Outdoor or drive-by birthday party?

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

You do know that kids are unable to socially distance, right? I mean, they developmentally do not have the foresight or impulse control to socially distance, so having any sort of kids’ party means that socially distancing is a pipe dream. I know how disappointing it might be to you and your child, but I’d go with the drive-by party or just simply celebrate at home this year.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@echomomm:  Agree. It’s going to be practically impossible to socially distance children.  Drive-by all the way to be safe. 

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Bee Keeper

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@wonderwedding:  Probably drive by party. I think it’s impossible for kids to social distance when everyone is at the same spot. I think some cute things you can do are:

  • Send invite of time when guests can drive by in front of your house
  • Spend a few moments with each guest by chatting with them while in their car (safe distance of course)
  • Have a gift table ready so you can easily place the gift there and you don’t have to carry it around.
  • you can decorate one big table with a party tablecloth for the gifts, balloons (with weights in place), Happy birthday sign, cupcakes, and party favors.
  • Have your husband or someone take pics of your kid with each guest in their car before they drive off
  • Provide cupcakes and ideally, give out individually packaged cupcakes. If you are in the US, Kimberley’s Bakeshoppe (you can get this at Walmart, Aldi) is a good brand, lots of flavors and reasonably priced and I’ve seen them sold packaged individually so you can prevent handling contamination and cupcake dryness (once exposed to air, there’s the chance cupcakes can become dry)
  • A birthday favor could be washable masks for the kids (again if you are able to make them/buy them in bulk) so it kinda matches the social distancing theme for your kids particular birthday this year.
Post # 5
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Blushing bee

In our admittedly small town the police and fire departments will do a drive by parade with lights for children’s birthday’s. Maybe yours can do something similar. Cars  will also honk as the drive by to wish the kids happy birthday if they see a sign for it. We’ll be doing this for our sounds birthday.

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Bee Keeper

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@wonderwedding:  This drive by birthday sounds fun! Let us know how it goes!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

In my area the fire trucks (and sometimes even helicopters!) will come do a drive by greeting. For our regular birthday parades Ive seen some people toss gift bags out of their car onto the lawn LOL. You could possibly do similar, or set up a box jsut past your house that they can either hop out and grab a (possibly indivdually wrapped) cupcake or a table tall enough to grab out the window of the car. That way you can set it all up ahead of time, sanitize everything, and do a touchless dealie. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Drive by can be fun and add in a Zoom dance party with their favorite friends. You  can order decor ahead of time online if you like and have it decorated when they wake up. My friend decorated like that for her mom.  It was a nice surprise.  

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It depends where you live. In WA state I could see doing a party where you invite one or MAYBE two other households over for outdoor low-contact games and everyone wears masks. 

 

But truth is, your kid’s birthday party isn’t worth any of their friends or friends’ loved ones getting COVID. It is better to do the drive by.  

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

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@wonderwedding:  Not overly paranoid.  I start to think Im being paranoid too then I think maybe we should do xyz and now my state is one of the 4 with a huge surge in cases and hospitalizations and I realized I’m not paranoid there’s a reason.  

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

2 of my 3 kids have summer birthdays and it’s a bummer, but no parties this year. I’ve just told them to pick out a few extra presents that they would like- equivalent to what I would have spent on a party.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

Definitely the drive-by. Cases are spiking horribly right now. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We had small backyard parties for my son the past couple weekends – we kept our families separate, immediate family only. 8 people at both parties. One had just all adults besides the birthday boy and one had one other kid (cousin) who had been home from daycare and well isolated for a couple months ahead of this. Obviously the kids played together, but it felt pretty safe in the circumstances (we have been fully isolating besides grocery runs and other family had just had parents looking after her since her daycare was closed). We all stayed outside both times, served food straight off the BBQ and cupcakes (with the one with candles on a separate plate). I wouldn’t do an actual party with a bunch of kids, because suddenly even if there’s only 10 kids you’re really exposing everyone else to like 30 + other people, everyone’s parents/siblings/whoever else they interact with. 

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