Making the Most out of a Pandemic Birthday - The Cleveland Moms

When this pandemic started, I had no idea my son’s birthday would be affected by it. I figured we had nearly 6 months to go. Surely, this will be over by then! Ha! The joke was on me because here we are still amidst the pandemic life. As the day crept up on us, we were brainstorming ways to make this year special even though we couldn’t have a traditional birthday experience. A big gathering or outing was just not what we were feeling & guess what? That’s OKAY! Over the weekend, our son declared this was the BEST birthday ever. Oftentimes it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.

We started the morning with a trip to the donut shop because is it even your birthday without donuts?! Then as we were outside playing some catch in the front yard (totally planned), our son got the surprise of his life when we got our local fire department to do a drive-by! I highly suggest you look into that for your next birthday. So simple, yet so fun! He was so confused at first asking “are they doing a parade?!” in which I replied, “YES, FOR YOU!” It was wonderful! (I have no pics because we were just living in the moment – which I highly recommend doing once in a while!)

Next up, was the main event. When I first came across Fun Flatables, I knew this would be the icing on the cake for my kiddo’s special day. They offer super fun, gigantic inflatables for your special event.

Two of their incredibly large inflatables are the Tropical Adventure & Frozen Tundra.

We had the Tropical Adventure for our birthday celebration & let me tell you, pictures do not do it justice. When the guys came over to set it up (yes, it takes multiple people), I was blown away by its massive size.

The Tropical Tundra features a dual water slide that you access through a full-size bounce house adjacent to it. There are ladder steps inside that take you up to the top of the slides. We had such a blast with this! Inside the bounce house is a basketball hoop where you can have fun doing slam dunks & of course, wrestling (my son’s favorite with dad!❤️)

Renting an incredible inflatable to make an at-home birthday the greatest day ever is super easy with Fun Flatables, too. The crew is so friendly & do all the hard work for you. It was really neat for my kiddo to watch them set it up & then take it back down. You’ll also feel safe knowing that Fun Flatables sanitizes each inflatable after every rental. Their bounce houses are ASTM compliant & are fire-retardant. I highly recommend checking them out & making the Tropical Adventure a part of your next event! Visit them here:

Among all the fun of my little guy’s special day included the most original concept I’ve ever seen from ZuZu Chocolates: their infamous piñata cake!

These cakes are fun for both kids & adults! ZuZu’s even gives you the cutest little hammer to smash open your cake. Inside you’ll find a plethora of special goodies that they customize to best fit your needs! Be sure to follow them on Insta to keep up with all their latest creations! @zuzuchocolates

My son’s 9th birthday was one of the best we had. We had an amazing time spending the day together, focusing completely on our little guy, & making memories that will last forever. Even during a pandemic. When you are creative, you don’t need to have a big shindig to make a day special or leave the house. Family time is the best time.

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