The bigblu guide to a (virtual) happy birthday

24th June 2020

Although lockdown is easing in many countries, it is still not recommended to gather with too many people and this may impact upcoming birthday celebrations. Thankfully, there are a number of digital tools available, which provide fun and unique ways to celebrate without risk.

If you are organising a friend or family member’s birthday, it’s time to get creative with our handy virtual guide! From tailored e-cards to group cake eating (via video call), we’ve pulled together some top tips for creating the perfect virtual birthday so you can keep connected with those who matter most.

E-cards
Not only are e-cards environmentally friendly, but they are a great way to send a birthday message with your own personal touch. These digital cards have moved on a lot over the past few years, with complete flexibility over design and tailored animated options to really bring your greetings to life. Here are some e-card providers to get your started:

www.hallmarkecards.com/

www.paperlesspost.com/

Themed video calls
Leading up to or on the big day, organise a group video call to enjoy the birthday celebrations together. Setting a theme beforehand is a great way to bring extra excitement to the day, providing fun conversation starters and hilarious photo opportunities. Themes could include: a black-tie dinner party, fancy-dress based on a favourite film or book, or even an at-home dance party. Your options are limitless, so get planning!

Special food deliveries
What is a birthday without some extra special (edible) treats?  Sending your loved one a personalised cake or another suitably tasty treat is sure to put a smile on their face. It is also a great way to support local businesses, where you are likely to find a number of unique and inventive gift ideas—how about a custom cake made of cheese? Research independent businesses near you and take advantage of door-to-door delivery options.

Recorded messages
Say ‘happy birthday’ with a personalised recorded message! Thankfully, you don’t need to be a video production pro to create an engaging message as there are lots of great online tools to help you out. Whether you want to add filters or combine separate videos from friends and family, here are some handy tools for creating the perfect birthday video message:

www.vidday.com/

animoto.com/make/happy-birthday-videos

Personalised playlists
Whether your loved one is into acid jazz or cheesy pop, music streaming providers have made it easier than ever to curate custom playlists—the perfect addition to your birthday gift list. There are plenty existing playlists to take inspiration from and tailored playlist names and artwork help to add that personal feel. Explore the power of a playlist through platforms such as Spotify or SoundCloud and start assembling yours today!

These are our top tips for making a virtual birthday to remember. Just because we can’t physically be together at the moment doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the good times. With the use of technology, we can stay connected and still make birthday celebrations feel special, while we create lots of new memories along the way. Here at bigblu we are dedicated to making these virtual connections happen, so you are able to enjoy your special celebrations together. Find out more.