COVID-19 outbreak has forced us all to change the way we celebrate and socialize. Due to shelter-in-place and social distancing mandates, maybe you’re missing a milestone birthday or anniversary trip. But just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean everyday can’t be special.
That said, there’s still always a way to celebrate and keep special traditions alive, even if it looks a little different this year. It’s time to adjust your expectations and get creative, because when life gives you lemons-well, you know what to do with them.
Idea for children is to have them help bake . Let them help you make rainbow cupcakes, and then set up decorating stations for the whole family to take part in.
Homemade pizza dough is easy to make, but you can also use store bought, and everyone can add their toppings of choice. This is a tradition from my childhood that I still do today with my son.
Who says at-home celebrations of love can’t be romantic? Dress up in your finest, serve dinner on your fine china and put on a playlist of your favorite tunes. And don’t forget to also snap a selfie to remember your night!
If there’s one thing teens love to do it’s going to the movies together. Luckily, they still can with apps like Netflix Party, which allows friends to watch together and chat at the same time. (Sorry, no holding hands in the back row though.
Create a Cocktail
Rather than have everyone pour their own drink, choose one (or several) to make together. Learn something new, like an easy old-fashioned or a yuzu spritzer to expand your horizons. Again, send out instructions to friends for your preferred platform (Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.) along with a specific time to log on. Try 6 p.m. Pacific/ 9 p.m. Eastern so you can bring your coast-to-coast friends together.
Sometimes, the best celebration is no celebration at all. Create an at-home spa for your own birthday or the birthday of a loved one by ordering bath salts, scented candles, masks and a few magazines. Make the spa experience complete by having lemon water on hand.