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Are you ready for the double summer bank holiday?

The kids are off school and driving you crazy, and it’s baking hot. But there’s good news on the horizon – it’s nearly time for not one but two summer bank holidays! The first and last weekends of August are lovely long weekends, with an extra day to enjoy the sun.

If you’re wondering how to spend all this extra time off but are quite rightly concerned about the bank holiday crowds at local events and holiday destinations, why not stay at home? Here are just a handful of fabulous ideas for summer bank holiday parties to keep the kids entertained and the adults sane…

Throw an ice cream party

If it’s roasting hot, what better way to cool down than with an ice cream? This is an idea that both adults and kids can get on board with, and you can even ask your guests to try making their own. Experiment with sorbets, gelatos, frozen yoghurt and more, along with all kinds of tempting toppings from fruit and sauce to sprinkles and even edible glitter. It’ll be sticky, but mega fun.

Back garden picnics

This is the easiest way to enjoy the weather and still feel like you’re making an occasion of it, without leaving your back garden! All you need is a picnic blanket, basic party supplies like napkins and paper plates, and of course – some lovely summer food. Fresh fruit, scones, sandwiches and snacks are all ideal for a back garden picnic, and the grown-ups can even spice things up a little with a glass or two of fizz.

Get a piñata

You’d be amazed at how much a simple thing like a colourful piñata can turn an afternoon in the back garden into a super fun kids party. Hang one from a tree and enjoy the decorative effect, until it’s smashing time of course! Children simply adore piñatas, and they can even form the basis of a whole Mexican-themed party. Throw on those sombreros and embrace colour in your decorations!

Summer movie night

This one will take a little setting up, as you’ll need a projector or outdoor screen, but it’s so much fun! Invite friends and family to a screening of your favourite film (singalongs are usually a good bet, but you can have everyone vote on the film in advance). Grab the popcorn and a few drinks, let the kids stay up late in their pyjamas and make the most of those warm summer evenings.

Backyard camping

You don’t need to drive for hours in a boiling hot car to enjoy a taste of the great British outdoors on a camping holiday. If you or a willing friend or family member has a back garden, pop up a tent and spend the night under the stars. The kids will absolutely love it. You can even have a little campfire (being extremely careful of course) and toast marshmallows while you tell ghost stories, and enjoy a mini adventure right outside your own back door.

Remember, you’ll find all the party supplies you need right here at The Event Experts.

How to throw the perfect dad-friendly Father’s Day bash

Some dads are party animals, while others prefer a quieter time spent with family. It can be tricky to find the right balance when planning a big Father’s Day party, but here are some tips and ideas to help you (pleasantly) surprise dads of all types…

A BBQ is nearly always a winner

Father’s Day is always in June, which means that there is a good chance that the weather will be good enough to fire up the barbecue. With very few exceptions, pretty much all dads love a BBQ. You and the rest of the family can handle the cooking while Dad enjoys a cool beer and tells you everything you’re doing wrong, unless you think he’d enjoy picking up the BBQ tongs himself of course.

Make him his favourite food

It’s Dad’s special day, so why not cook his favourite meal? Served up with the tipple of his choosing, this is the perfect way to show him how much he’s appreciated. Your dad may need to eat more greens or watch his cholesterol, but Father’s Day is very much not the time. Just for one day, let him have a real treat and the diet can start tomorrow.

Keep it relaxed

Not all dads enjoy a big fuss and the chaos of a massive party, so you might want to consider taking a more relaxed approach to Father’s Day party planning. Keep invites to a few close friends and family, the plans simple and don’t make dad have to wear a suit or his uncomfortable formal shoes. Aim for a low-key ‘we just threw this together’ vibe.

Skip the fancy decorations

Most dads simply won’t notice your intricate table settings or hand-sewn bunting, so you could perhaps skip these in your preparations. Remember, you’re not planning a fancy wedding or a baby shower.  It’s best to focus your attention on things that he will notice, like balloons and balloon banners, and practical things like colourful table covers.

Plan dad-friendly entertainment

Not all Father’s Day party plans revolve around food, so it’s time to think about entertainment. This one should be quite easy if you consider your dad’s interests and hobbies – hopefully he has at least one! Popular options include:

  • Arranging the party around a sporting fixture, such as a World Cup match, and displaying it on a big screen TV with plenty of beer and snacks
  • Investing in a great sound system to blast out Dad’s favourite bands and songs, no matter how cheesy they are!
  • Planning some family-friendly party games (perhaps letting Dad win at least once).

