at-home celebrations

How to Make At-home Celebrations Special

This summer, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, countless weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other parties were put on hold. And as we head towards the holidays and infection rates continue to rise, even more celebrations will be affected. But just because you’re mostly stuck at home doesn’t mean every day can’t be special. In fact, now more than ever, it’s important to celebrate occasions big and small (albeit at a safe distance). Whether it’s a milestone, a holiday, some good news, or just the fact that you’re together, here are some creative ideas for fun and memorable at-home celebrations.

Friday date night. Who says at-home celebrations of love can’t be romantic? Dress up in your finest, serve dinner on your wedding china, and put on a playlist of your favorite tunes. And don’t forget to snap a selfie to remember your night!

Toy VIPs. Not having a birthday party can be especially disappointing for young children, who look forward to celebrating with their friends every year. Throw them an at-home party with a homemade birthday cake, and be sure to invite along a crew of stuffed animals!

Cupcake or cookie decorating party. Another idea for children is to make baking the party itself. Let them help you make rainbow cupcakes or holiday cookies, and then set up decorating stations for the whole family to take part in.

Room-to-room pub crawl. Set up a crawl with a mini bar in different rooms of your home. Each one could have a theme or a signature drink. Then finish off with a karaoke contest in the living room!

Movie marathon. Make an event of it, with a themed movie marathon. This can be a lot of fun, and you can easily adapt it, depending on the occasion and who it’s for. And of course, popcorn is a must!

Family sleepover. You may not have been able to take that summer camping trip, but the whole family can still camp out in the living room! Build a tent out of blankets and sheets, then snuggle up in your sleeping bags to tell stories and play games. You can even make s’mores (in the backyard or on the kitchen stove).

Pizza party. Pizza makes everything better! Homemade pizza dough is easy to make and everyone can add their toppings of choice.

Spa day. Even if you’re on your own, at-home celebrations are still possible. Switch off your phone, light some candles, and create a spa experience for yourself. For example, manis and pedis, face masks and mini facials, and of course, a long, scented bath.

Get creative and have fun! And even if you can’t spend time with them in person, be sure to invite special friends and family members to be a part of your at-home celebrations, using one of the many videoconferencing apps available.