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How to Throw the Perfect VE Day Party at Home

On Friday 8 May, the UK will commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, also known as "Victory in Europe Day". This historic event marks the end of fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe during...

On Friday 8 May, the UK will commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, also known as "Victory in Europe Day". This historic event marks the end of fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe during the Second World War. While the usual street parties associated with VE Day celebrations are not possible due to the lockdown, it doesn't mean we can't still enjoy the occasion from the comfort of our homes. Here's how to plan the perfect VE Day party:

Create the Perfect Soundtrack

The first step to any successful party is setting the right atmosphere. Prepare a playlist ahead of time with wartime classics and songs that evoke a sense of nostalgia. Sing along to Dame Vera Lynn's "There'll be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover" and try learning some 1940s dance moves to make it even more authentic.

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Indulge in Afternoon Tea

No celebration is complete without some classic British treats. Bake your own scones and prepare cucumber and salmon finger sandwiches for an authentic afternoon tea experience. Don't forget to cut off the crusts for that traditional touch. Serve your tea in vintage china and use lace doilies to add a touch of elegance. For a patriotic twist, bake cupcakes and decorate them with blueberries, strawberries, and vanilla icing.

Decorate with Bunting

Nothing says British celebration like bunting. Order some online or get creative and make your own at home. You'll need some fabric, scissors, tape or ribbon, and ideally, a sewing machine. If you don't have fabric available, use paper and let each family member design their own triangle. Attach them to the ribbon or string, and hang your homemade bunting around the house.

Join Official VE Day Events

Participate in the official VE Day events to honor the occasion. At 11 am, observe a national moment of remembrance with a two-minute silence. Test your wartime knowledge by organizing a Zoom quiz with friends and family. If you're looking for an alternative historical activity, tune in to the BBC's broadcast of Winston Churchill's address to the nation at 2.45 pm.

Have a VE Day Picnic

If the weather permits and you have access to outside space, why not have a VE Day picnic? Bring out a rug and enjoy your treats in the fresh air. If you live on a busy street, organize a front garden picnic with your neighbors while maintaining a safe distance. Create a street party vibe by playing your VE Day playlist for everyone to enjoy.

Join the Singalong

At 8 pm, BBC One will air a televised musical event called VE Day 75: The People's Celebration. Afterward, the public is invited to join a country-wide singalong of Dame Vera Lynn's wartime anthem, "We'll Meet Again". Find out how to participate and get the lyrics on the official website.

Watch The Queen's Address

To conclude your VE Day in royal style, tune in to BBC One at 9 pm to watch the Queen's special televised address. This is a historic moment, reminiscent of her father, King George VI's radio address to the nation in 1945. The BBC will also feature a pre-recorded video message from Prince Charles, reading an extract from his grandfather's diary. Grab your scones and cuppa, and settle in for a memorable evening.

Let's make the most of this extraordinary VE Day celebration from the comfort of our homes. It's an opportunity to reflect on the past, honor those who sacrificed for our freedom, and come together as a nation. Stay safe, enjoy the festivities, and remember to maintain social distancing guidelines.