Spend some quality time together

Ultimately, this is what every dad wants on Father’s Day. By all means plan an amazing party to celebrate the occasion, but don’t forget to actually hang out with your dad on the day!

In need of party supplies ahead of Father’s Day? You’ll find everything you need for a bash to remember here at The Event Experts, from decorations and luxury foods right through to great gift ideas.  

One May Bank Holiday down, now to plan the next!

May is a marvellous month, as it has not one but two Bank Holidays. If we’re lucky enough to get such glorious weather for the next one, the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from 26th-28th May, it’s the perfect excuse to throw a garden party.

Here’s just a handful of other fabulous Bank Holiday party ideas, perfect for making the most of the spring weather:

Hold your own bake-off

If you adore the TV programme and fancy yourself as the next Mary Berry, why not prove it by organising and winning your own cake competition? It’s easy to plan, and the Event Experts have all you need to present all of the icing-topped cakes and bakes beautifully – from colourful table covers to candles and cake supplies. Ask all of your guests to bring along their own cakey creation, and you can even set a theme or category if you like. The very best part is that everyone gets to enjoy tasting the entries and choosing a winner!

Add your own twist to a BBQ

BBQs don’t have to be all the same, just hot dogs, burgers and buckets of coleslaw. Why not add your own twist this Spring Bank Holiday and do something a little different? There are loads of ways to spice things up, such as asking your guests to bring foods for the BBQ from a particular country or trying a vegetarian-only barbecue. You can have a seafood-only menu or try only foods that you’ve never tasted before. You can even have a cook-off between all the budding BBQ chefs that you know. Just shake things up a little and see what fun you can have!

Throw an outdoor fun day (ideal for families)

If you have lots of friends with children, the perfect way to keep the kids occupied is to organise some sort of interactive sports tournament. It could be as simple as a football game, or you could really push the boat out with an inflatable ‘It’s a Knockout’ style obstacle course. As long as you’ve got enough space and enough people to take part, it’s a great excuse to get outdoors and celebrate the brilliant weather.

Pop up a marquee

We all hope the weather will be gorgeous for the second May Bank Holiday weekend, but it’s best to make sure you’ve got some cover for your party. A marquee is the ideal way to enjoy an indoor-outside experience, where you’ve got protection if it rains but can throw doors and sides open if the sun shines. If you’re having a Bank Holiday blowout, a marquee is a party essential.

Remember – don’t leave it too late to organise your party supplies. Spring Bank Holiday 2018 will soon be here! The Event Experts is a one-stop party shop where you can find everything you need for a fun-stuffed Spring Bank Holiday all in one handy place. Shop now and make party planning just that little bit easier.

Spring has sprung! 6 outdoor party ideas for the May Day Bank Holiday

After a cold, wet and windy winter, it’s finally here – spring! Even better for the desk-bound workers of the UK, there’s a bank holiday coming up. The May Day Bank Holiday falls on Monday 7th May, giving you a lovely, long three-day weekend to enjoy what will hopefully be warm and sunny weather.

Here are 6 of our favourite outdoor party ideas to help you celebrate the Early May Bank Holiday weekend with friends and family:

  1. A fun day for the kids. If you have the space, turn your back garden into an adventure playground for the kids. Hire a small bouncy castle, play some music and let the little ones roam free while the grown-ups enjoy a cocktail or two.
  1. Throw a cocktail party. For something a little more grown-up, why not invite some friends round for a rather sophisticated drinks party. Choose a handful of concoctions (mojitos are a great bet for nice weather) and get everyone involved in making them. If the evening is warm, head outside to carry on the party in the balmy spring air.
  1. May Day fireworks. Celebrate in real style this May Day Bank Holiday with your own fireworks display! If there’s nothing organised in your local area, why not plan your own pyrotechnics extravaganza? As long as you follow local authority and safety guidelines, you can have a light show in your own back garden.
  1. Put up a maypole. This is the traditional way to celebrate May Day, and kids still absolutely love it. A maypole is really simple to make too, as all you need is a sturdy pole or tree and some colourful ribbons. Nowadays, maypole dancing isn’t very common so it’ll be a really memorable and fun experience for your guests. You can even add in other elements of traditional celebrations, such as sweet stalls and cotton candy.
  1. Plan a picnic. Held either in your garden or a local park or green space, a picnic is a great way to bring friends and family together – especially if the weather is lovely! Arrange for everyone to bring an item (either homemade or shop-bought, and coordinate to avoid too many of the same foods and drinks) and don’t forget balls and games for the kids.
  1. Choose a flower theme. Flowers are traditionally associated with May Day, and using them to decorate your party venue is a wonderful way to welcome in spring and summer. You can even use flowers as part of craft activities for children, as well as creating beautiful flower garlands for your guests and using flower shapes, petals and flavours to decorate cupcakes. Use flowers alongside balloons and bunting in bright, warm spring colours to really set the mood for your party – and open the windows to let plenty of light and fresh air in!

