As an alternative to a birthday party, invite friends to make a team for a charitable run or walk.
Rather than having guests bring gifts for an event... ask for donations to a charity of your choice (or theirs). Collect something for a local group. dog or cat toys or food for a small rescue group, shelf stable food or health care items for a local pantry or charity school supplies for local schools magazines, decks of cards, shippable treats for soldiers books for a local program food for a backpack buddies program canned goods or shelf stable items for a food pantry Get a group together to do something helpful Clean up the yard of someone who isn't able to do it his/herself. Clean graffiti off of signs or buildings in your local community Make bagged breakfasts or lunches for a local shelter or service organization Collect items to assemble into any of the following - or maybe you have other ideas: First Aid Kits (band aids, medicine, antibiotic cream, etc.) to donate to families in need Mending kits (needle, spool of thread, small scissors) for shelters or for organizations that assist internationally For young kids, consider this excellent idea for guided projects: https://littlelovinghands.com Help circulate information about an adoptable pet so it can find a loving, forever home.