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Having a birthday at home? 73 birthday ideas and how to make it fun 

How to make a birthday at home special...

As lockdowns around the world come to an end, restrictions are lifting but many birthday celebrations continue to look a little different.

The new rules in the UK mean we can head on out and have friends over, but you might not feel comfortable - or you might have been pinged. With this in mind, here is a list of things you can buy to make a birthday at home all the more special… 

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A funny quarantine birthday card 

If you don't laugh, you'll cry. Send a lols birthday card to your pal who's celebrating turning another year older during the pandemic. You can send it in the post or there's also an e-card version.

Large birthday card, £4.99, Moonpig

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A Spotify playlist birthday card 

Spotify birthday cards, from £3.29, thortful

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Thortful has come up with the genius idea of including a Spotify code inside a birthday card, which when scanned using a smartphone will open a playlist in the app. Who wouldn't want to receive their own party playlist? 

A birthday card with a sweet treat

Personalised Love Cake Treat Card, £11.99, Prezzybox

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Kill two birds with one stone with this ultra-sweet birthday card, which comes with two treats individually wrapped. Choose from a slice of Victoria sponge to lemon drizzle to chocolate fudge cake - there's a wealth of options.

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Balloons 

No birthday is complete without birthday balloons.

A 34-piece decorating set, £14.99, Amazon

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Pink balloons 79-piece set, £13.99, Amazon

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Best F*cking Day Ever balloons, £7, ASOS

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Ginger Ray Ombre Pink Balloon Wall Party Decoration Pack, £24.99, Notonthehightstreet.com

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Champagne balloon, £14.99, 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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Fringe curtain 

Fringe curtains are a quick and easy way to create maximum impact for little cost. 

Foil curtain, £8.99, Amazon

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Birthday face mask 

Shopping for a birthday outfit is a little different these days. Can we interest you in a birthday face mask?

 

Birthday face mask sticker, £2.69, Spreadshirt

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Birthday girl face mask, £3.58, Etsy

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Personalised Glittery Birthday Face Mask, from £8.99, Etsy

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Birthday banners 

Every at-home birthday needs a banner.

Blue Birthday Bunting, £8.99, Notonthehighstreet.com

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Silver Balloon Banner, £5.99, Amazon

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Ginger Ray Rose Gold Happy Birthday Balloon Bunting, £7.85, Amazon

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End of Lockdown Party Banner, £7.50, eBay

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A birthday backdrop

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

Unicorn backdrop, £16.99, Amazon

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Game on backdrop, £11.99, Amazon

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Gold Heart Backdrop, £8.99, Party Pieces

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Pastel gold streamer & balloon backdrop, £22.99, Party Pieces

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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. 

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. 

Cake shield, from $14.99, TopItCakeShield.com

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Birthday candles and toppers

You might not be leaving the house, but it doesn't mean your cake can't be beautifully decorated! Whatever you do, don't forget the candles and you'll need matches or a lighter (don't forget!). 

24 metallic pink candles, £6.99, Amazon

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Gold Curly Candles (x12), £3.49, Party Pieces

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Champion candles, £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. Make sure the birthday girl or boy is wearing a crown. 

Birthday Girl tiara, £15, Monsoon

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Tiara for the Birthday princess, £10.19, 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, £7.99, 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. 

Wrapping paper, £4.99, Getting Personal

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Cocktail props 

How fab are these personalised straws?! 

Drink skewer, £3.95, Notonthehighstreet

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Tableware

Celebrate a birthday and lockdown lifting with this fun tableware and decorations party kit.

End of Lockdown Party Kit, £11.99, Amazon

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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.

Lights curtain, £11.99, Amazon

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Disco light with remote control, £14.99, Amazon

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Disco ball, £11.99, Amazon

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Something a little extra? 

A birthday in 2021 can still be extremely extra...

Kinder Piñata Birthday Kit, £30.19, Amazon

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Tiki garden party, £18.99, Amazon

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Rainbow numbers, from £20, Paper Dreams

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Pastel garland, £18, Paper Dreams

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Mix It Up Giant Doughnut Wall, £28.99, Party Pieces

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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.

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

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Karaoke

Oh, go on, how fun! If you think the house could do with a boogie, how about buying your own at-home karaoke kit.

Daewoo Bluetooth Portable Karaoke Machine, £134.99, Amazon 

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Party food and drink and at-home experiences

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

Party food, prices starting at £10, Ocado

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Sandwich platter, prices starting at £7, Morrisons

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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.

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

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You can't go wrong with pizza! If in doubt, just order a Domino's

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

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Indulge your sweet tooth and beat any isolation blues with a live chocolate making masterclass from the team at MyChocolate.

Brownie Eyed Boi brownies, from £12, Brownie Eyed Boi

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Chocolate Gift Hamper, £27.50, Hotel Chocolat

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Alcohol

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

Monthly wine subscriptions, from £39, thewinelist.net

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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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Moet & Chandon Personalised Champagne, £58.99, Selfridges

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Drinking games 

Let's get the party started! 

Trunk of Drunk Drinking Games, £12, Amazon 

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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, £23.99, Amazon

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Never Have I Ever 

Cards Against Humanity

Truth Or Dare  

Bingo

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Music

If you're taking advantage of the new rules and hosting a gathering outside, some good music always gets the party going. The Sonos One SL has incredible sound quality and it's voice command-controlled, so you can easily skip to your favourite songs.

Sonos One (Gen 2), £179, Amazon

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If you prefer your music player to come in pink, the Wonderboom also offers a big, bassy sound. Plus, it's waterproof, dustproof and drop-proof, so you won't spend all day worrying about it. 

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, £69.99, John Lewis

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Outdoor bars

A garden party essential for summer 2021

The Little Lily Garden Bar, from £229, Etsy

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Habitat Beach Bar Gazebo with Stools, £350, Argos

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Murphy Farmhouse Bar, £160, Amazon

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Garden Bar Party Hut, £739, Amazon

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Cuban Fiesta Mini Bar Stand, £27.99, Party Pieces

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Garden accessories

From lanterns to fire pits, little extras will create the perfect party space. 

Lucena Cream Tassel Solar Lanterns, £34.99, Lights4Fun

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Business & Pleasure Market beach Garden and Patio Umbrella, £580, Selfridges

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Jabanda Metal Firepit, £189, MADE

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