Tuesday, October 4, 2022

How To Make a Birthday Special in 2020

Life is much different in 2020, and trying to have a birthday while maintaining social distancing or worse, being in quarantine, can present a number of challenges.  What to do?

Parents, friends, and spouses are all scrambling to find ways to make sure the Birthday Boy/Girl feels special and loved on their annual celebration of how great he/she is.  Here’s a few ways to try and make sure that happens!

Birthday Poster

One thing I enjoyed so much with my children when they were young, and now this year with my husband, is a birthday poster!  This is a low-cost/free way to remind the birthday person how special he/she is.  I recommend scrolling through your phone and take a look at the pics from the last year.  Write down on scrap paper special words and events that bring to mind good times and the wonderful attributes of the birthday person.  Think about the special ways this person makes you feel and what makes him/her special to you.  With all of this in mind, sketch out how you’d like your poster to look.  If you’re artsy, draw it, but if you’re not, use stickers, stencils, and magazine or phone pics to make your poster special.  Fill up as space as possible.  If you have a family, let each member help and make a contribution to the poster.  The key idea here is making someone feel special, not how perfect the poster is.  Have it ready for the birthday person on the morning of his birthday.

Year in the Life video

If you are a person who takes a lot of videos, this is perfect for you!  Combine your videos of you and the birthday girl/guy using an app or software and add music that the two of you love.  You can add pics in between if you like or have a pic that your video just wouldn’t be complete without.  Make it unique by adding a title page that has the date, which birthday it is, and your names.  Keep it just between you two, or post it to your favorite social media to share with the world.

Birthday Parade

This is a lot more effort-intensive, but if you have a friend who is quarantined, this will be awesome!  First, check with your city events office to see if you need a permit.  Normally, events with less than 500 participants do not need a permit. Next, invite, invite, invite!  Let people know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it.  Schedule a thirty-minute or one-hour time frame for friends to drive by.  Encourage friends to make a birthday poster for the car and maybe even add balloons!  An extra special touch would be to bring balloons to leave with the birthday girl/guy! Queue up a favorite song of yours to play while passing the birthday home.  On the day of, have cars meet and organize in a nearby large parking lot, making sure to not block exits, entrances, or turn lanes.  It would be a good idea to have a person with a flag to help direct people. When it’s time, have each car drive to the location and SLOWLY drive by, honking, playing music, and giving your best birthday wishes to the special person!

If you are the “helper” at the birthday home site, help the birthday person receive any gifts or balloons and wave and “woo-hoo” as cars drive by!  An extra special touch would be to have a goodie bag to give to the cars that come by.  If cars want to stop and visit, encourage the driver to pull over and park out of the way of the parade route.


Terri Brown
Beautiful, creative, organized, people-lover – I am two or three of those things every day. I am also the mother of three adult children I am very proud of, and would love to have a Corgi one day. I love to help people by bringing order to chaos, show hospitality through food and planning events, and I’m learning calligraphy and hand lettering. Other favorites include cheesy cheese pizza, re-purposing home décor, using the crevice tool on my vacuum cleaner, and talking to people wherever I go.