How to celebrate birthday in lockdown

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Whether we like it or not, lockdown birthdays are part of our lives for the time being. While it’s no fun being away from our friends and family during the most special day of the year, there are still ways to embrace getting a year older while we isolate.

If you’re all about making the most of a strange situation, you’ll want to know the best virtual birthday parties to plan for a lockdown celebration worth remembering.

How to celebrate a birthday during lockdown

It’s simple, really. Just tell a few of your closest mates to save the date and time, choose your theme (we’ve got a few ideas below), decorate a space in your home, get dressed up and there you have it, your virtual birthday party!

Of course, you’ll want to ensure you have wine/gin/cocktails (and cake) flowing and you can set up a table to place the gifts you’ve received, too. As you’ll be celebrating via your computer, don’t forget to keep it charged for all the hours of fun ahead.

The best virtual birthday party ideas

Online parties can be more than just the standard Zoom call with your nearest and dearest, too. You could make it a murder mystery evening or experience an escape room at home.

If you’re looking for ideas to celebrate within your household, there are cookalongs, wine tasting and the chance to design your own perfume – all from the comfort of your own home.

Maybe you fancy an intimate lockdown birthday just for two, something for a large group that you can host yourself, or you’d like to organise a surprise for someone you love. Or, if you’re self-isolating, a virtual party is a terrific pick-me-up during this weird time.

To help you plan the perfect celebration, we’ve picked some excellent virtual birthday party ideas from our friends at Virgin Experience Days. Just be sure to place your order in time to receive any supplies you need, like wine or ingredients, in time for the big day.

Check out these brilliant virtual ideas for how to celebrate a birthday during lockdown.

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Virtual birthday party ideas for lockdown

Experience a virtual escape room at home


Gather eight mates and experience a virtual birthday party in the form of a series of online escape rooms. You and your team will work against the clock to unravel the mysteries hidden within each escape room. You can follow the scent via the audio and video files as you work each challenging story, navigating the puzzles along the way.


Virtual birthday party ideas for lockdown

Drink fancy gin or whisky with a head bartender


Another fantastic virtual birthday idea for experiencing with the one you live with, this is based on East London cocktail bar MAP Maison’s much-loved masterclasses. For your boozy night in, you can sample their outstanding gins or Japanese whiskies with an online experience. Activate the voucher to receive your gift box and tune in via a video link to learn about your chosen spirit with the head bartender leading the session. There’ll be plenty of fun facts and tasting as you go and you’ll finish up by having a go at cocktail making.


Virtual birthday party ideas for lockdown

Design your own fragrance at a perfume party


A great one to do with your housemates, this is a virtual birthday party idea that comes with a unique gift. You can channel your creativity with the hands-on experience designing your own perfume collection at home. There’s a choice of five fragrance box sets and online video content for each. Using the high quality ingredients, you’ll follow instructions from industry experts as you get to work blending and creating. 


Virtual birthday party ideas for lockdown

Have afternoon tea with your favourites


Get together with your favourite people and have a fun afternoon tea party with this fabulous birthday party idea. Jam-packed with traditional treats and delivered straight to your doorstep, this is an excellent experience you and your gang can indulge in with little organising required. Just buy enough afternoon teas for everyone joining, choose the delivery date and once everyone receives the afternoon tea, pop the kettle on (and Zoom) and start celebrating with your loved ones. There are classic pork, vegan and veggie options to choose from.


Virtual birthday party ideas for lockdown

Learn how to paint (with prosecco in hand)


Have a fun evening with friends while you start a new hobby with this painting and prosecco drinking class. Live and interactive, the class is with a professional artist who will help you create your own masterpiece. It’s ideal for complete beginners and all the equipment you need will be sent to you in advance, as well as a bottle of prosecco to enjoy while you paint. You’ll learn tips and tricks and will be encouraged to go off-piste. The experience is for one but you can buy a few for you and your besties and then choose the same event so you’re all in one class.


Virtual birthday party ideas for lockdown

Cook along with one of Jamie Oliver’s top chefs


If you’re after something low-key and delicious to enjoy with your household, a cookalong experience could be for you. This Jamie Oliver virtual cookery class brings one of Jamie Oliver’s top chefs into your kitchen as you take your birthday dinner to the next level with a two-hour cookalong. You can choose from 13 classes, including North Indian thali, Vietnamese street food and Mexican street food. You’ll share the session with other food lovers and you could even ask friends to get involved from their own homes.


Virtual birthday party ideas for lockdown

Host a murder mystery party for your household


A brilliant lockdown party idea for you and your household, a murder mystery experience is a unique way to celebrate a birthday during lockdown. Put your interrogation skills to the test and grab your housemates for an online experience that takes place over three days. You’ll be sent clues and videos each day to figure out who committed the murder. On your final evening, you’ll meet your suspects – played by professional actors – over a video call.


Virtual birthday party ideas for lockdown

Bake with a legend and a few of your friends


What’s a birthday without cake? This virtual birthday party idea combines two of our favourite things – baked goods and our mates! The online class with a former Great British Bake Off star takes place in your home as you bake tasty treats, such as scones or swiss rolls – just pick your favourite sweet treat from a list ahead of the class. You’ll then be sent a list of ingredients to buy in time for the session. The class is for two people in your household but more of you could join if you buy multiple experiences and each book the same session.


Virtual birthday party ideas for lockdown

Make your own scented candles with trendy candlemakers


For a soothing celebration that will leave your house smelling gorgeous too, this candle making experience is a great addition to your birthday party. You’ll follow the online workshop from the comfort of home, making your own scented candle with Earl of East in London. An expert instructor will guide you via Zoom after you receive the candle kit containing everything you need. The experience is for one but you can purchase the amount of sessions you need for you and your mates to jump on the same class – just be aware that there are selected dates.


Virtual birthday party ideas for lockdown

Sip French wine for a classy lockdown celebration


The perfect romantic virtual birthday party for you and your other half, this at-home French wine tasting allows you to taste fine plonk while you relax in the comfort of your home. An expert instructor takes you on a tutored tasting of six French wines, with each one boasting a different style. Just choose the date and six 150ml bottles of wine will be shipped straight to your door, ready for the fun tasting.

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