By Olivia Wright
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 5 of VARSITY News.
Things like birthdays and anniversaries can feel pretty lonely and anticlimactic during lockdown. Being confined to the walls of your home and without your regular circle of friends make celebrating these usually special and exciting events feel almost impossible. But don’t be disheartened! People all over the world are finding creative ways to celebrate these cherished dates without breaking the lockdown laws.
So, in the name of ensuring the specialness of your special day – here are a few ideas to keep the party alive:
- Throw a virtual party! Apps like Zoom and House Party allow you to enjoy all the party conversations and giggles you would’ve had outside of lockdown. Have a happy reunion with all your friends on your phone or laptop screen and don’t spend your day feeling lonely.
- Better yet, hold a virtual party while you play an online boardgame! Games like Cards Against Humanity, usually played as a physical card game, are now available to play online for free, amongst many others such as Scrabble, Uno and Go Fish. Google it, and chances are – you’ll find a free online version to enjoy with friends. Find a few at the links below:
- Make a party playlist for a bit of atmosphere – music always lifts the mood! If you don’t want to make one, search one on Apple Music or Spotify that finds the vibe you’re looking for.
- If it’s the birthday of someone you live with, go for a walk together. Sure, you might have to wake up earlier than usual, but it’s a great way to start your day and seeing some other faces, even if they’re on the other side of the road, could make the day a little more exciting.
- Dress up! Put some makeup on, your favourite outfit and swap the socks and slippers for shoes – dress for yourself and give yourself a pamper-day.
- Treat yourself and order some food from a favourite restaurant.
- Since lockdown rules don’t allow shopping sprees, a great birthday present idea is homemade and home-redeemable vouchers. Write your loved one a voucher for home-cooked meals, doing their dishes – get creative with special things you could do for them around the house.
Don’t let lockdown get you down – keep your spirits up and celebrate your day as you would outside of quarantine!