We have all been self-isolating at home for a while now, and chances are that either you or someone close to you has marked at least one special occasion in that time. Previously, that may have involved a birthday party with all your closest friends, an anniversary dinner at the nicest restaurant in town or a bachelorette party where you may have had one too many vinos (we won’t tell).

Given the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in, celebrating these special milestones in this way is not possible. While it is always disappointing having to cancel plans, this does not mean you have to forgo the celebrations altogether. Undoubtedly, the situation calls for compromises, but with the help of technology, a little planning and some creativity, you can create a truly unique and memorable experience. It might even turn out to be more of a success that your typical celebrations!

Our gift to you – be it early or late, is inspiration for how to celebrate your special day self-isolation style.

Get (Virtually) Social

Bless technology; it makes it easy for us to stay connected with our loved ones while the world practices social distancing. With the cancellation of festivities, a new way of celebrating has arisen; the Virtual Party. Get your friends and family involved and organise a virtual party or surprise party on apps such as Zoom, Houseparty or Facetime. Have fun with it – ask guests to dress up with items they already have in their closets, why not try a 90’s throwback theme? You can even add a cheeky note for guests to BYO cake.

If games and beers aren’t your thing, why not host a virtual movie night? Services like Netflix Party allow you to host a night where you can binge watch f.r.i.e.n.d.s to your heart’s desire or if you’re brave enough sit through a plethora of scary movies. The only difficulty will be agreeing upon what to watch!

Eats are Treats

Let’s discuss food; the centrepiece of any occasion! Just because you can’t head out to your go-to restaurants, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favourite dishes. Many restaurants offer pick-up or delivery, with some venues providing set quarantine menus from their usually dine-in-only establishments! Ordering in from your local restaurants not only provides you with a scrumptious meal, but also helps these businesses in difficult times, ensuring they’ll be there when everything starts to open back up again.  

Ordering in not your style? Want to take the reins yourself? Why not try putting together a platter or cheeseboard or organise a virtual boozy brunch with the girls. You could even embrace your inner MasterChef and prepare a 3-course dinner for the family or treat mum to breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day.

Food can bring people together; whether it’s the family cooking together in the kitchen, or enjoying a meal and each other’s company, consider how food can play an important

Booze in a no-brainer

Well, the government did claim alcohol as ‘essential’…

Does anything scream special occasion more than kicking off your celebration with a cocktail? Whether you shake things up like James Bond with a Dirty Martini or commit to a theme throughout the night (we’re thinking tropical island… Tequila Sunrise, Mai Tais, Pina Coladas), bring the glamour of a cocktail bar into your own home, and have a go at making some of your old favourites.

Enjoying a red while huddled in front of the fireplace more your style? Did you know you can even get your favourite wine delivered directly to your door! No need to even leave the house, all you have to do is enjoy. 

Pamper Day              

Cue the fluffy towels and bath bombs! You finally have an excuse to do absolutely nothing. Take a different direction with your celebrations and simply savour the time to relax. Run a hot bath, light some candles, grab a warm tea (or a glass of wine) and treat yourself to some well-deserved TLC.

It’s all in the details

Small gestures can sometimes have the largest impacts. Here are some ideas of how you can make your loved ones feel special:

  • Have flowers delivered on your anniversary
  • Send yourself and a friend Uber-Eats and enjoy over a virtual dinner date
  • Write them a letter and send it by mail (a lost concept, we know)

The current situation sometimes makes it feel like the world has stopped. However, throughout all the social distancing and self-isolation, our special occasions do not just disappear. While the way which we celebrate may have changed, the reasons behind them have not. We would love to know how you are making your special occasions feel special at home!