He was planning on a trip to AirTime Trampoline and Game Park. She was planning a big birthday blowout at The Creature Conservancy complete with sloths. Birthdays are a child’s special day and parents want to deliver. Now Coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced families to cancel their big birthday plans and stay home to maintain social distance. But, birthdays can still feel like your child’s special day even at home.
Here are some ways to celebrate and support local businesses in the Ann Arbor area.
This is the year to go all out on birthday decorations. Streamers. Make fun signs for the birthday child perhaps with things you love about them. Decorate the birthday child’s bedroom door. Create a silly birthday hat or crown for them to wear.
Order a Special Birthday Treat
A critical part of any birthday are the treats! These local bakeries and treat makers have got every party covered. All are offering curbside pickup and some offer delivery. Be sure to call in advance to order your child’s custom birthday cakes and be aware that many local businesses have adjusted their hours.
1. Blank Slate offers custom ice cream cakes available for curbside pickup. They also sell their ice cream by the quart and pint, homemade cookies and brownies by the dozen, and other toppings. Check their website and social media for ongoing updates including the release of new make at home sundae kits.
2. Zingerman’s Bakehouse offers custom birthday cakes for curbside pickup with only two days’ notice.
3. Benny’s Bakery, in downtown Saline, bakes custom cakes available now for curbside pickup. Is your kid not a cake person? They are also selling cookie decorating kits with themes like unicorns and rainbows, sports, and easter. The kits come with a dozen butter cookies, icing, and decorating extras like glitter sprinkles.
4. Washtenaw Dairy is offering curbside pickup and delivery of their amazing donuts for a special birthday breakfast treat. Remember to place the order the day before and check their social media pages for any changes to their hours.
5. Cakes by Rubina is baking up their macarons, cupcakes, cake pops, and custom birthday cakes and they are available for curbside pick up or delivery.
Have a virtual party
A fun way to interact with friends from a distance is to have a virtual party using apps like Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangout. This technology allows people to see and speak to everyone, we recommend Zoom, so it is the next best thing to being a room together.
Your child could even pick a theme for their virtual party like a cook-off theme where each child prepares something at home that they cooked with only five ingredients that start with the letter ‘s’ and then they each take turns showing off their silly creations. Or a movie or comic book-themed party where each child signs on to dress as their favorite character for everyone to guess. Does your child love art? How about a paint-themed party where each child draws or paints along with the same tutorial while logged in. Check out these amazing tutorials with Mo Willems.