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Another year, another COVID birthday…

Although it’s disappointing that many of us are having to celebrate our birthdays in lockdown again this year, it doesn’t mean that they have to be any less special.

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This year, try planning a virtual activity to enjoy with friends or family. With many great virtual activities available for you to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start.

To help you with your pre-birthday planning, we’ve rounded up six COVID-friendly ways to celebrate your birthday with friends this year. Check it out!

Customize your ideal shade of lipstick with a virtual Bite Beauty Lip Lab party

Ever struggled to find the perfect lipstick shade on your trip to Sephora? Or struggled even more trying to do it online? I know I have!

Well, struggle no more with the Bite Beauty Lip Lab. Offering infinite possibilities of expert custom lipsticks, they’ll help you create your ideal shade in four simple steps and have it sent to your home!

While you would usually go in-store to make your selection, Bite Beauty now offers an at-home virtual service for you to try out. So, for your next birthday extravaganza, book one of their private virtual parties so that you and your friends can select your ideal lipstick colours together!

Learn how to make your favourite cocktails

With Virtual Cocktail Class, participate in a virtual mixology class hosted by internationally award-winning bartenders from the comfort of your home.

Select tailored recipes to match your tastes and learn the technical techniques you need to properly prepare your own delicious cocktails every time! They’ll provide you with an ingredient list before the class, send you a Zoom link that you can share with up to 20 other screens and guide you through a 45-minute session teaching you how to make your two selected drinks.

Host a game night

For your birthday this year, Toronto’s very own Casa Loma has you covered for a night of fun.

Rally your friends and test your group problem-solving skills with one of their virtual escape rooms! They have three great escape room games to attempt. Their Station M and Murchoch Mysteries games come with a remote live actor, whereas The Gold Getaway escape room offers a virtual 360 experience.

Also, attend one of their weekly themed virtual game nights! Past topics include Drag Race, Friends, 90s movies, general knowledge and more.

Embrace your creative side with a virtual paint night

Whether you join a class or do your own thing, a virtual paint night can be a great way to virtually celebrate your birthday with friends.

At Paint Cabin, Toronto’s first and original Paint Bar, you can book your very own virtual events with live instructors or have an on-demand virtual paint night with pre-recorded videos. There’s much to explore with their creative workshops and activities, including acrylic painting, printmaking, vintage wood sign making, watercolour, string art and needle felting.

Plus, there’s no skill required. Once you’ve selected your choice of activity and purchased your event tickets, Paint Cabin will send you everything you need for your party. With the help of one of their workshop leaders, you’ll learn all the tools & techniques to have you become a DIY master! 

Build a birthday gift box

The Penny Paper Co. is a Toronto-based boutique design studio producing a line of colourful and trendy knickknacks, including stationery, keychains, party supplies and home decor.

With their build-a-gift service, you can select a mix of special treats that will be delivered right to the door of a lucky friend (or even to your own)!

For your next birthday celebration, choose their “Birthday in a Box” set and include a mix of fun items like a box of cake mix, icing, sprinkles, balloons, various sparklers and candles, a birthday headband, retro candies and more. The box also comes with a matching hand-written card from someone on the Penny Paper Co. team, so you don’t have to send one separately.

Dance your heart out at an LGBTQ+ virtual club party

If you were looking forward to hitting the clubs for your next big birthday, look no further than Club Quarantine.

With a queer dance party every night of the week, you can celebrate your special day over and over again! No bouncer, no lineup, and no cover charge – just find the Zoom code via their Instagram page for access to the party. Tune in at 9 p.m. with your friends to dance together to the beats of Torontonian and international DJs.

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Let us know of any more fun virtual celebration ideas you have on our Instagram @shareignite! Happy celebrating!

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