How to throw the best street party!

This June, we as a nation get to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. We get an extended bank holiday weekend to enjoy some time off and celebrate! And what better way to do that than to throw a huge, exciting street party?! If you’re looking to throw a street party this summer, you’ll need to know what you’re doing – it is a little different to your usual garden party or house party. So here are our top tips on how to throw the best street party to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee 2022.

Get your essential planning done

If you are planning to throw a street party, you’re going to have to put your organisation brain on first. You’ll need to have permission from the council – particularly if you live on a street with car access. You should also check in with all of your neighbours first to make sure that everybody is interested in a street party – otherwise, it’s going to be just you sitting outside with all of your fun union jack themed goodies.

Once everybody agrees, then you can get planning! You can work as a street to plan out exactly who is able to bring what to the table, and when you’re going to start this big Platinum Jubilee bash.

Decorations

A street party isn’t a street party without ample decorations, and since we’re celebrating the Queen and her 70 years of reigning, the theme has to be red, white and blue – obviously! You should make sure that you have enough decorations that everybody within a 5-mile radius knows exactly what is happening. You will need:

Bunting

The best way to get bunting is to make it yourself. Every household on the street can make their own row of bunting, giving the street party a really homemade, community-feel to it. You could even make it a competition if you’re all a little competitive!

To make bunting you simply need to cut out a series of triangles and a length of ribbon or string. Paint and decorate your triangles with Britain or royalty-related designs, then make two small holes in the two larger corners and thread the ribbon or string through the triangles!

Doylies

We are throwing a party fit for royalty, so we need those fancy-looking doylies all over the tables to make our party look truly regal. For all of your doylie needs, check out the Caroline Assorted Doylies available here. Doylies work as great decorations, placemats or coasters for pitchers and bottles.

Napkins

Every party needs napkins, but for the Queen’s Jubilee you’re not just going to use any old napkin – we need themed napkins. Red, white and blue napkins are perfect for your street party this June, and you can even fold them into fun shapes… like a crown.

To fold your napkin into a crown:

  1. Lay your napkin face down on the table
  2. Fold the napkin in half diagonally
  3. Place the napkin so that the fold is facing you with the ends facing away
  4. Fold the two folded corners up towards the point
  5. Flip the napkin so that the fold is faced down
  6. Fold the bottom of the napkin up from the bottom to about halfway
  7. Fold the smaller triangle back down to the bottom of the napkin
  8. Curl the left and right sides around and tuck them into each other
  9. Pull and tuck the three limbs into place

Tablecovers

These are essential decorations. You need some truly colourful table covers to tie your street party together. These are especially useful if you and your neighbours have all contributed various tables and chairs from your gardens, as it will make everything look much more uniform. For brilliant reusable and sustainable themed table covers, look here.

Flags

Union Flag Door Rug

It is a street party to celebrate the Queen, after all. So stock up on union jacks! Things like union flag doormats, sandwich flags that you can design in any which way, and handmade flags and posters to pin anywhere and everywhere possible!

Furniture

Without furniture, your street party is just going to be you and your neighbours getting drunk standing in the road – which whilst it might sound fun, really isn’t the same as a fully planned out street party.

Tables and chairs

It is probably obvious that you need a decent amount of tables and chairs for your street party. It doesn’t matter if they don’t all match – that kind of adds to the charm of a street party. Plus, you can just cover all of the tables in jubilee-themed table covers.

If you and your neighbours don’t have any plastic chairs, then you’re in luck – there are plenty of affordable garden chairs right here for you to purchase!

Parasols

Whilst it is Britain, we can hope for the sun. If you’re going to be spending hours outdoors in the sun, it is definitely worth making sure that your street party is all kitted out with some great parasols like the SupaGarden parasols we have available on SeasonalHome! You can even keep it in with the red, white and blue theme.

Food and drink

Is it really a party if there isn’t plenty to eat and/or drink? For your jubilee street party, you should try and make or buy as much themed food as possible. Since it is summer, we recommend that you either drag your BBQ out to the front or invest in a few disposable BBQs for your party. If you are dragging out your BBQ, you’ll be needing some lighters to save yourself from the embarrassment of trying to light a BBQ in front of everyone!

Themed food ideas

If you’re not sure what food to get for your street party, try out:

  • Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and meringue (red, white and blue!)
  • Burgers with food colouring in your buns, beetroot or blue cheese
  • Peppers and cheese arranged into the St. David’s Cross
  • Bunting shaped biscuits
  • Coronation chicken sandwiches
  • Coronation chicken pies
  • Trifle
  • Victoria Sponge
  • Union Jack quiches

You will probably end up making so much food that your usual dinner plates won’t work – in which you’ll be needing some foil platters to fill with all of your wonderful goodies!

Themed drink ideas

You can go one of two ways with drinks for your street party: themed by colour or traditionally British. But before you pick, make sure you have all the glasses you need for your funky Jubilee drinks. No plastic cups here, please! Only the highest quality cocktails saucers and glasses for Her Majesty.

Colour themed drinks

Drinks that will fit your red, white and blue colour scheme include:

  • Blue Lagoons: vodka, blue curacao and lemonade
  • Jubilee: vodka, red wine, spiced liquor, maple syrup and seltzer
  • Sangria: brandy, red wine, fruit and fruit juice
  • Blue Margarita: all of the normal margarita ingredients and blue curacao
  • Raspberry Martini: vodka, cranberry juice and raspberry juice

Pair these with some paper parasols, and you’ll be the slickest street party in town.

British traditionals

Some truly British cocktails and drinks for you to enjoy to honour Queen Elizabeth II:

So there you have it – everything you could possibly need to set up your ideal Platinum Jubilee street party this bank holiday weekend. Just be careful not to enjoy too many of those themed drinks before you start up the BBQ!