Platinum Jubilee street party ideas including rules, decorations and food

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The nation is preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to honor Her Majesty’s 70 years of service to her country.

Although the official date of the anniversary was actually February, celebrations and events 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 has never been a better time to get your friends, family and neighbors together for an anniversary street party.

From whether you need permits from your local council, to how to decorate your anniversary street party, to anniversary tea party recipe ideas, we’ve got all your questions answered in our guide below.

How to organize an anniversary party?

The good news is that anyone who wants to throw a Platinum Jubilee street party can do so any time during the bank holiday weekend.

However, like any party, it takes a little planning. The Government is advising you to contact your local authority at least six weeks in advance if you expect to need a temporary road closure for your party.

Depending on where you live, your municipality may also require you to fill out a simple application form to hold a street festival.

  • Find out what information your community needs to know.

    You don’t need a risk assessment to attend a street party, and you don’t need a permit to consume alcohol, food, or music.

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    However, if you plan to sell alcohol at the event, or if holding a concert is the main purpose of the event, you will need to consider whether you need a temporary event notice — a short-term permit for licensed activities that cover events of fewer than 500 people .

    Check out Street Party and The Big Lunch for more tips. In addition to the best tips, both sites offer a great step-by-step checklist to help you plan.

    More details on the regulations can be found on the government website.

    What do you serve at an anniversary party?

    Once your permissions and guest lists are sorted, it’s time to start thinking about your food and drink menu.

    Depending on the number of guests, it can make sense to ask everyone to bring a dish so that you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen.

    Another consideration is whether it’s going to be a standing party or a seated party – and if you’re lacking the cooking idea, Good housekeeping Cooking team is here to inspire you.

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    From egg and cress rolls to delicious cucumber rolls and deluxe sausage rolls, we have plenty of easy finger food recipes available when it’s mainly a standing event.

    Planning something more formal? Check out our Victoria sponge cake tips or opt for a savory menu with our Potato Salad or Jumbo Pork Pie recipes, you can serve a banquet fit for the Queen!

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    For drinks, a refreshing mug of Pimm’s and all the trimmings seems a reasonable option. To help you, we’ve come up with a variety of recipes inspired by the summer drink, including Pimm’s Cupcakes and even a Pimm’s Cheesecake – which is a real head-turner.

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    How to decorate an anniversary street party?

    Fun decorations and accessories are a must to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

    To create an instant party feeling, Good housekeeping Home and Garden Manager, Carolyn Bailey, recommends the use of cloth pennants between the trees and along the tables, as well as bows of strips of fabric or ribbon around the tops of the dining room chairs.

    She said: “Make your own from scraps of fabric and use pinking shears to get a uniform edge that won’t fray.

    “You can also use leaves and flowers from your garden and from your neighbors – group an assortment of bud vases, milk bottles or jam jars filled with a mix of flowers for impact.”

    Finally, she advises putting together a selection of mix-and-match china and glassware to create an eclectic look, with charity shops and flea markets being good sources for vintage pieces.

    You should also avoid plastic dishes if possible and opt for bamboo instead.

    Looking for royal memorabilia? From mugs to candles, many retailers have launched a special Platinum Jubilee Collectables Edition to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th Jubilee. 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.

    Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 1/2 pint mug


    • Shop anniversary memorabilia from The Royal Collection Trust – HERE
          • Shop Fortnum & Mason Anniversary Memorabilia – HERE
                • Shop Emma Bridgewater anniversary memorabilia – HERE
                      • Shop Harrods anniversary memorabilia – HERE

                        Happy celebrations.

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