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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on essentially everything in our world today. We can no longer work in formats we are used to, many colleges are switching to online, and it is hard to enjoy everyday activities we love doing. One of these activities includes celebrating your birthday, or a birthday of a friend or family member. Everyone looks forward to celebrating their day in a very special way, but the pandemic has forced us to rethink the way we celebrate birthdays, and come up with alternative ways to do so. 

  1. Zoom Parties: After last semester left us coming home early with nothing but Zoom to help us finish out the year, it is safe to say we have a great deal of knowledge on how the technology works. One thing you could do is plan a party on Zoom! You can also plan a surprise party on Zoom for friends or family! This is a great way to interact with the people you love and to be able to have the parties we all wish we could be having. You could even send party supplies to others on the Zoom call, to make it feel more like a party!

  2. Car Parade: A car parade has been one of the most popular ways to wish the people in your lives a happy birthday! Simply get a group of people together, make signs, and drive past the house of the birthday person, while playing music and shouting out birthday greetings. This allows for many people, especially those who need to be overly careful about the virus to take part in the birthday event. 

  3. Birthday Picnic: Now that restaurants are open again and are serving take out, grab a friend or two (keeping within the guidelines), and socially distance yourself outside and have a nice picnic outside! You can even get a small cake to have for dessert!

  4. Game Night: This is a great way to spend time with your family on your birthday. Allow the birthday person to choose the games of their choice, along with some of their favorite snacks, and have a great time celebrating the birthday!

These ideas are only a few of the ways that we can celebrate our birthdays and the birthdays of others. Even though we are living in a time where it may be hard to be positive and have an upbeat attitude, activities such as this can make their big day way more special for them. 

Anna Wall

Lasell '22

Lasell University Event Management Student, Class of 2022. She loves llamas, event planning, and country music :)
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