How to Throw a Safe Birthday Party
Some folks go about planning a birthday party with the same care and attention to detail that they might bring to planning a huge life event, like a wedding or anniversary party. Others like to wing it; literally, put out a platter of wings and chips and let their guests relax and unwind. Whatever your planning style, and whomever the guest of honor maybe, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to ensure that your get-together is safe and that your guests leave only with their party favors and happy memories.
One thing is certain: life is meant to be enjoyed with others. Parents want this for their children - and after a year of missing birthday parties, they are ready to throw memorable get-togethers for their little ones. It’s safe to say that we’re all ready for a little more socialization; and with a full year of Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) experience in the books, we have some great suggestions for throwing your next gathering. Of course, there are always CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines and recommendations to take into consideration and we’ll walk you through those, as well.
First, you’ll want to choose a location to hold your gathering. Consider hosting your party outdoors or in an open space with ample ventilation - perhaps even an open garage or your patio. Opening windows and utilizing stand-up fans to circulate clean air creates a fresh, inviting environment in addition to being safer for your guests. Consider how your guests will mill around during your party; is there plenty of room for everyone with a few feet in-between groups? Check for bottlenecks at entries and exits where folks tend to congregate and create traffic flow signage to keep them moving. You may even consider having your guests arrive at staggered time intervals. The CDC recommends keeping six feet of distance between attendees.
Next, you’ll want to offer plenty of hand sanitizer, touchless dispensers, and face masks to your guests. Consider a mix of personal products to give out to your guests - they also make excellent party favors!
Then, you’ll want to think of the children! We want our kiddos and their families to be able to relax and have fun, but we’ll need to keep them safe, too. Consider birthday games and activities that keep everyone spread out. Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Hide & Seek, and Scavenger Hunts are all great for social distancing. Think about purchasing and setting up touchless hand sanitizer stations on stands throughout your party location that the kids can stop by often - you’ll find that the little ones actually love to use the automatic ones!
Can you believe that we all used to blow on our birthday cakes before we served them up to our friends and family? Consider another way for your little one to make a wish at their party or have them blow out a candle(s) on a separate piece of dessert. Ensure your sweets are safe by using non-medical gloves when you cut the cake and serve your guests.
You will want to sanitize frequently touched surfaces within your home or venue as often as possible. You can use a disinfecting spray or disinfecting wipes. Some good areas to disinfect often are door handles, sink handles, banisters, hand railings, and light switches. You may want to consider a larger scale option for disinfecting after your events, such as a fogger or sprayer. These tools are portable, easy to use, and are perfect for quick disinfection, and will give you peace of mind once your party is over.
Regardless of the circumstances around your event, we want to help you make it safe and enjoyable for everyone. Coronavirus will not be around forever (thankfully!), but good sanitization practices will!