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Having a birthday in lockdown at home? 70 quarantine birthday ideas and how to make it fun 

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

Leanne Bayley

As the UK's third national lockdown begins to ease, birthday celebrates continue to look a little different. However, we're now allowed to celebrate outdoors in groups of six, which includes our own private gardens. 

So while sitting inside a restaurant or jetting off abroad isn't on the cards for 2021 just yet, things are looking up. 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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A Spotify playlist birthday card 

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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? 

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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, £14.99, Amazon

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Pink balloons 79-piece set, £13.99, Amazon

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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. 

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Foil curtain, £8.99, 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, £3.58, Etsy 

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Friends-inspired face mask, £5.49, Etsy

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Birthday banners 

A banner will cheer up a lockdown birthday for sure. 

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Lockdown birthday banner set of two, £4.99, Amazon

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Pink banner, £5.99, eBay

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Quarantine birthday banner, £9.99, Amazon

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Lockdown birthday banner, £12.90, Amazon

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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... 

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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. 

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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, £4.59, 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, £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. If there's a birthday Zoom, be sure the birthday girl or boy is wearing a crown. 

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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. 

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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, £15.99, Amazon

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Lockdown rainbow tee, £9.99, 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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Tableware

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Lockdown 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.

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Daewoo Bluetooth Portable Karaoke Machine, £134.99, Amazon 

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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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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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The Easter Hamper, £100, Fortnum & Mason

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brownies

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 lockdown birthday. 

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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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Drinking games 

Let's get the party started! 

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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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The best drinking games to play over Zoom

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 little 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.

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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. 

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Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, £69.99, John Lewis

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Garden accessories

From lanterns to fire pits, and of course, outdoor bars. Adding extras to your garden will create the perfect party space.

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Lucena Cream Tassel Solar Lanterns, £34.99, Lights4Fun

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The Little Lily Garden Bar, from £229, Etsy

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Jabanda Metal Firepit, £189, MADE

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Bali Garden Parasol, £250, Urban Outfitters

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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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