Written by Alexandra from the YS Health Panel.
Love birthdays? Gutted yours is during the coronavirus outbreak?
Here are some ways to celebrate your birthday at home.
There are apps and websites that let you host virtual parties and gatherings for free.
You could try using Houseparty, an app that lets you host a video chat for up to 8 people, and you can even play party games!
Take a look at our article about staying safe online for more information about how to use Houseparty.
Play online games!
Are you a boardgames fan? You can find online versions of most games on platforms like Steam, such as Catan Universe.
Tabletopia is a free sandbox virtual table where you can make your own games or play existing games.
Missing your Dungeons & Dragons campaigns? Ask your Dungeon Master to host a game over video call and go on a virtual adventure!
Grab some popcorn and watch a movie (or movies) with your friends remotely.
Get everyone to start the movie at the same time and chat about it. If you have a Netflix subscription, download the Netflix Party extension which synchronises videos and adds a group chat.
Bake yourself a cake, or buy the ridiculous shop cake you've been wanting!
No matter what you want to plan for the day, make sure you tell friends and family what you would like to do in advance.
Make sure you have everything you need at home before the start of your big day. You can still have a great birthday from the comfort of your own home.
When things go back to normal and everyone is allowed to see their friends again, you could even have a second birthday!
Do you have a friend who has a birthday coming up?
Send them a card in the mail or an online voucher for a local restaurant or activity they enjoy!
They can redeem it when restrictions are lifted, giving them something to look forward to, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped a local business. ❤️