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Lock Down Birthday Party Ideas!

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Like so many others here at Casa Del Tine we have an upcoming "Lock-Down Party" for my daughters birthday... So I'd love to hear all your ideas on what you tried that worked, what didn't, cunning plans and all things wonderful (ideally MSE!) that you can come up with? 
OBVIOUSLY there will be cake - I'm MSE Tine after all, cake is a given ;) 
Hit me with your fabulousness!  <3
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  • edited 5 May at 4:08PM
    MisslayedMisslayed Forumite, Board Guide
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    edited 5 May at 4:08PM
    How old is the Tinelette? Next door had a disco for one of theirs (5 and 7), got dressed up, shut the curtains, really loud music, zoom to friends to join in. 
    And I saw one on 'tinterweb where Mum and Dad had converted their house into a version of the child's favourite fast food restaurant, complete with menus, logos, waitress and chef. 
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  • wolfehousewolfehouse Forumite
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    we will be playing games online from different households as my dd is buying a ‘package’ of them for my grandsons 9th birthday. (Sorry, I Don’t know the company)
  • AzureBlueAzureBlue Forumite
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    A home-made pinata is always fun, no matter how old you are, but especially for kids. Good way of getting some exercise and aggression out too ;-)

    Making one is easy - first papier mache a balloon (but not too much - it has to be breakable) and fill it with sweets. Paint in bright colours and hang upside down ready for some bashing. Silly hats and sombreros are optional. I hope she has a wonderful birthday!




  • MisslayedMisslayed Forumite, Board Guide
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    Pinnata is a brilliant idea, you could glue some paper cup legs on and paper plate ears to make it into a lock down donkey!
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  • TomokoAdhamiTomokoAdhami Forumite
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    Honestly, I love the way people are celebrating birthdays in lockdown. I think finally we have enough to make personalized birthday cards and cakes for our loved ones. Secondly, you can include some games on it but they shouldn't be SmartScreen ones. 
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  • MSE_TineMSE_Tine MSE Staff
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    The "Tinelette" or my Mini Me is turning 11 (WHERE has time gone!!!)
    I'm liking the pinata idea but I have no ballons, no news paper and no wall paper paste - that said I shall see what can be scrounged from neighbours as I recall having great fun making these at school as a kid hahaha 
    I think some online games (of the party variety) with family might be fun... Pondering how many grand parents and cousins I can talk into doing scavenger hunts on a conference call   :D
    Loving the ideas!

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  • vitaweatvitaweat Forumite
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    We had a 15th birthday party in lockdown.  Zoom party.  Party games were:
    - Scavenger hunt (first person to bring a fork to the camera etc)
    - Mr & Mrs style quiz (asking personal questions about the birthday boy - favourite colour, football team etc)
    - Film quiz - guess the film from clues: 5 points if 1 clue needed, 3 points if 2 clues needed, 1 point if 3 clues needed

    We had about 6 games lined up so we could drop a few if they didn't work.  Thought we'd be on the call for 45 mins but ended up at a little over an hour.

    I was general gopher and IT support.  Mrs weat was quizmaster, host, bon-viveur and general shouter of encouragement.  We had people from 3 countries aged 5 - 76.  Everyone enjoyed themselves in quite a chaotic way.  Plus we didn't have to share cake with as many people so more for me!!

    Encourage people to mute their call when they're not talking to the group otherwise you can't hear a thing.  Don't get too hung up on everything "working".  Definitely have a gopher so one of the hosts can sit on the call and keep the fun going while wi-fi connections are fixed, matches for candles fetched etc.
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    MSE_Tine said:
    I'm liking the pinata idea but I have no ballons, no news paper and no wall paper paste - that said I shall see what can be scrounged from neighbours as I recall having great fun making these at school as a kid hahaha 
    Just jumping in to say you can make paper mâché with just flour and water instead of wallpaper paste! Though depending on your local shops flour might be even harder to source... 
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    MSE_Tine said:
    I'm liking the pinata idea but I have no ballons, no news paper and no wall paper paste - that said I shall see what can be scrounged from neighbours as I recall having great fun making these at school as a kid hahaha 
    Just jumping in to say you can make paper mâché with just flour and water instead of wallpaper paste! Though depending on your local shops flour might be even harder to source... 
    Can't you also use watered down PVA glue to paste the layers onto a balloon? I seem to remember that was my technique for parts of Blue Peter's Tracey Island, and if it wasn't it should have been because it would surely have dried faster than ours did ...  
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  • edited 17 June at 3:15PM
    Willow92Willow92 Forumite
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    edited 17 June at 3:15PM
    Party food on paper plates is a must! It was my boyfriend's birthday on Sunday and this is what I ended up doing for him. I set up a video call too so his family could sing happy birthday to him while he blew out the candles on his cake. Also, you could decorate your home with fairy lights and a homemade happy birthday banner.

    Edit: just realised how old this post is, apologies!
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