How we celebrated my isolation birthday

by - April 13, 2020

This year was a bit of a weird birthday. I've always been one for making a huge effort when it comes to celebrating the birth of my nearest and dearest, but I also always shy away from my own. Although I love spending my birthday with friends and family, I wasn't too bothered about having my birthday during lock down until I realised the chances of it falling on Easter bank holiday weekend again was slim to zero, which was a bummer. But I'm super lucky that my friends and family are a thoughtful bunch that made my birthday the best it could be given the circumstances. 

So I thought I'd put together a post of ideas on how to celebrate from afar and make the most of any birthday whilst we're all stuck indoors.

Snail Mail

Honestly, one of the small joys in life is receiving a birthday card through the post. This year, I had so many I felt like Harry Potter! There's nothing like knowing someone put that much effort and thought into your birthday even if they couldn't be there with you in person. I also received a few gifts in the post, most of which were unique pieces from small businesses (my mum had a lemon tree delivered to me from a local garden centre - that might seem a bit random, but I've always wanted one!)  a lot of larger companies are closed at the moment, while a ton of smaller companies are struggling along. It's the perfect excuse to shop small, you always find the most unique gifts. 

Down the Garden Path

I wont lie, I did have a few visitors, but only to my garden path. A couple of my closest friends swung by quickly to drop gifts/cards off and to. It was honestly so bitter sweet. I just wanted to hug each and every one of them and invite them in for a cup of tea but knew I couldn't. I did get a bit bummed out about it, but it was super thoughtful of them to come by and see me on my special day.

Have a 'Houseparty'

In the evening, me and a few friends poured ourselves a glass and had a little catch up on the Houseparty app. It was great to get to see them and enjoy a drink or two while we had a good chat. It was the best way to have a bit of a birthday hang out whilst not actually hanging out. I use the app to stay in contact with a bunch of my friends and family and I love it! it's basically a video call, but it's a great way to include more than one pal and has the added benefit of including games if you run out of things to talk about. 

Future Plans

Now I know I'm not alone in hoping this lock down wont go on forever. So why not buy a gift card, or make plans to celebrate once you can? I've already arranged to go for a pampering pedicure with a few girlfriends once we can, and hopefully take a day trip down to Brighton in the summer, but we'll wait and see. It's a great way to not get bummed down with the here and now. It gives you something to look forward to once this is all over too!


No one is having fun at the moment, and everyone is missing someone. Having a birthday without your friends and family is a bummer, but it is also so trivial in the grand scheme of things. I know there are people out there truly suffering, but if the idea of having your birthday stuck indoors is getting you down, I hope I've given you some ideas for how to make that special day just a little special.

Do you have any more ideas on how to celebrate in isolation? Feel free to share in the comments!

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