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Scones, jam, and cucumber sandwiches arranged on a wooden table ready for a Royal Street Party
Scones, jam, and cucumber sandwiches arranged on a wooden table ready for a Royal Street Party

How To Host Your Own Royal Street Party

How To Host Your Own Royal Street Party

2016 is the year of Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday. Flags are flying, bakers are baking, and royals are royalling. As the whole country gears up for some royal festivities, it's the perfect time to start a party of your own. With the right organisation, a street party can be a bash to remember that brings neighbours together. We're sharing the best tips that will show you how to prepare, present, and party in truly royal style. 

1. Brush up on your tea etiquette

Mug of tea viewed from above on a white wooden background, with tea leaves arranged to the right

Kick things off by revising important aspects of British culture, such as how to make a perfect cup of tea. Your guests will expect the finest in tea-pouring, so don't disgrace yourself. Check out our list of 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Tea and drop a few facts during the party to assert your authori-tea.

2. Prepare the stage

Multicoloured bunting flapping in the wind with trees in the background

Nothing says Great British Party like a bit of bunting. Make your own bunting and add a flutter to the royal occasion by sewing ribbon scraps onto cotton tape. Red, white and blue colour scheme optional, but let's face it, it adds a certain royal flair. 

3. Nail the royal look

Three fingers of a hand, with the middle nail featuring a union jack nail art design, and the other two nails painted red

Look the part with these Union Jack nail art designs - perfect to show off when you're raising an elegant champagne toast or picking pesky scone crumbs out of the kids' hair. See the full Union Jack Nail Art Tutorial and prepare to dazzle, or even offer manicures on the day. 

4. Bake to impress

Mary Berry's chocolate Roulade and Lemon Traybake arranged on white wood, sliced open to show fillings

Honour the queen of baking with a delicious Mary Berry cake. Mary Berry's Chocolate Roulade or her Lemon Drizzle Traybake are perfect for sharing and are delicious enough for even royal tastebuds. Add candles for maximum patriotism. 

5. Don some royal apparel

Two children wearing fun paper crowns

Whether or not you're implementing a royal dress code at your street party, paper crowns are a cheap, fun way to ensure your guests are ready for any royal engagement. See our tutorial on how to Make Your Own Paper Crown and unleash your inner Philip Treacy.  

6. If all else fails: chocolate

4 skewers of mango and kiwi drizzled with melted dark chocolate

If you've got some fruit left over from the jug of Pimms, you can get fruity with these chocolate fruit pops from Step-by-Step Desserts. Simply melt 100g of good quality dark chocolate and 100ml double cream in a small bowl over simmering water, skewer some fresh diced fruit, dip and serve. 

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