Meghan and Harry’s Big Day is on the 19th May, it is certainly going to be a time to celebrate (any excuse). A time to revel in what’s amazing about our nation, and a time to sit back and enjoy the community spirit that a Royal celebration always delivers.
Royal events are without a doubt, the occasion to organise a Royal Wedding Street Party.
Honeytree’s Tips on Planning a Street Party
Who is it for?
A street party is open to everyone in the community and it’s the perfect time to catch up with neighbours and introduce yourself to those who you haven’t yet had the chance to speak to.
New residents to the area would love the opportunity to get to know everyone and as the organiser the collaborative effort and community feel will be appreciated by everyone who attends.
It all starts before your set party date as you need to make sure you can get the road closed, and everyone in the street needs to be made aware in case there are any objections (and more importantly so the neighbours have time to pick out the perfect outfit!).
Then you need to make sure you send out all the invitations to those in the local area, making sure they know the time, date, dress code and what to expect, and how to agree on what to bring, as you are not hosting the street party but arranging it!
Once everyone knows the party is on, it’s time to get everything you need. There’s a great checklist you can use here: http://www.streetparty.org.uk/residents/
Creating Your Street Party Invitation
Sending out your invitations is an important part of organising your street party and it’s absolutely wonderful for the neighbours to receive a personalised invitation to set the scene
Here at Honeytree, we’ve gone all out to make sure there are perfect options for you to consider as the headline illustration for your invitation.
We are already so excited for our local street party and of course, we’ve ended up in charge of the invitations!
It was an extremely tough decision when you consider all the iconic visuals of the monarchy but we’re opting to use our Crown illustration. It was a very close call between that and the Dachshund Duchess – but maybe we’ll send out different illustrations to different streets, who knows!
Now you have an illustration it’s about the wording:
An invitation is the only source of information your neighbours will have for your street party so it’s important to answer all the main questions.
Street Party Dress Code
On your invitation let everyone know the dress code. The quintessential idyllic vision of your street party will be the whole street out in their finest summer dresses and blazers – unfortunately provisions will need to be made for our charmingly unpredictable British weather.
Perhaps you could consider a message which encourages everyone attending to go “all out British” or something to amuse like “dress in your finest waterproof summer dress” or “dress for a British summer’s day!’
Attendance confirmation and what can I bring:
In respect to the RSVP we probably suggest an email address so all the replies collate in one place and on the invitation;.
Suggested text: Please confirm either way if you are able to join us (so you don’t have to chase up the odd none reply) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and below ask them in their email to state: I have a talent for? Eg: Baking cakes, making decorations, face Painting etc., this will mean that they know they are contributing something, goods or time and when the replies come in you can see what is missing and delegate the volunteered options to your street party revellers.
Clearly state the times: Eg 12 noon 5pm. This will enable people to understand the duration, the volunteers clear up team to know when this will start (this could be everyone attending, and after a few celebratory ales’s it’s surprising how everyone joins in)
Also make it clear that house guests are most welcome, so in their replies, they must confirm numbers and all names.
A top tip is name badges: One of the party will love making these and if we all wear them strangers, acquaintances, young and old actually using each other’s names makes for great party.
Bunting is such a traditional part of a British street party, it’s practically compulsory! A burst of colourful flags will transform your street and the more there are, the better. There is a huge selection of British-themed disposable tableware on the High Street, including cake accessories, table novelties, table decorations and more! Cover each table with a union jack tablecloths; add some paper plates, cups and serviettes; decorate with some union jack table flags and confetti; and complete the look with some party poppers, party whistles and bubbles!
Don’t Forget The Importance Of Having Fun
Remember to cherish and enjoy the fun of the planning, being able to tell your neighbours, creating and sending the invitations, decorating the street on party day and remember most importantly to relax on the day and enjoy that glass of wine with your friends.
When you’re creating your invitation you can let all your recipients know what to expect from the day, and it’ll be great for them to know they can bring their close family and children without worrying if they are welcome.
Street parties are all about community spirit, being social and having everyone take over the street and pause normality for the day. We’re very excited for ours and we want to hear all of your plans and if we have missed anything, in the comments section below.