Providing a special, all-horn rendition of “Happy Birthday” for Kaysen are Tim Lyke, left, and Roger Gundlach.
Providing a special, all-horn rendition of “Happy Birthday” for Kaysen are Tim Lyke, left, and Roger Gundlach.

   One of the side-effects of social distancing due to COVID-19? Those big birthdays for children must go by without a big party.

   But that doesn’t mean families are giving up on celebrating with their little ones.

   Many have begun holding drive-by parties where everyone cruises by, honks and waves at the birthday boy or girl.

   That’s exactly what the Ernst family of Ripon did Monday evening as their daughter, Kaysen, turned 4. With the help of a Facebook event, friends swung by to give the girl a big welcome to another year on the Earth.

   “My daughter and son-in-law [Jenna and John] came up the idea because they had to cancel her birthday party,” grandmother Kathy Krentz said. “We all still wanted her to feel special and it went perfectly.”

   Friends came by and waved, and the birthday girl even had a couple musical guests swing by to make the evening especially festive.

   “So many of our family and friends participated and were able to make her fourth birthday very special,” Krentz said. “... It was wonderful! And Kaysen loved it.”