February 21, 2021 4 min read
So, unless you were lucky enough to have a July or August birthday, it’s pretty likely that you have had or are going to have at least one lockdown or tier-restricted birthday which is depressing, to say the least. I am a January baby which usually means that it’s a challenge to get people out, what with dry January, Veganuary and low funds from Christmas shopping. However, this year I, like many others, face another hurdle, lockdown. So, I thought I’d share how I celebrated my Lockdown Birthday to show you how staying in is the new going out.
Step 1: Boozy Brunch
Though I am yet to try Bottomless Brunch, the concept of it is so appealing to me; two of my favourite things: booze and brunch. Of course, I haven’t been able to attend a proper bottomless brunch, so I made my own version at home. One on my new favourite spots in Whitley Bay is Pablo Eggsgobao who offer Breakfast Bao Buns with sausage patties, siracha mayo, an egg and a hash brown- they’re delicious! There are just two options on the menu, the meat-eater and meat-free Breakfast Bao which really does prove the saying that less is more! At just £5 per bun this is a great grab and go alternative and much cheaper than a £30 bottomless brunch. I paired mine with a glass of prosecco since I had the day off, but you can always exchange for alcohol-free prosecco, orange juice or one of the hot beverages available at the hatch.
Step 2: Spicing up your daily walk
There isn’t much that we’re legally allowed to do in lockdown or even in tier 2 and 3 but we are allowed to walk! Now you can go on a walk any day, so I spruced mine up by taking an alternative route. This time I walked to St Mary’s Lighthouse and back all across the beach. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t exactly on my side, so on the way back I decided to grab a hot chocolate from Relish to warm myself up. Treating yourself to a takeaway coffee is a great way to make your day a little more special without having to change your routine. If you don’t have time to order a takeaway or to take an hour off work to go for a walk, a quick coffee takeaway is an ideal way to make your birthday a little bit different to any other day.
Step 3: Have a spa retreat in your bathroom
This year, our birthdays should be dedicated to relaxing and spending a bit of time on some self-care. My birthdays always tend to be alcohol-fuelled but I am aware that not everyone will have the time, energy or desire to frolic around their kitchen half-drunk. I am, however, certain that almost everyone will want to spend a little time for themselves, we deserve it more than ever this year. For me, ‘me-time’ is having a bath in the middle of the day, slathering every inch of my body in lotions and binge-watching my favourite TV programme surrounded by my favourite snacks. So why not run yourself a bath with bubbles, play your favourite music or podcast and light some candles for the perfect self-care experience.
If that doesn’t sound like fun to you, you could do something you’ve been meaning you do for a while. It could be opening that book you keep putting off starting, spending time alone or with your family, having a lie-in, doing a workout or going for a run. Whatever it is that you enjoy, take the time to do it on your birthday.
Step 3: Takeaway Tea
Yes, you guessed it- another takeaway. As you may have already realised, cooking is not my strong point so, really, the more takeaways the better. One of my favourite places to visit for a great atmosphere and even better food is Elder and Wolf. Thankfully, Elder and Wolf still operating for takeaway during Lockdown and any later tier restrictions and they have special takeaway options for all the family to share. We settled on two kebabs and halloumi fries- the halloumi fries are to die for! There are plenty of veggie and vegan options and all of the food is made fresh in their fantastic pizza oven.
If you don’t fancy a pizza or kebab there are plenty of other amazing restaurants still operating for takeaway in lockdown:
(To name just a few)
Step 4: Kitchen Disco
Usually, I’d finish my birthday with some dancing at a club or chatting with friends at a bar. This year I visited Club Kitchen- free entry, free drinks and only a 5-second walk up the stairs home. Perfect. Crank up your favourite tunes and dance the night away for the best end to your lockdown birthday.
Alternatively, if this sounds like your idea of hell, why not grab some snacks, draw the curtains and stick your favourite film on for a nice chilled out ending to your special day. You could even pay to rent a brand-new film for the full cinematic experience.
I realise that most of us don’t really tend to make a big fuss out of our birthday and usually, in the hectic schedule of our lives, a birthday is just like any other day, we still have to go to work, the kids still have to go to school and life must continue as normal. If we’re lucky we might go out for a meal or cook our favourite food for tea, but this year I think we deserve an over-the-top birthday. There is, quite literally, nothing else to do so why not indulge in some me-time and have an extra special Covid-friendly celebration. It’s been a rough year, so join me in having an extremely over-the-top at-home party to say congrats to yourself for surviving it!
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