With the country in its third lockdown, is looks like some us will be forced to celebrate birthdays at home again.
Going on holiday, afternoon tea or a trip to the pub is off the cards as we turn to find ways to have fun within our household bubble.
If you are turning one year older with nothing to look forward to on your special day, we’ve put together some creative ideas to ensure you have a birthday to remember.
From gift delivery ideas to a virtual murder mystery, here are 10 ways to celebrate a lockdown birthday:
No birthday is complete without some sort of decoration.
Surprise your loved one by decking out your living room with helium balloons, banners, confetti and streamers to make the day a little more special.
Party companies online are offering everything from Harry Potter and Disney to unicorns and ocean themes – and some are even doing next day delivery to ensure last-minute celebrations can go ahead.
2. Make cocktails
Enjoying a tipple is one of the only fun things we can do at home during lockdown – so why not make it into something special!
You can take an online cocktail class, host a virtual cocktail competition with friends or enjoy mixing up drinks with your loved one at home.
Companies such as Boozy Events send your guests everything they nee d to shake up amazing cocktails at home before a our professional mixologist joins you on a video call to guide you through the menu.
3. Letterbox gifts
Just about anything can be sent through the post these days, so why not choose a special gift to arrive on the big day?
There are the obvious gifts such as flowers or cake, but you can also send wine, house plants, cocktail sets, beauty hamper and coffee.
With other gifts ranging from a personalised Cadbury’s chocolate letterbox or a mini karaoke machine, there a plenty of creative presents to choose from online.
4. Virtual quiz
We became a nation of quizmasters during lockdown, with Zoom becoming the place to meet family and friends for some trivia-based fun.
If you fancy testing your knowledge with a pub quiz, there are plenty of quizzes ranging from general knowledge to movies.
We have a quiz on everything from Outlander and gin, to football and films – and even Gavin and Stacey.
5. Restaurant meal kits at home
One way to kick off the birthday celebrations is to enjoy a restaurant quality meal at home with a special restaurant kit.
During the pandemic, most restaurants have adapted to closures by preparing meal kits that diners can cook up at home for a special treat.
Six By Nico launched Home-X during lockdown, allowing Scots customers to get their sell-out tasting menu delivered to their door.
6. Netflix Party
Lockdown taught us how to get creative with virtual parties – and you can do this with movies too.
A free Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party lets you start, stop and pause a Netflix movie or show so you can watch it at the same time as a group of friends and family remotely.
There’s also a side chat bar where your group can discuss what’s going on in the movie, much as you would if you were sitting together on the sofa.
7. Create a restaurant or pub at home
The first lockdown in Scotland saw people get creative and build home bars in their garden.
While the weather may be a little cold to drink outside, it doesn’t mean you can’t create the pub experience in the comfort of your house.
Transform your living room into a restaurant or boozer by printing off menus, creating signs, flyers, a disco ball, music and favourite tipples.
In April, one family went on a pub crawl in their own home by turning each of their house’s rooms into a separate boozer, including a karaoke bar and a games-themed pub.
8. Virtual murder mystery party
Unleash your inner Agatha Christie and take part in a virtual murder mystery game with your pals.
There are dozens murder mystery games online you can download from as little as £10, with themes from murder in the red room to dreary hollow.
The next step is to assemble your players, rustle up a costume and host the party virtually.
9. Wine tasting
A virtual wine-tasting a great way to have fun and be merry with friends while pubs are closed.
There are plenty of companies online that send you and your guests bottles to try out so all you have to do is relax and let the wine flow.
Some even come with a cheese platter to really take the experience up a notch, because why not?
10. Painting and prosecco
Fancy taking up a new hobby on your birthday? Painting and prosecco is the new lockdown activity people are raving aout.
Unleash your inner Picasso while sipping on some bubbles with your family, on a virtual party or with your partner.
There are even online classes for teams and parties requiring no art experience – just a glass of prosecco in hand!