Wondering how to celebrate your birthday whilst stuck at home during the Coronavirus outbreak? Well we have got all the ideas you need to ensure your day stays special.
1. Group Call
So, you may not be able to hang out with your friends face to face but that doesn't mean birthday plans have to be ruined completely. Luckily, we are living in an age of social media and advanced technology which means you can stay in touch with friends by simply the click of a button. Apps like 'ZOOM' aren't just for work chat, you can gather a bunch of your friends you would of liked to attend a party and start a group call to celebrate.
You can also try apps like 'Houseparty' and the Group FaceTime feature on apple devises to have a live video chat with a group of your favourite people. Why not try playing your favourite music and each grabbing a glass of wine (18+) and it will soon feel as though you are all having fun together as normal. Many have headed to these group video chat sites/apps to host pub quizzes for their friends, how about getting a friend to host a quiz night for the party entertainment?
2. Pamper Evening
Being by yourself means some much needed peace and quiet.Treat yourself to a hot bath or shower to kick off your pamper sesh. You can also find a wealth of face masks and scrubs in your local supermarket. So, if you don't have any at home already why not pick one up next time you're out shopping for all your food essentials. To really create a spa like atmosphere from your home try lighting some candles, dimming the lights and playing some relaxing music - you can find great relaxation playlists on music streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify or even Youtube.
Or maybe you want to take relaxation that bit further and fancy a bit of mediation to really get you feeling chilled out? There are a wealth of great free apps out there you can download that guide you with how to mediate whether you're a beginner or an expert. Not all celebrations have to be filled with lively activities, sometimes it can be just as fun to sit back and relax.
3. Movie Night
Get cosied up in your favourite blanket and have your very own movie night. Either find a good film to watch on Netflix or if you're looking for something spanking new, Sky Movies are releasing a series of movies meant for the cinema, now available to rent from home! Don't want to have a movie night on your own? Never fear, there are a variety of streaming services that allow you to watch the same film as your friends, whilst chatting when watching it - you can check out Netflix Party or Kast for that.
Grab yourself a packet of popcorn and a drink, close the curtains and dim the lights and soon it will feel like the cinema has been brought right to your living room.
4. Stream a Concert/Festival
I'm sure many of you would have seen people getting very creative over social media in order to recreate the events they have missed out on since lockdown began. One couple decided to recreate their missed cruise from their living room by watching videos of the ocean from their TV, with a glass of wine in hand. Another recreated their aeroplane journey with the help from their washing machine and recorded sound affects of a pilot announcing take off. You too can get creative, why not stream one of your favourite festivals or concerts to listen to.
You can also go that extra mile and get dressed for the occasion by throwing on some shorts and covering yourself in neon paint, with a little imagination it could feel like you are dancing the night away at your favourite concert.
5. Tasty Treats
What better way to brighten up lockdown than some tasty treats. Just because we are in isolation doesn't mean you should ditch the birthday cake tradition. Baking a cake can be lots of fun, let alone the part where you get to eat it! So, why not bake your own cake this year - it will keep you entertained and you get to enjoy the taste of it. Alternatively, this is also a great opportunity to support local businesses that are still open, research whether there are any cakes shops near your that are offering no contact delivery and buy yourself a cake! Some shops even sell individual slices or cupcakes if you're on your own and don't fancy indulging in an entire cake by yourself.
Planning on going to a nice restaurant for your birthday? That doesn't totally have to be lost. Many restaurants are still open and offering takeaway options so take advantage of the fact you didn't have to spend hours getting dressed up and enjoy some delicious food from the comfort of your home.
Maybe your birthday isn't coming up but perhaps a friends is? Since you're not there to celebrate with them, why not try doing your part by sending them over a nice gift or card in the post to show them you're thinking of them. Perhaps send them a personalised card using an online service such as Moon Pig or Funky Pigeon, that way you don't need to risk leaving your house to buy a gift, plus, it's a lovely way to show your appreciation and 100% better than than your standard card.
If your special day is coming up we hope one of our tips gave you some inspiration to ensure it is spent well. And, a huge happy birthday from the Croydon FM family to you!