Lockdown birthday: how to celebrate at home
Celebrating your birthday in isolation probably wasn't what you had planned for 2020 - but that doesn't mean you can't do it in style.
Lizzie Liebenhals runs Surrey-based boutique party planning agency Halls and Halls Privé so planning for a special occasion is her speciality. She’s also celebrating a birthday this week – and she’s going to do it in style! Here are her top tips for celebrating isolation style!
Create a space
Venues and spaces are so important to us at Halls and Halls Privé as we always look to create that wow factor, but you can do the same at home. Pick one room where you will host your party. That room is off bounds to the rest of the household whilst you sort out the décor. Maybe move some furniture around, add candles, change pictures in the room so they are all of the person you are celebrating. Your aim is to transform the room to create your own mini wow factor.
Plan a theme
Theming can help you focus on what your party will look like. It can be colour-led or food-led (Spanish, Mexican). Or perhaps chose a place they have liked, like Paris or Rome. You can order lots online from balloons, pompom pendants and feathers, to flowers and indoor sparklers. Buying oversized or lots of the same thing will make more of an impact if you have the space. Don’t just blow up five helium balloons (you can buy helium canisters online) buy 55 and have them floating across the entire ceiling.
Spoil them rotten
Go old school! Run them a bath, give them a facial, manicure or pedicure – or all three. And it’s not just the women who will love some home pampering. Homemade cakes will not only give you something to do, but also creates a really personal touch. If you an an age – like I am – when ‘mixed tapes’ were an actual thing, make them a Spotify playlist. And this can also double up as the play list for your party.
Get dressed up
Everybody in the house should get dressed up for the occasion – the more glam the better, or keep to your theme and do fancy dress. I will don my bestest dress and highest of heels and will dance the night away from my old school play list!
Connect with friends
For my birthday, I’m really looking forward to spending time with my family at home, and also skyping with my friends online, so we can all have a glass of bubbles together. You can connect with friends and family via Zoom or try the app House Party.
Order drinks online – get Champagne or fizz, and the ingredients for your favourite cocktails. Or even better, order pre-made cocktails. For my birthday, I’m using Social Mix Events, a Cobham-based mobile bar, who have adapted their service and are now delivering pre-made cocktails to your home. They’re served in dinky little jars, complete with straws. What could be more special than that?
Cooking and food are definitely my passion – but I won’t be cooking on my birthday! Instead, I’ve arranged for party caterers Four Gables Group to prepare and deliver my dinner. Everything comes beautifully wrapped and ready to cook, with easy-to-follow instructions that I’ll hand to my fella! Epsom-based private chef Laura Scott is offering a similar service – three course celebration dinners cooked and delivered to your doorstep.
Life is for living but also respecting especially during this time. So, my mantra to all of you celebrating this year in isolation – Be Gracious, Be Grateful and Be Glam.