The Queen is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year, which means she has been on the throne for an astonishing 70 years! This is the first time a British monarch has reached this milestone. There will be celebrations up and down the country to mark the occasion, including parades, concerts and, of course, lots of street parties.
After the last few years spent in varyious levels of lockdown and social bubbles, most of us will welcome this opportunity for a good, old-fashioned party! Whether you’re throwing a street party or just having a few friends and family round, we’ve came up with some ways to make your Platinum Jubilee party extra special. After all, events like this don’t roll around very often!
We’re of the belief that more is more here at The Hub (have you seen our cut-out Queen at Cappuccino’s?), so we’re thinking red, white and blue everything! Union Jack bunting, Union Jack plates, Union Jack cups – you get the idea. But if you want to be a little more subtle, you could opt for a regal purple decor; a colour which has long been associated with the royals.
A party is only as good as its buffet table. Whether you want to go all out with a grand three-course meal, or stick to traditional party food, we’ve got some great ideas for your Platinum Jubilee party food.
Sausage rolls, pork pies, scotch eggs – does it get any more British than that? Proper, traditional British party food. You can make your own or pick some up from your local butchers or supermarket. If you’re looking for something more substantial, then go for the classic pie and peas – the landmark of any British do. The pudding table should include a Victoria sponge, trifle and jelly and ice cream. You could even put a Colin Caterpillar cake on there for old time’s sake.
If you’re planning a more refined Platinum Jubilee party, why not host an afternoon tea? Lay out a lace tablecloth and your finest china. Brew up a piping hot kettle of tea, served in a traditional teapot and teacups – plus a few glasses of Prosecco on the side. Then, serve your guests the finest finger food to nibble on. Cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, voulevants – the fancier the better. Or, if you don’t want to make your own, join us at Cappuccino’s for a delicious afternoon tea with none of the effort and all of the Prosecco!
Enjoy a feast from around the world, as you cook delicacies from throughout the Commonwealth. You could try jerk chicken from Jamaica, a Murgh Dal from Pakistan, or jollof rice from Nigeria. If you’re having a street party, you could get everyone to pick a Commonwealth nation out of a hat and cook their national dish – that way you get to try a bit of everything.
All good food needs a good drink to wash it down with. Whilst we all love a classic G&T, these Platinum Jubilee cocktails will make your party that little bit more special.
The Queen’s favourite drink (or so we’ve heard) is a Dubbonet cocktail, so it only makes sense to have one at your Jubilee party. This is a relatively easy cocktail to make; you’ll just need a bottle of Dubbonet Rouge, a dry gin and ice cubes. Simply add 2 parts Dubbonet and 1 part gin to a cocktail shaker, give it a good shake and serve over ice.
Pimms is a classic British drink and this fruity twist makes it even better! Add 375ml of Pimm’s No 1, 100ml of gin, 200ml of cranberry juice and 1 litre of lemonade into a jug and stir. Garnish with some fresh berries, lemon and mint and voila! See the full recipe here.
Bramble is another classic gin cocktail which should go down well with guests. For 1 glass, mix 50ml of gin, 25ml of lemon juice and ¾ tablespoons of sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a glass of ice, before adding ¾ tablespoons of creme de mure.
Now that you’re nearly ready for your Platinum Jubilee party, all that’s left to do is set the mood with some music! Create an all-British playlist to celebrate the Jubilee – after all, we have created some of the world’s biggest stars over the years! Keep all generations of guests happy by picking a good mix of artists throughout the decades, like The Beatles, a bit of Elton John, Oasis and so on.
So there you have it: how to throw a royal Platinum Jubilee party! We hope you’ve found these tips useful, but if it all sounds like a bit too much fuss, remember that Cappuccino’s will be open all weekend! Come down and try our special Jubilee menu, including afternoon tea and Jubilee pizza.