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How to Plan a Platinum Jubilee Party: Tips and Ideas

The long weekend of 2-5 June 2022 is a special occasion as the nation celebrates the Queen's 70-year reign. As we approach this unique anniversary, many people are looking forward to marking it in their...

The long weekend of 2-5 June 2022 is a special occasion as the nation celebrates the Queen's 70-year reign. As we approach this unique anniversary, many people are looking forward to marking it in their own way. From traditional street parties and the 'Big Lunch' to private garden gatherings and barbecues, there are plenty of possibilities to consider.

Street Parties: Keeping Traditions Alive

Street parties have always held a special place in the hearts of the British people. Dating back to post-World War I 'peace parties' in 1919, they have been a way to celebrate national milestones such as VE and VJ day, the Coronation, Royal weddings, and anniversaries. The defining characteristic of street parties is shutting off an entire street, which involves careful planning and obtaining permission from the local council. Traditional partygoers eat at long trestle tables, but a stand-up buffet can be a practical alternative. Music and party games add to the conviviality, and alcohol can be served without a special license.

Party Street Party Images: Party Pieces

The Big Lunch: Building Community Spirit

The Big Lunch, initiated by Cornwall's Eden Project in 2009, offers an annual opportunity for neighbors to come together, share a meal, and celebrate community. It will be a major national event on Sunday 5 June. This event shares many characteristics with street parties, but the venue can be more flexible, such as a local playing field, village green, or recreation ground. As the name suggests, it involves a sit-down lunch where people contribute their own dishes. It's a great way to get to know your neighbors better while enjoying the gathering.

Private Parties: Celebrating Intimacy

Many people prefer to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee on a more intimate scale. Hosting a garden party for immediate neighbors or arranging a Jubilee-themed barbecue or lunch for friends and family can be a more personal way to mark the occasion. For private parties, themed decorations and special dishes with royal associations can help create the Jubilee atmosphere.

Bring out the Bunting: Embrace Tradition

No Jubilee party is complete without bunting. These colorful strings of triangular flags have a long history, dating back to the early seventeenth century when the Navy used them for communication between ships. Today, bunting has become a staple for decorations and celebrations of all kinds. You can opt for classic Union Jack British bunting or choose a more subtle decoration that blends red, white, and blue with Union Jacks and English roses.

Bunting Decorations Images: Party Pieces

Decorate Your Tables: Set the Jubilee Theme

To reinforce the Jubilee theme, consider decorating your tables in a patriotic manner. Jubilee-themed paper tablecloths, napkins, plates, and cups can create an instant festive ambiance. Even if you are using your own crockery and glassware, these small touches can add to the celebratory atmosphere. Party Pieces' eco-friendly Great British Party Collection offers a range of Jubilee-themed party supplies, including bunting, cake toppers, and cake stands that feature a unique Platinum Jubilee design with English roses, coronets, and Union Jacks.

Serve a Right Royal Dish: Delight Your Guests

When it comes to food, you can serve a special dish with royal connotations to honor the occasion. One popular option is Coronation chicken, invented in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. This dish consists of cooked chicken, herbs, spices, and a creamy mayonnaise. You can also explore other royal-inspired dishes like Apple Charlotte or Victoria sponge. Regardless of the food and drinks you serve, make sure to have plenty of water and soft drinks available throughout the day to keep everyone hydrated.

Coronation Chicken Image: platinumjubilee.gov.uk

Watch Out for the Weather: Plan Ahead

While we hope for warm and sunny weather during the Jubilee weekend, it's always wise to be prepared for all contingencies in Britain. Consider investing in (or borrowing) some inexpensive pop-up gazebos that can provide shade and protection from unexpected showers. Festoon the gazebos with festive bunting to add a touch of Jubilee spirit. If you're hosting a garden party, a gazebo can also be a useful addition. Alternatively, have a backup plan to move the event indoors if the weather turns wet.


Mind Your Manners: Organize and Show Consideration

As with any entertaining event, organizing a Jubilee celebration requires careful planning and consideration for everyone involved. Here are a few tips to ensure a successful gathering:

  • Plan well in advance and delegate tasks to an organizing committee if needed.
  • Communicate the details of communal events via social media, local WhatsApp groups, and posters.
  • Issue clear invitations to communal events, ensuring that everyone feels included.
  • When hosting a private party, send out invitations well ahead of the Jubilee weekend.
  • RSVP promptly if you receive an invitation to a private Jubilee party, and avoid canceling last-minute for a better offer.
  • Inform and invite your neighbors if you're hosting an event in your garden, and be considerate about noise levels if the celebration continues into the night.
  • Remember to clean up after the party. Enlist helpers for larger events and ensure that all disposable materials are properly disposed of to avoid littering the neighborhood.

With these tips in mind, you can plan a memorable Platinum Jubilee party that captures the spirit of the occasion. Let's celebrate this historic milestone in style!