Covid-19 has really made birthday parties a challenge. Gathering together in large groups, going out to attractions, and even eating where you like, have all become significant challenges through the pandemic. But whether you have a child’s birthday on the horizon, or you are planning a celebration for an adult, you may well be interested in doing something normal and fun.
Thankfully, this is still possible even under the harshest Covid-19 restrictions. It can just mean that you need to do a bit of planning to really be secure that you are having a birthday party that is Covid-19 safe.
Here we take a look at some of the things that you will need to consider when you plan a birthday party through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prepare to change your plans
It is first important to note that the situation surrounding Covid-19 changes all the time. No-one is truly sure yet when the country will begin to move away from the tier system – nor how long lockdown will last or whether we are likely to see another in future. This is something we have all had to live with under Covid-19.
The smartest thing that you can do is be aware that you may need to change your plans at any time. If you are planning a child’s birthday it can be better not to focus too much on specific details, but rather just make them aware that they will be having a party.
Activities with appropriate social distancing measures
It is really worth thinking about the kinds of activities that you are likely to be able to do. Maybe we are biased, but escape rooms do actually make a great socially distanced option. Rooms have adapted through the pandemic to allow for social distancing at all times, as well as having sanitiser stations.
If you are hoping for the best and assuming that activities will be able to take place with a group, just look for those options that are possible. There are plenty of outdoor activities that can also make for a great birthday day out, and you can always check the websites of attractions to help understand whether they can safely cater to the size of party you are thinking of.
What’s a birthday party without a birthday cake? While this may be true, unfortunately in the time of Covid-19, large cakes are not very pandemic-friendly. But that doesn’t mean that you have to go without birthday cakes entirely.
A great option could be to have birthday cupcakes produced. Providers can offer birthday-themed cupcakes for your party – in fact, this has become increasingly popular as a result of the pandemic. It saves the need to have multiple people handling food as everyone can simply take their cupcake and enjoy it.
Just because Covid-19 has made some aspects of birthday celebrations difficult, there are always ways around it.
Have a back-up plan
Even the best plans can’t compete with the unpredictability of Covid-19. We mentioned earlier that you need to be aware of the possibility that your plans will have to change at the last minute. Well, you also need to consider they could be cancelled altogether. A jump in cases could always lead to a tightening of restrictions.
As such, you need to have a back-up plan prepared. In some cases, this will be easy. If you’re planning a visit to an escape room, you can simply switch it out in favour of a virtual option. And you may also enjoy a birthday party over Zoom, as a replacement for meeting up in person.
It might not be the perfect party that you were hoping for but you can still make the best of a bad situation.
Yes, it is very difficult to make any kind of plans for fun things to do for a birthday party during the Covid-19 pandemic but that doesn’t mean you have to give up entirely. It can be smart to have a plan for what you want the party to be, but don’t be upset if plans do have to change at the last minute. This is life post-Covid-19 after all, and everyone is used to it.