Last weekend my daughter turned 6 and we had a lockdown birthday to deal with! To be honest it went a lot better than I was expecting and she said she’d had the best day ever. So I wanted to share with you what we did and how we made it special….
Lockdown Birthday Food!
It was basically a day of constant eating, full of her favourite treats. We started by having a children’s afternoon tea delivered which both of my children had for lunch. We got ours from Cheval of Willerby and it was great. I ordered and paid over the phone, arranged a delivery time and it arrived bang on time all plated up on the stand (they then come back to collect the stand).
I also did her a big birthday cake and put way more effort into that than usual. Having developed our lockdown love of baking and perfected our Victoria sponge, my daughter helped to bake the actual cake (providing an activity to do as well the day before). I then had the top decorations delivered from local cake maker Zoe at CakeElla. It was a rainbow themed birthday; some of her presents had rainbows on such as a T shirt to wear on the day and some new bedding, so the cake had to be a rainbow! Zoe dropped off a rainbow and flowers made from icing the day before and I just assembled it all on the day.
We then had a Pizza Mamma DIY pizza kit delivered which was the highlight of the day. These are a full kit of everything you need to make your own pizza at home – a chefs hat to decorate then a box of dough, sauce, cheese and extras. My daughter loves pizza and I hadn’t told her what I’d got for tea so when the van pulled up to deliver it she had a huge surprise and was thrilled. Pizza Mamma is usually out and about at local events selling pizza and my kids have made pizza with her before, last year at a Streetlife Museum event, during lockdown she is delivering kits for you to make at home. The best part about it is that it is an activity as well as a meal; making the pizzas was loads of fun and took about half an hour. Both of my children loved rolling out the dough, picking toppings and then eating their creation! The pizza takes just 3 minutes to cook so it was a very quick tea and the pizzas tasted amazing.
Pizza Mamma is based in North Ferriby and is delivering DIY pizza kits (both child and adult sizes) across the area. Find out more details and message to order on her facebook page, or visit her website here.
Although a lot of shops were still closed around her birthday I managed to get loads ordered online, our Amazon Prime account took a hammering! She probably ended up with more to unwrap on the day than she would have had on a normal birthday as I also picked up loads of little things like hair accessories and craft stuff at B&M.
Then I wrote out some ‘vouchers’ for things we couldn’t get, such as a trip to chose something in Smiggle when it reopens, and for days out we can’t have yet, such as a visit to The Secret Village with a friend. Hopefully she will be cashing those in with me soon.
Seeing friends and family virtually
I wanted to make sure that she still saw her family and friends so I set up a video call with family for the morning and in the afternoon I set up a zoom call for a few of her friends. We lit and relit the candles on her cake for each call so we really did get a lot of value out of that cake! She also had a few friends drop off presents on the day and we saw them on the driveway (at 2metres) which was lovely to see people actually for real and not on a screen.
After tea we all crashed on the settee with a family film to end the day and reflect on what an absolutely lovely day it had been (and how full we were!). It just goes to show that you don’t need to have a big party somewhere and a load of presents to have a lovely and memorable birthday.
Although these are things we did for a child’s birthday, they apply just as much if you have a grown up with a birthday and hopefully they have inspired you and you can adapt them. In April it was my mums 70th and we did a similar thing – ordered her a nice meal for delivery, had a family video call and ordered her some lovely personalised gifts online.
Wishing all of you celebrating birthdays in lockdown a very happy birthday!
For more inspiration, I’ve put some extra ideas for things to do at a lockdown kid’s birthday on Mumbler here.