Everyone loves a birthday party! And even though this year might be a little different, we’re here with five great ways to make things feel special for the kids, even while we’re all spending time apart.

Technology is amazing and can bring us all closer together, so why not get your family and friends on a video call? You could ask your family and friends to hop on Zoom or House Party, and get the kids’ friends involved (with permission from their parents, of course!).

Create a playlist of all their favourite songs, from their favourite pop tunes to Disney songs and nursery rhymes.

For the big finale, get everyone to sing happy birthday while you bring out the cake and candles.

Ask everyone who you would have invited to a party to write messages instead. They can text or email you with happy memories, birthday wishes or ideas for activities. Print them out before the party and put them in a jar for the birthday boy or girl to read when they wake up in the morning.

Spending time together doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Grab some blankets, pillows and a little imagination to build a special birthday fort. Drape sheets between the sofas, or over chairs and tables then add a bit of birthday sparkle with balloons and banners inside.

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or a little outdoor space, why not have a birthday picnic? You could make sandwiches and snacks to enjoy in the sunshine.

You can create a simple treasure hunt around the house when the birthday boy or girl wakes up in the morning, give them their first clue. This will lead them to clue after clue until they find the treasure, their birthday present!

Every kid wants their birthday to feel special, and Denise Van Outen’s daughter is no different. Denise has shared some of her fab ideas for how she’s going to celebrate Betsy’s birthday this weekend.

Make your own tent from bed sheets, and get all your friends on a video call to do the same. They can even invite their favourite teddy or toy to join in the party fun.