It’s become a depressingly familiar force of habit in recent years – scrolling through your social media feed in the morning and passively taking note of whose birthday it is, sending a generic and getting on with your day.
In a pre-lockdown world, this was fine, as we all had other things to look forward to on our birthdays. However, with so many of us now sequestered in our homes when we would rather be out celebrating with our friends and family members on our ‘big days’, that virtual birthday message needs a serious rethink.
Anyone who is celebrating a between now and the end of the year is probably in the same boat though. So, rather than relying on your Facebook friends to do something special (because let’s face it, they probably won’t – they have their own stuff to deal with right now), take your lockdown birthday into your own hands this year by considering the following:-
Make a cake
Not only are we all trying to avoid supermarkets as much as possible right now, there’s something undeniably more special about making your own birthday cake from scratch. It’s not a particularly difficult bake either, as long as you’re willing to keep it simple. Where you definitely shouldn’t keep it simple, however, is in the decoration!
Glam up the house
We’ve all become so used to seeing the same four walls, so wouldn’t it be nice to give them a little bit of a temporary makeover on our birthday? The obvious first step is to splash out on some to spread around the home, but why stop there? Going really over the top can make it feel more special, after all.
Glam up yourself
You’ve probably spent every other day in your pyjamas but your birthday is one day where you can afford to spend a little time pampering yourself, regardless of whether or not anyone will actually see the fruits of your labours. So go glam and get your friends to do likewise before logging onto that group chat.
Brunch with friends
The bottomless brunch has become a bit of a birthday cliche in recent years so spoiling yourself with bottomless food and booze on Zoom might actually make it seem a little bit more special? might become the rule rather than the exception going forward, so start now before it becomes another boring chore. You could even go a step further and create some interesting drinking games.
Make it into a joke
Finally, with everything so deathly serious right now on a global scale, try not to take your birthday too seriously. It’s a ridiculous situation and there’s no better way to survive a ridiculous situation than by laughing through it.