Birthdays at home don’t have to be boring. Whether you celebrate with friends over video chat, make a birthday cake for yourself, or get together with a group of loved ones, you can easily create a fun and memorable birthday right under your own roof. Here’s how.
13 at-home birthday party ideas
Pack your birthday with exciting activities, tasty food, and good company. The below at-home birthday celebration ideas can make this happen:
1. Host a video game night
You and all your friends can play video games together without being in the same state, let alone the same house. Virtual video games, which existed long before the social distancing era, allow everyone to join via a headset, computer, or TV.
Team up or play against one another for your birthday video game night. You can take your video game party to the next level with video game laser lighting, and you can order your favorite takeout food for top-notch gaming snacks. Once you get going, you won’t even notice that you’re having a virtual birthday party instead of a typical in-person event.
2. Host a board game night
Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break from electronics and pull out a classic board game with your loved ones. Choose childhood favorites such as Monopoly, Trouble, or Battleship, or try something different such as Codenames, Roots, or Azul.
Set up bowls of chips, pretzels, and chocolate candies to start your night of friendly competition with lots of laughs. To make it extra fun, come up with a few different prize ideas for the winners including gift cards, tumblers, or maybe a fuzzy blanket.
3. DIY spa night
It’s your birthday and you can pamper yourself if you want to! Don’t spend your special day worrying about anything – instead, put on an avocado face mask, enjoy a mani/pedi, and watch as many rom-coms as your heart desires. Elevate your at-home spa day ambiance with calming lights and candles to really give yourself the special treatment you deserve.
4. Bake your favorite dessert
No birthday party is complete without a scrumptious, decadent cake, but rather than buying a cake, turn baking your favorite dessert into the party itself. Whether a sweet strawberry shortcake or a rich chocolate fudge cake, you’ll have fun mastering the art of baking with friends and family.
Of course, the craft of baking is only the starting point on your birthday. Once your masterpiece is done and the entire house smells like a bakery, place some candles on your cake, listen to everyone sing you happy birthday, blow out your candles, and wait for your wish to come true.
5. Pick a theme
Party themes can enliven your at-home celebration with over-the-top decorations, costumes, and party favors. Here’s a fun theme idea: Transform your house into a ‘70s disco bash complete with a mirror ball and reflecting lights, and have all your friends and family wear platform shoes and shiny clothing. Or if your birthday is in the middle of winter, pretend you’re doing the hula in Hawaii with a luau theme consisting of leis, hula skirts, and coconuts.
If dancing isn’t your style, consider an out-of-this-world galaxy-themed party filled with spaceship cutouts, DIY galaxy wine glasses and lanterns, and the BlissLights Sky Lite Laser Galaxy Projector. You and your guests will be mesmerized by the floating blue clouds and glittering laser stars drifting across your ceiling.
6. Plan a scavenger hunt
Make opening your birthday gifts a little more interesting with a birthday scavenger hunt. Have your loved ones go around the house, then hide all your presents. You’ll then get clues leading you on a hunt to find each gift. Maybe you’ll end up in the basement, then the linen closet, or the garage – any room in the house is free game. The more challenging the clue, the more thrilling the chase.
7. Host a trivia night
Gather all your friends online and put your knowledge to the test with a virtual trivia night. Grab your favorite drinks and snacks, form teams, and get ready for the ultimate showdown on pop culture, movies, TV shows, and any other themes that come to mind. All you have to do is pick a trivia game website or create your own set of questions to start the battle.
8. Paint party
Let your creative side run loose with a night of painting while sipping wine, laughing, and having fun. With simple supplies including blank canvases, acrylic paints, brushes, paper towels, and water bowls, you and your guests can create beautiful artwork without any formal training.
To make sure your paint party runs smoothly, follow these tips. And don’t forget about the drinks – a relaxing night of paint pairs great with your favorite wine. Pop open a bottle of that extra special wine you’ve been saving – after all, everyone is there to celebrate you.
9. Wine tasting night
If you’re a wine fanatic with a fridge or wine cellar full of unopened bottles, your birthday is a great time to break them out and enjoy. No wine at home? No problem. Many wineries are offering wine tasting kits so you can sample some of the best vino from around the country. Pair the wine with an epic charcuterie board to entertain your guests while you chat, bond, listen to music, and discuss the pleasant tastes of chardonnay, merlot, and a nice sauvignon blanc.
10. Murder mystery night
Turn your birthday party into a dramatic evening of solving mysteries with a murder mystery game, whether in-person or virtual. Playing a whodunit with friends and family will prove a unique and interactive way to get everyone energized and excited. Each guest will get to roleplay as a specific character, and you’ll all try to piece together the clues to find the culprit.
11. Throw a movie-watching party
If you’re looking for something low-key yet amusing, a simple movie night is sure to hold everyone’s attention. Whether you decide to watch hours of “chick flicks”, Disney movies, or Harry Potter films, movies are an excellent way to fill the evening with laughs, action, drama, and entertainment. Put out lots of candy, popcorn, and drinks to feel like you have your own at-home movie theater.
12. Set up a photo booth
Birthdays are always a great time to make memories and take lots of pictures. Setting up your own DIY photo booth will give you and your guests an excuse to dress up silly, make funny faces, and pose with props in front of a camera. Make your photo booth as fun and ridiculous as possible – try posing with pets, gifts, or birthday cards. Plus, since photo booths print tangible memories, your loved ones will walk away with gifts of their own.
13. Decorate with lights
No matter the type of party you’re having, whether in-person or virtual, you can always enhance it by decorating with lights. Colorful and sparkling lights will create a cheerful ambiance that makes for an ideal birthday celebration. With the BlissLights BlissBulb, for example, you’ll have your party under a starry night sky that captivates you and your guests with thousands of sparkling laser lights spread throughout your room.
Put on your party hat and get ready to celebrate with BlissLights
Birthdays are always a special occasion, even if you can’t enjoy your usual celebrations. As the above ideas show, you can still find celebrating at home to be just as exciting. And to really elevate your birthday party, you can easily add BlissLights laser lights to your home to entrance your guests, whether virtual or in-person, with a spectacular light show. Browse the BlissLights collection to find the lighting that will get you in the mood to celebrate another joyous year of life.
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