How to organise a street party for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
This year the Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne and over the years it has become custom to commemorate such occasions with a street party - but just how do you go about organising one?
There's nothing us Brits like more than a party and this year we have a momentous occasion to celebrate, the Queen's Platinum Jubilee - cue street parties and flag waving all across the British Isles.
70 years ago, on 6 February 1952, 25 year old Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II, following the death of her father George VI, and this accession to the throne will be celebrated on the anniversary of her coronation on 2 June 2022.
A Bank Holiday as been given and as well as the official celebrations many small communities will be organising their own celebrations, including street parties where neighbourhoods will get together for some fun and games. Expect the length and breadth of the country to go Union Jack mad!
How to organise a street party
- Speak to your neighbours and see if they are in favour of a street party
- Discuss where to hold it. It can be in the street, someone's driveway, or on private land and check if permission is needed.
- Divvy up the jobs. Discuss what is needed and who can do what. Think about seating, tables, food, refreshments, games - especially for children, decorations, music, and any other practicalities. This includes preparations, on the day tasks - and the clearing up!
- Agree timings for when it will start and when it will finish
- Invite the whole street!
Do you need permission to hold a street party?
Different councils will have different rules so always check with your local council, but as a rough guide if it is a private party for residents no license is needed, although some councils will ask you to fill in an application form.
However if you want to close the road to traffic, permission will need to be sought and the earlier you ask the better, but generally you need to allow at least six weeks. You can find your local council and apply here. Make sure you also have a plan if a neighbour needs to get our urgently or if emergency services need to access the street.
Find more information about organising a street party at.gov.uk
Are we allowed to play music at the street party?
Yes you are allowed to play music and don't need a special license, unless it's a specific music event.
Street party decorations
No street party is complete without flags, bunting, Union Jack tableware and balloons.Here's our choice of the best street party decorations and table ware
Union Jack Bunting
This traditional Jubilee Union Jack bunting from The Cotton Bunting Company on Not On The High Street
Or how about this colourful take from The Bunting Basket (£20.95)
This Union Jack tableware starts from £4.99 for 8 plates from party pieces from Party Pieces
This patriotic banner will leave no doubt about what - and who - the party is about! £6.95 for two from Amazon
Make sure the tables are dressed to impress with these patriotic tablecloths from Amazon (£5.99)
Debbie Graham is the senior digital editor for YourHomeStyle, and is passionate about vintage interiors. In her free time she loves nothing better than scouring second-hand and vintage shops for bargains and upcycling projects. Her home is a Victorian house that is a bit of a project and when she's not putting buckets under leaks you can find her painting and patching