Thinking of hosting a street party for the King’s Coronation but unsure where to start? We have everything you need to know right here.

First up, talk to your neighbours and see who would like to get together. If you find there aren’t many people interested, why not get together with family and friends instead?

The Birmingham City Council deadline for road closure applications was April 21. But if you missed it, you could still host a party in your garden or shared parking space as this doesn’t need council approval.

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Once you have an idea on how many people might be coming, buy or make (get the kids involved!) some invitations and pop them through people’s letterboxes. If you know your neighbours well enough to have their phone numbers, you could set up a Whatsapp group or Facebook event.

Encourage everyone to do their part so there’s not too much pressure just on you. It is supposed to be a time for community so it’s nice to give everyone a role to play. Perhaps divvy up who is bringing what types of food and drink, who is setting out the tables and who is volunteering to clear up afterwards!

It’s a good idea for everyone to have a stash of umbrellas and waterproofs to hand in case it rains – remember the Queen’s Jubilee? If anyone has a small gazebo, ask them to have it ready, or even consider splitting the cost of one between the party.

Finally, it’s time for the fun bit! Make or buy plenty of red, white and blue bunting and criss cross it between houses. Get red, white and blue table cloths, plates and cups and have fun with bringing the party vibe to your street.

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Coronation party food ideas

It’s best to ask everyone to bring a plate of food so that you don’t have to feed the whole street yourself. When it comes to coronation party food, you could serve some of these traditionally British dishes:

  • Coronation chicken – this creamy and lightly spiced sandwich filler was invented for Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. Serve it on sandwiches or with salad
  • Victoria sponge – Named after Queen Victoria, who famously loved cake with her afternoon tea, this should really be the centrepiece of any coronation party table
  • Pork pie – get a big one to cut into slices, or mini pork pies to put out on a platter
  • Scones – ideally homemade with lashings of jam and clotted cream
  • Sausage rolls – served hot or cold
  • Cupcakes – buy a pack or make your own and decorate them with tiny Union Jacks
  • Cucumber sandwiches – if you’re going for the full afternoon tea vibe, then serve these mini sandwiches – with the crusts cut off, of course!
  • Bakewell tarts – Shortcrust pastry with layers of jam, frangipane, chopped almonds and icing, this 19th century classic originates from Derbyshire where it was first known as the Bakewell pudding
  • Prawn cocktail – this retro treat is said to have been invented by Fanny Cradock in the 1960s, although the accolade has also been credited to Berni Inns and a 19th century miner in California
  • Bunting biscuits – make triangle shaped biscuits and decorate them to look like bunting
  • Union Flag traybake – Make or buy a large traybake, cover it with a layer of thick yoghurt and then decorate it with raspberries and blueberries in the shape of the flag to give it the wow factor
  • Trifle – this classic British pudding is thought to date right back to the 16th century. Originally designed to use up stale cake and leftovers, the cake was soaked in alcohol and stacked with fruit, jelly and custard. Serve in your prettiest glass bowl – or buy one!
  • Cheese and chutney sandwiches – apparently Kate made her own chutney to give as a gift to the Queen
  • Battenberg – created in honour of the marriage of Princess Victoria to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884, serve slices of this British cake to make an easy and attractive platter
  • Pimms – this quintessentially British liqueur is made by infusing gin with a concoction of botanicals, caramelised orange and warm spice. Serve it in a pitcher with lots of fruit and lemonade
  • Pink lemonade – not necessarily a British staple, but ideal for kids and those who are driving
  • Cups of tea – get everyone to bring out their favourite china to raise a cup to the king!

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Coronation party activities

Ideally, bring out a TV so you can watch the King’s Coronation as it happens live. Be sure to have some fun and games planned too, especially if there are children in your street. Why not try one or two of the following?

  • Make a playlist with highlights from King (remember them?), Queen and Prince. You could even add in Adam Ant’s Prince Charming and Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Ask everyone for their favourite song to complete the mix
  • Fancy dress box – have a box with red, white and blue clothes, scarves, hats and accessories so that everyone can get into party mode
  • Musical Thrones – a royal variation on the musical chairs game
  • Pin the Crown on the King – have a blindfold at the ready
  • Cookie decorating station – make or buy lots of biscuits and have some red, white and blue icing for everyone to decorate their own
  • Egg and Spoon Race – a sports day classic, add in a sack race and a bean bag challenge
  • Host your own Royal Variety Performance show asking everyone to share their talents!
  • Royal drawing and colour competition – have a table with some pens and paper and ask everyone to be creative

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