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How to Make Your Birthday Special without a Party

How to Make Your Birthday Special without a Party
Having a birthday in lockdown can seem really boring - but there are lots of ways to make a birthday special! So whether that's your own birthday, your friends birthday, or your child's birthday, we have so many ideas to make a birthday more fun.

Get decorating

It's hard to get in the birthday spirit without balloons! Blow up balloons and scatter them around the house to make the atmosphere a bit more exciting. How to Make Your Birthday Special without a Party - Age 21 Iridescent Balloon Kit Featured Product: Age 21 Iridescent Balloon Kit Here at Dotty about Paper, we have a wide range of fun birthday decorations, including balloons, banners, and more. If you're feeling extra fun, you could even get a piñata and play with your family or partner.

Birthday food

If it's your special day, you'll want to be eating your favourite foods! It's such an easy way to get into that birthday mood, and can be affordable, too. We recommend having a picnic! It is so much fun with your family - whether that's out and about or simply in the garden. If you're surprising another member of the family on their birthday, why not treat them to a delicious breakfast in bed or a handmade birthday cake? It's such a delicious treat and really shows that you care.


If your less fussed on your food, then why not make it all about the drinks? How to Make Your Birthday Special without a Party - Champagne Bottle SuperShape Balloon - 38" Foil Featured Product: Champagne Bottle SuperShape Balloon - 38" Foil If you are having a milestone birthday, you're sure to want to celebrate with some bubbly and maybe even some shots. Hold a sophisticated cocktail night with your household - or play some cheeky drinking games with your friends over a Zoom call!

Fun games

There are also so many fun games that you can play within your home. Some of our favourites include Bingo, charades, and classic board games. A classic scavenger hunt is also so much fun for kids and adults alike. Hide clues around the house, and get the birthday boy or girl searching! If you want to do something a bit more serious, then a murder mystery makes for a sophisticated evening with family.

Family quiz

If you're not sick of family quiz nights by now, then they make an awesome birthday activity! Have each member of the family write up 5-10 questions and then get quizzing. You could also have a themed quiz - such as a quiz about the year you were born, or even a quiz about yourself! Make sure to have a range of prizes available too.


If you are looking for a way to really spice up a birthday, then why not pay for a Cameo video from a celebrity? You can get a celebrity to wish your friend 'Happy Birthday!' all from the comfort of their own home. It is sure to make their birthday a day to remember.

Dress up

Dressing up is another fun birthday activity for both kids and adults! Pick a fun theme, such as 'space' or '80s' and get all of your friends involved over a video call.

Birthday cards

Birthday cards are a simple way to brighten up any birthday. Remind friends and family that your birthday is coming up soon! Zoom image Featured Product: Friend Birthday Card - Sweet Sherbet Dreams - Friend If it's your friends birthday you may wish to deliver them a special birthday gift, such as a treat hamper or flower delivery. We hope you have enjoyed this blog, and thought of some amazing ideas for a brilliant lockdown birthday! For more birthday inspiration, head over to our other blogs.