The excitement of your upcoming birthday as a kid is a feeling many of us will be able to remember – the balloons, the friends, the cake, the party bags!
So finding out that birthday party can no longer go ahead is gutting, to say the least. But parents are coming up with creative ways to make sure their kids still get a day to remember.
We asked HuffPost UK readers to share photos of their birthdays in lockdown – and they delivered.
The Digger Treasure Hunt
Mum Becky George, from Harpenden, says her son Daniel was due to have a disco party this year for his fifth birthday. “It was going to be his first whole class party and he’d been counting down the sleeps,” she says. “When I had to cancel it, he was so disappointed.”
Instead, George wrote him a digger treasure trail around the streets. He had to follow the map, find picture clues, read information from signs, count how many sand bags he could see, and spot solar panels on particular houses.
“The route deliberately took him past several houses having building works, as Daniel loves diggers,” she says.
She then asked if his friends who lived along the route would put a picture of a digger in their windows for him to spot. “Daniel was delighted to spot 100 diggers, many beautifully drawn by kids! People also hung birthday banners and balloons, chatted to him through open windows and left him gifts and cards it their gardens for him to collect. One garden even played ‘Happy Birthday Daniel’ from a hidden sound system!”
The trail took 90 minutes to complete. “Daniel thought it was his best birthday ever,” she says.
The Grandparents’ Surprise
Will Hobson, from Sheffield, says it was his niece’s birthday this week – she turned four. As she couldn’t see her grandparents, they surprised her with a banner at the end...