Activities & Days Out / 12 April, 2023 / My Baba
Looking for tips on coronation party planning? Sarah Allsop, creative manager at online party products retailer Party Delights, shares her top tips on planning the perfect coronation street party celebration.
Coronation party planning: get prepared early
If you’re planning a street party, then you’ll need permission from your local council. This will allow you to have a section of your street closed to traffic for the day.
If you want to hold your party on external private land or green space, then you’ll need the go-ahead from the landowner, so find out who needs to give consent before you start your planning.
Knowing who is attending your street party from the outset is key, too, so you can plan accordingly. Start drawing up your guest list early to get ideas of numbers. You’ll need these for space, as well as the food and drink you need and the entertainment you’d like for adults and children.
With the coronation weekend only a few months away, get those invites out now so guests have plenty of notice and make sure to set a date for them to RSVP.
A menu fit for royalty
Once you’re sorted on numbers, you can decide on your food selection. An afternoon tea-style menu is a traditional go-to for a garden or street party and fitting for such a special occasion.
If you are throwing a street party, ask each of your neighbours to bring something for a shared table. Traditional go-to items are sandwiches, cakes and scones, but you might want to have some hot options on hand, especially if your party lasts into the evening.
Dress up your food with Union Jack flag picks or even Union Jack cupcake boxes so your guests can take leftovers home.
If you are hosting a garden party, why not create your own special royal cocktail for the day? It’s as easy as blending a few extra ingredients with any clear spirit and mixer or glass of fizz.
Try adding a dash of raspberry syrup to give a vibrant red colour, top with fresh blueberries and raspberries, and add a crown glass decoration for the perfect finishing touch!
Decide on your décor
It’s not a party without decorations, especially when it’s a good old royal knees up. Balloons and bunting are musts for that traditional street party feel. Go traditional with a sea of red, white and blue – or if you want something more sophisticated, pick a purple and silver theme for a more regal feel.
A balloon garland is a great option to adorn your doorway, buffet table or garden fence or opt for union jack bunting in a variety of flag and pennant shapes.
Styling your party tables will give your event a real wow factor. There is an abundance of options for tableware, cups, plates and cake stands to create a show-stopping tablescape.
If you planning covering your tables with a gazebo, paper pom poms or hanging garlands can also make a lovely addition.
Be fun with fancy dress
If you really want to make a patriotic statement at your coronation party, ask your guests to come in fancy dress.
Families can come dressed to impress or really get into the theme by matching with traditional Royal Guard costumes or dressed as their favourite royal. Masks, wigs and tiaras are also a fun and easy way to add an element of fancy dress to the party.
If your guests prefer something more subtle, provide Union Jack flag head boppers or red, white and blue face jewels to enhance their party look.
Keep the little ones amused
If there are going to be children in attendance, make sure you keep them well-occupied, as it’ll be a long day of festivities. Set up a coronation-themed crafts table with pens, paints and cardboard boxes for flag drawing, castle building or crown making.
For a hopefully warm and sunny day, invest in a bouncy castle, a pinata or some outdoor games to keep everyone entertained.
For more great coronation party ideas and decorations visit Party Delights.