Summer's here and we Brits know how to make the most of it with a good old-fashioned street party. It's the ideal opportunity to enjoy good food, good company and good fun. It might seem a daunting task trying to cater for a neighbourhood but split it into these easy categories and delegate, delegate, delegate. Ask everyone to contribute their special dish or drink, then get out there, get to know your local community and get into the party spirit!
Organising a street party just for residents and neighbours is very simple and does not need a licence. Your local council may require you to complete a simple application form to hold a street party.
The number one tip for holding a party is planning early and sharing jobs amongst residents. We believe it is best to organise an informal meeting with the entire street to involve as many people as possible.
Important roles to delegate are menu-planning, entertainment preparation (popular ideas include music and a quiz), street decoration (read our guide on how to make bunting), seating areas for the young and elderly, and games.
If you need a temporary road closure, get in touch with your council at least six weeks in advance – this is to allow them the time to prepare. Your first point of contact could be either the council’s highways, licensing, events, or communities’ team. If you encounter any difficulties, speak to your local councillor, who will be happy to help.
You should not need a risk assessment – if consideration is given to the safety needs of all those attending, common-sense precautions should be enough. It is not a requirement to have public liability insurance, nor is it required to have a food licence.
Check out your guide to organising a street party, for more information.
Savouries for sharing
Party platters and finger food are especially handy for street parties. People tend to focus on the sweets and treats, however these savoury nibbles deserve pride of place on the table. Classic British recipes, modern twists and fresh summer flavours are what it's all about.
Coronation chicken scones
Thyme & caramelised onion mini scotch eggs
Summer vegetable & flatbread platter with dill & mustard dip
Sweet potato Tex-Mex salad
Remember to cater for vegetarian guests as well, with veggie party recipes even the meat-eaters are sure to love.
To give a hand to the neighbours responsible for preparing all these glorious treats, why not add some extra bulk to the party with some of our best-rated supermarket picnic food.
And why not display these delicious nibbles on our top-rated melamine dinnerware and outdoor tableware pieces?
If you want to finish your feast with a flourish, treat your guests to a celebration cake that everyone will want a piece of. Whether you're an avid baker or are trying a new skill, a good quality cake tin is essential, so why not peruse 16 of the best cake tins for show stopping bakes and our list of 20 handy gadgets every baker needs to own.
If you really want to steal the show, go for a stackable sponge with plenty of fruity filling. Our Platinum Jubilee cake is the perfect way to honour the Queen this summer and what better way to uplift your bake than on one of these best cake stands.
More summer showstoppers:
Beat the heat
Ice lollies aren't just for kids. Keep cool during the party with easy, refreshing ice pops, ice creams and lollies. Get kids involved in making these super-simple treats. Why not try our irresistible guava & passion fruit lollies? If you're looking for something sweet and creamy, you could also have a go at this impressively easy fruity Neapolitan lolly loaf. They're all in our best-ever lolly guide. Alternatively, treat yourself to an iced cocktail with these boozy lolly recipes:
Kids can share the fun and festivities with these easy bakes that are sure to disappear before you can say, 'pass them here!' Try a firm favourite, like our berry & chocolate loaded cookies or these little-finger-friendly popcorn chicken bites, full of flavour and ideal for sharing.
Cocktails, cordials and punches are the order of the day for a street party. Supply a variety of fruity drinks, both boozy and non-alcoholic that are easy to prepare for large groups and can be topped up when necessary. Celebrate in style for the Queen's upcoming jubilee with our tried and tested choices of the best champagne or save some pounds while keeping the same excitement by serving one of our best rated bottle of prosecco. Why not bulk up your supply with our selection of the best canned cocktails?
For smooth serving, why not peruse our selection of the best cool boxes to avoid rushing in and out of the house.
A street party offers the best opportunity to share (and show off!) your favourite recipes with friends and neighbours. Celebrate summer with a fabulous selection of al fresco summer recipes, including fresh salads, quiches and pies. These dishes are designed for sharing:
Take a look at our selection of the best trifle bowls, as they're highly versatile and make brilliant salad bowls.
Is there a better way to celebrate the Queen’s reign than with a royal summer trifle? It serves up to 10 people. Or dig into a luxurious traybake that's easy to cut up into squares.
Do you have any top tips for putting together a street party? Let us know in the comments below...