In this phase of a global pandemic, when every cafe, every lounge, and every fancy restaurant is closed, what should you do birthdays during a lockdown? Sit in your bed the whole day in your same old PJs and T-shirt, waiting for the day to get over? Absolutely not.
It may seem like time has come to a standstill but nobody is stopping to age and life goes on, no matter what.
This is why everyone deserves a celebration on their special day. Here is a list of cool ideas to celebrate birthdays during the lockdown period and make it memorable even if it means celebrating indoors.
Bring the Restaurant Home.
A birthday without a cake definitely feels incomplete. This shouldn’t keep you from cutting a cake on your birthday. If you can’t order a delicious cake from a bakery, why not bake one at home? Don’t worry, there are a thousand recipes online which will teach you how to bake a cake using simple ingredients available at home.
Host a Virtual Party
Birthdays during lockdown obviously don’t grant any permission of stepping out of the house and make your way to pubs, but they sure allow you to house a virtual party at home itself. Since video calling and chatting with loved ones is mainstream, you can host a party online and have a gala time with those close to your heart. With applications like Houseparty, you can play fun games with your friends, create quizzes, and even challenge each other. This is sure to make your birthday evening memorable.
The Magic of Cinema
Is there a movie you and your friends love watching together? Does Nollywood bring you and family together and you all enjoy hysterical laughs and emotional moments while watching? If so, then, grab your popcorn tubs because making your birthday a movie night is an excellent idea. You can use online streaming platforms like Netflix, iroko, and many more. You may also watch movies with your friends who are far away from you with Netflix Party. It is an extension that allows you to share your thoughts and emotions while watching a movie with your movie buddies, live via a chat room.
Out of the Box Ideas
Are you a person who loves to break away from monotony from time to time and gets excited to experiment with new things? If your answer is ‘yes’, then unleash the child in you and build forts out of blankets, fairy lights, pillows, boxes, and whatever you wish. You are sure to enjoy the prince/princess treatment on your birthday when you live in your own handmade castle. You may also go on an indoor picnic with your family, maybe play a board game, chit chat, play cards.
Themed Karaoke Night
Dressing up is not just for going out, you can invite your family members to a themed Karaoke night, where everyone dresses up in a specific theme, like the 80s. You all may strike up goofy poses in your quirky costume and enjoy a melodious Karaoke night and groove to your old favorites. You may also video call the people you miss and sing along with them. You may be surprised to know how musical your family and friends are!just to celebrate your birthday.
A Trip Down the Memory Lane
This is one of the most amazing ways to celebrate birthdays during the lockdown. Most of us always look forward to upcoming trips, occasions, and festivals. We seldom revisit those occasions we have already celebrated merrily. Going through old videos and photos can be a very heart touching activity, you may also do this with your family and revisit those memories and rejoice the time well spent. You may also recreate some funny or iconic photos and add a few twists to them and update your albums.
Enjoy a fancy restaurant dinner
Okay, so you might have planned a night out at your favorite restaurant, but you can enjoy some delicious food at home.
Why not get your housemates, family, or partner involved in spending some time on a special three-course meal during the day?
You can set out some candles, get your favorite bottle of wine, and bring the restaurant to you.
If you’re self-isolating alone or can’t get the ingredients you need to cook, treat yourself to your favorite meal from a delivery service such as Deliveroo or Uber Eats, or check out which local restaurants are delivering.
Have a picnic
If you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor space and it’s not raining, why not utilize have a picnic?
Make your favorite sandwiches, grab a birthday cake, and sit in the sunshine.
For those who live in a flat or shared house, turn your living room into a cozy den with sheets and fairy lights, to have your own indoor picnic on the floor.
This is the perfect time to test out your cocktail or mocktail making skills and create your own bar crawl.
Look up some recipes and make a different drink for different rooms of the house. Have a Passion Fruit Martini on the garden chairs and a Mojito in the kitchen.