Updated: Nov 5, 2020
So here we again are, after many months of speculation its official, the UK will be going into a second lockdown from 5th November 2020. For some, they have already adjusted to the new restrictions but for others it is not so easy.
Before I get into this blog, can I first of all say that if there is someone you know who struggled during the first lockdown, the likelihood of them struggling during this one is very high so be sure to be a friend and reach out to them, let them know that you are there for them and that they wont have to face this alone.
Birthdays as we know happen all year round and although many will celebrate their birthday during the second lockdown, this time may be different from the birthdays they had previously. For some, it may be a time of bereavement and heartache and for others it comes with financial difficulty due to redundancy or not being able to work. Whatever the case may be, be sensitive to their need. There are helplines for mental health and I will add the link at the end of this blog but for now keep your chin up, pray and remember that things will get better!
So you may have had plans to celebrate your birthday with 5 others in a restaurant or an outdoor environment but due to the new restrictions those plans had to be are cancelled and now your wondering what to do.
I am going to share some ideas that you may want want to consider doing for your friend or loved one but if you will be celebrating your birthday, be sure to send this blog to someone so that you can be catered to on your special day!
Get them a birthday card and write a heartfelt message. For someone who might not be feeling themselves in recent days this will sure bring a smile to their face and make them feel appreciated. If you want to go that extra mile, consider ordering a personalised card online.
Get some flowers delivered on the day, there are many companies who offer COVID safe deliveries right to their door step. So if they are into flowers, receiving a fresh bunch will literally be the cherry on top of the cake.
Organise a zoom party, depending on your subscription, you can have an unlimited virtual party or several sessions of up to 40 minutes. Get their friends and family involved by sending them the link details in advance.
Purchase their favourite takeaway! Lets face it, many people would rather have a day off from their regular chores to put their feet up and be catered to and there is no better day to do this than on their birthday!
Encourage them to get dressed up for the day even if they will be working from home, after all you have to try and make the most of a situation that we are currently in!
Think ahead, what kind of person are they, what sort of things do they like? Would they like a pampering session, if yes look into purchasing some spa day or shopping vouchers. Are they into doing courses, are they an inspiring baker perhaps? Look into ordering an online course for them to do in comfort of their own home. Alternatively, check out my registration programme on hobby bakers.
Take lots of pictures so that they can look back and reflect on what I am sure will be the most unique birthday they have had so far!
Julia Child rightly said that "A party without cake is just a meeting". Find out what their favourite flavours are and if it happens to be lemon drizzle or vanilla cupcakes and you fancy doing some baking, then your in luck as I have uploaded these recipes in my blog so be sure to check them out after you've finished reading this one. If this sounds like too much effort, during your next essential shop, buy them a treat that you know they would love, alternatively, get in touch a order something and get it delivered right to their door in a socially distant, COVOD safe way.
Most importantly have fun, be safe and follow the government guidelines,
Happy birthday to the celebrant in advance,
Mental health helplines
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