For all of your May Day party supplies, as well as ideas and inspiration, head straight to the Event Experts.


7 tips for an unforgettable family Easter party

Want to make Easter 2018 the best ever? It’s not too late to start planning your celebrations, to make this Easter Sunday the biggest and best family party you’ve ever had.

To help you get organised before Sunday 1st April rolls around, here are 7 tips for your Easter party planning:

  1. Keep the kids occupied with an Easter egg hunt. Provided you can contain the chaos to a space outside of your food prep and party planning area, an egg hunt is a great way to keep the little ones out of the way while you get everything ready. The kids can hare around in the garden looking for eggs while the grown-ups enjoy some Easter fizz. Tip: make sure you have some eggs in reserve to make sure that everyone gets one at the end of the hunt – it’ll save a lot of tears!
  1. Get everyone involved in egg decorating. Egg decorating isn’t just for the kids, and you’ll be surprised just how competitive the adults get if you offer a prize for the best egg! Provide some hard-boiled or fake eggs and some craft materials (and a protective tablecloth, newspaper or mat) and let everyone’s creativity run wild.
  1. Decorate with spring flowers. Daffodils and tulips are the perfect way to set the tone for an Easter 2018 party. These seasonal flowers will really freshen up the room and get everyone feeling excited for the start of spring.
  1. Choose the right colour scheme. Just like with the flowers, which simply scream spring, your party decorations should evoke the freshness of spring and the fun of Easter. Bright pastels, including pinks, purples and light blues, are a great choice – but you could also push the envelope and go for something bolder and more unusual. You don’t need to decorate the house from top-to-toe, but some balloons, napkins and perhaps some bunting will all add a splash of much-needed colour and flair to the party.
  1. Plan the food plenty in advance. The last thing you want is a last-minute dash to the supermarket on Easter Sunday to fight another family for that last leg of lamb. Plan the menu in advance, try to keep it simple so as to avoid making extra work for yourself, and buy all of your ingredients in plenty of time.
  1. Make sure there’s plenty of chocolate! It sounds obvious, but the kids (and adults) will be disappointed if your party doesn’t feature at least a few Easter eggs or special chocolatey Easter puds.
  1. Send your guests away with personalised party favours. This a real crowd-pleaser, especially if you have lots of younger guests and family members coming to your house on Easter Sunday. Personalised mini Easter eggs, lollipops and other treats will go down a storm, and you’re sure to be asked to plan next year’s Easter party – if you’ve got any energy left!

To help make your party easy as well as special, shop our range of Easter party supplies here at The Event Experts.

5 fabulous St David’s Day party traditions you may not know about

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! This is what you’ll be hearing on 1st March 2018 if you have any Welsh friends, as St David’s Day is nearly upon us.

Fancy celebrating this festival of Wales’ patron saint with an event of your own? Even if you have no Welsh heritage yourself, it’s a fantastic excuse for a knees-up. What’s more, there are lots of fun, unusual and downright delicious St David’s Day party traditions that most of us have never heard of – so now is the perfect time to give them a try…

  1. Make (and eat!) some Bara Brith. This tea loaf, along with Welsh cakes, cawl (soup), roast lamb and Welsh rarebit, are staples of any Welsh celebration. This ‘speckled bread’ is bursting with fruit and flavour, and is absolutely delicious. It’s readily available on St David’s Day if you know where to shop, but it’s much more fun to make it yourself.
  1. Give your guests a lovespoon. Party planners who are really embracing the theme may want to purchase or make a small gift for their guests – and nothing says Happy St David’s Day more than a traditional lovespoon! Dating back to the 17th century, this is a symbolic gift consisting of a carved wooden spoon, often featuring hearts, horseshoes and other charm symbols.
  1. Get a dragon costume or a Welsh chimney hat! It wouldn’t be a St David’s Day party without a dragon being involved somewhere. This is a fantastic fancy dress theme, or you can decorate a cake with a fire-breather of your own creation. The tall Welsh ‘chimney’ hat may be a little trickier to find, but along with a red shawl – it is what schoolchildren in Wales typically wear on St David’s Day.
  1. Do some daffodil crafts. If you’re having a laid-back or even a family-friendly bash, why not try your hand at some relaxing and colourful crafts? Welsh people all over the world often celebrate St David’s Day by making and decorating their parties with daffodil bunting, fabric flowers and badges. It’s cheap, fun, great for kids and can really brighten the place up.
  1. Have a dram of Welsh whisky. Strictly one for the adults, this is the perfect way to inject your party with some real Welsh spirit. Wales has some excellent whiskies to try, particularly those from the Welsh Whisky Company and its Penderyn distillery.

