We're sharing ideas for how to throw a virtual birthday party for adults in a creative and fun way, that can also be easy!
Celebrating a birthday as a grown-up during social distancing, doesn't have to be a challenge.
Plus, we believe it's even more important to celebrate today than ever. We all need to come together, laugh, and have some much-needed fun.
You would be surprised at the number of ways you can celebrate a birthday virtually with friends and family while staying within the safety of your homes.
Here are some ideas to consider:
Pick a Platform to Host Your PartyWe recommend Zoom as an easy platform that people can use. But in this blog post on throwing a party during social distancing, we have other hosting options for you to consider.
Pick a Virtual Party Theme
1: Costume Party
Select a theme for your party and request everyone to choose a costume accordingly.
The theme for the costume party could be that of your favorite book or TV series, superheroes, historical figures, or even decades. Just remember to pick something most of your guests can find in their closets.
You can also just let people get creative, like a big Halloween party, and let your guests dress in whatever costume they want. (Who says your Halloween birthday party has to be on Halloween :))
2: Cocktail Party
Just because you can't go to the bar doesn't mean you can't celebrate your birthday with drinks.
Look up cocktails recipes and share them with your friends so that they can arrange to get the ingredients before the party. Then your guests can even mix the cocktails as part of the party activity online together.
You can further set the stage for your cocktail party by playing good music and creating mood lighting.
3: Birthday Brunch
For those who have always preferred intimate brunches over clubbing, hosting a virtual birthday brunch is ideal.
Share your favorite breakfast recipes. Sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and some pancakes or your favorite brunchy foods and Zoom with all your invitees.
You can either get the same beverages and food items delivered to your friends' homes from a local restaurant or ask them to prepare the food and drinks beforehand.
4: Virtual Tours
If you and your gang of friends love exploring new places and are itching to go on an adventure, then you could sign up for virtual tours of museums, national parks, cities, and historical sites.
This is the new way to travel as a group during the pandemic and have a little escape. It's absolutely amazing how much you can see of the world today without leaving your living room.
5: Slumber Party
Slumber parties aren't just for kids. Are you missing sleepovers at your friends’ and family’s places?
Host an adult slumber party for a birthday and sit back and relax in your favorite pajamas.
You and your friends can indulge in some self-pampering pedicures, face masks, decadent treats, and gossip away the night like you used to do in pre-corona times.And if you have the phone battery life, you can keep the party going until morning.
6: DIY Project Parties
This one is for all those who love taking up artsy DIY projects and crafting something new.
Plan a DIY project where everyone works on a similar project at the same time, sharing their suggestions and ideas, while also talking their hearts away.For example, you could choose a bread recipe and everyone bake bread together.
7: Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Celebrating your birthday while playing a virtual scavenger hunt with your friends and family is an easy way to keep your guests entertained.
Just prepare a list of things for everyone to find and decide on a suitable time limit. The list could include regular objects such as a coffee mug or paper clip, to tricky things like finding a graduation photograph or a gift from someone else.Here's we've picked out a fun printable scavenger hunt to download and send to everyone.
8: Learn a Skill Together
Have you and your friends always wanted to learn something in particular? It could be painting or learning to knit, carve wood, etc.
For your birthday party, you can pay for everyone to take an online class together, or hire a teacher to come into you Zoom to teach everyone together.
9: Movie Night
For a virtual birthday, you can organize and watch a movie with your guests online. First, use our free movie night printables to decorate.
Then, invite your friends to your party and stream a movie at the same time together while chatting.
Just pick your favorite movie, pop some popcorn, and party with your friends!
10: Escape Room
This one is for those who love solving puzzles together. Why not try an online escape room?
The internet has plenty of virtual escape room options where you can find your way out of a witch's curse, a bank heist, even a Minecraft escape room.
11: Talent Show
Staying at home has left everyone with some extra time on their hands, which is why we all are brushing up on our skills. This birthday you could plan a virtual talent show to celebrate.
The guests can showcase their talents such as their guitar playing, singing, standup comedy, slam poetry, juggling, or even showcasing a choreographed dance performance.What a fun way for your guests to entertain each other!
12: Gaming Party
Just because you're adults, doesn't mean you can't play online games at your birthday party.
Here are some choices:
- Jackbox Games: They offer fun party games such as, “Dribbage”, “Drawful”, and “You Don’t Know Jack. Setting up Jackbox can be a little tricky, so check out this post we did about setting up Jackbox Games for a virtual party.
- Fortnite: While this is a fighting game with a gun, the animated graphics make it a safer alternative for a wider audience.
- Game Pigeon: This is an iMessage plugin via which you can play games through texts
- Online Jeopardy: It is another fun game to play with friends and family, just like the TV show
13: Spa Party
Practicing self-love and self-pampering especially during this stressful time, while also encouraging your loved ones to do the same, is an ideal way to celebrate a birthday.
You could either get spa products delivered to everyone’s homes or make some homemade spa essentials and drop them off.
Your virtual guests would love to indulge in some mani/pedis, skin treatments, face masks, makeovers, etc. During the party, feel free to break out some champagne and chocolates while you gab.
14: Wine Tasting
How about hosting a virtual wine tasting with an actual sommelier?
A lot of wineries are offering the services of virtual wine tastings wherein they will deliver batches of different kinds of wine and guide everyone through the wine tasting on a video call.How fun to taste and compare wine notes together. Too oaky or just enough grapefruit?
15: Murder Mystery Party
For those who are intrigued and fascinated by whodunit murder mysteries, hosting a virtual murder mystery party is a fun way to have a virtual interactive party activity.
Online platforms offer several themed murder mysteries with elaborate scripts and characters that can be played by your guests. Playing characters and investigating virtual mysteries would be a thrilling and exciting way to celebrate a birthday.
It's a great activity to get everyone involved.
Even in such uncertain times, something we're certain is that celebrations are an important way to bring people together. And even if it has to be virtual, it can still be satisfying and fun.
Whether you are planning to host a birthday party for yourself or for a loved one, we are sure one of these ideas would work for you.We'd love to know how yours turned out. Please add your party photos to our site, Catch My Party, so we can share your party with our community!
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