Hi all, it’s been a while. I’m recovering well from Covid and I feel more or less fine now. This marks the end of my first week back at work. (Working from home as I have been since last March.) I am still feeling tired but I don’t know if that is a Covid thing or just a back at work thing!
I know a lot of people have been posting about birthdays in lockdown and being worried about whether their kids would enjoy it, so thought I would share what we did.
Our child (B) just turned 4 and I was recovering from Covid so we couldn’t go out anywhere. I managed to get everything for a little at home birthday celebration based on our B’s favourite things: Rainbows and The Tiger Who Came To Tea. (It’s a book. I don’t know if it’s popular overseas but it’s very traditional in the UK.)
Everything came from Amazon or supermarket / delivery and it was pretty low budget.
We spent the day opening gifts and playing, having a few video calls with family and we made our own pizzas for dinner.
I was worried it wouldn’t be anything special but B said it was “The best birthday ever!”
I’ve added some links and details below in case it helps anyone for ideas… 🌈🐯
- We made a rainbow balloon garland the night before – less than £10 from Amazon at the time. Time consuming but not difficult!
- I made a cake and got a tiger to come to tea, set up on the table when B came down in the morning. It was £19.99 from Amazon – the most expensive thing but pretty big and has a roar!
- The cake was a basic vanilla sponge with rainbow inside. I used Cake Decor Rainbow gel colour kit, £2.69, which you can get from the supermarket. Covered with buttercream dyed a few different colours with the kit.
- We didn’t get a big present as it was so soon after Christmas. Got a bunch of rainbow things from Claire’s Accessories which had a sale on and free delivery (currently has 40% off). The jumper was from Gap and you can always get money off by signing up to Gap+ and emails.
- The cake was a simple buttercream cake and I got a model tiger from Amazon (£6.99) and made a party hat for it from coloured card. Or you could dress up an existing model!
The balloon toppers were also from Amazon (£4.49). Usually I would make a topper from fondant but as I was recovering I did a low effort option – you could do it for less!
- Rainbow wings from Claire’s – currently £8.40 in the sale!
Also received rainbow magnetic tiles as a birthday gift. We made a wish list for B on Amazon with a variety of budgets (mostly £10-20) and so he received lots of gifts in the post and loved opening them throughout the day.
- We made our own pizzas from a kit we had delivered. You could do this yourself for a lot less but as I was still not 100% we got the all ingredients delivered and it was really fun. (Peter In The Pan – £25 includes the dough and toppings for 2 pizzas, a garlic bread and a Nutella dessert pizza, which we used across 2 days.)
- B loved making our own pizzas and they tasted amazing, way better than delivery pizzas! You dry fry them in a pan then finish off under the grill and it’s as good as a pizza oven!
- Our family members all contributed to a keyboard, stand and stool and B really enjoyed it. It was really nice to spend the day taking it easy and just enjoying a slow paced day. (Keyboard is £40, stand and stool are extra.)
Hope this gives a few fun ideas and also reassures you that you can have a nice birthday without going out! The great thing was, our post was delayed due to the pandemic so B kept receiving gifts and cards for a whole week – silver linings! 🌈☁️