Diamond Jubilee: celebrate on a budget!

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party foodIf you're looking for an excuse to party, 2012 certainly has a lot to offer.

From the Olympics, to football's European Championships and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee there are plenty of occasions that are perfect for letting your hair down this year.

Last year people turned out in their droves for street parties to mark the Royal Wedding and similar scenes are expected up and down the country for this year's royal celebrations.

On 3 June this year the Big Jubilee Lunch has already become a date for your diary as it falls in the middle of the Diamond Jubilee festivities. The idea is that although not everyone can afford to be at the official celebrations, families and communities all over Britain can come together, have a good time and share great food!

The initiative encourages neighbours to prepare and then have a meal together, whether it's a picnic, a street party or a traditional Sunday roast.

Almost two million people were estimated to have taken part in the feast, which was started by the Eden Project, last year and it is hoped even more will join in this time.

Emily Partridge, project manager for the Big Lunch, said: "It's a very simple initiative about giving people a reason for getting together with the neighbours with that old-fashioned community spirit."

She added: "We've had really positive feedback. We're hoping for the biggest year ever."

Are you planning to enjoy street parties this year but want to keep the costs under control? Check out our guide to alternative shopping methods that could be a conversation starter and save you some cash!