This year, Friday 8th May marks 75 years since VE Day - Victory in Europe Day. It's a day that signifies the end of the Second World War in Europe. 

While celebrations may not look the same as usual this year, we’ve got plenty of tips and ideas to help you mark the occasion from home. Take a look at the ideas below. 

Enjoy afternoon tea

The epitome of a British party, what better way to mark the occasion than with a traditional afternoon tea. Set out your best dinnerware and tuck into sandwiches cut into dainty rectangles, fresh scones with jam and cream and of course, a cup of tea!

Bring the party to your living room

Bring out the bunting and flags and get your living room ready to commemorate the day. If you don’t have any bunting, it’s really simple to make. You can cut triangles of old fabric and sew them together to make wonderfully quirky and colourful decorations, or if you don’t have any fabric, you can always make card or paper bunting using old magazines.

As well as adding a little extra colour to your decoration, creating a 1940s playlist can really help set the scene. Spend a little time collating your favourite tracks, or simply play a ready-made playlist from your favourite streaming site to get started. Look out for classic 1940s artists such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters and Doris Day. 

Make sure you look the part

Now that your house is ready, it’s time to don your favourite 40s getup for the day. Whether it’s penny loafers, fishtail trousers and a fedora, or a swing dress frock, victory rolls and red lippy, have fun dressing up and recreating that 40s style. 

If you don't have anything typically 40s already, look out for style features in your wardrobe that you can coordinate to create a 40s look. For example, pairing A line skirts with a thick belt and a blouse, curling long hair into ringlets or tying it up with a silk scarf, or pairing long-sleeved shirts with sleeveless pullovers, adding a bow tie and wide-legged trousers. And don't forget the accessories, too. Handbags, gloves, broaches and tie pins can all finish off the look nicely! 

Tune in and reflect

At 11am on Friday 8th May, there’ll be a two minute’s silence held across the nation. Not long after which, you can join the Royal British Legion’s Facebook page to watch a live stream, where they’ll be sharing stories and memories of World War II. 

An evening’s singalong

Tune into BBC One at 8pm for The People’s Celebration. An entertainment show full of memories and performances, rounded off by a nationwide singalong of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ at 9pm - make sure you open your windows to hear the community getting involved!

Enjoy a movie

To close the celebrations why not stick on a film and enjoy a 40s movie night? A great way to end the day, classic titles include Casablanca, It’s a Wonderful Life, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Big Sleep, featuring iconic actors such as Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. 

There are plenty more events happening either digitally or on the television too, such as an airing of Churchill’s address to the nation, a message from the Queen and from Prince Charles. There are also set to be more virtual celebrations to mark the occasion across the weekend - be sure to take a look and join in from home. 

 

Sources

Radio Times

VEDay75.org

British Legion

The Guardian