Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee will be held from June 2 to 5 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s service.
If that sounds like a reason to celebrate, it is. Thanks to an extra bank holiday (equivalent to a national holiday in the US) on June 3, the whole of the UK will suspend the long weekend of celebrating its longest-reigning monarch. There will be nationwide street parties, parades and a platinum party at the Royal Palace open to the 10,000 lucky patrons who won tickets in the lottery earlier this year.
If you’re on the wrong side of the pond on this occasion, don’t get sullen. There’s no reason you can’t collect your best garden party ideas and throw an unforgettable Jubilee celebration.
Platinum Jubilee Party Ideas Fit for a Queen
Breaking out Pimm’s, kicking off your best BBQ recipes, and grabbing good china, these ideas will help you throw a party worthy of Her Majesty.
1. Throw a party outside
Brits are known for throwing outdoor street party celebrations in honor of various royal occasions, so be sure to host your event outdoors.
Instead of setting the table with plastic tablecloths and disposable cutlery, treat the table appropriately with cloth tablecloths, your favorite dishes and stained glassware in red, white and blue to honor the Confederate flag and create a tablescape worthwhile occasion.
If you prefer a muse that suits your party decor better, choose a color scheme of purple and platinum, the official color of Jubilee.
2. String the bunting
A royal-themed party starts with the right decor, not just any latex balloons and tissues. Instead, opt for party decorations that pay homage to British heritage, such as fabric bunting in the colours of the Union Jack (a traditional street party decoration).
“What’s a party without decorations? Buntings are a must when celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee,” said Harriet Hastings, founder of Biscuiteers, a London-based biscuit company that makes Famous for ice cookies used to celebrate holidays and royal milestones.
Fabric bunting provides a very easy craft for kids or adults. Start by cutting triangles from scrap fabric, old tablecloths, lace spools, or any other fabric you might be lying on. Then, use a hole punch to punch two holes in the top corners of the fabric. Finally, thread a piece of ribbon or twine through the hole and hang.
3. Have a cup of Pimm’s Cup
If you’re a Wimbledon fan, you’ll be familiar with the Pimm’s Cup, a cocktail that originated in 19th-century London and became the unofficial drink of the tennis tournament.
However, the Pym Cup isn’t just for sipping on the sidelines. This is the must-have drink for British summers. Mix 2 oz. Pimm’s liqueur with orange, strawberry and cucumber slices. Add a few sprigs of mint and top with the lime soda.
Don’t want to play bartender? Set up your backyard with outdoor bar ideas that make it easy for your guests to serve themselves.
4. Hang DIY Pom Poms
Tissue pom-poms are a fun way to decorate an outdoor space because they are lightweight and you can hang them almost anywhere, such as tree branches, porch railings, or the roof of a patio or pergola.
You can make them yourself by folding a stack of tissue paper accordion-style, tying a string around the center, and then carefully lifting each sheet of tissue paper up to form a ball. Alternatively, you can also find premade versions online or at your local party supply store.
5. Mix and match prints for a beautiful venue
Taking inspiration from the decorating ideas of the English countryside, mix and match patterned textiles for a rustic, pretty yet inviting decor scheme. Choose a palette with various shades of red and blue, or purple and platinum to tie the look to the Jubilee theme without feeling cliché.
6. Don’t forget the details
Details make any event memorable, so add some extra touches to make your Jubilee party feel special.
Some favorite ideas: Wrap labels for bottled beverages with patterned strips and labels with guests’ names (you can also do this with regular glass bottles filled with signature drinks or cocktails). Serve them with paper straws decorated with pennant cutouts (another easy DIY!).
7. Make dessert part of the decor
When it comes to what you’re serving, the sweets are the centerpiece, Hastings said. “Of course, we’ve suggested the sweet tooth as a star attraction and a platinum pudding contest to find the right pudding for the queen, which certainly proves that.”
What’s the best way to make festive desserts in late spring? Added seasonal strawberries that support red, white and blue themes.
8. Use flowers for an easy, patriotic centerpiece
June is peak season for some of spring’s most beautiful flowers, so why not use your best cut flower garden to adorn your Jubilee table?
If you have red and white flowers on hand, arrange them in a St. George’s Cross, as pictured above, which is the basis for the London City Flag and Union Jack.
9. Host a grand Jubilee lunch
The Big Lunch is an annual celebration held across the UK to encourage neighbours to get out and get to know each other better. Essentially, it’s a day of street parties across the country designed to foster a sense of community.
During the Jubilee, the Great Lunch becomes the Great Jubilee Lunch. This year’s event, held on June 5, is an official part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration.
To host your own version, invite neighbors over for a potluck-style afternoon barbecue. Serve summer recipes like strawberry muffins, frozen crostini, and easy-to-serve grilled treats.
10. Set the Royal Table
If you’re a big fan of the monarchy, go all out and buy a collectible set of Jubilee plates. The official collection, commissioned by the Royal Collection Trust, is almost sold out. However, you’ll find tableware that pays homage to British heritage and royalty at a range of price points to a range of retailers including Zazzle and Harrod’s.
11. Hold a tea party
Nothing is more English than afternoon tea. Make your Jubilee a tea party by serving an English breakfast and a selection of bite-sized sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries.
How to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee?
Some of the biggest ways to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee this year are happening in the UK, but can be easily replicated anywhere in the world.
- Street parties, which will take place in cities and villages across the UK over the Platinum Jubilee Weekend.
- The Jubilee Lunch took place on 5 June, encouraging neighbours to celebrate the Queen in their local streets and gardens.
- The Queen’s Green Canopy is a Queen’s initiative encouraging people to plant trees by the end of 2022.
What to Serve at the Platinum Jubilee Party
Wondering what to offer at the Platinum Jubilee Party? Here are some holiday options:
– Coronation Chicken. Coronation Chicken was a chicken curry served at the Queen’s coronation in 1953, so it only makes sense that you’re commemorating her 70th anniversary with this dish. Don’t like curry? Try this easy cold chicken salad.
– Platinum Pudding. Platinum Pudding is a Lemony Swiss Roll and Amaretto Sponge by Britton Jemma Melvin.The pudding recipe won top prize at the Platinum Pudding Competition held to mark the Silver Jubilee earlier this year
– Tea and cookies. If the weather is warm, make an iced afternoon tea and serve it with biscuits as an English snack.