Planning a St David’s Day party? We can help!

There’s not much time left before the big day, so gather together your Welsh flags, daffodil bunting and stock up on baking ingredients for all those Welsh cakes and Bara Brith you’ll be making.

The Event Experts can also help with a full range of party supplies from tableware and balloons to fireworks, and we’ve got plenty of red, white and green items to fit the theme! Alternatively, you can take advantage of our custom party planning service if you really want to push the boat out this St David’s Day.

It’s nearly Chinese New Year – time to start party planning

In 2018, Chinese New Year falls on Friday 16th February, and will be celebrated worldwide with parades, dances, communal meals and other festivities. But as well as public celebrations, many people throw an annual Chinese New Year part for all of their friends and family.

Whether you normally celebrate this huge event in the Chinese calendar – also known as the Spring Festival – or you simply love an excuse for any kind of New Year party, there isn’t long left to make your preparations. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect Chinese New Year party in a hurry:

Fireworks are a must

What are Chinese New Year celebrations most associated with? For most people, it just has to be fireworks. Just like at New Year at midnight on 31st December, there really is no bigger, better or suitably spectacular way to welcome the new year than a sparkling, explosive pyrotechnic display. Just make sure you stick to your local authority guidelines about the times you are allowed to hold your display, and remember to follow all essential safety instructions.

Go red and gold with your décor

Choosing a theme for the décor for your party is easy, as the cheerful colours of the Chinese national flag lend themselves perfectly to celebrations of all kinds. Vibrant red and glimmering gold are the colours to plump for, in everything from tablecloths and balloons to lanterns and candles. You really can’t use too much red and gold!

Crafts for kids

Chinese New Year is also a great excuse for some cheeky crafting, and you can get the kids involved too. For example, you could buy Chinese lanterns with which decorate your party, or you can make some yourself! There are lots of instructions and printable templates available online, many of which are nice and easy for the younger members of your party to keep up with.

Have fun with dumplings

This event is all about celebrating the best of Chinese culture, and not many countries do dumplings better than China. You can order them in, make some yourself or have a therapeutic and fun dumpling folding session with your guests – just make sure you have some Jiaozi, Dim Sum pot stickers or even steamed Bāozi buns at your shindig!

And remember – it’s the Year of the Dog

For dog lovers, it’s great news that 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. This means you can bring pooches into your party plans – finally, an excuse! Invite your guests to bring their four-legged friends along to the party, and you can even stipulate a red and gold dress code for humans and pets alike.

Need help with party planning? If you need an easy way to find party supplies all in one convenient place, or you need expert assistance with a private or corporate party, you know where to turn. Get in touch with The Event Experts, for memorable events made easier.

Your guide to planning an incredible Valentine’s Day surprise

If you do the same old thing every Valentine’s Day and you’d love to make a truly romantic gesture this year, The Event Experts can help. With our guide, you can spring the ultimate Valentine’s Day surprise for your partner. Take a look…

Play it cool

What’s the key to springing the perfect surprise? Playing it cool, so that your partner never suspects for a minute what you have planned. So, before you start planning all the bells and whistles to knock your loved one off their feet, practice your poker face. You could even pretend you haven’t planned anything, as long as it doesn’t make your partner too furious!

Fizz and fireworks

Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be the same without something sparkling, so make sure you have a bottle of champagne – or prosecco if you prefer – on ice ready to toast the occasion. If you really want to push the boat out for a special surprise, why not hold a mini fireworks display? You can get a friend or even professional display organiser to run it all for you, so you can be by your partner’s side when the fireworks begin. Even if it’s just ice fountains as a table centrepiece, it’ll still be pretty spectacular.

