Celebrating kids’ birthdays under quarantine

When our daughter started planning a huge slumber party to celebrate her eighth birthday, we never imagined it would have to be postponed indefinitely because no one could leave their homes or go to school — let alone squish into a single room together.

She cried at first, already devastated by how much she missed her teachers and friends. She cried again when she realized we also couldn’t have our usual 20-person family party with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

I reassured her we’d have both parties when we could — bigger and better than ever — but in the meantime, we’d still make sure she had a special “quarantine birthday.”

And you know what? It turned out even better than I’d hoped.

If you have a child (or, heck, a grown-up) who will be celebrating their birthday during the restrictions, here are a few tips that helped us throw our daughter a truly memorable birthday …

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