If you are planning a knees-up in your neighbourhood to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, then you’ll be amongst the ten million Brits who hope to plan or attend a street party this June.
You can hold a street party at any time over the long bank holiday weekend, from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5, with most parties happening on Sunday to coincide with the official Big Jubilee Lunch event.
There is plenty of information available on how to organise a street party, and we’ve wrapped it all together into one handy guide, covering the regulations, the party food, decorations, and everything else you need to raise a toast to The Queen and bring your community together.
The rules and regulations
If you would like to close your street to traffic while the party takes place, then you must complete an application form and submit it to your local council for approval. If the party is just for the residents, then no licence is required, making your party planning so much easier (and cheaper!)
You shouldn’t need to conduct a risk assessment either, providing that due consideration is given to the safety of all attendees.
Start planning and get everyone involved
Getting started with the party planning is easy, and the best way to ensure the event is a roaring success is to get all the neighbours on board and divvy up the workload.
Set up a WhatsApp group to share ideas and discuss who can help with certain tasks. Consider the seating arrangements, refreshments, games to keep the children occupied, and the all-important red, white, and blue decorations.
Make sure that there are a team of volunteers available to help with the cleaning up as well!
Jubilee food and drink
One of the best things about holding a street party is the food! Set up a refreshments table and ask all the neighbours to contribute. It’s worth making a list so you don’t end up with the same food several times – here’s the very traditional British snacks that we’ve got on our street party list:
- Champagne (Prosecco or Cava is an inexpensive alternative)
- Cold beers
- Soft drinks and mixers
- Mini pork pies with piccalilli
- Coronation chicken sandwiches
- Cheese and cucumber sandwiches
- Egg mayo and watercress sandwiches
- Crisps and dips
- Sausage rolls
- A selection of salads
- Scones with jam
- Jelly and ice cream
Another must-have food is the official Jubilee Pudding, which was chosen after Brits were asked to submit their ideas to create a dessert for the nation’s celebrations. The winner was Jemma Melvin, whose Platinum Pudding of lemon Swiss troll and amaretti trifle was awarded the top prize.
Games and entertainment
Silly games that everyone can get involved with are perfect for street parties. We suggest ‘Pin The Crown On The Queen’ to give a regal twist to ‘Pin The Tail On The Donkey’.
Quizzes are another sure-fire winner and this ‘Right Royal Quiz’ contains everything you need to host a fun quiz for up to twenty people. The pack also includes a certificate to award to the champion quizzer.
Keep little ones entertained by holding a colouring competition or a creative ‘decorate a crown’ challenge or divide the guests into teams and play a riotous game of charades – a parlour game that is rumoured to be a favourite of Her Majesty’s!
Of course, there should be prizes for all. We love this Platinum Jubilee medal for the winner and these Swizzels Jubilee Love Hearts for the runners up.
Jubilee party decorations
The nation is shaping up to be a sea of red, white, and blue throughout the bank holiday weekend – so now is the time to bag your decorations before they fly off the shelves.
We’ve found a range of sustainable paper chains that are simple to assemble and are adorned with the Union Jack – get the kids involved with making the paper chains so they feel as if they are part of the planning committee!
You’ll also need some ‘flagtastic’ bunting to drape between houses and string across fences – there is a wide choice online – Amazon has a large range of designs and styles starting from just £3.49.
Theming your party tables need not be expensive – even a wallpaper pasting table can be spruced up with a quick scrub and a Union Jack tablecloth thrown over it. Add some paper plates with a jaunty ‘three cheers for Her Majesty’ slogan and ‘Hip Hip Hooray’ eco-friendly paper cups – and you’ll have the best-dressed table in town.
Organise a party playlist
A street party isn’t complete without some upbeat tunes – and this playlist will get all the neighbours dancing in the street.
- Handbags and Gladrags – Rod Stewart
- Dancing Queen – Abba
- Greatest Day – Take That
- Diamonds and Pearls – Prince
- Celebration – Kool and the Gang
- Congratulations – Cliff Richards
- Dancing in the Street – Martha and the Vandellas
- Queen of my Heart – Westlife
- You Should See Me in a Crown – Billie Eilish
- …and of course – anything by the classic rock band ‘Queen’
Bring your party to a fitting finale with a couple of Her Majesty’s favourite tunes – she revealed her top tracks are The White Cliffs of Dover, by Dame Vera Lynn and Cheek to Cheek, by Fred Astaire – before closing the evening with a rousing chorus of Rule Britannia and the national anthem.
Enjoy the party
When the big day arrives, it’s time to celebrate with your friends, family and neighbours and enjoy spending time with your loved ones.
Make sure you take plenty of photos to share on your street party WhatsApp group so that everyone can look back and remember when the community got together and threw a party that was truly fit for a queen.
For more planning ideas, visit the official Platinum Jubilee website where you can download a party planning toolkit.