Following the last year of being in and out of lockdown, anyone with upcoming birthdays should celebrate it in style. Although holidays abroad and big parties still can’t take place, restrictions have started to ease. If you’re planning a birthday for a loved one soon, here are five ways to make it special.
1) Throw a garden party
At the moment, up to six people or two households can meet outside, including private gardens, and from 17th May (TBC), 30 people will be able to socialise outdoors.
Until indoor events can occur, make the most of your outdoor space by throwing a garden party. Decorate it with:
- Fairy lights
- Flower backdrops
Offer an impressive feast, either in the form of a picnic, BBQ, or afternoon tea, and dress the dining table with a tablecloth, table runner, flowers, and candles.
End the garden party with a stunning firework display to wow your guests and surprise the birthday person. Fireworks Kingdom, a fireworks retailer, offer a range of fireworks for sale in various colours that suit differing budgets. However, ensure you follow any safety guidelines provided with your chosen product.
2) Go to the beauty salon
For birthdays after 12th April, when hairdressers and salons finally reopen, treat the birthday person to a pamper day of luxurious treatments and a hair makeover.
3) Dine outdoors
After months of being closed, restaurants and cafes are also due to reopen for outdoor seating in mid-April. Make the most of this restriction being lifted and revel in eating food you didn’t make or order as takeout.
If you’re more excited by the reopening of bars and pubs, enjoy a cocktail or freshly-poured pint from one of your locals.
However, for birthdays after stage three of the roadmap, you can dine and drink indoors in hospitality venues.
4) Take a staycation
From 12th April, you can go on a trip with members of your household to another area of England if staying in self-contained accommodation.
After spending most of the last year confined to your home, exploring a city you’ve never been to before will be a lovely way to spend a birthday.
However, in stage three of the roadmap to lifting lockdown, you can stay in hotels and B&Bs, and international leisure travel can resume. If you’d rather wait for this rule change, book a holiday for a future date as a birthday present that you can both look forward to.
5) Organise a day trip
If you aren’t quite ready to take a staycation, a day trip might be more at your speed. From mid-April, spas, zoos, and theme parks will reopen. In mid-May, you can also attend indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres, and museums.
Although you still don’t have complete freedom to plan birthday celebrations, there are several ways to mark the occasion and make it unforgettable as the restrictions ease.