Is Your Best Friend Sick on Her/His Birthday? Here’s how to Celebrate Online


Your best friend’s birthday party is coming up, but somehow your friend has fallen sick just days prior to his/her big birthday. You, as the good friend that you are, still want to organise some kind of party. That’s where the virtual party is the perfect solution, the birthday girl/boy will feel loved but she can close her laptop anytime she wishes. Want to know how to organise a virtual birthday party, here are 6 tips.

Pick a virtual platform

Which platform can be best used for your surprise party idea? Each platform has their pros and cons. You can choose between multiple platforms like Google Hangout, Zoom or Skype.

Have other people attend the party

You’re going to need some more people to pull this off. Ask family and friends who you think would want to attend and build your guestlist from there. From here you can decide if it is going to be a big virtual party with friends and family, or just a smaller party with friends.

Select the right theme or scheme

Pick a theme that the birthday girl/boy will enjoy, after all it’s their party.. Has he/she for instance been binge watching Grey’s Anatomy lately? Then you can make everyone dress up as a doctor or nurse. Is the birthday boy or girl totally into Christmas? Or is his/her birthday close to Christmas? All dress up in Christmas dresses (Dutch: kerstjurk) or clothing. As well as it being close to summer or the carnival season, you can ask everyone to wear carnival clothes. There are a variety of different kinds of costumes that fall under the ‘carnival’.

The proper party accessories

Send everyone who’ll be attending the party an invitation by sending a party box. What you put in this party box is entirely up to you. Think about candy, confetti, balloons or other party decorations, which they can use as background decorations during the virtual party. Create a personal party box for the birthday girl/boy, with special cards from everyone and maybe even a cake. Does one of your friends live close to the birthday boy/girl? Let them deliver the box to their doorstep and record their reaction.

Slideshow of memories

Ask all the attendees if they can send pictures of the birthday boy/girl and make a powerpoint presentation/ slide show. Show the slide show during the whole virtual party. These can vary between childhood pictures to embarrassing drunk pictures.

Personal Pubquiz

When it’s someone’s birthday, they’re the man/woman of the hour. Everything is about them. Seeing all the people in the ZOOM or Skype meeting would probably be a surprise of itself. To even surprise the birthday boy or girl even more, create a pub quiz purely about them. Ask everyone to send in questions regarding the birthday girl/boy. These questions can be about everything, from childhood to holidays.

With these tips, your friend will have the best virtual birthday party they could ever wish for!