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Having a birthday in lockdown at home? 51 quarantine birthday ideas and how to make it fun 

How to make a lockdown birthday special at home...

Leanne Bayley

Now we're in a third national lockdown, it looks like some of us will be continuing to celebrate birthdays at home indoors. That's right - heading out for afternoon tea, going out for cocktails or jetting off on a city break is just not on the cards for 2021 yet, but here is a list of things you can buy to make a lockdown birthday all the more special… 

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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. You can send it in the post or there's also an e-card version.

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Personalised birthday card, £3.29, Moonpig

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Large birthday card, £4.99, 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, £12.99, Amazon

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Pink balloons 79-piece set, £11.99, Amazon

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

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Champagne balloon, £9.99, Amazon

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LED light-up balloons, from £3.99, eBay

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Confetti balloons, £11.34, Amazon

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Birthday face mask 

Shopping for a birthday outfit might be a little different this year. Can we interest you in a birthday face mask?

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Birthday face mask sticker, £2.69, Spreadshirt

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Birthday girl face mask, £3.07, Etsy 

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Friends-inspired face mask, £5.49, Etsy

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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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Lockdown birthday banner, £12.90, Amazon

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Blue Birthday Bunting, £7.19, Notonthehighstreet.com

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Silver Balloon Banner, £6.79, Amazon

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Ginger Ray Rose Gold Happy Birthday Balloon Bunting, £6.95, Amazon

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A birthday backdrop

A unicorn backdrop will make the perfect photo opportunity... 

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Unicorn backdrop, £16.99, Amazon

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Game on backdrop, £10.99, Amazon

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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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Rainbow cake (with candles!), £30, Marks & Spencer 

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Large Chocolate Cake, £8.50, Tesco (order at least a week in advance)

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Happy Birthday Biscuit Tin, £35, Biscuiteers

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Happy Birthday Surprise chocolates, cake and prosecco hamper, £30, Marks & Spencer

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Birthday cake shield

Top It is a doctor-invented cake shield created to protect party goers from spreading germs over cakes when blowing out the candles – genius! Plus, it's clear so you'll still be able to see your cake's Insta-worthy decor. 

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Cake shield, from $14.99, TopItCakeShield.com

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Birthday candles and toppers

Just because you're not leaving the house, doesn't mean your cake can't be beautifully decorated!

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Quarantine birthday topper, £3.99, Etsy

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

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24 metallic pink candles, £5.99, Amazon

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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, £4, Party Pieces 

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Tiara for the Birthday princess, £10.69, Amazon

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It's My Birthday headband, £9, John Lewis

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Party hats, £13, Notonthehightstreet.com

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Happy Birthday Hat, £7.89, Amazon

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Wrapping paper

You can buy your usual wrapping paper or you could do something a little more special - personalised gift wrap. 

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Wrapping paper, £4.99, Getting Personal

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A funny lockdown T-shirt

At least, for now, it looks like a lot of 2021 will be spent at home, so there's no reason for a ballgown really, is there?

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The One Where I Was In Lockdown FRIENDS T-shirt, £15, 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 for home

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

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Lights curtain, £11.99, Amazon

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Disco light with remote control, £15.99, Amazon

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Rotating disco ball, £16.99, Amazon

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LED Curtain, £18.99, Amazon

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A lockdown birthday mug

Make that morning cuppa a little different... 

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Lockdown birthday mug, £11.99, 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. A birthday in 2021 can still be extremely extra...

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Winter Wonderland party set-up, £7.99, Amazon

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Rainbow numbers, from £20, Paper Dreams

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Pastel garland, £18, Paper Dreams

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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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Food and drink and at-home experiences

Forget slaving away in the kitchen, go for something a little different for a celebration... 

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Movie Night In with Popcorn, Make Your Own Pizza and a Film for Two, £35, Virgin Experiences

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Create a fun night in experience to remember with this Movie Night in with Popcorn, Pizza and a Film for Two. The two of you will make your own pizza with hand-crafted dough and award-winning British produce, while watching your favourite film or one of the latest releases. Of course, no movie night is complete without popcorn. Tuck into a bag of gourmet popcorn hand-coated in smooth buttery caramel from Joe & Seph’s each. It sounds pretty simple: You activate your voucher, and you’ll be sent the details of Mongoose Promotions to email who’ll provide a code for you to redeem your box. To download the film, you’ll need to register a free account through CHILI and will need access to a device.

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The Pan-n-Ice Ultimate Kit, £79.95, Pan-n-Ice

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Make your own ice-cream rolls at home - the at home kits guarantee the same great experience and taste without having to leave the house.

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Zizzi pizzas that cook from frozen, £4, Sainsbury's

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You can't go wrong with pizza! 

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Isolation Sensation Chocolate Truffle Kit and Online Workshop, £31, Virgin Experience Days

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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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Party fizz - case of six, £60, Marks & Spencer 

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Gordon's pink gin and tonic, £1.99 each or savings in bulk, drinksupermarket.com

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Cocktails, £7.50, Liberation Cocktails 

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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, £7.99, Waterstones

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Monopoly FRIENDS Edition, £22.99, Amazon

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The best drinking games to play over Zoom

Never Have I Ever 

Cards Against Humanity

Truth Or Dare  

Bingo

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