If you’re having to isolate at home due to Covid-19, but have a special birthday or anniversary at the same time, you’re probably devastated that you’ve had to cancel any plans. But don’t be. Although not ideal, there are lots of fun ways that you can celebrate adult birthdays and anniversaries while isolating! Let’s get the party started and not let COVID-19 stop you from having a fun-filled, extra memorable celebration at home.
1. Virtual Wine Tasting
Hip, hip, hooray! Forget the cake and reach straight for that glass of wine. What better to celebrate a special occasion than with some fine wine? There are lots of ways that we can do the wine tastings in the comfort of our own home, so enjoy a virtual wine tasting for an experience you won’t forget anytime soon.
Browse the wineries and click on the link to find out more, or head to our post for more:
- Cambewarra Estate
- Coolangatta Estate
- Cupitt’s Wine
- Gartelmann Wines
- Handpicked Wines
- Printhie Wines
- Silos Estate
- Tractorless Vineyard
- Two Figs Winery
- Whispering Brook
2. Order a Grazing Board!
Have you jumped on the grazing board trend yet? They’re the perfect option when it comes to catering for a big event, but they can also be enjoyed on a smaller scale at home too. A birthday or anniversary is the perfect chance to spoil yourself and a delicious luxury grazing board is the perfect way to do this. From mouth-watering meals and breads to tasty dips, sweet treats, amazing cheeses and plenty of other tasty morsels. Many businesses will let you pick and choose your board, so you can select all your favourites! If you’re feeling nice, you can even share with the family!
Here are 10 fabulous local Grazing Board caterers on the North Shore to help you spoil a loved one with a Grazing Board to celebrate an adult birthday in lockdown.
3. Fancy Dinner
Some top restaurants around Sydney are now offering delicious takeaway and delivery options. It’s the perfect way to enjoy some delicious dining from the comfort of your couch. You can even plan a fabulous date night. Get dressed up, don those heels, put on a bit of make up, or throw on a suit (for the men) and transport yourselves somewhere else entirely while you feast on some delicious flavours. Or you can get comfy in those pyjamas and enjoy the benefits that come with being at home. Here are some options:
Yes Chef! – brought to you by Sydney’s top chef talent from the likes of The Tea Room QVB, Sergeants’ Mess, Gunners’ Barracks & Dunbar House. Yes Chef! offers chef-prepared gourmet heat and serve meals, so you can put a nutritious wholesome restaurant-quality meal on your table in minutes!
Providoor – order finish-at-home meals from Sydney’s best restaurants, including Rockpool, The Apollo, Ciccibella and Cirrus. Choose your meal and order by 4pm for next day delivery. Your restaurant meal is then delivered cold freight and you simply follow the instructions to heat and serve!
Or, you can try something a little more local:
- The Foxtrot Inn (Crows Nest)
- Johnny Bird (Crows Nest)
- Via Napoli Pizzeria (Lane Cove)
- Encasa (Lane Cove)
- Din Tai Fung (Chatswood)
- Queen Chow (Manly)
- The Butcher’s Block (Wahroonga)
- Cafe Patina (Wahroonga)
4. Enjoy some cocktails
Shake things up a little and turn your kitchen into a bar for that adult birthday celebration. Now’s your chance to perfect those cocktail making skills and enjoy a bevvy or two to celebrate. All it takes is a quick online shop at Dan Murphy’s, stocking up on those all-important ingredients or opt for a cocktail kit that comes delivered with everything you need. Takes the guesswork out of it and ensures the end result will be as tasty as it sounds. Here are some options for you to test out:
5. Virtual Quiz
Now that you have the cocktails ready, why not get some friends on Zoom and organise a fun Quiz night in? You can ask friends to come prepared with a couple of questions each to test your knowledge, or if you’re stuck for inspiration, head here for some general knowledge questions. Be prepared, things could get a little competitive, but it’s the perfect way to end a great birthday!
6. Paint and Sip
Do you have an inner artist just waiting to escape? Now’s your chance to let them free…with a little wine on the side of course. There are a number of places that offer paint and sip classes, now delivered to your door!
- Pinot & Picasso: order an art box from them and you will receive all their pre-recorded sessions for free, giving you plenty to do on your birthday and beyond. You can also organise a private Zoom event to invite all your friends and family along.
- ClassBento: from watercolours to paint your pet, just order the box from ClassBento and get access to an online class that is live-streamed.
- Cork & Canvas: get access to on demand painting classes that you can start, stop, pause and sip your way through.
7. Netflix Party
Netflix has a handy free extension for the Google Chrome browser called Netflix Party. This tool lets you start, stop and pause a Netflix movie or show so you can watch it at the same time as a group of friends and family – remotely.
It’s your night, which means you get to choose what’s on! Here’s some of the latest flicks to watch:
- I Care A Lot
- The Trial Of Chicago 7
- Enola Holmes
- The Dig
- Pieces Of A Woman
- The Woman In The Window
What are you waiting for? Grab the popcorn, settle in with the cocktails, and enjoy a movie with some close friends and family!
8. Bake a #nailedit birthday cake
This is one cake that won’t cause you tears and tantrums. For the simple fact, no-one will care what it looks like in the end! So, why not have some fun with it. Get the kids to pick ANY cake online and set you to the challenge to replicate it. It’s a super fun #nailedit activity. The kids will have a good laugh, and you’re sure to as well. And, let’s face it. Cake tastes delicious no matter how it looks.
If you haven’t yet seen the show, might be time to settle in with some popcorn for some prime viewing before your big day. Check out the trailer above!
9. Pop some celebratory bubbles
Did someone say champagne brunch? Being in lockdown, doesn’t mean you can’t pop those bubbles and celebrate. Order in some high tea goodies from a nearby restaurant, or get baking. Even better, set the kids to work to come up with some tasty nibbles, while you sit back and sip on those delicious bubbles.
- Sweet Naked: this local business is offering a mixed variety pack of cakes available for you to order to enjoy with contactless delivery.
- The Grazing Cow: their Continental Breakfast Grazer is the perfect box to start your birthday morning.
- I Love Butter: now delivering around the Mosman area, these freshly baked goodies will make anyone’s day.
10. Enjoy a pamper
There’s nothing better than a little DIY pampering. Stock up on some of your favourite products and plan an afternoon of pure relaxation and enjoyment. Run a bath and soak in some bath salts, perhaps enjoying an aromatic candle while you relax. Pop on a face mask and treat yourself to a facial. Then follow up with a manicure and pedicure. Perfection!
You can stock up on everything you need online before the big day, so you’re ready to escape the kids and enjoy yourself. If a pampering session doesn’t sound like your cup of tea (pun intended), then set up for an afternoon of game console fun (men, I’m looking at you here). Find what you love to do, and set aside some time just for you to enjoy it, whatever that may be.