Ideas, decorations, food and games to make your street party a success
With events planned across the country to celebrate all things British this summer, it’s the perfect opportunity to organise a street party. Whether you are spending the day with your family, gathering a handful of family and friends or inviting the whole street, here are some tips to make your outdoor celebrations a success – come rain or shine!
Use the Union Jack colours and decorate your house in red, white and blue. Helium balloons and paper chains will help create a festive look and can be used both in and out doors. Union Jack bunting can be bought cheaply and hung between windows and lamp-posts and it will instantly create a cheerful atmosphere.
Bunting is reusable and can be hung everywhere. You could even make your own bunting with left over fabrics or get the kids to personalise their bunting with drawings and printed photos.
Food and drinks
The easiest way to feed guests for a street party is to prepare a buffet.You can make lots of the dishes the day before to save you time on the day itself or ask guests to each bring something.
Sandwiches are easy to make in large quantities. A jacket potato bar, with classic British fillings such as baked beans and Cheddar will be popular too. Scotch eggs, sausage rolls and mini sausages can be bought ready to eat and you could make a large salad too.
For dessert, strawberries, ice-cream and jelly will lend a summery feel to your celebrations. You could also involve the kids and bake and decorate fairy cakes. Check out our Chocolate Buns Recipe, Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe or Marbled Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe.
In summer, jugs of Pimm’s will be popular with adults while you can create kid’s cocktails by mixing fruit juices with lemonade or sparking water. For something warm, remember the nation’s favourite drink, tea!
Party games and activities
A few games and activities that everyone can have a go at (inside or out, depending on the weather) are a must. Outside, skittles, hopscotch and skipping are great fun. You could also organise three-legged and sack races for all ages.
Pass the parcel, musical chairs and other traditional party games can be played indoors too, while a treasure hunt could be organised either inside or outside.
Remember to give out small prizes to the winners.
Have some face paints at the ready to paint flag motifs on children’s faces.
For quieter activities, set up a table where the kids can decorate their own paper hats, with glitter glue, stickers and coloured paper.