A mother created a McDonald’s drive thru and outdoor cinema in her back garden as a treat for her daughter who celebrated her 17th birthday in lockdown.
Amy Lovell, 37, who lives in Weston-Super-Mare with her husband Chris, 39, and their five children, Taylor, 17, Finely, 12, Bean, eight, Molly, seven, and Isla, seven, transformed the family garden for her eldest daughter’s birthday.
She made a decision to create a ‘birthday bonanza’, after seeing how disappointed Taylor was to learn that her birthday plans would be cancelled due to the lockdown.
Amy Lovell, 37, who lives in Weston-Super-Mare, organised a drive thru McDonald’s and outdoor cinema celebration for her eldest daughter’s 17th birthday
Mother-of-five organised to fill Taylor’s birthday with her favourite activities, after seeing how disappointed she was that lockdown had forced her to cancel her original plans. Pictured: The family watching a film in their garden
Amy said organising the celebration didn’t cost much and she brought items gradually in her weekly shops. Pictured left to right :Finley, 12, Chris, 39, Molly, seven, Amy, 37, Bean, eight, Isla, seven and Taylor, 17
Amy wrote on Facebook: ‘My eldest was quite upset all her plans for her birthday had been cancelled, including her driving lessons, I decided to create a ‘Birthday bonanza’, filling her day from start to finish with all her favourite things including a mcds drive through and an outdoor cinema.’
The mother-of-five shared photographs of the birthday party on Facebook, revealing they set up a buffet, organised games and decorated the house throughout with balloons.
Amy continued: ‘It’s strange, it didn’t cost a lot although it was a fair few hours of planning but she said it was the best birthday she’s ever had, it’s really made me evaluate how I usually do things with regards to birthdays.
‘We had to ‘make do’ with a lot of things but it seems to have paid off! I started gathering things on my weekly shops over the last few weeks, adding bits when I could.
‘I was very conscious not to do ‘extra trips’ to shops. Anything I couldn’t get in a supermarket was purchased from eBay.
‘I can’t believe the response that we have received from everyone, I decided to share my ideas in the hope someone else could make their child’s birthday in lockdown special too but I’ve been blown away by the responses I’ve received.’
Amy who organised games, buffet-style food and decorated the family home, said the celebration took a few hours of planning. Pictured, the DIY McDonald’s breakfast
Amy claims the experience has made her reevaluate how the family celebrates birthdays. Pictured: The buffet spread packed with treats for the whole family
Amy shared a selection of photographs from the celebration, including fairy lights surrounding a table filled with snacks for the outdoor cinema
Another photo shows the children playing a game which involves eating food, which is being dangled from above by a string
Photos from the birthday party received almost 200 shares, along with a stream of comments from people praising Amy’s creativity.
‘Wow! What a fantastic lockdown 17th birthday! One that will be remembered forever! So creative just brilliant and of course happy birthday Taylor,’ wrote one.
Another said: ‘That McDonald’s is amazing. I’ve seen something on Tiktok that someone did, but that was brilliant and definitely a birthday Taylor will remember well done hun’
A third added: ‘Lush great job! Lot’s of mum points there, looks fab! Happy birthday Taylor’
A stream of comments on Facebook praised Amy’s creativity and wished Taylor a happy birthday