It’s legal to hold street meetings from Thursday June 2nd to Sunday June 5th – but if you want to close your street to traffic you’ll need to fill out a form on your local government website
The nation is ready to celebrate as we approach the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with a summer of celebrations.
From doo-wop tea dances and a 70-vehicle vintage car show – one from each year of the Queen’s reign – to plenty of pageant action and concerts – there’s certainly enough to keep you busy.
But if you want to do something closer to home, here’s your expert guide to planning the perfect street party.
It’s legal to hold the meeting from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5, but if you want to close your street to traffic you’ll need to fill out a form on your local government website – and for many that’s the deadline this Friday, April 22.
If you choose to have a smaller gathering, you can schedule a street meet in your driveway or in a yard that doesn’t require registration.
Then you can start sending out invitations and working out a schedule for the day – when do you want the cars to be removed, when is lunch and when do you want to end? Next, hold a street meeting and break down the most important tasks.
Stacey-Rebekka Karlsson is the founder of events agent Goho Ltd (www.thisisgoho.com) and also organizes her own street party.
She says: “Be inclusive and be mindful of your neighbors – make sure everyone is in the loop. Do door knockers and flyers and online groups to make sure any older and non-English speaking neighbors feel part of the event.”
Stacey-Rebekka advises that large events should take out public liability insurance.
“It’s not expensive but gives peace of mind,” she says, adding, “You should remove all cars from the main party area, but you should also think about what to do in an emergency.”
“How do emergency vehicles get access? Place non-moving trucks, stands, and items such as bouncy castles on curbs or sidewalks if they are wide enough.
“Designate a non-drinking person to be responsible for safety, conduct a risk assessment — ashtrays are away from combustible materials, glass should be stored in sturdy containers — and ensure the protocol is followed during.” throughout your event.”
When it comes to a standing situation, finger food is a winner. Everyone loves the classic favourites, egg cress or cucumber sandwiches, sausage rolls and scones.
Ask everyone to bring a dish. Stacey-Rebecca suggests making it a potluck raffle or asks people to create their own favorite or national dishes.
Big brands are involved. Buying options include: Hellmann’s Coronation Mayonnaise (£2.25), Morrison’s Corgi Cake (£6) and The Bottled Baking Co Platinum Jubilee Cake Mix (£10.99).
When it comes to drinks you can hire, beg or borrow a teapot, but if alcohol is on the menu, make it BYO.
If you want a real royal treat, the Queen’s favorite drink is said to be the Dubonnet cocktail, made with one part gin and two parts Dubonnet and stirred over ice with an orange or lemon twist.
Plan the location
First, Stacey-Rebekka advises finding out which neighbors have a pop-up gazebo that you could use.
“Plan for any weather,” she says. “And it’s also handy to use as a shaded area when we’re lucky and it’s sunny.”
The experts at furniture, garden and home improvement retailer VonHaus believe there’s only one way to go when it comes to decor – red, white and blue. “Wrap pennant chains around fences or trees,” said a spokeswoman. “Give guests party hats and crowns and put toothpick flags in cakes.”
The likes of Poundland will soon have plenty of choice. Online picks include Platinum Jubilee Bunting (£4.95) from Amazon.co.uk and Party Like Royalty Bunting (£7.99) and Queen’s Jubilee Street Party Cupcake Topper Decorations (£3.99), both from gingerray.co.uk.
Writing names on paper cups helps reduce waste as people won’t ask for a new one every time they lose track of which one is theirs. Stacey-Rebeka suggests getting neighbors to bring their own cutlery, plates and glasses. She says: “Single-use plastic is an absolute no-go.”
When it comes to entertainment, Stacey-Rebekka says, “Find out what skills you have on your street. Does anyone do face painting? Do you have any budding musicians?”
And to warm up the guests, here are some winning suggestions:
1. Try a neighborhood quiz. Who lives on the streets the longest? who is the youngest Who rides a bike to work? Distribute the questionnaires and offer a prize. It gives people an easy icebreaker as they need to mingle.
2. Host your own Bake Off or one for adults and one for kids.
3. Traditional games bring generations together – try hopscotch, skittles or duck, duck, goose.
4. Royal themed costumes might be difficult, but a simpler theme that requires everyone to wear at least one piece of red, white, or blue clothing is easier.
Add a contest to make crowns for kids using only recycled waste. It’s green, creative and doesn’t incur any additional costs for parents.
- For more tips see streetparty.org.uk, edenprojectcommunities.com/the-big-jubilee-lunch
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