Knockout décor tips

One of the best ways to set the scene for your big Valentine’s Day surprise is with incredible décor. Top ideas to bowl him or her over include:

  • Filling the room with flowers or balloons
  • Spelling his or her name out with beautiful twinkly alphabet letter light boxes (including Mr and Mrs LED lights perfect for married couples), or spelling out a romantic message instead.
  • Decorating the room with candles and rose petals – these may be something of a cliché, but they are a classic when it comes to creating romance.

Plan a party

Many people’s idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day is just the two of you, enjoying some quality time alone together. However, this doesn’t work for everyone. Some find the day a little too soppy, while others would prefer to spend the day celebrating with a wider circle of loved ones. If this sounds like you, why not plan a Valentine’s Day party? It’d be the ultimate surprise, includes your single friends and is a really fun way to celebrate. For party planning ideas, check out our party shop.

Popping the question?

If 14th February is the day you’ve picked to ask your partner to marry you, this can be the icing on the cake of an already super romantic evening. Candles, champagne and decor are all essentials for creating the perfect mood for your proposal, but the rest is down to finding the right moment. If you feel pretty confident of the answer, get that fireworks display organised now. Good luck!

For more help planning an incredible Valentine’s Day celebration, get in touch with The Event Experts – our friendly team of experienced party planners will be happy to help.

When Rain Stops Play… Weather-Proof Parties

When the weather rains on your parade, there’s no need to call the party off.
Weather-proof your celebration with our all-weather solutions.


  1. Even when you’re expecting your party weather to be fine and dry, it’s always advisable to make back-up plans. That way, there’s no last minute stresses when the inevitable threat of rain rears its head. Don’t make too many plans that are entirely reliant on it being a sunny day, that way not all is lost if it rains, and have a plan B in place for everything else. Borrow, hire, or buy marquees, gazebos and awnings – enough for everybody to be covered – and make them cosy spaces that will be appreciated by guests, whatever the weather. Furnish tents with comfy places to sit – chairs, cushions, blankets and outdoor heaters if you’re concerned about the temperatures. Set up children’s tents and fill them torches, bean bags and blankets so that it all becomes part of the entertainment if they have to take cover!
  2. Allocate an under-cover, or inside area for everything you set up outside, and jot it down in a quick plan so that if the heavens open, you won’t be thrown into confusion and things won’t get soggy while you work out what to do. Use food tables that can be quickly lifted and brought indoors, keep all food preparation areas under shelter, and clear out your garage if you have one, and hang some festival fairy lighting so that the space can be utilised if necessary too.
  3. The last thing you want to be doing on the day is mopping-up muddy footprints. If you’re having guests coming into the house, to use the kitchen or loos for example, then put down some plastic covering over the areas that are likely to get trampled. Tarpaulin or those large plastic sheets that cover furniture when you’re decorating are great, weighted down well on each side so they can’t slip loose and expose carpet.
  4. Be clear about which areas are out-of-bounds should guests need to come indoors. Put up ‘No Entry’ signs. It’s not rude – it’s entirely sensible!
  5. You don’t need to rip up your dress code if rain is forecast. A waterproof poncho and a pair of wellies are all that’s needed to make any outfit rain-proof. Ponchos come in every colour under the sun (or rain) so guests can co-ordinate with their outfits, or go for transparent clear macs so that their carefully chosen dresses or fancy dress outfits are still on full view. If you’re the party organiser, buy a box of lightweight, disposable ponchos for your guests to throw on if the heavens open. With clear-disposable ponchos selling for as little as a few pence each, it won’t cost much, but it’ll make the world of difference to your guests’ enjoyment.
  6. For those who haven’t brought wellies, invest in some plastic shoe-covers for guests to use in the event of unexpected downpours (the kind they make you wear over your shoes at the swimming pool). You can get them from festival gear websites and they’re cheap as chips.
  7. Consider hiring-in portable loos. They’re available in different sizes and prices from basic to luxury, to suit all occasions and budget, and all the necessary cleaning up afterwards is taken care of by the hire company… Which is more than can be said for your own bathroom or downstairs toilet after you’ve had two dozen muddy pairs of feet traipsing in and out of them all day.
  8. If your event involves moving between different locations or standing in outside areas without shelter, then it’s also worth considering hiring in umbrellas for your guests to use. If it’s a wedding or anniversary party, our Splash Love umbrellas are a stylish way to keep dry.
  9. Where rainy parties are concerned, planning and preparation are your best allies. Send out a weather report the day before your party, giving guests a heads up if the weather looks like it’s going to turn nasty, and making them aware of the provisions you have in place to ensure they can party on, whatever the weather. Advise them to put a pair of wellies and a brolly in their car boot and let them know you have a festival attitude and a practical head on. It’ll stop fair-weather guests from wavering about whether to come, and set the tone for what will be a great party, rain or shine.
  10. Keep smiling! Don’t get too down-hearted about the weather. It’s perfectly possible to have a fun-filled, chilled-out, happy-as-Larry outdoor event in even the most torrential of downpours. Afterall, we’re British! We don’t let a little bit of rain stop us having a good time.

