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The best birthday party ideas for isolation

Mother & Baby logo Mother & Baby 6/4/2020 Jess Pullar
a person wearing a hat and glasses: Have you got a Birthday while we stay put in isolation? Never fear, there are plenty of ideas and ways to celebrate in lockdown - we look at the very best of the bunch. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Have you got a Birthday while we stay put in isolation? Never fear, there are plenty of ideas and ways to celebrate in lockdown - we look at the very best of the bunch.

Ah isolation, our newfound friend. What a time it is to say we're spending the better part of the start of the year in a state of lockdown in our homes.

As countries battle to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 by restricting social interactions, closing up shop and going into various states of lockdown, our lives have temporarily changed as we know them.

Of course, the priority right now is to flatten the curve and help to save lives by staying indoors - something that Australian's should now be fully implementing as the new norm.

And priorities are priorities, right? Which is why even those who had special events planned (read: milestone birthdays) are having to forgo the festivities by following the government advice.

It's disappointing, but a necessary measure - but it doesn't necessarily mean you have to forgo the celebrations altogether.

What if we told you you could still have an even more memorable celebration with your family and friends on your big day - without even seeing them in real life?

It's possible, thanks to the big wide internet world, and we decided to unpack some of the best tips and tricks to make sure your day is everything you hoped.

Whether you're planning a celebration for yourself, or thinking of surprising a loved one for their big day, keep scrolling for some inspiration that's been tried, tested and given the tick of approval.

a couple of people that are standing in front of a cake: At-home birthdays have never been so creative. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd At-home birthdays have never been so creative.

A Zoom virtual party

In living proof that humans can adapt to a ridiculous amount of novel situations, you've no doubt noticed a whopping increase in Zoom party screenshots appearing in your Instagram story feeds.

Of course, it doesn't come without good reason - the multi-person video chat platform allows users to speak to each other from their own homes via Webcam.

It's user-friendly experience also gets a big thumbs up from us - with little tweaks like amplifying whoever is speaking to giving a clear picture of each person on the chat, we reckon this platform is one of the best in video chats (with a large number of people, that is).

Which is why you can't blame people for getting on board the band wagon and catching up with friends - and often birthdays! - on the service.

To put it simply, you'll just need each of your party guests to create their own login (it's currently offered for free). As the host, you can create a unique link that can be shared with each virtual party goer.

You name the time, and voila - let the virtual good times roll.

Spice things up with shared playlists and activities in your Zoom chat

If you're wanting to take your celebration to the next level, you could also try some techniques to get everyone involved from their living rooms.

Tasks like cooking the same meal together (bake-off style) or creating a shared playlist for you and your pals to drink some bubbles to and sit-down dance to their hearts content is guaranteed to spice up the atmosphere.

Other streaming platforms are making use of their assets by delivering weekly DJ sets and presenting popular artists via social media each week.

Hot Dub Time Machine streams live each weekend in this way, and makes a great lounge room turned party set-up for you and your pals to share from across the virtual waves.

Make it fancy dressed

Just because you can't be together in person doesn't mean you can't dress up for the occasion.

Fancy dress parties can totally go virtual nowadays, and there's never been a better time to go big or go home - literally.

Think wigs, hats and sparkles galore - make your mini screen among the multi-viewer stand out!

a little girl smiling at the camera: The Bachelor's Laura Byrne celebrated her big day in isolation - but she didn't let that stop her from getting dressed up! © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd The Bachelor's Laura Byrne celebrated her big day in isolation - but she didn't let that stop her from getting dressed up!

Set up party hot spots and chats via video calls

Giant group video chats can be fun, but in the context of an actual party you'd rarely see the entire venue be involved in the exact same conversation, with people having to navigate talking over top of one another.

So instead, why not try to mirror said actual party by making your own home like a venue with your pals spaced out at different 'virtual' points?

How does it work, you ask? Simply set up 'stations' in your home where you can go and chat to two to three people on a video chat at a time - much like you would working the room at a normal real life celebration.

You'll need to be pretty organised with this, setting up allocated time slots with each group of friends throughout the night.

It's a great way to properly chat to your loved ones on the day, while feeling like you're kind of at a real life bash.

Get would-be guests to make their own videos

This is a goodie for those wanting to surprise their loved on on their birthday.

With ample time now on our hands to create some seriously good content (have you seen the state of Instagram lately? There's a lot of things to do in isolation, it appears).

Which is why a sweet birthday surprise in the form of home-made videos from each of the birthday boy or girls pals on your special day might just be the perfect cherry on top of the pie.

a birthday cake with lit candles: You can mix up your birthday with plenty of creative ideas that friends can get on board with. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd You can mix up your birthday with plenty of creative ideas that friends can get on board with.

Get your would-be guests to get creative

If you want to make it even more adventurous, you could set out some fun challenges with your pals as a way to bring some extra fun to the day.

Whether it's playing a classic game of charades, creating a quiz or getting them to pre-film something silly, there are plenty of ways you can personalise and make it a day to remember.

Get a celebrity on board (seriously...)

Ironically, as we all hole up in our homes to isolate, we've never been more well connected to the A-list elite.

You might have heard of the celebrity streaming platform Cameo, which allows celebs to share personalised video messages with fans and followers.

Can you imagine receiving a Happy Birthday from the real life Mandy Moore or Busy Philips? You should, because it could well be a reality in our climate.

The company has seen a significant growth in interactions between celebs and fans since countries started going into lockdown, and you could be one of them.

**Want more tips on how to stay sane during self-isolation? We’ve got you covered!**

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