How to throw a VE Day street party in style – and safely – during lockdown

Celebrate the day with all your neighbours
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  • We may still be in lockdown, but we still want to embrace VE Day celebrations accordingly. Throwing a street party can allow you to feel close to your neighbours, at a safe social distance.

    We have all the street party ideas you need to celebrate the day in style – this Friday 8th May.

    Related: Garden party ideas to get you in the mood for summer entertaining

    From bunting ideas to communal music, it’s all here to help mark the day – joining neighbours in a nationwide ‘stay at home’ street party.

    1. Put on a spread

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    If space allows, put a trestle-style table out – dressed with party essentials, from sausage rolls and cupcakes galore for the family to tuck into.

    Better still make the tasty treats homemade, turning it into fun party prep for all.

    2. Pack a picnic

    STREET PARTY PICNIC IDEAS

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    Many are taking lead from an online picnic itinerary, that suggests we head outside with our picnics after the Churchill speech aired on BBC at 3p.m. Cake and scones are served at 4p.m, followed by dinner and drinks to toast at 6p.m.

    For the long-staying revellers there’s a nationwide singalong to ‘We’ll Meet Again’ with the Royal British Legion, after the Queen’s address.

    3. Unite with bunting

    street party ideas with bunting

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    Hang bunting between the houses on your street to feel a sense of solidarity. We’ve seen that in many parts of the country, the bunting is already in place to make the streets feel alive with colour.

    Read more: Rainbow bunting for VE Day is giving these residents a reason to smile

    4. Jazz up your seating arrangements

    street party chair ideas

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    If you don’t have the space, or perhaps don’t even have a table, all you really need is your chair. Whether its one from inside or a garden chair, you just need somewhere comfy to sit for the afternoon. Make it feel more party ready by decorating it, with colourful ribbons and even freshly picked flowers.

    5. Decorate with balloons

    streety party ideas with balloons

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    Team your bunting with balloons. Grouping several together forms a more impactful cluster, meaning they add more of a statement when united. A rather nice sentiment for VE Day decorations.

    6. Set the scene with music

    street party ideas with music

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    It’s not really a party until the music is playing. Be respectful with the volume, as there may be those on your street who are not joining the festivities. But a little background music can make all the difference to create a party vibe. Simply take your wireless speakers or radio outside and pick an uplifting playlist.

    7. Use treasured tableware

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    Dust off the cake stand, because nothing says fancy afternoon tea quite like this tableware accessory. That goes for all your other ‘best’ pieces for serving party food, such as platters etc.

    Whether you’re serving cake or scones, make it fancy – it’s a party after all.

    8. Carry drinks out

    street party ideas for drinks

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    Take your cooled drinks outside in a handy carrier. Mini bottles paired with colourful paper straws helps to make drinks feel more ‘special’, whatever you choose to drink.

    9. Play garden games

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    Move the traditional garden games to the front garden. Although your neighbours can’t join in, they can be spectators – especially thoughtful for those living alone seeking to feel like part of the fun. This is also the ideal way to keep the kids more engaged throughout the festivities.

    10. Prepare a cheeseboard

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    What celebratory day is complete without a cheeseboard? You could use a piece of slate and write the names of the cheeses in chalk beside them, so everyone knows what they’re eating.

    11. Fly the flag

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    It’s the perfect a day to celebrate all things British, and Union Jack bunting is the epitome of VE Day decorations.

    Related: How to make bunting – a fun and playful way to brighten up your space

    If it’s too late to buy online, follow our guide to making bunting, above. It doesn’t matter how professional your bunting looks – sometimes a homemade look means more.

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