Don’t fancy one of the public events being held for The Queen’s Jubilee celebration? Too late to organise a street party? So throw your own Jubilee party at home! These pocket-friendly Diamond Jubilee party ideas will get your plans off to a right royal start.
Make your own Jubilee decorations
- You can't have Jubilee decorations without Jubilee bunting! Cut long triangles from scraps of appropriately coloured or patterned material and attach at equal intervals to a long length of ribbon or tape. Short of fabric? Use paper flags, or a combination of both. Colourful paper chains will also be effective - get the kids to help!
- Plain white table covers and napkins are cheaper than Jubilee-themed equivalents. Add your own touch by stenciling on a topical motif in patriotic colours. Get creative with crowns, ‘ER’, castles, ‘60’, diamonds...
- Make flag picks by adding Union Jack stickers to either side of one end of a cocktail stick or create your own designs on two plain white labels stuck together. Add liberally to your plates of finger food for an instant Jubilee makeover.
Easy Jubilee party food
- Of course, Coronation Chicken is a must! Add tomato garnishes to your savoury plates and blueberries to sweet dishes for a splash of royal red and blue.
- Think patriotic for puds; fill meringue nests with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Make a Jubilee fruit kebab with the same fruits, adding white marshmallow into the mix. Top white iced cup cakes with red, white and blue sprinkles.
- Television chef Wayne Collins suggests this Jubilee Punch for adults (serves 10): combine 500ml/20fl oz gin with the juice of 5 lemons, 250ml/10fl oz fresh apple juice, 110ml elderflower cordial and 110ml peach liqueur then chill for at least an hour. To serve, pour into a punch bowl and gently stir in 550ml/20fl oz of dandelion and burdock, a handful of fresh mint leaves, thin slices from a medium-sized cucumber, 10 cherries and the slices from one apple.
Jubilee party games and activities
- Add a twist to traditional games: Play musical ‘thrones’ to a compilation of number one hits from the last six decades. Challenge your guests to pin the Union Jack bow tie on the corgi, the flag on the top of the castle, the jewel on the crown…
- Copy and enlarge a photograph from a newspaper or magazine featuring The Queen or Prince Phillip. Ask your adult guests to write their caption suggestions below, then take a vote on the winning entry.
- Have a treasure hunt for royal ‘jewels’- sweeties wrapped in gem-coloured foil or silver foil for ‘diamonds’.
- Print out some pictures of 1950s cars, glue to a lightweight piece of card and cut out. Race them along a track marked out on the floor, ‘driving’ the cars by blowing them along through a straw or wafting with a pleated Jubilee napkin or handmade paper fan.
- Make a memory-of-the-day montage on a large sheet of paper. Include pictures of the Royals, signatures and hand or thumbprints of the party guests and eventually add photos from your party. Frame to make a great piece of memorabilia.
What fabulous ideas do you have up your sleeve for your Jubilee party? Please share them with us by adding your comments below. Have fun!