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The nation is gearing up to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to mark her Majesty’s 70 years of services to her country.
While the anniversary’s official date actually fell in February, celebrations and events will take place throughout the year, culminating in a welcome four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June.
This means there’s never been a better time to get your friends, family and neighbours together to host a Jubilee street party.
From whether you need permissions from your council to how to decorate your Jubilee street party as well as Jubilee tea party recipes ideas, we answer all your questions in our guide below.
How to organise a Jubilee party?
The good news is, anyone who wants to host a Platinum Jubilee street party, can do so any time during the bank holiday weekend.
However, just like with any party it requires a bit of planning. The government advises that you should contact your council at least six weeks in advance, if you are likely to need a temporary road closure for your party.
Depending on where you live, your council may also require you to complete a simple application form to hold a street party.
- Find out what information your local council needs to know .
You don’t need a risk assessment to host a street party, and you won’t need a license for consumption of alcohol, food or to play music either.
However, if you’re planning to sell alcohol at the event or if holding a concert is the main purpose of the event, you will need to check whether you need a Temporary Events Notice – a short-term permission for licensable activities, covering events of fewer than 500 people.
More details on the regulations are available on the Government website.
What to serve at a Jubilee party?
Once your permissions and guest lists is sorted, it’s time to think about your food and drinks menu.
Depending on the number of guests, it can be useful to ask everyone to bring a dish, so you don’t spend the whole day in the kitchen.
Another thing to consider is whether it will be a standing or a sitting party – and if you’re struggling for ideas of what to cook, Good Housekeeping’s cookery team is here to inspire you.
From eggs and cress rolls to delicious cucumber sandwiches and deluxe sausage rolls, we have plenty of simple finger food recipes available, if it’s mostly a standing event.
Planning something a little bit more formal? Check our Victoria sponge cake tips or opt for a savoury menu using our potato salad or giant pork pie recipes, you’ll be able to serve up a banquet fit for the Queen!
For drinks, a refreshing jug of Pimm’s with all the trimming seems like an appropriate option. To help you, we have developed a host of recipes inspired by the summer drink to including Pimm’s cupcakes and even a Pimm’s cheesecake – which is a real showstopper.
How to decorate a Jubilee street party?
Fun decorations and accessories are a must to get everyone in the celebratory mood.
To create an instant party feel, Good Housekeeping’s Homes & Gardens Director, Carolyn Bailey, suggests using drape bunting between the trees and along tables as well as tie bows made from fabric strips or lengths of ribbon round the top of the dining chairs.
She said: “Make your own from fabric offcuts and use pinking shears to get a uniform edge that won’t fray.
“You can also use foliage and flowers from your garden and from your neighbours – group together a selection of bud vases, milk bottles or jam jars filled with a mix of flowers together to create impact.”
Finally, she advises to gather a selection of mix and match china and glasses to create an eclectic look with charity shops and car boot sales being good sources for vintage pieces.
Where possible you should also avoid plastic tableware and can opt for bamboo options instead.
Looking for royal memorabilia? From mugs to candles, many retailers have launched special Platinum Jubilee collectables edition to mark her Majesty’s 70th year on the throne. If you’re hosting a party for a small group, these can be great accessories to add to your table. Check out the collections below.
- Shop Jubilee Memorabilia from The Royal Collection Trust – HERE
- Shop Jubilee Memorabilia from Fortnum & Mason – HERE
- Shop Jubilee Memorabilia from Emma Bridgewater – HERE
- Shop Jubilee Memorabilia from Harrods – HERE
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