How to celebrate a birthday at home

So, you just saw the dreaded two-red lines appear on the side stream. Don’t panic, your birthday celebrations may be canceled by that doesn’t mean you can’t make your seclusion a little more luxurious. From champagne brunches to homemade afternoon tea, here are some ideas to mark your special day.

How to celebrate a birthday at home

Champagne breakfast in bed

Want to taste life right away? If you have an SW1X zip code, The Berkeley will make breakfast in bed on the bike – think fresh pastries, smoked salmon bagels, freshly squeezed juices and granola, accompanied by a daily newspaper and wrapped in brown paper with personalized labels. Say yes to mimosas.

Home spa day

Spa at home

Fancy a little TLC? Spas may be closed, but there are ways to recreate the experience at home. Check out our handy guide, packed with expert advice on everything from no-equipment facials to DIY pedicures. Get a head start by ordering one of these beauty box subscriptions for the occasion.

Arts and Crafts

TOTL Deceive

Be crafty with your housekeeping. There are loads of fun adult craft kits available these days, such as TOTL – Tom Foolery’s jewelry making kit, pottery kits from Sculpd, and a DIY macrame hanging kit from Tom Foolery. Wool And The Gang.


birthday decor

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You’ll save money on going out this year, so why not invest in decorating instead? Bubble Gum Balloons are famous for their Instagram-worthy displays, while Ginger Ray has all kinds of themed party decorations.

Gourmet restaurant delivery


You might not be able to go out for a fancy meal, but with so many high-end restaurants now offering delivery, it’s possible to recreate the restaurant experience at home. London’s stellar takeaway offer now includes Nobu Old Park Lane, Hakkasan, Napoli Gang and Bluebird Chelsea. Set the table with your finest dishes, light some candles, and feast hassle-free. You can also make your own with one of the many restaurant DIY kits now available.

DIY Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at Swan Lake

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Afternoon tea is always a popular birthday activity, so why not create your own version at home? Your living room might not be as fancy as the Ritz, but knowing you did everything from scratch will make it taste a little sweeter. We’ve put together a guide here with information on good tea drinking as well as a selection of recipes, from sandwiches to scones to sweets. Otherwise, save yourself the hassle with an afternoon tea delivery – upmarket places like The Shard and Fortnum & Mason also offer hampers.

virtual party

Digital Murder Mystery Co

Looking to host a virtual event? Many companies can help you. Check out The Digital Murder Mystery Co. for ready-to-download parties, immersive parties, and bespoke parties, all specifically designed for online entertainment. Choose from a wide range of pre-made murder mystery themes: travel to exotic 1960s Acapulco and party with the Mexican elite, join an American circus or dance the night away at a glamorous party at the Gatsby. Alternatively, organizers can bring bespoke ideas to life.

There is also a digital event planning company Virtually Together, which was created to help people stay connected during times of isolation. The organizers will plan a range of virtual activities for you: the suggestions on their books include everything from sushi making to a murder mystery party to life drawing.

You can also host a virtual dinner party using our handy guide, which includes advice on everything from video calling apps to food to creating an atmosphere. Chef Ollie Dabbous offers cooking ideas, including where to find ingredients and how to design a menu, as well as tips for serving Pommery Champagne bubbles. Interior designer Shayne Brady, meanwhile, draws inspiration from creating the right layout, dining space, and atmosphere.



Last but not least: the drinks. If you’re ready to try your bartending skills, the lockdown has brought an influx of great DIY cocktail kits, such as this Jazz Age-inspired box from Belle Livingstone Spirits and the Pornstar Martini kit from Passoa. If you’d rather leave it to the professionals, order from one of the many alcohol delivery services, such as cocktail box brand NIO Cocktails or The Drinks Drop, which bills itself as “the Deliveroo of cocktails”.

movie night

Unsplash Home Theater

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Why not sync with a friend watching a movie. Go for the cult classics: the Harry Potter series, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral are some must-haves. Why not check out what’s coming to Netflix in 2022 to find out more.

Featured Image: Coco Tafoya, Unsplash

Ideas for evenings at home / Which restaurants deliver?

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