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Having a birthday in lockdown at home? A list of things you need and how to make it fun 

How to make a lockdown birthday special… 

Leanne Bayley

As we're still abiding by the government's instructions to stay home, some of us are celebrating big birthdays indoors. Gone are the days of heading out for afternoon tea, going out for cocktails or jetting off on a city break, now it's all about making the most of what we've got. Here, we give you a list of things you can buy to make a lockdown birthday all the more special… 

A funny quarantine birthday card 

If you don't laugh, you'll cry. Send a lols-quarantine birthday card to your pal who's celebrating turning another year older in lockdown. 

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Personalised birthday card, £3.29, Funky Pigeon 

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Quentin Quarantino birthday card, £3.29, Moonpig  

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Balloons 

No birthday is complete without birthday balloons and hey, a little bit of confetti will give you something else to do (yes, we're factoring in clear-up time into our day).  

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A 34-piece decorating set, £16.99, Amazon

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Pink balloons 79-piece set, £14.99, Amazon

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Ginger Ray Ombre Pink Balloon Wall Party Decoration Pack, £19.99, Notonthehightstreet.com

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Champagne balloon, £11.99, Amazon

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Birthday banners 

If you're quarantining with someone who's birthday it is, a banner will cheer them up for sure. 

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Lockdown birthday banner set of two, £3.99, Amazon

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Giant Personalised Photo Number Decorations, £45.99, Notonthehighstreet.com

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Ginger Ray Rose Gold Happy Birthday Balloon Bunting, £7.99, New Look

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Birthday cake or snacks

Well,  this is a given. Everyone loves cake. You can either make one yourself or order in. 

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Cookies and Cream birthday cake, £12, Tesco (order at least a week in advance)

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Happy Birthday Biscuit Tin, £35, Biscuiteers

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Birthday candles 

But whatever you do, don't forget the candles and you'll need matches or a lighter (don't forget!). 

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Meri Meri Toot Sweet birthday candles pack of 24, £7, Selfridges 

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Meri Meri unicorn candle, £6, Selfridges

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A crown or a party hat and maybe even a tiara 

Ok, this is more for the birthday extroverts. If there's a birthday Zoom, be sure the birthday girl or boy is wearing a crown. 

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Meri Meri glitter crown, £8, Selfridges 

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tiara

Tiara for the Birthday princess, £7.79, Amazon

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party-hats

Party hats, £4.99, Notonthehightstreet.com

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A funny lockdown T-shirt

Well, there's no reason for a ballgown really, is there?

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The One Where I Was In Lockdown FRIENDS T-shirt, £14.99, Amazon

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Cocktail props 

How fab are these personalised straws?! 

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Drink skewer, £3.95, Notonthehighstreet

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Party lighting

Hey, if you're going to get the party started at home,  you'll need some snazzy lighting.

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Disco light with remote control, £13.99, Amazon

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Rotating disco ball, £17.99, Amazon

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Something a little extra extra? 

Because lockdown isn't going to stop the celebrations - with your fellow quarantine pals of course.

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119-piece set, £18.49, Amazon

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Murder Mystery Game

Nothing brings people together like a game, and this digital murder mystery, which you can easily buy online, is a winner. You can download a ready-to-play party, upgrade by booking in an actor/performer to join you, or go the whole hog and buy a bespoke soiree. There's a variety of murder mystery themes to choose from, including 1920s Paris and Vintage Circus.

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Murder Mystery Game, from £69, The Digital Murder Mystery Co.

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Alcohol

Ok, this is an adults-only birthday party requirement, but plenty of booze is required for a lockdown birthday. 

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Gordons pink gin and tonic, £1.99 each or savings in bulk, drinksupermarket.com

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Drinking games 

Let's get the party started! 

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Prosecco Drinking Games: Pick a Game, Pour Some Bubbles, and Get the Party Started, £7.95, Waterstones

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Never Have I Ever 

Cards Against Humanity

Truth Or Dare  

Bingo

A murder mystery 

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