For those who had a birthday in lockdown – sucks to be you.
Luckily, we're making our way out of lockdown and life is slowly starting to return to some kind of normal. So, while you may not have been able to celebrate your birthday in the past couple of months, you certainly can now.
Although, you still won’t be able to grab that boozy brunch with your mates or head ‘out out’ into town on a Saturday night.
So, while your birthday might not be as wild or exciting as past years, that doesn’t mean it won’t be one to remember. Here are our top ideas on how to celebrate, or commiserate, your birthday this year.
Prosecco brunch picnic
That prosecco-fuelled brunch you thought you’d have with your girlfriends – forget it.
While bars and restaurants are opening up again, those drunken afternoons rolling around the streets filled with fizz and avocado are a long way off. Fear not, you can still pop a few bottles with your friends so long as you swap the heels for trainers and the buzzing atmosphere of a bar for a grassy open space.
Grab your friends and head to your local park or green area for a birthday brunch!
Make sure to pack a picnic blanket, a hamper full of your brunch favourites and a few bottles of bubbly to mark the occasion. This is a great way of getting your friends together while still maintaining that all-important social distancing. Just remember not to share nibbles or cups between you!
Bring your favourite restaurant home
We all know by now that take out and deliveries are the way to go for the time being. Although you can probably now go to your favourite foodie spot in person, we are still being encouraged to stay away and order in when possible.
So, whether you’re at home with your family, friends or housemates, why not order in food from your favourite eatery?
This way, you can get that dining out experience that you love from the comfort of your own home. Plus, if you’re not a massive birthday celebrator, this is a super low-key way to acknowledge the day. You don’t even have to get out of your pyjamas if you don’t want to.
Drive-in movie theatre
Yeah, so this one might only be possible if you live in a slightly more open area but it’s still a fun idea!
All you need is a projector, you can get lightweight ones you can connect to your phone, and a wall and you’re good to go.
Hang a white bed sheet from a wall or tall fence – this will be your screen. Then, your friends can either drive over and stay in their cars or they can bring blankets and pillows and you can all sit together on the ground.
If you’re feeling super extra, you can even pop some popcorn and bring some ice cream for your movie-going mates to feel as though you’re at the real deal. This one is also heavily weather-dependent so make sure to check the forecast before getting stuck in.
You might not have ever considered camping before lockdown but now it’s looking pretty appealing.
Many of us are looking at packing up our tents and heading into the great outdoors for a staycation this year. Why not make this a birthday trip that lasts the whole weekend?
You and your mates can either hike out into the wild or set up on a campsite.
You can then spend the weekend catching up, BBQing good food and, of course, eating cake and talking about how amazing you are (it is your birthday after all).
Creative arts and crafts session
If you’re looking for something you can do in your back garden, why not throw an arts and crafts party.
It’s safe to say that during lockdown more than a few of us have attempted to learn a new hobby. Whether that be painting, crocheting or gardening, there has certainly been a surge in people getting into their creative side.
Invite your friends and family over on a sunny day and set up little craft stations. This could even be a light-hearted, or serious, competition – craftlympics anyone?
For those who aren’t super creative, they can either judge or just hang about with a glass of wine, or two, in hand. Either way, it’s a super fun and unique way to celebrate a birthday.
So, how are you planning to celebrate your birthday post-lockdown? Will you be giving any of these a go or are you doing something different?