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Are you looking for fabulous garden party ideas? This year marks the historic milestone of Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne. The entire United Kingdom will pause to fete its longest-reigning monarch over a long weekend, thanks to an extra bank holiday on June 3.
Whether you’re a hardcore royalist or pleased to have a four-day bank holiday this year, the Queen’s Platinum jubilee is worthy of a toast. After all, with warmer weather well and truly here, your outdoor space makes the perfect backdrop to host a special occasion and impress your guests.
Styling things up for a big (or small) do is tons of fun, from table settings and mood lighting to ways to stay cosy. Whether you're after a low-key BBQ Bash, a fun-filled afternoon with all the family, a picture-perfect tea party, or an elegant soirée, we've got all the inspiration you need to make yours the best bash of them all.
Make the most of garden gatherings this summer! Break out the Pimm's, fire up your best grill recipes, grab the good china, or get creative with garden decor - these ideas will help you host a party worthy of Her Majesty the Queen.
From intimate moments to family extravaganzas, we’ve curated our favourite garden party decoration ideas that will transform your garden into an inviting space for entertaining. So what are you waiting for? Get your platinum jubilee garden party off to a royally good start with these ideas and decorations!
LET’S TALK TABLESCAPES
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The table setting is probably the most significant decor element because you want your party to represent the occasion - that doesn’t mean you have to follow a typical royal colour theme or adorn your garden in bunting.
We encourage you to be creative and decorate your garden in whatever way gets you into the party spirit. Set up a table and chairs in your garden for alfresco-style dining, where guests can share food, conversation, and memories, creating a stimulating, intimate dining experience.
Adorn your table with linens, a lush floral centrepiece, and eclectic patterned napkins to elevate the table layout. You could opt for royal celebratory colours; red, white, and blue. Or you can brighten your table up with your very own colour combinations.
When it comes to setting the mood, get creative by using natural shelves and hooks you may have in your outdoor space by draping fairy lights and lanterns on any trees, bushes, or sheds. As the sun goes down, the various lights will create an ambient mood to carry on the party.
A ROYAL TIPPLE
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You literally can't host a party without drinks, and you'll want to give your guests the whole royal experience, so up your cocktail game and make sure your beverages are as pretty as your decor. A refreshing signature cocktail is essential for any event, especially an outdoor summer party.
The bounty of fresh produce makes the sunshine and warm weather even better, so take advantage of the season's fruits, veggies, herbs, and flowers to create stunning garden-fresh cocktails. Serve Pimm’s from teapots in vintage floral prints. Garnish with sliced citrus, more fresh herbs, and freshly picked blooms.
You could create a self-service garden bar with several citrus juices, make simple syrups out of different herbs, and have a variety of clear spirits on display. Not a drinker? Then elevate your hydration on a humid summer day with rose, lemon, and strawberry water.
FOOD FIT FOR THE QUEEN
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If you're looking for easy and delicious food for the Jubilee weekend, look no further! When it comes to food, easy-to-prepare dishes are best. A good garden Jubilee party is nothing without a delectable feast, and some family favourites originated right here in the United Kingdom.
What garden party is complete without a summer food platter? Throw a few classics in to add a patriotic flavour, such as Coronation chicken sandwiches, scones and strawberry jam, or Victoria sponge cakes.
If a Victoria sponge isn’t for you, there are other quintessentially British alternatives such as strawberries and cream, Eton mess, and jam tarts. It can seem impossible to make everyone happy, so these British summer inspired platters provide an assortment that will satisfy any eater.
KEEP IT COSY
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Your garden is an extension of your home, so you’ll want your guests to feel comfortable. The best way to create comfort in your garden is to define a cosy area with rugs.
Party seating can be expensive, so include comfy cushions and parasols as a relaxed and welcoming hideaway space, perfect for offering some shade from the sun. Layer Persian and Oriental rugs and pillows on the ground to make it cosy and add small whimsical decor touches.