Stuck at home for your birthday?
For most adults a birthday at home with their immediate family is still a wonderful way to celebrate, but those with milestone birthdays on the horizon might be feeling a little down about the possibility of not being able to see friends and extended family, organize a big celebration or go on that birthday vacation.
This might be especially true for anyone that had elaborate birthday plans that had to be canceled.
It’s definitely a bummer and while remote and alternate celebrations may still feel like a consolation, some sort of recognition of your special birthday is definitely better than none.
Here are some ways to celebrate if you’re bummed about being housebound for your milestone birthday:
Have a virtual party
I’m an introvert and I don’t generally enjoy talking on the phone or video chatting, but surprisingly, I’ve realized that if I have to be home for weeks on ends with very little real-life contact with other adults, I actually enjoy group video chats.
A number of video calling platforms including Facebook Messenger, Instagram and Zoom allow you to have a group video chat with a dozen or more people so you actually can see all of your favorite people on your birthday.
They might even sing you “Happy Birthday” and raise a toast to your milestone!
Order your cake and eat it too
Why not order yourself your dream birthday cake and have it delivered to your house?
Since you won’t be spending tons of money celebrating at a restaurant, nightclub, party venue or hotel, you can put the cash toward a grand cake which can also also serve to help out a small business.
And don’t worry about waste!
Cake freezes really well, so you can save what’s left to enjoy with friends and the rest of your family when you can see them again.
Throw a car parade
Okay, it might be a little weird to organize this type of celebration for yourself, but if you’re helping plan someone else’s birthday or your partner asks how you would like to celebrate, you could suggest a car parade.
Friends and family can decorate their cars and drive by the honoree’s home clapping, singing and playing cheerful music at a set time on a set day.
As long as everyone stays in their cars, this type of celebration is allowed in most towns.
Host a Netflix party
Netflix now offers a Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome so you can have a movie or binge-watching birthday party with your besties.
The extension synchronizes playback so that you and your friends can watch the same content at the same time and enables group chatting on the screen so that you can discuss what’s happening just like you would in person.
All you’ll need is some popcorn and Champagne.
Get dressed up
Yes, just for the heck of it!
There’s something about getting all dolled up on your birthday that just makes you feel amazing.
Take out that glittery gown and those killer heels, curl your hair and take your time applying that full face of makeup.
Then head to the dining room to enjoy a wonderful dinner in. Turn on some relaxing music, light some candles and create the atmosphere to match your attire.
We promise you’ll still feel special even if you’re not leaving the house.
Party with an instagram DJ
If you were looking forward to dancing the night away on your birthday, try tuning into a professional DJ’s Instagram story.
Pump up the volume, invite some friends to listen in and it’ll be like your own private birthday dance bash.
Have a cocktail or mocktail every hour
If you can’t go bar hopping for your birthday why not bring the bar home?
Pick up or order some fancy cocktail ingredients and mixers, find a few recipes for craft cocktails online and re-create the bar crawl vibe at home.
You can try a different cocktail or mocktail every hour of the evening or even set up a different cocktail to prepare in different rooms of your house, so you can move around and enjoy various drinks just like you would if you were going out.
You could even combine this idea with several of the others we’ve mentioned for a truly memorable birthday-at-home.