It’s time to break out the bunting! This year is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which marks 70 years since the Queen’s coronation back in 1952.
The UK will be enjoying an extra-long weekend this June (2nd-5th) for the occasion, which offers a fantastic opportunity to celebrate. The Platinum Jubilee is the first that any English monarch has ever reached, so it’s sure to be special. Parties and gatherings are being encouraged so that communities can come together and celebrate in style.
Whether you’re hosting afternoon tea in the garden for your friends and family or planning a big-scale street party with your neighbours, you’ll want your event to be one to remember. Here at Ringtons, we know how to bring people together, so we’ve created a complete guide on how to throw your very own Queen’s Jubilee Party this summer.
We have plenty of ideas and advice to help you organise, decorate and cater for your gathering, so it’s sure to be a success.
Planning your Queen’s Jubilee Party
There are many details to plan and organise when hosting your Jubilee celebration. We’ve got everything you need to make your party’s vision a reality.
How to organise a street party
While you can have your street party on any day over the bank holiday weekend, most of the big street events are scheduled for Sunday 5th June, when the official calendar of Jubilee events ends.
You can hold a street party at most places but if your event requires your road to be closed, you’ll need to contact your local council for more information. Find out more about what you will need to do by visiting the gov.uk website.
Try getting creative by making your own invitations to send to your neighbours. It’s best to get in touch with them early so that they can help with planning, decorating and providing food and drink. You can also add a personal touch to your event by making posters to advertise it on your street.
We loved these knitted tea cosies, made by one of our very own customers! Click here to view the instructions if you want to give it a go!
Having fun is the most important part of any street party, so be sure to organise music and activities to get everyone in the mood to celebrate. Surprise the children with some crafting materials and let their creativity run wild by making Jubilee-themed crafts such as bunting and paper crowns. For the adults, a royal quiz is sure to go down a treat.
What to serve
Food brings people together, so it’s important to opt for a lunch that you’re sure everyone will love. We believe it’s best to keep it simple by picking a theme and sticking to it, and traditional English afternoon tea is always a crowd-pleasing choice. You and your guests can bring sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, drinks, and anything else you feel will contribute to creating a delicious spread.
For the sandwiches, there is a wide range of fillings you can choose from, including cucumber, coronation chicken, smoked salmon with cream cheese and egg mayonnaise with cress. Add a large assortment of sandwiches to your table so that your guests can pick their favourites.
Sweet treats are essential for any afternoon tea setup, so bringing a selection of bakes, cakes, and biscuits will delight your guests. In our opinion, there’s nothing better than a freshly-made scone with jam and clotted cream, which makes it a must for your street-party menu.
Your biscuit selection should include everything from simple shortbread to tempting chocolate-covered cookies. When it comes to cake, you can’t go wrong with lemon, ginger or tea loaf, and they go perfectly with a cuppa. Serve up a selection of tea, coffee and soft drinks to ensure that all of your guests are catered for.
Once everything is organised for your Jubilee street party, you can relax and enjoy the celebrations. At Ringtons, we offer everything you need for the perfect afternoon tea, including tea, coffee and sweet treats. We also have a selection of limited edition Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Jute Bags to mark this special occasion, and they make an excellent gift for yourself or a loved one.
To celebrate the Jubilee, you may have entered our competition to Share a Cup of Tea. We have loved seeing your entries so much that we have featured a few of our favourites below.