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Host a virtual party with friends!

There are lots of kids all over the world who are going to have a birthday while their country is in lockdown or mandatory isolation. This resource is about bringing together all the best ideas for having a party at home. Just because you can’t have a birthday party in person doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate virtually.
  1. Set the date. You may still consider holding your party at the weekend. This will account for any essential workers and homeschooling. However! If it suits all the guests, you could also hold the party on the actual birth day – perhaps a time in the late afternoon when all the school-learning is likely to be finished.
  2. Allow for at least an hour. This is mainly to allow for initial technical difficulties, the beginning chatter while everyone gets used to the platform and talking to each other.
  3. Decide on the platform. some popular options include Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Hangouts. Before you decide, make sure you research the security aspects of each platform and put together some instructions for your guests.
  4. Send out invitations. You can easily put together fun invitations using free platforms like Canva or just use a word processing program like Microsoft Word or Google Docs
  5. Plan on the entertainment. Consider the age group. Teenagers are likely to be happy chatting although we have seen some amazing virtual pamper parties and jewellery parties where the activity is delivered to a guest in advance. Younger kids might enjoy a simple activity like playdoh or even a youtube art tutorial for everyone to participate in. Another fun idea is to send the kids plans for paper planes and have a paper plane flying contest, with parents measuring the distance the planes travel.