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Having your child’s birthday in lockdown can feel daunting but there are plenty of amazing ways to make it just as special.

Celebrating your child’s birthday in lockdown can seem like your options are limited when it comes to making it special and memorable. But there are many ways you can celebrate with a bang all whilst in the comfort of your own home.

1. Ultimate movie night 

Family movie nights are a fan favourite but make it extra special with all the stops, by having a themed movie night including themed snacks, drinks, costumes and fairy lights! Let your child choose the movie and theme in advance so you can order ahead to make their birthday movie night extra special. Making your own personalised movie tickets is another great way to get them excited for the event and create that real cinema experience!

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2. Themed treasure hunt 

Think of this treasure hunt like pass the parcel! There are a fews ways to do this; you could hide the treasure and then play music to let them know if they’re hot or cold or you can create clues and hide the treasure all around the house. But make it fun with a theme, get everyone to dress up as pirates, detectives, robbers or whatever their heart desires! You can even make the treasure themed or it could be a fun way for them to find their birthday presents in the morning. 

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3. Decorations galore throughout the house 

Surprise your child with a house full of decorations to give them a day to remember. You could fill their bedroom with balloons, hang streamers from their door, set up fairy lights around the house or even fill the entire house with balloons! Let your own imagination run wild and wake up your child with the coolest surprise ever. 

4. Birthday message video from friends 

Your child might be missing their school friends and family so organised in advance for everyone to record a special birthday message for them and then put it all together. If editing videos isn’t your thing there are many easy applications you can use, such as iMovie or apps like Splice and InShot. This is a great way to make your child feel loved by everyone they are missing. 

5. Living room disco with extra lights 

Children love a good disco party so why not make your own disco in the living room. All you need is music, costumes and lights! You can order disco lights, a disco ball, light projector or even LED lights from Kmart. It’s a good idea to pre-plan and order props and lights in advance to make sure they arrive in time. 

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6. Takeaway but make it fancy with a theme

Ordering your child’s favourite takeaway is a great way to give them a treat and avoid hours of cooking. There are so many easy ways to make it feel fancy with a theme by decorating the table, dressing up in your fanciest clothes and even creating menus for the table. You can do this with any kind of take away and let your child choose the theme in advance so you can order party hats, themed table decor or even a special costume. It also could be fun if you dress up as a waiter or chef to deliver the food to your at home restaurant. 

7. Indoor camping

If you don’t have access to a backyard or if the weather isn’t looking good, indoor camping is an easy way to create a new world in your living room. If you have the space you could set up a tent or make a fort to sleep in, then grab some sleeping bags and lots of cushions to create an indoor camping getaway. You could even sleep under the stars and buy a star projector from Kmart to create that starry night feeling. There are plenty of fun snack ideas too, like roasting marshmallows on the stove, making smores or hot chocolates and telling campfire stories (but without the fire). 

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8. Drive by party 

If you live in an area where it’s safe to do so you could organise a drive by party with school friends. This is a great idea where you can socially distance and say hi to friends your child might not have seen in a while. But if this isn’t possible, even setting up a zoom party with their classmates or family is a great way for them to have a chat and feel special.  

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9. A personalised message from a celebrity 

This may seem a bit far fetched but you can order a personalised video from your child’s favorite celebrity using Cameo. You could choose a message from the original yellow Wiggle Greg, the new purple Wiggle John, there favourite sports player, musician or actor. 

10. Make an ultimate birthday cake together 

Having a birthday cake is one of the most exciting things for children and in their eyes the most important parts of their day. Making a cake as a family can be a great way to spend time together and get creative. To make sure you are prepared, get your child to draw their dream birthday cake beforehand and then come up with a concept together that is achievable. Order all the ingredients and extra toppings you might need to create their dream cake!

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The combination of banana and peanut butter is one of my all-time favourites. These lovely, nourishing cupcakes are a great way to use up any ripe bananas in your house. Try to source a lighter-flavoured extra virgin olive oil for a milder flavour. Alternatively, you can use coconut oil (see Tips).

MAKES 12

INGREDIENTS

Banana cupcakes

2 eggs

80g (1⁄3 cup) milk or freshly squeezed orange juice

90g (1⁄4 cup) pure maple syrup (see Tips)

120g (1⁄2 cup) extra virgin olive oil (see Tips)

170g ripe banana, mashed

60g (1⁄2 cup) almond meal (ground almonds)

200g (1 1⁄4 cups) wholemeal self-raising flour

1⁄4 tsp baking powder

1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon

Peanut butter icing

250g cream cheese, cubed, softened

95g (1⁄3 cup) smooth peanut butter (see Tips)

1 1⁄2 tbsp pure maple syrup (see Tips)

Banana chips, for decorating (optional)

PREPARATION

Banana cupcakes

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan). Line a 12-hole standard muffin tray with paper cases and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk (or orange juice), maple syrup and olive oil. Stir through mashed banana and almond meal until combined. Sift in flour (returning any sifted out husks to the bowl), baking powder and cinnamon, and stir until combined.

3. Divide mixture between paper cases. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of each cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool in tin for 5 minutes, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Peanut butter icing

4. Use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese until smooth. Add peanut butter and maple syrup, and beat until well combined and fluffy.

5. Pipe icing (using a round 1cm nozzle) or spread icing with a small spatula onto cooled cupcakes and decorate with banana chips (if using) before serving.

TIPS

If you prefer, you can replace the maple syrup in the cupcakes with brown sugar, rapadura sugar (panela) or coconut sugar. You can also replace the extra virgin olive oil with coconut oil (melted).

For the icing, you may need a fraction more or less syrup depending on the sweetness of your peanut butter. It’s preferable to use a brand of peanut butter with no added salt or sugar (or, better still, make your own). If your peanut butter does have added sugar, you might like to cut the syrup quantity by half.

To make a thinner icing, add 1–2 tablespoons of milk in step 4.

VARIATION

Nut-free cupcakes: Skip the peanut butter icing and replace the almond meal with a ground seed mix, such as a mixture of sunflower seeds, pepitas and linseeds.

Dairy-free cupcakes: Skip the peanut butter icing and use the orange juice option instead of the milk, or replace the milk with almond milk.

Courtesy of Sweet Nourish by Louise Keats.