By now, we’re all pretty accustomed to the idea of a virtual birthday party—whether it’s over Zoom, Facetime, Houseparty, Skype, Google Meet, or another of the hundreds of video apps out there.
The concept may have sounded a bit strange in the lifetime ago that was 2019 or early 2020, but the world has changed and unfortunately parties have had to change, too.
But we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: virtual birthday parties can still be silly, fun, heartfelt, touching, surprising, memorable… In short, all the best birthday vibes are still 100% possible, even over Zoom. With just a little planning, Zoom birthday parties can be perfect for bringing people together, which is now more important than ever.
First check out some of our COVID birthday tips if you need some ideas for keeping the virtual party fresh, and then set the perfect party tone with a Zoom background from our 25 favorites shown below.
If you aren’t among the WFH crowd who relies on Zoom for a million meetings a week, you might not know how to add your own Zoom background. Or maybe you’ve got older relatives who want to join the birthday fun and have never even heard of Zoom before. Either way, it’s quick and easy to upload any background image or video.
Here’s how to add your own Zoom background:
If your birthday party guests may not know how to add their own background, feel free to share this article with them!
An adorably off-kilter cake will add a touch of whimsy to your Zoom birthday party! Because this image has a light and relatively simple background color, it can work especially well if you’ll have many people on camera. (Very complex backgrounds can get a little wonky-looking if there’s too many people moving around on screen.)
This simple banner has a charming hand-drawn feel and muted colors that work well for celebrating a birthday at any age.
This Zoom background image sets a bold pop of color to get you in the birthday spirit! If you use this background, try to wear a solid color shirt that won’t get too mixed in with the many colors of balloons.
This confetti background lets you spread the birthday joy without the mess of cleaning up actual paper confetti.
Not quite 16 Candles…but close enough! This background is great for any age, but it can be extra-special for a 15th birthday since it has just the right number of candles.
If you can’t get real birthday hats due to coronavirus lockdown and/or slow shipping times, this background takes care of the headgear dilemma for you.
With its bright colors and 3D text effect, this birthday message looks almost like a comic book, making it perfect for a superhero-themed party for the birthday girl or boy.
We may not be able to eat cake together this year…but at least we can look at it? If you choose this mouth-watering background, hopefully you’ve also got a delicious treat IRL to enjoy during the party!
This Zoom background is the perfect mix of vivid and simple—filled with streamers, ribbons, and noisemakers to set the birthday stage.
We all need a little brightness in our lives at this point, and this homemade candy station is cheery and warm. This background could be especially cute if you’ve sent the birthday boy or girl some of the delicacies pictured—like jellybeans, cupcakes, or meringues.
If you’ve got a friend or family member with a Mardi Gras birthday, this background provides the best of both worlds—all the party for all the February celebrations. Oh, and smiling animals. Who doesn’t love smiling animals?!
This Zoom birthday background covers all the bases: amazing-looking cake, a hand-wrapped present, paper hats, colorful balloons, and of course—SPRINKLES!
You’ll start the Zoom party with a bang with these goofy party cats. When your phone or laptop camera is centered on your face, you’ll be perfectly perched between the best birthday felines.
With a cheery mix of patterns and colors, these birthday flag banners work well for parties of any theme and age.
The felt flags and bright blue wooden background create a cozy, hand-crafted feel for your Zoom birthday background.
The darker colors of this birthday background image make it great for a more serious or “professional” birthday occasion—maybe a birthday party for a boss or colleague?
Is this “millennial pink?” Well, we think it works for everyone! It’s shiny enough to be festive but subtle enough to make sure you stand out on camera.
Ribbons, party hats, confetti, presents, and balloons—this background image has everything you’ll need to get the party going! Muted pastels work for birthday girls and boys of any age.
This Insta-worthy birthday background immediately sets the mood for a birthday bash. With your face perfectly centered in a neon box, you’ll give off those dance party vibes as soon as you enter the Zoom meeting room.
Super shiny balloons will frame your face in this subtle but visually appealing background. Just be sure to wear a colored shirt, so you stand out from the white behind you.
It’s the same as the last background but in pink! Great for princess-themed parties for little girls, little boys, or 30-somethings alike. We won’t judge.
This Zoom birthday background provides a pop of warmth and brightness if you really want steal the show on gallery view.
Another bright background delight, this one gives you more of a plain background to keep your face easy to see on camera.
This image is an illustration rather than a photo, upping the cutesy fun factor and making it particularly great for kids’ birthday parties.
Featuring muted purples, pinks, and golds with rose petals softly floating through the air, this Zoom birthday background has a romantic fairyland feel.
Want even more ways to find Zoom birthday backgrounds? Try searching “birthday” on one of the many free photo websites out there. We especially love the options on these sites, as they’re high-resolution, free, and easy to download:
You might be attending a completely virtual birthday party, but why not send a physical birthday card to go along with it? Sending a real card in the mail is a great way to add some IRL birthday goodness.