Like many celebrations, birthdays are a time that bring friends and family together. However, even with lockdown restrictions beginning to ease around the world, physical distancing and avoiding large social gatherings has never been important.
To fill the void of not being able to throw a traditional birthday party, we’ve rounded up five easy ways to celebrate that special birthday milestone.
HAVE A PICNIC
Relish the sun and get a few of your friends together for an outdoor picnic! Take advantage of friends’ newfound culinary capabilities have mastered during lockdown and ask everyone to bring a dish of their choice. Creating a spread that has an Instagram-friendly aesthetic is a must! Homemade sourdough, anyone?
What better way to celebrate than by taking some time out for yourself? Order your favourite takeaway brekkie, turn on Netflix, slap on a facemask and pop open some bubbly to celebrate your special day. If you would prefer to cook your own treats, get busy in the kitchen by baking your favourite homemade cake or support your local bakery by treating yourself to some delicious baked goods . This is your unsolicited pass to eat as much cake as you want, guilt-free.
HOST A DINNER PARTY
Invite a few of your closest friends to celebrate with a cosy night in. Make it a themed occasion where everyone gets dressed up and set your menu accordingly – why not try a Mexican fiesta? Wear a sombrero, poncho or anything bright that you can dig out from the bottom of your closet and whip up some spicy margaritas. Setting up a DIY buffet will allow your friends to choose their own on-theme options, such as burritos, fajitas or nachos. If you are looking for an activity to get the night rolling, hop on the board games bandwagon for some old-fashioned fun.
HAVE A VIRTUAL PARTY
Thanks to Zoom and Houseparty, connecting with close friends has never been easier. Drop off some champagne and cupcakes to your closest friends’ houses and schedule a time to celebrate virtually. Plan out the night with online games like truth or dare, Cards Against Humanity or create a Kahoot personal trivia to get to know who REALLY knows you. Looking for another fun virtual activity? An online cocktail-making tutorial will tick all the boxes for your virtual guests.
MAKE A RESERVATION AT YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT
As restrictions begin to ease across the country, make a reservation at your favourite café or restaurant with a few of your closest friends. This is a great way to support local businesses and enjoy that dining experience that we have all been missing.