Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you need to cancel all celebrations. Having a birthday party under stay-at-home orders requires a little bit of creativity and a lot of virtual fun. From a mythical unicorn brought to your own backyard (yes, we’re serious) to Facetime photo shoots, we’re rounded up the best companies that deliver royal fun in Washington, DC.  Keep reading to discover who to call to make your little one feel like a party prince or princess during their quarantined birthday.

photo: Hogback Mountain Pony Rides

Rainbows and Unicorns

Hogback Mountain Pony Rides is putting the pixie dust back into at-home celebrations with this magical unicorn experience available to anyone with a fenced in yard (within a 75 mile radius of Leesburg, VA). For 30 minutes, pet, feed and take pictures with this beloved horned horse. Due to social distancing rules, rides are not offered at this time. Rates start at $125. 

Online: hogbackmountainponyrides.com

Capture That Smash

If you're celebrating a milestone birthday with a cake smash or you want to capture your little one blowing out the candles professionally, you can still get picture-perfect images from a virtual photo session. Barbara O Photography, a DC, Baltimore and Philly-based photography company, is offering Facetime photoshoots. How does it work? Barbara hops on a call with you to help you scout out the best light in your home or apartment. She'll tell you where to place your photo for Insta-worthy shots and best of all you'll have a pro help direct poses for keep-worthy images.

Online: barbaraophotography.com/facetime+photoshoot

DIY The Cake

Ordering a cake is so pre-pandemic. Get your Sprinkles on with these DYO-To-Go Kits so you can turn cake time into its own activity. Customize your do-it-yourself box with flavors like carrot cake, red velvet, salty caramel and gluten free lemon and then get ready to frost and decorate; this kit requires no baking whatsoever. Sprinkles is only accepting pre-orders for curbside pick up or delivery. 

Sprinkles, 3015 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 450-1610
Online: sprinkles.com/locations/dc/georgetown

Streamers and Live Streams

Screens seem to be the gateway to the outside world these days, so leverage online time for extra birthday fun. You can find magicians, live music, art classes and more every day of the week. Check out some of our favorite live streams here. Or head to our virtual calendar (below).

Online: redtri.com/events/dc

Host Your Own Disney Sing-Along

"I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream...." (Birthday) dreams really do come true with a virtual sing-along with Princess Parties DC. Starting at $35, Facetime or Zoom with your favorite princess or superhero and read books, have a dance party or sing along to some of Disney best classics. These musically trained princesses will leave stars in your child eyes-- don't forget to invite their friends for online fun. 

Online: princesspartiesdc.com

photo: Rocket Fizz Leesburg

Eat All the Sugar

What's a party without the favors? Whether you're filling a pinata or you just want a side of sweet treats with your cake, The Birthday Box is a curated collection of birthday-themed goodies ready for curbside pick or delivery. 

1604 Village Market Blvd #122, Leesburg, VA 20176
703-771-6300
Online: rocketfizz.com/rocket-fizz-leesburg-va

—Meghan Yudes Meyers

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