Birthdays are always a special time of the year, but 2020 has definitely taken the cup for the most unpredictable year of many people’s existence. Celebrating birthdays during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to either keep it super low key due to social distancing measures or forced people to get super creative and intimate with the guestlist. COVID-19 aside, I find that especially as one starts to get older, birthdays can feel like any normal ordinary day but regardless of how you decide to spend your birthday this year, it can absolutely represent renewal. For me, birthdays are almost like a personal new year. Birthday can represent an opportunity for new beginnings and much more. COVID-19 has taken the world by storm and most people are just happy to be alive in these times. Celebration is the last thing on many people’s minds, however, one may look at the pandemic as an opportunity to really celebrate life and if you are looking for unique ways to make your birthday memorable this year, the below suggestions may spark your creativity.
If out of town vibes is your thing… how about a trip to Maison Rouge in Cotonou Benin? It’s a really beautiful boutique hotel featuring Gulf of Guinea views, in the heart of Cotonou right near the airport. It’s a super relaxed hotel in a contemporary and modern building, 2 km from Palais des Congrès de Cotonou and 7 km from Dantokpa Market.
The rooms offer Wi-Fi, safes, and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Upgraded rooms add terraces, while suites include living rooms and whirlpool baths. There’s an international restaurant with an outdoor dining area, plus a garden with a pool. Other amenities include a gym and a hot tub. You can get to Cotonou via flights or it is only a four-hour drive from Lagos if you are up for a road trip. The service is impeccable and they pay attention to detail. Contact Xavier on +22997976188 on WhatsApp and he can help you with your booking. It’s the getaway you didn’t know you needed! There are so many relaxing and adventurous things to do in Cotonou and it is literally right next door. http://hotel-benin-maison-rouge-cotonou.com/
Dinner and Chills at W Bar in Ikoyi
Given the pandemic, this is totally up to your comfort level and ability to keep your guest list small but this is a great spot to celebrate. It’s located right on the water line in Ikoyi facing Victoria Island in Lagos right by the Falamo Jetty. What I love about this spot for a COVID birthday celebration is that it is very spacious and they follow adequate spacing between the tables. All staff members are COVID-19 compliant and well trained. The service was quick, thoughtful. Definitely call to make a reservation and for any special arrangements, you may have. Ask for Charles. Call him on +234 816 619 3595.
Paint, Candle making and Sip with Social Makers Africa
SocialMakers presents Sip & Pour by Light the Night. Spend your afternoon working with paraffin-based wax, scented oils, and color oils to craft custom candles. The team will guide you and your friends step-by-step through this 2-hour event to make custom
candles perfect for gifting or treating yourself. SocialMakers events give you everything you need to get up, get out, and get social! Instruction is provided by a trained host, so no experience is required, and everything you need is supplied. Contact them for private events @socialmakersafrica on Instagram or [email protected]
Why not celebrate your birthday with a photoshoot? This year like most years, I decided to do a birthday photoshoot/ website shoot. photoshoot? This year like most years, I decided to do a birthday photoshoot/ website shoot. I used a really great and amazingly talented photographer by the name of Kunmi Owopetu. Here are some of the edited pictures. You can contact him on +234 8160033745 or follow him on Instagram www.instagram.com/kunmi.owopetu. This was honestly the most enjoyable photo shoot experience I have had. The studio was very professional fully equipped with a dressing room and also had an assortment of refreshment available. Photoshoots can be very daunting and honestly unless you are a model or naturally light up in front of the camera it can be hard to bring out your inner ‘Sasha Fierce’. Kunmi made me feel super comfortable and even had the perfect playlist to get me in a fun mood. I really cannot wait to work with him again.
House Party (Virtual Party)
Houseparty is a social networking app that enables group video chatting through mobile and desktop apps. Users receive a notification when friends are online and available to group video chat. On average, users spend approximately 51 minutes a day on the app in a group or one-on-one chats. Houseparty won a 2020 Webby Special Achievement Award and is a great way to get all your friends together to play games and get together online for your special day