Quarantine looks different for everyone, but one thing is certain: Life events go on, even if they take place online. Some people are attending weddings via Skype, Zoom has never known so many happy hours, and birthday parties take place over FaceTime. Our editor-at-large, Jessie Blaeser, is celebrating her birthday in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Click below to help her decide how to make a quarantined birthday just as special!
Overnight oats are the gift that keeps on giving, and birthday cake overnight oats are practically a miracle. What could be better than zero morning prep and a taste of the birthday celebration before anyone else is awake? But pancakes are truly a triumph. Nothing can beat a stack of gorgeous, fluffy flapjacks in the morning. Sprinkles take these over the top!
Just because no one is around doesn’t mean I can’t still have fun! Should I shoot some hoops by my lonesome or set up the ultimate ping pong tournament against my greatest competitor: myself.
Small and local businesses are hurting right now, and in addition to the health and safety of every patient and healthcare worker, there’s nothing I want more for my birthday than to support these stores. One of my favorite bookstores, Avid Bookshop, put out a form for people to fill out about themselves or a friend. Then, their booksellers will pick out a recommendation based on the information you provide and send it off in the mail—a “snail mail surprise”! Meanwhile, I could also purchase a gift card to help support places like Café Grumpy in New York or Land of 1000 Hills in Georgia. In this case, the answer might have to be both!
Rewards apparently don’t stop in the midst of coronavirus! Those celebrating birthdays during this time might consider contactless pick-up from either Cold Stone or Starbucks, which both offer buy one, get one free options on your birthday. Which drive-through should I go to?
On the one hand, having everyone on one call would certainly be a party, but times like these also call for some one-on-one quality time with friends and loved ones.
HEAR ME OUT. Making this cake will take up the majority of my birthday. Looking forward to this cake will occupy my mind for the entire week leading up to it. On the one hand, the 12-layer chocolate cake would be a baking accomplishment, but the chances of it going wrong are high. On the other hand, the caramelized white chocolate cake is quite unique, and opportunities to create such a centerpiece are few and far between. Which will it be?