We all love a good party, and what better excuse to throw one than for the Queen’s 90th birthday?
Ten thousand guests will head to London for the biggest-ever street party to celebrate the milestone – but we reckon you lot can out-do them.
The Patron’s Lunch will take place on Sunday, June 12, on The Mall and is the first event of its kind.
It aims to recognise the un-relenting support and service our Monarch has given to the community over her 63-year reign, and organisers are urging communities across the region to get involved by hosting their own street parties.
The core themes of The Patron’s Lunch are charity, community and celebration, and it is the perfect opportunity for people to get together and have a good time, all while raising much-needed funds for local causes.
There are many ways to get involved, be it a small gathering in a church hall or a party in your cul-de-sac, it’s all about celebrating.
It doesn’t have to be on the same day as the London event, it can be whenever or wherever you like.
How do I organise an event?
Simple, decide when and where you want to host it, and for what cause. If you’re planning a larger get-together, ask your neighbours, friends, neighbourhood watch groups, community groups and even local parish councils for a helping hand to get things organised.
Remember for some of these locations you may need to book in advance or check the rules and regulations around what you can and can’t do – for example barbecues and alcohol.
You will also need to check with your local authority and policing team in regards to street closures.
How do I get the word out?
Tell EVERYONE, and get them to tell everyone.
You can put up posters in your local newsagents or post office, put a flyer in your car window, and even make invitations and pop them through letterboxes just to make sure people know the event is happening.
Social media is also a really handy tool, you can create a Facebook group to tell people what’s going on, and for those Twitter fans out there you can use the hashtag #thepatrons
lunch to let organisers know what you’re up to.
For downloadable invite, poster and flyer templates visit thepatrons
What’s on the menu?
That’s the best bit. Whatever you like.
A momentous occasion such as this deserves a decent spread, so ask guests to prepare their favourite dish and bring it along.
That way there will be a tasty variety, and it takes pressure off the organiser to sort food. Those hosting street parties could also ask even numbered houses to create sweet dishes and odd numbered houses to create savoury dishes, to make sure there’s a healthy choice!
Keep an eye on social media for suggestions and tips!
What will we do at the party?
Fun, music, games, fancy dress – it’s a great opportunity for both the kids and adults to have a laugh and make some new friends.
Try some old school activities, get the chalk out and mark up a Hop Scotch, set up a face painting stall (for grown-ups too!), play a huge game of hide and seek.
It’s a party, so time to bring out the party games.
If it’s hot why not have a water fight to cool you down? Or try a treasure hunt? There’s lots of options, just use your imagination.
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