Our Top Tips for Organising a Street Party

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Celebrate the Queen’s Official 90th Birthday this weekend with a Right Royal Knees Up!

It’s the Queen’s official birthday on Saturday which means it’s most definitely time for party! And what better way to join in and celebrate with her majesty, who this year celebrates 63 years on the throne and her 90th birthday, than by joining the Big Lunch taking place on June 12th.

The Big Lunch is an annual event which encourages people to sit down to eat with their neighbours in streets and community spaces. Everyone can get involved. You don’t need to be a professional party planner and it isn’t too late to set one up.

Street Party Myth-Busting Facts:

  • You don’t need to fill in complex forms to have the street closed to traffic. For most small parties in quiet streets, all your council needs to know is where and when the closure will take place so they can plan around it. And it doesn’t need to be a special occasion like the Queen’s birthday either. You could plan a summer street party, or a Halloween street party.
  • You are not required by law to pay a charge for closing your road for small residential street parties in England, so if asked for a payment make sure to check what the charges are for.
  • You do not require a music licence at a street party unless amplified music is one of the main purposes of the event.
  • There is no requirement from central government to have public liability insurance and many councils do not insist on it.
  • The Food Standards Agency has confirmed that one-off events such as street parties aren’t usually considered food businesses, so there are no forms to fill in and you don’t need a food licence.



  • Whether it’s a street party for all the neighbours, or a ‘street meet’ in someone’s back garden, it’s a great way to build a community spirit, have fun and for children to experience the simple joy of playing out in the street.
  • Share the responsibility for food, entertainment, music and organisation. People are often afraid of knocking door to door to ask for volunteers, but you most likely be surprised by the positive response you receive.
  • Ask people to ‘Bring a Dish’. You could ask the even house numbers to bring sweet dishes, and the odd house numbers to bring savouries. Or set up a Facebook page where people can list what food items they’re bringing, so avoiding having 12 trifles and no salad.
  • If you’re holding your party in the street, contact the council about applying for a street closure. You’ll probably need to do this at least 3 weeks in advance, but don’t worry if it’s too late. You can always organise a ‘Street Meet’ instead, and set up stalls, games and tables in people’s driveways and gardens instead.
  • Ask people to bring their own chairs – and ask for folding tables and other equipment such as BBQs to be contributed. Allocate food stuffs to different BBQs; one for sausages, one for burgers, one for veggie sausages etc, with the owner of the BBQ overseeing the cooking on each.
  • Keep music volume modest and always address any concerns of neighbours who don’t wish to take part in the proceedings, reassuring them that music will be turned off before it gets too late. Sometimes people have fears about what a street party will entail, such as late night music, which can be easily allayed.


  • Have a mixture of games, including teams games for all the family to join in, games that are just for children, competitions that people can work on before the day, and quizzes that don’t require any hard work on the day. The following are great for big community events and keep costs to a minimum.
  • Guess the number of sweets in a jar. Winner takes the jar home.
  • Guess the name of the cuddly toy. Winner takes the cuddly toy.
  • Put out chalk for children to draw on the pavement.
  • Design royal-themed pub quiz sheets and leave them on tables for people to complete over the course of the day.
  • Ask all party-goers to bring a photo of themselves as babies, and a pin board for them to be displayed. Ask people to guess who is who. And have a picture of the Queen as a baby too, of course!
  • Design a list of items for children to track down on a Street Scavenger Hunt.
  • Face-painting. There’s usually a parent, or a couple of older children who will happily paint faces.
  • Host a Great British Bake Off. Ask people to bring along their own show-stoppers and ask an elder, experienced home baker on the street to volunteer to be judge for the day.
  • A crown competition. Ask children to design homemade crowns to wear on the day. A prize for the best ones in each age category (and a sweet for all children who entered to save tears!)
  • Hold a colouring competition. Print out pictures of crowns, princesses, castles and corgis.

All the resources you need, including recipes, guides to making bunting and paper chains, and organisers’ tips are available on the official Big Lunch website