The four day weekend is just around the corner so what better time to start planning a thoroughly British garden party to celebrate sixty years of our Queen’s reign?
Here are some ideas to turn your Jubilee Garden Party into a right royal occasion…
The food and drink:
When it comes to quenching your guests’ thirst, offer tea in proper tea cups (raising your little finger of course!), and for that extra indulgence, champagne to raise a toast to our Queen. Food-wise, think finger sandwiches, scotch eggs, coronation chicken, scones and clotted cream and strawberry trifle. For a patriotic centre-piece for your table, make a Union Jack cake by making a simple sponge cake in a rectangular cake tin, and decorating with whipped cream and topping with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to represent the red and blue of the flag.
When it comes to decorating your garden Jubilee-style, create a party atmosphere by using lots of Union Jack bunting (the more the better) or get a bit crafty and make your own bunting by cutting out triangles of any red, white and blue fabric you have hanging around with pinking shears. Stitch the triangles onto ribbon or tape and drape over your garden. Add red, white and blue balloons and streamers for extra colour and effect and provide guests with their own Union Jacks to wave whenever the mood takes them! Deck your food and drinks table with Union Jack paper plates and napkins, finishing off with red, white and blue table cloths. Pick some Jubilee-coloured flowers from your garden such as red roses, white stocks and blue anemones and stick in milk bottles or jam jars and dot around the garden.
How about creating your party playlist by choosing all your favourite British artists over the last 60 years? Go for a bit of the Rolling Stones, Chas ‘n’ Dave, Blur, Take That, Oasis or some rousing British anthems such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, not forgetting good old God Save the Queen and the new Jubilee song ‘Sing’.
For a bit of fun, organise some totally British garden party games such as croquet on the lawn, welly wanging, an egg and spoon race, a sack race, tug-of-war or a game of rounders. If you have young children coming, they will love a Diamond Jubilee-themed treasure hunt. Hide sixty ‘diamonds’ in the garden (don’t worry, not the real thing, cardboard cut-outs will be fine!) and see who can find the most. Children always love colouring in, so print off some black and white pictures of the Queen or the Crown Jewels and supply lots of felt-tip pens or colouring pencils.
Fancy dress is always guaranteed to get the party started. How about asking your guests to come in red, white and blue or as Kings and Queens of Great Britain? For something a bit easier, ask everyone to come in a hat, the sillier the better.
Singing in the reign?
Well, it is the British summer after all and even though we’ve been enjoying somewhat of a heat wave recently that doesn’t mean it will last into the weekend. Therefore, it may be wise to have a Plan B if the weather isn’t great. Perhaps invest in a party tent or gazebo or clear some space in your garage or shed for guests to take cover in the event of inclement weather.
Come rain or shine, with a bit of planning and creativity, your Jubilee Garden Party will be a fine British bash to remember.