of the camera.

Birthday gifts and cards

Don't Forget to Take Pictures!

Capture the special moments of the birthday party by taking pictures. Make sure to document your child's outfit and their excitement on their special day. Take family photos during gift opening and when blowing out the candles. These pictures will be cherished memories of a unique and unforgettable birthday celebration.

Birthday party photos

Activities for a Birthday Party at Home

Choose activities that your child enjoys the most. Minute to Win It-style games using household items can be a fun option. Create an in-home scavenger hunt, let them dress up in costume, or have a craft session for art-loving kids. Don't forget to have a dance party where the whole family can join in. There are also online options like Facebook Live or Zoom for virtual chats with family and friends.

Activities for a birthday party at home

Here's What You Can Skip

Having a birthday party at home allows you to save money and skip unnecessary expenses. You can send digital invitations instead of physical ones, skip party favors, and opt for small prizes that can be emailed instead. Pony rides, face painting, and bounce houses can be skipped for at-home parties on a budget.

Skip unnecessary expenses

Remember, the most important thing is to make your child feel loved and celebrated on their special day, regardless of the circumstances. With these tips, you can create a memorable and joyful birthday party right at home!

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