Let’s face it, lockdown birthdays can be a real bore but what if you could make them extra special with a virtual visit from some familiar faces…

In the grand scheme of things, missing a birthday celebration or two as a result of a lockdown with the aim of keeping us all safe doesn’t seem like a big deal. For younger kids, however, having birthday plans cancelled and being isolated from their friends can really put a dampener on the whole day.

Despite all the restrictions, some creative mums are making it their mission to keep lockdown birthdays as fun as possible, and when one of them shared Friend In Me’s incredible Virtual Parties with us, we just had to tell you all about them!

A Special Guest

With a Friend In Me Virtual Party, your little one will still be able to enjoy all the magic of having their favourite character present for their special day! Each booking includes a 15-minute live virtual party with a character of your child’s choosing, with lots of popular personalities to choose from.

You can also opt to up the game and have two characters join the virtual party, or arrange a pre-recorded video message which we think could be the perfect surprise for your child or even a special creative gift for one of their friends who is also struggling with the reality of lockdown birthdays!

Spreading Positivity

Friend In Me is about so much more than just making birthdays memorable. They are an important charity that advocates for social inclusion and acceptance in children through sensory-friendly events, workshops, and online programs.

Everything they do is founded on their core belief that no child will ever be left behind and we just love their commitment to providing a safe, socially inclusive community!

So if you’re looking for a way to make lockdown birthdays a little brighter while also supporting a wonderful cause, check out Friend In Me’s Virtual Party and get ready to put the biggest smile on some very excited faces.

Have you got an idea to make lockdown birthdays extra special? Share it in the comments!

  • Lockdown didn’t changed our birthday celebrations as we are only celebrating them as a family…


  • scavenger hunts or clues for them to find their presents.


  • Fill their bedroom with balloons for them to wake up to. Or create a treasure hunt with clues to find gifts hidden throughout the house. Friends to do drive bys in their cars or send video messages.


  • It will be nice to gather all friends and make a zoon meeting.

    • I celebrated my 30th birthday in lockdown. My husband bought me a cake and arranged a surprise zoom call with family and friends who sang happy birthday. It was very sweet


  • My daughter turned 11 today. We had a quiet family day with our dog and guinea pig whilst schooling from home. After school work,she had facetime with 2 separate groups of school friends and a phone call to another family we’re close to who live in Maitland!, north of Newcastle, which wasalso lovely. When things return to normal she can have some friends over for a special afternoon tea or movie evening to celebrate. ????


  • This is a great idea for all the children and for some adults as well.


  • There’s some great ideas in this article.


  • A great idea! Having family and friends zoom/Skype during the day is good too – keeps the kids entertained and know they are being thought of.


  • It’s a brilliant idea. I don’t have any amazing ideas but definitely making sure to post a present. It’s still nice for them to receive a gift on their birthday! And plenty of online places that will delivery yummy treats too


  • Sadly there was no lifting my children’s spirits when my son had to cancel his 18th birthday celebrations and my youngest daughters 16th due to lockdown :( My eldest daughter is currently planning her 21st for next month so fingers crossed Victoria doesn’t get hit with another lockdown.

    • We had to cancel birthday parties last year but were lucky enough to celebrate them earlier this year.

      • I have my fingers crossed with you !


  • Good idea! I am so glad that Tassie is not having to go through all the lockdowns right now.


  • Ask friends and family to facetime at various times during the day so there is constant activity. Fill your child’s room with balloons so they wake up to the excitement of their birthday. Include family in the birthday cake celebration on facetime. Have people drive by. Create a treasure hunt of birthday gifts with clues to find them. This will fill in some time and create a sense of fun and excitement.


  • Thats a really lovely idea. I am worried there will be a lockdown around my daughter’s first birthday but she’s too young for a virtual party so I’m going to take it as it comes.


  • Truthfully, I’m so bad at organising parties they usually happen a couple of months late anyway. My kids wouldn’t notice if a lockdown made their party late.


  • That sounds like a nice idea, I’m hoping I’ll finally avoid a lockdown birthday though.


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