How to Throw a Coronation Party

A group of adults and children are sat at a party table in the grounds of a beautiful British house. They smile gleefully whilst waving paper flags. The table is laden with cake, scones and tea.

Sip sip hooray! The Coronation is on the way, and we couldn’t be more excited. What better way to celebrate the King’s big day than with a garden party? If you’re planning to host a little get-together over the bank holiday weekend but feeling in need of a little royal inspiration, these top tips will help you throw a party you’ll always remember.

Fly the Flag(s)

When it comes to decorations, think everything red, white and blue. Hang Union Jack bunting everywhere you can (there’s no such thing as too much bunting!), and make sure you give everybody a flag to wave, too. Tiny flags on cocktail sticks are a must for your sandwiches and snacks. You can even get the little ones involved in making their own decorations – collect lots of red, white and blue materials like crepe paper, sequins, pipe cleaners, pom poms and foam shapes and get sticking!

Set the Table

A woman reaching to take a strawberry off the top of a magnificent multi-tiered Victoria sponge cake smothered with cream and fresh fruit. Cups of tea surround the cake.

When it comes to setting the table for your garden party, we think a touch of British tradition is the best way to make things feel extra special. Forget the floppy paper plates and plastic cutlery – set out a couple of pretty teapots and give everyone a cup and saucer. Dainty cake plates and vintage silver cutlery will make you feel like you’re dining like a royal! If you’re worried about using your best china, you can pick up some beautiful sets at charity and antique shops. Fresh flowers in little glass vases are also a wonderful way to add some British charm to your table. Even better if they’re freshly cut from the garden!

Feed the Throngs

Celebrate all things British with traditional afternoon tea treats that your guests will love. For savoury snacks, a few plates of finger sandwiches with light yet delightful fillings are perfect for hungry tummies, along with a selection of British cheeses and chutneys – your local farm shop will help you select the best of the best. For the sweet options, make sure you have enough freshly-baked scones for everybody to tuck into, with plenty of clotted cream and jam. A good, old-fashioned Victoria sponge cake is the perfect centrepiece for your table. The more layers the better! For drinks, fresh lemonade is a lovely option for all the family, and for the grown-ups, why not create your very own coronation cocktail served in a teacup? Anything with Pimm’s is always a good idea!

Dress the Part

Ladies, it’s time to get out your best floral tea dresses, and gentlemen will look wonderfully regal in a lightweight but smart shirt and chinos. Red, white and blue accessories will finish off your look beautifully, like our Gloria Scarf in a patriotic but totally wearable Union Jack print. Don’t forget your crown! Get the little ones involved in making their own, with gold cardboard, stick on gems and ribbons.

We would love to know how you’re planning to celebrate the Coronation weekend. Three cheers for His Majesty the King!


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