Family Ideas for the Jubilee
Throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world communities are coming together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign. Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this June with fun activities the whole family can get involved in.
Plant a Tree for the Jubilee
Celebrate by being part of The Queen’s Green Canopy. This is is a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Everyone across the UK is being invited to plant trees from October 2021 until the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.
This will create a green legacy of its own, with every tree planted bringing benefits for people, wildlife and climate, now and for the future. They are currently taking applications for November 2022 delivery.
If you do not manage to get one of the free trees, The Den Kit Company sells a lovely Plant a Tree for the Jubilee Kit (Children's Outdoor Nature Play Gift).
The Plant a Tree for the Jubilee Kit invites children to be a monarch of their own little outdoor kingdom. Containing nature-inspired activities that include decorating a woven willow crown and sowing native tree seeds, this is a creative, planet-friendly way for every child to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Hessian sack, child’s trowel, willow crown, A6 tree identification cards in their own cotton drawstring bag, Field Maple and Alder tree seed pellets in a pillow box, 5 Coir pots and illustrated guide. £24.50
Throw a Street Party
Why not throw a Jubilee Party or UK street party with your friends and neighbours. There are some organisations who can help you with setting up a street party.
The Big Jubilee Lunch
Photo credit: The Big Lunch/Eden Project Communities
Eden Project Communies is inviting communities across the UK to come together for The Big Jubilee Lunch as part of the official celebrations for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
A once in a lifetime event, this unique Big Lunch is set to be a cracker. Whether it’s sharing a cuppa with a neighbour on the doorstep or a bigger bash in the street, join millions of people across the UK to share friendship, food and fun with The Big Jubilee Lunch.
It's the party that's right up your street, and everyone's invited, so let's take to our streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to have fun and get to know one another a little better. Sign up for your free pack to help you get started here.
Bring the Jubilee festivities to your Big Jubilee Lunch by inviting everyone to come in costume or royal fancy dress. Stuck for ideas? Download their handy crown template and decorate to your liking.
Sunday 5th June - Thank You Day
The past couple of years have been testing for all of us. But with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer there’s never been a better excuse for great big party, to say thank you to everyone who has helped us through.
That’s why Sunday 5th June is this year’s Thank You Day. We’re getting together as friends, families, neighbours and communities, to raise a glass to The Queen for 70 years outstanding service, and say a great big thank you to each other as well.
Let’s do it in style. On Thank You Day we want millions of people to get together and share a Big Jubilee Lunch. Make sure everyone is included, get the school band to play, invite the next street over. Let’s make this the biggest thank you party ever! https://thankyouday.org.uk/
Let them eat cake! With all these parties going on you will need tempting treats with a royal theme fit for a King. Or Queen.
Learn how to bake some delicious scones with this CBeebies recipe. Perfect for little fingers to help with.
Need to create afternoon tea for the whole street? No problem: Britain Loves Baking (www.britainlovesbaking.com) offers a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Baking Box (picture above) which not only tastes good but does good by bringing the local community together through baking. Inspired by The Queen’s favourite afternoon treats, everything that you need comes in the box (except eggs, butter, and sandwich filling) and it’s all weighed and measured for you. This way there is no waste and every bake is stress and hassle-free. You can pre-order by a number of guests type the total tick the package you want and it's done. This truly British Baking Box needs a team of bakers. They suggest you have bakers working in teams of 2-3 (depending on the size of your street party) and to help they have created a baking schedule so everything is baked and ready for the big day.
BBC Good Food has a great collection of classic British recipes to try – from coronation chicken to traditional trifle.
Diamond Jubilee chicken Mary’s royal cherry trifle Strawberry & Pimm’s jelly
Good Housekeeping also has 50+ Jubilee Tea Party Recipes.
If you are looking for some decorations, these cute royal family themed cake toppers from Talking Tables (www.talkingtables.co.uk). are ideal for creating a royal scene on top of your Victoria Sponge. Simply pop out and top off your cake or individual cupcakes for a cake decoration your guests are sure to love. Featuring the Queen, her corgis, guards, Buckingham Palace and Union Jack flags. £5
Children will love creating bunting and paper chains to decorate. They could also draw chalk patterns in patriotic colours on the pavement and walls.
String up Union Jack bunting
Decorate your front garden or string between lamp posts to for a festive atmosphere. See how to make no sew party bunting from Hobbycraft.
If you don't want to make any bunting, this 3m Jubilee Red, White and Blue Fabric Bunting (pictured above) is from Talking Tables (www.talkingtables.co.uk). This reusable bunting is handmade from sustainably sourced 100% cotton and washable. £18
Make paper chains
A cheap and easy way to decorate your home is also paper chains. A fun activity for the whole family to assemble. All you have to do is:
1. Measure and cut out 15 centimetre x 2.5 centimetre strips of different coloured paper. You can colour or paint these in red, white and blue colours or patterns.
2. Take one strip and make a loop, curling until the two ends meet. Secure the ends with glue.
3. Next, thread another strip through the centre of the circle and attach the ends once again. Alternate different colours as you go. Repeat until you've reached the length of chain you desire then hang all around.
For more inspiration, MumintheMadhouse.com has an amazing collection of crafts, recipes and activities for celebrating, with themes based on Union jacks, castles and King and Queens.
From bookmarks to suncatchers, check it out.
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