If you’ve got a birthday looming during the lockdown, we say don’t hide under the duvet – embrace your home shindig in style and make sure your milestone gets the big bang it deserves.
The Dorchester at Home
Yes, The Dorchester are launching a new London delivery and collection service! From early June, you will be able to devour a Traditional Afternoon Tea Hamper and super star chef Tom Booton’s wow dishes from The Grill at The Dorchester. Everything comes with recipe cards with guidance on how to create a perfect Dorchester celebration at home to make your birthday during the lockdown better.
Afternoon Tea for two comes with half a bottle of Veuve Cliquot, dainty finger sandwiches and of course scones. It is a birthday after all so from The Grill, you can now have Tom’s signature Lobster Thermidor Tart with that amazing Westcombe cheddar infused base as well as his original Double Decker dessert.
A percentage of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the inspiring Manorfield Primary School in Poplar, where The Dorchester have been sending in chef Michey Chan and team to give cookery classes and much more since 2019.
Wright Brothers At Home
How a bout a home delivery of the finest freshest sustainable restaurant quality fish and shellfish straight from local fishermen? Choose from smoked and cured fish, oven-ready whole fish to share, Alaskan king crab, lobster or even oysters and caviar. There are also recipes online for you budding home cooks whatever your level of ability.
Delivery is available nationwide in the UK and arrives filleted and vacuum packed via Wright Brothers’ own fleet of temperature-controlled vans. Enjoy a 10% discount off your first order with the code LAUNCH10.
Michelin-starred dining at home from Northcote
This dining experience from the Michelin-starred Northcote restaurant does exactly that, providing all the
ingredients to cook an exquisite 3-course menu created by Northcote’s Executive Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen. The experience has been created in partnership with Wellocks At Home, a nationwide premium ingredient
delivery service who supply nearly half of the UK’s Michelin starred restaurants.
The bumper box for two includes ingredients for a three course cook-at-home dinner for two, a recipe booklet and access to a pre-recorded digital masterclass by Lisa.
Bloom-Buckets by Lucy Vail Floristry
These blooms come with guidance from award-winning florist Lucy Vail to help you create flower arrangements at home. Lucy works directly with British farmers to getting their gorgeous seasonal blooms straight to you so flowers are fresh and last longer. There are three sizes to choose from and the luxury bloom-bucket filled our birthday party in lockdown with sweet smelling scents and luscious colours.
Bloom-Buckets start at £35 and include UK delivery.
It’s not a special occasion without champagne. The Finest Bubble website has a collection of over 500 champagnes to choose from offering next day delivery across the UK and if you’re London-based you can get your bubbles direct to door in just two hours!
The special day can’t be complete without cake! Here are our favourite luxuriate options.
Lily Vanilli – Queen of baking and best selling author Lily Jones creates bespoke cakes, cupcakes and much more. As well as the all important cake, you can also indulge a birthday during the lockdown bundle kit which comes with lots of extras alongside the cake including a bottle of wine, a bouquet of seasonal flowers, floral plates and a Happy Birthday garland. You can also find a whole host of cake and baking recipes on her website to help you along the way.
Cakes start from £35 and are available for home delivery in London.
Fiona Cairns – Creator of The Royal Wedding cake for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Fiona has been baking the finest cakes for over 30 years. This Rose Garden 6” cake adorned with elegant hand made rose decorations can be enjoyed in either golden sponge or classic fruitcake and can be personalised.
Too.muchsugar – Winnie makes amazing cakes to order and a lot more. An accountant by trade, lockdown gave her more time to bake and after rave reviews from neighbours, you can now sample her talents. Baking is her passion and she also graduated from Le Cordon Bleu after studying an intensive Patiserrie Diploma. As well as celebration cakes, you can also enjoy macarons, the gooiest brownies, shortbread, cookies and a bite sized pastries selection. Winnie’s goodies are available for collection in SE16 and for delivery around London.
It’s your party, you can cry if you want to but mixing your own drinks is a no no. You need ready-made cocktails delivered to your door. Luckily there are plenty of luxuriate offerings around:
This pioneering Copenhagen distillery’s original cocktail blends will get your party started. Try their Pony Negroni (quince tea spirit, bitter aperitif, red vermouth) and Bonita Applebum (pineapple, banana, lemon zest, and white chocolate), along with collaborative blends from leading bartenders.
Aske Stephenson cocktails
Closer to home, Aske Stephenson have a range of tongue-in-cheek bottled cocktails you can order in. Choose from a peanut butter & jam Old Fashioned, the Garden Bramble, a Flat White Russian and more.
Available from Amazon
Moore House Cocktail Company
Their three classic pre-batched, handcrafted cocktails come in 250ml bottles (about three drinks per bottle). Choose from an Espresso Martini, Manhattan or a classic Negroni.
POST DRINKING SNACKS
Now you are feeling peckish again after those drinks, take your pick from delivery service Supper. Feel like Peruvian? Browse the menu at COYA. At Yautacha there is a luxury Dim Sum sharing menu with dainty little dumplings filled with seafood and black truffle, wild mushroom and more. For Michelin-starred Cantonese food, pick Hakkasan’s Dragon Menu with crispy duck salad, rib eye in black pepper and red wine and roasted silver cod in champagne.
Famed for the invention of the Cronut, Dominique Ansel’s bakeries are delivering across Central London. Cakes include Victoria Sponge coated in white chocolate, Cotton Soft cheesecake (ricotta-based mousse on top of a moist almond sponge cake, with a crème brûlée caramelised topping) and Paris London (a ring of choux dough filled with earl grey mousse, lemon curd and blackberry compote.). This will make your birthday during lockdown sweeter.
Cakes start at £21 plus delivery.
The iRobot® Roomba® i7+ robot vacuum takes convenience to a new level by automatically emptying its bin into a bag in its docking station, so you don’t have to think about vacuuming for months at a time. Using smart mapping, the robot remembers multiple floor plans and room names so you can customise where it cleans and direct the robot to clean specific rooms by voice or via a clever app. Definitely one to have in the background of a zoom call!
£879.99 (dog not included)
By: Jo Aspin
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