10 ways to celebrate a birthday in lockdown
Whether you’ve just celebrated a birthday, or it’s coming up over the next few weeks, it’s likely that your plans have altered slightly since the country has gone into lockdown. But fear not, because we’ve teamed up with online gifting website, Prezzybox, to bring you great suggestions to celebrate a birthday or special occasion from the comfort of your own home. And when this is all over, you can celebrate it all over again, a bit like the Queen. Just remember: we’re all in this together!
Video call your friends
If you can’t see them in person, why not video call them? There are plenty of apps out there that allow you to video call more than one person at the same time. You can play games, have a drink, eat together and even watch films, so it’ll still feel like you’re celebrating, but without having to leave the house! You’ll need a smartphone to download an app such as FaceTime or Houseparty.
Have a pamper evening
It’s so important to look after yourself and, given the circumstances, we think now is the perfect time for a little pamper session. Run yourself a hot bubble bath, paint your nails and put on that face and hair mask; don’t forget to moisturise after your shower and your skin will be left feeling silky smooth. It’ll make you feel relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for anything!
Dance like no one is watching – because, well, no one is
Turn up the music and get dancing! If you live alone then you don’t need to get embarrassed about throwing out your best moves and shapes because, quite frankly, no one will be watching. You can be the DJ and put on all your favourite hits and sing to your heart’s content. If you do live with someone, then try to get them involved, or even video chat your friends and boogie together. If there’s ever a time not to be self-conscious, it’s now!
Play party games – online or with the people you live with
There are so many apps available that let you connect with your friends, even when you’re not physically together. You can play games and challenge each other online, as well as playing against strangers if you wish. If you’re not feeling the virtual games, then why not dig out all the board games you have lying around the house and challenge the ones you live? Classics like Monopoly, Battleship and Scrabble can keep the whole family entertained for hours.
Do a birthday work out
If you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps about spending your birthday at home, then why not do a workout or go for a run? It will release endorphins and will make you feel amazing. Getting some fresh air will do wonders, and you’ll get to exercise away your stresses and strains.
Host a buffet party with the people you live with
Dig out some of that leftover Christmas party food from your freezer and have a little buffet party with the people you live. You can play some music, get your sing-song on, and really get the party going! You’ll be clearing out the freezer and also saving yourself some money, although that three-course super fancy meal you booked should definitely be rescheduled for a later date. If you live on your own, still make yourself a delicious buffet and get your friends on board to do the same over a video call.
Make your own decorations
Haven’t got balloons and decorations to hand? Then why not make your own? If there are children in the household, it’s a fun little activity for them, and it’ll brighten up your home, and your mood! They might be a little outside-the-box – think colourful pictures stuck on the walls and old-party-hat-bunting – but it’ll be amazing nonetheless.
Bring your plans to your home
If you had specific plans that involved going out, then try to bring them into the home. If you’d booked afternoon tea, a prosecco brunch or a cinema meet, you can look to host all of these from your house instead. Enjoy them with the people you live with or via video chat; you can even download an app that lets you and your friends watch a movie at the same time from different locations, so it feels like you’re at the cinema together.
Order your favourite takeaway
You can’t go out for your favourite meal so why not have it delivered to you instead? There are loads of restaurants still offering no-contact delivery services, so you should have plenty to choose from. The good thing about takeaways is that you can normally find a really good deal or online vouchers to go towards it, helping to save a few quid too!
Bake yourself a cake or two
If you have the right ingredients in your kitchen cupboards, then consider trying to bake a cake, or even two. Put your baking skills to the test and you might just surprise yourself. If baking a cake is out of the question, then get the kids of the household involved and try out some rice crispy cakes instead; they’re super easy and absolutely delicious! A sweet treat – or three – on your birthday makes everything better.
However you celebrate, we hope you have a fabulous birthday at home, and an equably fabulous second birthday in the not-too-distant future!
Words: Alexandra Spencer, Marketing Executive at www.prezzybox.com