How to celebrate a birthday during lockdown


As we face further time spent separated from our friends and loved ones due to lockdown and the pandemic, plenty of people will be faced with the dilemma of how to celebrate birthdays from a distance. Whether you’re celebrating or it’s someone you love, it can be difficult to work out exactly how to make the day feel special during this strange time.

Since Teljoy turns 51 this month, we are celebrating years of bringing joy to many homes, and we thought we’d share this joy with you with some tips on how to celebrate during this time.


If someone in your house is having a birthday, wake up early and decorate. Decorating is one of the easiest, cheapest and most fun ways to celebrate a quarantine birthday. Make sure you plan a few days ahead and get some confetti, balloons and birthday signs.

Have a virtual house party

You can get the ‘House party’ App or use Zoom to have a virtual party with a group of friends. Have a theme, dress up, set-up background decor, a birthday playlist and of course make ‘Quarantinis’ (the cocktail of the moment). You can also make this more interesting by opening up presents with your loved ones online that were delivered and play games to add some fun. 

Organise a bake off

Whether you’re doing this virtually or with family. Everyone can bake a cake and decorate. This is a great way to spend time with loved ones and have fun in the kitchen. If you’re together taste, and if apart go with the best looking cake, choose a winner and enjoy.

Food glorious food

If there’s one thing to sure brighten someone’s day – it’s food. Whether it’s a homemade 3-course meal since dining out is out of the question or ordering in some of your favourite foods go for it.

An escape room

How about you take the day off work and chores and spend this birthday on yourself. Have a solo pamper party, sit with your feet up, organise a homemade foot-spa, slap on a face mask and enjoy your favourite pastime (drink of choice, music or binge watch your favourite show). If you’re lucky enough to be quarantined with someone, you could potentially score a massage.

Remember to do whatever you want to (within the regulations) and considering the circumstances, it will definitely be a memorable one.