Children’s Birthday Party Ideas Whilst in Lockdown

April 6, 2020 3 Comments

It’s a really strange time for everyone right now, and especially for children who have had their whole routine turned on it’s head. If one of your kids has a birthday to celebrate soon here are some Children’s Birthday Party Ideas you can do whilst in lockdown, which will still make the day feel extra special.

Oliver turned 7 last Friday. He had been planning his birthday party in his head since Christmas and requested a Pirate themed birthday. The hall and enteratinment were all booked but obviously everything had to be cancelled. At nearly 7, he was old enough to know what he was missing out on, but too young to understand fully which left him very emotional. So I set to work to try and make his birthday an amazing fun day, albeit a bit different. I thought I would share some the things we did, as I imagine lots of people will be in the same situation and are looking for children’s birthday ideas whilst in lockdown.

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Get Organised

If you haven’t yet got presents, cards and wrapping paper then get on to it now.

There are plenty of online sites that are still delivering, but they are prioritising essential deliveries so expect everything to be a bit slower than before. Amazon have lots of independent retailers, who will be grateful for any business you can put their way right now. Shops like Argos and Smyths all though closed, are still delivering so you should still be able to get some presents.

Present Treasure Hunt

A present treasure hunt is a great way to start the day. In line with the pirate theme, we did a treasure hunt in the house for his main present after he’d opened his cards. Both kids had great fun running around the house looking for the clues.

Oliver loved searching for clues on his treasure hunt

I used Canva to create the clues, then baked them in the oven and burnt the edges a bit to make them look more authentic. If you want to borrow my clues, I’ve popped them along with a blank template in ‘The Secret Garden‘ which is my subscriber only area. You can subscribe at the end of the post if you want to.

The clues for the pirate treasure hunt

Dressing It Up

Everyone loves a bit of fancy dress don’t they? My kids certainly do, so to get them in the party mood and to make the day feel different and special they doned their best pirate costumes ready for the swashbuckling day ahead.

2 children dressed as pirates
My two little swashbucklers!

Decorate, Decorate, Decorate!

Wherever you are planning to have your little party be it the dining room, lounge or other space decorate it with colourful balloons, bunting and banners. Again you can still get party decorations from places like Amazon, but just make sure you order in plenty of time. Alternatively you could make your own colourful banners and bunting.

A tent decorated for a pirate party
Our pirate party in a tent in our garden

Fortunately we had a lot of decorations already for the pirate party, so were able to use them. To make things a little different, we put our tent up in the garden to have our special party lunch. How we managed to keep it all hidden from the kids I have no idea! But they loved the surprise and it was all a bit adventure for them.

Pirate themed table decorations
We had pirate themed table cloth, plates, cups and napkins, and some small pirate flags and temporary tatoos for the kids
2 children sat at a table of food, waving small pirate flags, in a tent decorated for a pirate party
Our pirate party

Homemade Cake

It has become a bit of a tradition that I make the kids birthday cakes, and every year they come up with more challenging requests! I love to bake, but sugarpasting has always been challenging. But with every passing year I get a little better at it.

This year in keeping with the theme was a pirate ship. I was actually really pleased with how it turned out, and more importantly Oliver loved it. It tasted pretty good too.

Oliver sat behind his pirate ship birthday cake
Oliver loved his pirate ship birthday cake

Whatever your baking and decorating skills are, children really do apprecaite the homemade effort.


You can still play party games, just not quite like the normal ones! I managed to get hold of a treasure chest Pinnata which was great fun for the kids to enjoy. Of course the fact that it was full of sweets helped!

Oliver hitting a treasure chest pinnata with a green stick
Oliver loved the Treasure Chest Pinnata

Seeing Friends

I think the one thing Oliver missed the most was seeing his friends and family. So we came up with a few ideas to see if we could do it virtually.

In the week leading up to his birthday I asked friends and family to make short video clips wishing him a happy birthday. I made a montage video along with photos of him through the years and showed it to him in the afternoon. He was very surprsied that I even had a video of his Headmistress on there!

Oliver watching a video of friends and family wishing him a happy birthday
Oliver watching his video montage of clips of friends and family wishing him a happy birthday.

We also had a Zoom call (when I worked out how to do it) with extended family, and neighbours came to the end of our drive to sing him happy birthday.

Zoom meeting with extended family

So he kind of did see his friends and family albeit remotely, but it helped to make him feel special and know that even though they couldn’t be there in person they were thinking of him on his birthday.

Finishing the Day

We finished the day with homemade pizzas (Oliver’s request of a special birthday dinner) and let them stay up a bit later than normal.

Oliver making pizza
Oliver making his pizza

All in all we all had a great day, and he even requested that we do it like that every year! I’m not so sure, it was fun, made Oliver’s birthday but my godness it was a lot of work.

Have you had to celebrate a birthday during lockdown? I’d love to hear if you have any other suggestions that we may not of thought of.

Kerry x

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  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy April 25, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Great ideas for a lockdown party#kidsandkreativity@_karendenbid199@gmail iz

  • Hannah April 29, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Such lovely ideas – looks like your little guy had an amazing time! 🙂 #kidsandkreativity

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) May 21, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    I can imagine how disappointing it must have been for Oliver to have his original party cancelled but I love how you made his birthday so special even in lockdown. Having the party set up in a tent outside is a brilliant idea (we had a “party tent” set up in our garden for VE Day) and I love the idea of doing a present treasure hunt. That cake is brilliant. I can relate to having to get better at doing homemade cakes each year to meet the requests! Getting his friends to do video messages was a lovely idea too. #kidsandkreativity

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