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Celebrating your birthday during a pandemic can be a little depressing. Fortunately, there are a few ways to celebrate in style, even with restrictions.
Here are 9 unique ideas for you to consider when planning your celebrations during pandemic times.
1. ORGANIZE A SURPRISE WEEKEND AT A COTTAGE
If it's your significant other's birthday or the birthday of someone who shares your family cohort, a surprise weekend getaway is a great way to celebrate a big birthday. You can relax and go skiing or snowshoeing!
2. MAKE AN EMOTIONAL VIDEO MONTAGE
If you can't physically be there for the birthday boy or girl, then take a few hours to bring back old videos of him or her to make a montage. Remember to add his or her favourite songs. This sentimental gesture will certainly warm their hearts.
3. SEND SURPRISES BY MAIL
Send little surprises and have them delivered to your birthday individual's door. (Or drop them off yourself.) You can start a few days before his or her special day, to make their birthday last even longer! Flowers, candles, letters, balloons, box of doughnuts... All ideas are sure to please.
4. HAVE A MEAL DELIVERED FROM A FAVOURITE RESTAURANT
Many restaurants offer delivery. Take advantage of this opportunity to have a surprise lunch or dinner delivered to your loved ones. And if you live with the birthday boy or girl, then you can organize an evening with candlelight and music to make it unforgettable.
5. ORGANIZE A WINE TASTING WITH FRIENDS ON ZOOM
Zoom parties have become a part of our daily lives. To surprise your birthday boy or girl, why not organize a remote wine tasting with him or her? This formula can work even if your party doesn't live with you!
6. ORGANIZE A DANCE PARTY
If you can't go out dancing, there's nothing to stop you from having a dance party in your living room. Decorate the room with Christmas lights and garlands, turn up the volume and dance into the wee hours. For those of you who would like a "wow" effect, you can always rent a fog machine!
7. ORGANIZE A MASS LETTER-WRITING CAMPAIGN
Ask all your loved ones to write a nice letter in honour of the birthday boy or girl. This way, they will receive a nice dose of love without having to leave the house.
8. SPEND THE NIGHT IN A LUXURY HOTEL (WITH ROOM SERVICE)
If your birthday boy or girl is part of your family bubble, you can treat him or her to a little getaway at a fancy hotel. Some hotels even offer gourmet in-room dining. This is a great gift for those who miss dining out.
9. COOK A 5-COURSE MEAL AND EAT IT FROM A DISTANCE
If you feel like getting your hands dirty (literally), you can always cook a 5-course meal for your loved one. If he or she doesn't share your cocoon, you can make a duplicate recipe and take it to him or her so that you can enjoy it together later via Zoom. A great way to celebrate after all!