So tomorrow, the 28th of June, is my 26th birthday and this birthday is going to be a bit different this year. Many of us this year either have had or will be spending our birthdays in self-isolation due to Covid-19. But that doesn’t mean to say we can’t make our birthdays enjoyable from home.
Being in lockdown these last few months has proven to be challenging in many ways. But it has also meant that many of us have had to adapt the way we usually do things to fit our new situation.
I don’t know about you, but one thing I have always loved doing for my birthday is going for an afternoon tea. It’s mine and my mum’s tradition, we always do it for birthdays and special occasions. We love trying different themes and visiting new places to have them. So, when lockdown started we were determined to try and make our own afternoon tea at home.
After doing a little research online I came across a company called Piglet’s Pantry. They are a bakery based on the Sussex Coast. They have adapted their service and now offer online delivery of a selection of their products. I discovered that they were offering tea for 2 (and tea for 4) in a box which you could have delivered straight to your door.
The box includes everything you need to have your very own afternoon tea at home including scones, savoury snacks and cakes.
The savouries include 2 mini quiches, 2 scotch eggs, 2 cheese and pickle sausage rolls and 2 traditional sausages rolls.
You also get 2 plain scones which are very generous in size and 4 cakes. 2 are carrot cakes, one is a blueberry, banana and lemon cake and the other a chocolate chip and caramel drizzle cake.
You also get the little finishing touches like small pots of luxury jam and cream and tea bags. This all comes neatly packaged in a pastel pink box.
What I love about this service is that you can choose the day that you would like your afternoon tea to be delivered. This would make for a great gift for someone who is self-isolating for a special occasion. They also offer this box for Vegetarians too. A tea for 2 box costs £30 or for 4 costs £5 plus £5 a delivery charge.
This is my second time ordering this afternoon tea, the first time being for my mother’s birthday earlier this month. It’s a top notch service, the food arrives fresh and there is minimal effort you need to do to prepare everything. Everything tasted utterly delicious and the selection of food was fantastic, the perfect balance of sweet and savoury.
Their customer service is fantastic and honestly I think they are a fantastic example of how companies are adapting to this new way of life. If you are missing your afternoon teas and you would like to have your own at home, without the effort of baking or sourcing the treats, this would be a great option.
My mum also made a trip to a local cafe in Bromley called The Lavender House Cafe to pick up a small box of macaroons in different flavours. I utterly adore macaroons and they really just add that little touch of luxury.
We didn’t stop there, we also themed our table spread and decor to make everything look cohesive and celebratory. We went for a pastel pink theme, with floral touches.
We hung a pastel coloured bunting that we sourced for a few pounds on eBay and a displayed a bunch of white peonies in a vase. We laid our dining table with our white vintage tablecloth to make everything look crisp and so we could take some flat lay shots.
We then drank our tea from a selection of our tea cups that look like flower petals that we found from Laura Ashley a number of years ago. We also had a bottle of champagne that we had been saving for a special occasion for a while. Of course we had to have champagne flutes to go with it!
My mother also sourced these adorable paper plates, cups and napkins from a company called Talking Tables which she found on Amazon. The design featured flowers, butterflies and fairies in a pastel colour scheme that had a vintage aesthetic to it.
We also had some crystal vintage cake stands that we used to display our treats on. We found these a number of years ago on a charity shop hunt.
I then dressed myself in attire that matched the colour scheme and spruced up my usually bare face with some makeup! I went with a pastel pink pinafore and white blouse to match the colour scheme.
I always think it’s nice to dress up for a special occasion spent in self-isolation. Because so often I’m in old, comfortable clothes. So the process of selecting an outfit makes a welcome change.
What I wan’t people to take away from this blog post today. Is that you can find new and creative ways to still enjoy what you love in this current situation. Yes, they may not be conventional and they may not be exactly what you had in mind. But if you spend a little time and use your initiative, you can create something really special.
I know this years birthday isn’t a “conventional” one, but it will make me appreciate the more “conventional” birthdays I have in the future all the more.
For me, this birthday is about enjoying the little things that make me happy and finding creative ways to enjoy myself. I would usually be out with friends celebrating my birthday. So instead, I’ve been chatting with friends over Zoom and having regular “pub nights” with a glass of gin. I also love to go to the theatre on my birthday, so I’ve been streaming theatre performances online instead. A lot of theatre companies like the National Theatre are now showing performances on YouTube as fundraisers.
Remember, your birthday might not be how you would have chosen to spend it this year. But, it’s all about the mindset. Just improvise, be creative, stay positive and enjoy it however you can.
Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed by Piglets Pantry.