Updated: May 11, 2020
So I think its fair to say that quite a lot of people had plans for their birthday and celebration but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government extending the lock down, many have had to cancel and/ postpone their engagements which was I'm sure very frustrating for many. Me and my husband were not able to do what we had planned for our children's birthday neither but we had to improvise and needless to say, they both had a lovely day!
In this blog, I am going to share with you some tips on how to make the most of your celebration during quarantine while adhering to the governments guidelines. I hope you will find this useful and if there are any other tips that you would like to share, please feel free to leave me a comment.
* Glam up/ dress up: Whether its for yourself or for your child/children, wear something that will make you/ them feel special, so if you specifically bought an outfit/ fancy dress costume for the day, make sure its worn!
* Get/ bake yourself a cake: One quote that I recently came across that I absolutely love is "a party without a cake is just a meeting" and as a baker its 'all about that cake, bout that cake, bout that cake' but, it doesn't have to be a cake per se, it could be a cupcake, a slice of cheesecake, basically something that you, your child or the person would like.
If you enjoy baking and want an easy to follow recipe, I've shared two in my previous blogs, so when you've finished reading this one be sure to check them out! I know for some, baking is a pet peeve so here are a couple of suggestions;
Get one delivered: I offer postal treats, so if you fancy something like a cake jar or some brownies (vegan versions available as well) contact me to order yours today, this can also be a nice gift for someone or a 'I hope you are well' treat too.
Decorate: You could buy a plain cake, a tub of frosting and some sprinkles and get creative with it, alternatively, you could buy a nice cake or dessert from your supermarket instead.
Utilise your essential shopping trip to get what you need and don't forget the candles! You could get a personalised cake topper as well which could be a memorabilia too!
*Decorations: Get your birthday banner and balloons out or, if you are feeling creative and fancy doing some DIY, check out Google, Pinterest and Youtube for some tips and inspiration! Alternatively, if the celebrating by yourself, why not opt to change your curtains and your table cloth into one of your new/ favourite ones for example, likewise with the cutlery why not opt to use your fancy set for your special day.
Food: Prepare your favourite/ their favourite meal or, have a break away from the kitchen and order your favourite takeout. If its your friends/ relatives birthday, you can always order it and arrange for it delivered straight to their door.
Day in the park: With Boris Johnson's annoucement made on (10th May 2020), we can now 'spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing' as well as 'meet one other person from a different household outdoors - following social distancing guidelines' referenced from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do . So why not feed two birds with one scones and have a picnic in the park to celebrate your day with those in your household, alternatively, if its just you, why no choose to meet one of your friend or your significant other and have a picnic with them instead.
*Virtual party: Apps such as whatsapp, zoom and house party have become so popular during these times and its now so much easier for family and friends to virtually stay in touch. Organise a time and get everyone connected! Make it fun, play some games, have a karaoke day/ night and be a good sport. if you are celebrating your child's birthday, you could get them to open some of their presents during the call and sing and dance to their favourite song.
*Pictures: Take lots of pictures and have fun with it, set up the timer mode and get everyone involved.
*Gifts: Create your own gift list and send it to your loved ones, some websites such as Amazon delivers it straight to your door. If its for your child, create a list together, alternatively, you could suggest monetary gifts and then buy something online or take a trip to their favourite store when it opens and when it is safe to do so!
*Plan your day: Do what you can in advance so on the day you'll have minimal to do so that you can make the most of your/ their day.
If your planning a surprise, these tips work perfectly as well so good luck!
Lastly, make time to be a friend, although this lock down period has become the norm for many, remember that for some, its a real struggle to be alone, to not freely or safely see friends and family, to not be able to go to school and so on, so try and cheer them up and lean a listening ear, I'm sure they would appreciate you that much more for it!
Stay safe, happy celebration in advance and good luck with the preparation!
*Image from google images*