As we toast King Charles, let’s get together for a good old street party.
There is a kind of magic that happens when a community comes together to organise a celebration. The Coronation may be the headline event, but the real story will be told on our streets and village greens where friends will be made and communities strengthened. Three Cheers to that!
Let's Get This Street Party Started
Whatever your numbers, promise not to do anything too complicated. Make sure that this is a communal effort, and put an emphasis on bringing and sharing. Everyone needs to bring their own chair, preferably from the kitchen, and their own glass tumbler or Chilly's beaker (something good for cold and hot drinks). They might even bring a blanket too, in case the weather turns.
Street Party Essentials
Roll on the Table Cloths
We love the simplicity (and convenience) of white paper table cloths, preferably on a roll, to cover lengths of mismatched trestle tables and make them look as smart as anything. To this we would add a haphazard line of jam jars filled with bunches of whatever is looking best from the garden - sweet peas, cow parsley and corn flowers – and the hedgerow- Oxeye Daisy and borage. And get in the supplies of paper napkins- some of our union jack ones would be jolly.
A Procession of Sandwiches and Cakes
Everyone to the table and each bearing platters of food. Should odd numbers do the sweet and even numbers do the savoury? Do households with children bring the sausages? Does anyone behind a green door bring salad? Banish all Tupperware and get your best plates out!
Ask every household to bring sandwiches and encourage some competitive decorating. Think edible flowers, miniature flags, fancy shapes, artful arrangements.
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Sip, Sip, Hooray!
Bring your own Coronation Mug to the party and sing 'for he's a jolly good fellow' at the top of your voice as you enjoy a nice cup of tea.
For those on the Champers, pass glasses around on a fitting tray and raise a toast to say "sip, sip, hooray!".
Fit for Royal-Tea
A Yearning for an Urn
In our book there is always somebody with a tea urn. And they will be the most popular person in the parish when the wine has gone warm and all anybody really wants is a cup of tea. Make friends with that person.
The Staffordshire potters have been making wares for great events for over 200 years. Take a trip through our Royal Archive.Read More