How to plan a Platinum Jubilee street party: Legal requirements, food, drinks and decorations
13 May 2022, 17:05
How do I plan and throw a street party for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, do I need permission from the council and how do I decorate?
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On Sunday, people are being encouraged to get involved with The Big Jubilee Lunch and throw their own street parties to mark the Monarch's historical milestone.
While many people are keen to throw their own street parties, some people are confused over where to start.
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Here, we break down everything you need to know about throwing a street party for the Platinum Jubilee from legal permits to food and drink ideas and decorations.
Do I need permission from the council to throw a street party for the Platinum Jubilee?
Between June 2 to June 5, anyone across the United Kingdom can throw a street party, however, you will need to notify your council of your plans.
People wanting to organise a street party must fill out a Government Application Form which will go through their local council.
There is no risk assessment needed for the street party, making the application process pretty simple.
During the application you will have to tell your council the following:
- the date and time of the party or event
- whether or not you want to close a road or section of road, and its name
- if the road is part of a bus route or used by through traffic
- a list of any properties or businesses affected
- if you’ve consulted neighbours
If you plan to sell alcohol or play loud music at your street party, you are required to apply for a Temporary Events Notice, which you can do here.
The Government do advise people complete the applications four to 12 weeks in advance to allow the council time to put a Temporary Traffic Regulation in place, if they need to.
If you're out of time to apply for these permits, you can always move the 'street party' to your garden or drive – because this is private land, you won't need permission from the council to throw a party.
You can find more details and advice on the Government website.
Food and drink ideas for a Platinum Jubilee street party
If you're throwing a full-blown street party with your neighbours, the best thing to do in order to make sure everyone is contributing to the preparations of food and drinks is share out different dishes and beverages.
Get the whole street together to decide on who will bring what, that way you know you'll have a mixture of sweet and savoury dishes as well as a range of drinks.
While some people will want to whip up their own meals, supermarkets such as M&S, ASDA, Morrisons and Sainsbury's have created their own Platinum Jubilee dishes that can either be served cold or heated up.
You can find the supermarket collections here:
Platinum Jubilee street party invitation templates
What party is complete without an invitation? Try replacing a boring mass email or text by instead creating your own Platinum Jubilee invitations!
Popping a festive invitation through your neighbours' homes is a great way to let them know what is happening and that they are welcome to attend.
If you're not the most talented when it comes to art and design, you can simply download and print a template from The Street Party Site who have a load of free resources.
What Platinum Jubilee decorations do I need?
No street party is complete without great decorations, and thankfully for everyone organising a gathering the supermarkets and high street shops have provided a great selection.
We suggest you look into buying the following:
- Table cloths
- Festive cups
- Table confetti
- Cake stand
- Party horns
- Pictures of the Queen
- Festive napkins
- Cake toppers
- Party poppers
- Silly string
- Paper hats/ crowns
Read more Platinum Jubilee news:
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