The first mass street parties took place as ‘Children’s Peace Teas’ in 1919, to celebrate the signing of the
Versailles Treaty after WW1 - where communities came together to give their
youngsters a treat after years of wartime struggle.
Holding your own royal street party is a great way to involve everyone in your area and bring the community together. Here’s how to make sure your street party runs smoothly and is fun for everyone taking part.
Contact the council
Before you get too carried away, your first stop is to talk to your local council’s events or communities team about your street party. Do this as early as you can. They’ll be able to help you with any road closures or licences you might need.
Form a committee
Organising your street party will be so much easier if you get other people to help you. Enlist some willing neighbours and make sure everyone has a job to do, whether it’s getting hold of tables and chairs to line the streets, taking on a recipe for the feast, doing a communal online shop for the party essentials organising music and games, or being responsible for sending out invitations.
It’s important to make everyone on your street feel included, so make sure you put an invitation through everyone’s door as early as possible.
Roll out the decorations
You could decorate yourselves in red, white and blue clothes, and use bunting or Union Jack flags around the party area. These simple homemade Royal Party Decorations are great for families to try if they want to bring their own crafts to the table on the big day, and bright, fun picnic food can form part of the display too.