Having your birthday fall in the middle of a global pandemic is, to put it mildly, unfortunate. Anything but the most socially-distanced celebrations are officially on hold: much-anticipated spring and summer weddings have been postponed, anniversaries are on lockdown and graduations are happening in dressing gowns, rather than cap and gowns.
While quarantine might not feel particularly festive, it’s still important to keep celebrating. Marking special days puts a bit of excitement and structure into your calendar, and injects some positivity into an uncertain time. No matter how long the coronavirus pandemic lasts, birthdays, anniversaries, and reasons to be cheerful will keep coming- we might as well enjoy them.
Here are our favourite ways to keep celebrating:
Get your glad rags on
Working from home has many of us wearing the same tracksuit bottoms three days in a row (who, us?). But there’s no better way to celebrate than putting on your favourite clothes and feeling that sense of occasion. ‘Unprecedented times’ is another way of saying ‘special occasion’ in our book, so put on that outfit you’ve been saving and enjoy feeling fancy.
Have a (virtual) party
Once you’re dressed to the nines, turn up the music (but keep the neighbours in mind) and get your favourite people on video chat. You might not be able to dance around to your favourite hits together in person, but you can sing along together and make each other’s night. And for us Londoners, the cocktails are much cheaper at home.
Send some feel-good post
Let your friend celebrating in lockdown know that you’re right there with them. Whether it’s a heartfelt card, the book you’ve been enjoying and want to share, or a bunch of flowers to brighten up their space, a little surprise through the letterbox will perk up the pal missing out on their special plans. If you’ve been getting creative in lockdown, now is the perfect time to share your artwork!
Make a meal of it
In every culture food is at the centre of celebrations. Whether it’s a birthday cake, wedding banquet or date night, roll up your sleeves and get in the kitchen. Even if you’re down to the tricky ingredients at the back of the cupboard, lay the table, light a candle and make an evening of your mish-mash dinner. Use that video chat to enjoy a virtual dinner party- even better if you can coordinate recipes!
Feel the excitementThere’s one thing all of us can agree on- we are so excited to get out of the house and see our loved ones again soon. So chat to your friends and family, and make plans for get-togethers in the not-too-distant future, once social distancing measures have been lifted. Make a mood board of the far-flung places you want to visit after lockdown, research the London eateries you’ll be meeting friends in one day, and if you’ve managed to change your wedding date, throw a virtual re-engagement party! We don’t know when we’ll all be able to celebrate together again, but one thing we do know is that we are excited!