Turning 27 last year I wasn’t envisioning in a years time on my 28th I’d be celebrating it in a locked down Melbourne. A weird thought for someone who loves having heaps of friends around, having brunch and taking it as a day to do something fun. Not everyone is a birthday person but I like taking it as a chance to have fun with my friends. I definitely am not the only one in this boat of having a birthday in lockdown and won’t be the last as restrictions continue so I thought I’d share what my housemates and I did as a fun thing for my birthday if it could help someone else who’s out of ideas of what to do.
Being the food lover that I am I wanted us to have a birthday brunch. My idea was for everyone to contribute with something for the food. Being quite a few people in our household this made the whole thing heap easier and it meant we could have loads of delicious food options. Then my other wish was for all of us to actually get a bit dressed up. It’s been a lot of months of wearing trackies and gym gear so I thought it would be an excuse to wear something nice. Or the theme was “wear something that makes you feel pretty” which meant really people could wear whatever they liked 🙂
In the morning before we got started Mim programmed a little birthday workout for us to do (would be rude not to, exercise is the key to any good day in my book!). Me already being unwell back then took it easy but I absolutely starting my day by moving my body with everyone. It was such a good workout which included different stations of movements I love, one being a mini DT. One of my favourite Crossfit workouts. You worked in pairs and had a certain amount of time on each station. Couldn’t have been better organised Mimsi!
My birthday brunch menu consisted of:
- My tofu scramble
- Vegan pancakes (recipe from Nora Cooks. You can find it here, we added dark chocolate chips and it was delicious).
- Hash browns
- Bagels and bread
- Brocolini, mushrooms and roasted tomatoes
- Fresh berries chopped up and maple syrup for the panckaes
- Orange juice (and sparkling wine for those who wanted Mimosas)
- Smashed avo
The cherry on top was my friends surprising me with a delivery from Vegan Shack of muffins and pastries. I absolutely love that kind of stuff so I was in heaven trying out my first vegan croissant. It was incredible! They know me too well haha.
The wonderful weather just added to it all. We sat in the back in the sunshine enjoying good music with good food and in good company. I got pretty spoiled and got a couple of gifts sent over to me from my family back home and a couple of really nice deliveries. In the end my iso birthday was actually one of the nicest birthdays I’ve had.
If you have a friend celebrating their birthday in iso and struggling for ideas on how to make their day special I would definitely say sending them a nice message, even a video message, dropping of a gift, our sending them a gift or organising a surprise Zoom call are some pretty easy but very nice ways of making their day special 🙂