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The Ultimate Guide to Hosting an Unforgettable Platinum Jubilee Street Party

It's time to dust off your tartan and put on a tiara because the Queen's Platinum Jubilee is just around the corner. Join me as I take you on a journey through the essential steps...

It's time to dust off your tartan and put on a tiara because the Queen's Platinum Jubilee is just around the corner. Join me as I take you on a journey through the essential steps to organizing the ultimate street party that will leave everyone talking.

Set the Stage for a Spectacular Celebration

One of my fondest childhood memories is the Silver Jubilee street party in 1977. Bunting adorned the streets, and children frolicked in delight, fueled by orange squash and delicious Victoria sponge. At Country Life, we have been marking and celebrating every royal occasion since Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Now, it's time to bring out the flags, dress up, and plan the tea party of a lifetime.

What to Eat: A Feast Fit for Royalty

A successful outdoor party is always over-catered, so plan ahead and delegate tasks. While some might crave an array of potato salads, remember to consider other preferences as well. To help you with ideas, we have curated a selection of Platinum Jubilee recipes in our May 25 Jubilee issue. Trust me, these mouthwatering dishes will make your guests feel like royalty.

What to Drink: Cheers to the Queen

On such a momentous occasion, Champagne is always appropriate for the adults. But why not try a beloved cocktail of the Queen and the late Queen Mother - the majestic gin and Dubonnet? Pour one part gin to two parts Dubonnet over ice in a tumbler, give it a stir, and garnish with a twist of orange or lemon. It's the perfect regal tipple to toast the Queen's extraordinary reign.

What to Wear: Embrace the Spirit of Celebration

There's no such thing as being too dressed up for this event. Decorate your venue with bunting, union jack flags, and fairy lights. And don't forget to dress up yourself! Encourage fancy dress for both adults and children, emphasizing the classic red, white, and blue. Channel your inner regal style with silk scarves, pearls, and a touch of tartan or tweed. Feel free to accessorize with platinum jewelry if you're lucky enough to own any.

What to Do: Games and Activities for Everyone

Keep the festivities alive with a wide range of games and activities. Traditional lawn games like kubb, giant Jenga, and quoits are always a hit. Organize competitions such as sack races, egg-and-spoon races, and tug-of-war to bring out the competitive spirit. For those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, treasure hunts, biscuit or cake decorating, and even pet fancy dress parades are delightful options.

Practical Planning Tips

To ensure a smooth and successful street party, it's important to do some practical planning. The Platinum Jubilee website offers valuable information, from hosting a simple tea over the Bank Holiday weekend to organizing more extravagant events like the Big Jubilee Lunch. If you require a temporary road closure, reach out to your local authority and seek their approval. Remember, even if you live in the countryside, a gathering of friends and family in the great outdoors can be just as unforgettable.

Enjoy the Celebration and Cherish the Memories

Above all, remember that this is a celebration, not a marathon. Don't let the planning overwhelm you. Take the time to toast Her Majesty's extraordinary achievement and savor every moment with your loved ones. And of course, don't forget to organize a rota for the clearing up afterwards!

Victoria Sponge cake Indulge in a delectable Victoria Sponge cake to sweeten the festivities.

Champagne in glasses with bottle and bucket Raise a glass of Champagne to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in style.

Children participating in a festive street party Create a festive atmosphere with Union Jack bunting and involve children in the jubilant celebration.

A group enjoying outdoor games Engage guests of all ages in a variety of outdoor games and activities to keep the party spirit alive.

Now that you have all the tools and inspiration you need, go ahead and plan an unforgettable Platinum Jubilee street party. Celebrate in style, cherish the memories, and create an event that will be remembered for years to come. Let the festivities begin!