With King Charles III's coronation approaching, hosting a street party is a great way to bring communities together to celebrate this historic event.
As a professional event planner, you have the opportunity to create a memorable and enjoyable experience for all.
Here are our top tips for professional event planners to ensure a successful street party for King Charles' coronation:
Plan ahead: Start planning as early as possible to ensure everything is organised and ready to go on the day. Make sure you have all the necessary permits and permissions from local authorities. Tell your council about your event 4 to 12 weeks before it happens and you'll need to let them know
the date and time of the party or event
whether or not you want to close a road or section of road, and its name
if the road is part of a bus route or used by through traffic
a list of any properties or businesses affected
if you’ve consulted neighbours
More info at https://www.gov.uk/organise-street-party
Create a theme: A coronation party calls for a regal and patriotic theme. Decorate the street with Union Jack flags, bunting, and other traditional British decorations to create a festive atmosphere. Here are a few alternative themes you may wish to consider:
Vintage Garden Party: Embrace the English garden party theme with pastel colors, floral patterns, and vintage decor items such as lace tablecloths, teacups, and silverware.
Regal Red and Gold: Add a touch of regal elegance to your street party with a color scheme of red and gold. Think rich fabrics, ornate centerpieces, and gold-plated cutlery.
Union Jack: Celebrate the national flag with a Union Jack-themed party. Incorporate the flag's colors of red, white, and blue into your decorations, from bunting to tablecloths.
British Icons: Bring the best of British icons to your party with decor that highlights famous landmarks such as Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Tower of London. You can even serve food and drinks that are quintessentially British, such as fish and chips or gin and tonic.
Vintage British Street Fair: Capture the spirit of a traditional British street fair with bunting, carnival games, and retro decorations. Think candy-striped booths, popcorn machines, and balloons.
Consider the logistics: Think about how many guests you are expecting and plan accordingly. Consider the layout of the street, the seating arrangements, and access points for emergency services.
Plan the entertainment: Arrange for live music, street performers, or other forms of entertainment to keep guests engaged and entertained throughout the day.
Cater to all ages: Make sure there are activities and entertainment for guests of all ages, including children's games and face painting.
Safety first: Ensure that safety measures are in place, including first aid stations, fire extinguishers, and emergency exits.
Here's a useful link for health and safety requirements for events including street parties - https://www.hse.gov.uk/event-safety/faqs.htm#q4
Provide food and drinks: Traditional British cuisine such as fish and chips, scones, and tea would be a great addition to the party. Make sure to have enough food and drinks for all guests.
Embrace the community spirit: Encourage guests to bring their own food and drinks to share and celebrate together.
Promote the event: Spread the word about the street party through social media, local newspapers, and posters. The more people know about the event, the more successful it will be.
Photos and video: And as a professional event planner, make sure you take the opportunity to use photos and videos of the day to add to your portfolio, website or social media. Have a member of your team dedicated to social media and interviews throughout the day.
A street party for King Charles' coronation is a fantastic opportunity to bring communities together and celebrate this historic occasion. With careful planning, attention to detail, and a little creativity, you can create a memorable and enjoyable experience for all!