A guide to hosting a birthday party during the pandemic this fall

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By Jana Beauchamp

Fall birthdays are not canceled but instead are back and better than ever thanks to birthday party businesses working tirelessly and pivoting to bring happiness and joy to kids! We found some special birthday services for virtual celebrations, small, in-person socially distanced celebrations, or however you choose to celebrate your child’s quarantine birthday. These businesses are bringing the birthday magic!


An American Girl Birthday “Take-Home Celebration” (plus a perfect present)

American Girl is offering a way for kids to party at home with “Take-Home Celebrations” – it’s an all-in-one kit to celebrate birthdays! This fabulous and fancy kit includes the brand’s signature pink and white birthday cake, deluxe-themed goody bags, crafts, digital invitations, doll crowns for party guests, and of course a crown for the birthday girl. Currently available for curbside pickup at the NYC store, this makes every little girl’s American Girl birthday dream come true. Thanks to AG, kids will love having their dolls celebrate their special day in every way alongside them. There are extra sweet touches like doll birthday shirts and balloons with amazing attention to details, as well as cute crafts and fun games to play for an extra special AG themed celebration.

For the icing on the AG cake, gift your birthday love the newest American Girl, Courtney Moore! Courtney joins American Girl’s popular line of strong historical heroines whose stories impart important life lessons to build confidence and character in girls. Courtney teaches girls that people — especially girls and women — can be, do, and love more than one thing, and taking risks to follow your passions is always worth doing. We also love that American Girl has a charitable partnership with Girls Who Code, which leans into Courtney’s story of encouraging girls to put themselves out there and be bold.

Fun Little Gifts and Favors

The sweet and sentimental Make a Wish Adjustable Bracelets are the perfect party gift or favor right now. Wish Bracelets are a fun, fresh way to offer a loved one your wish for Health, Peace, Adventure, New Beginnings and eight other special sentiments. Pick your sentiment (or favorite color), tie it on, and when it breaks, your wish comes true (fingers crossed!). Little ones will love the colorful stones and tying them on to make their wish. Then they just have to wait for the birthday wish to come true!


The L.O.L. Surprise! Present Surprise Doll has eight surprises to unbox and is the perfect gift or party favor for any occasion with L.O.L. Surprise! Present Surprise! Each doll is dressed to the nines in festive fashion inspired by a birthday month of the year. She comes already wrapped just like a present in a fabulous gift package with a bow and tag and includes party-themed accessories and a party hat. Every birthday girl will love them all. Continue the par-tay with L.O.L. Surprise! Deluxe Present Surprise! This birthday-themed unboxing is the perfect gift and features the limited-edition Sprinkles doll and her pet, Sprin-claws. Each package comes already wrapped in a fabulous gift package with a bow, tag, and the unboxing is filled with fashions and accessories hidden in colorful confetti! Kids will also love the party accessories for the doll, like a party banner, party game, and party invitation.

Special Videos Messages

Cameo is the new greeting card! Imagine getting a personal birthday greeting from Snoop Dog or Michael Rappaport! Cameo has 40,000 talents around the world and delivers personalized video messages, live Zoom calls, direct messages, and more. Kids’ favs include personal greetings from the famous animals on Cameo, Coyote Peterson, David Henrie, and Fiona the Hippo. Since kids are following their favorite people on social media without being able to interact, this is a special way to get a personal message, interaction, and birthday satisfaction. Simply find your perfect star match, check the price, and fill in the recipient and occasion (use the text box to put in a message with relevant info) and ask for the shout out. To make it extra memorable, add as much color as you can to ensure the recipient gets the most out of it! Cameo features every type of talent and is sure to give the birthday kid major bragging rights!


One-Stop Party Shop

With gatherings going digital, Party City makes it easy to have an extra special celebration over platforms like Zoom or FaceTime. Check out Party City’s Virtual Party Guide for easy step-by-step instructions on how to make your digital celebration a success. Pick up virtual party kits that are easy to drop off at guests’ houses in advance, with fun themes like Dream Crazy Big with JoJo Siwa (we love the photo props!), Disney Princess, and PAW Patrol. And don’t forget to deck out the background of the guest-of-honor with scene setters and balloons to complete the frame! Whether you are sending love from afar or bringing the party home, new convenient same-day delivery saves families time and stress by having the party delivered straight to the birthday kid’s door.

This story first appeared on our sister publication newyorkfamily.com.

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