Planning a Great British Jubilee Garden Party

The jubilee celebration weekend will soon be upon us and now that the sun is shining and the weather is looking perfect for a garden party, my friends and myself started planning how we were going to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60 year reign on the throne.

As most of us will be away sunning ourselves next week with our various offspring we’ve left it a little late but there is such an abundance of great party pieces on the high street that there is no need to panic. Even the supermarkets have pulled out the stops and produced some lovely heritage pieces well worth keeping and using long after the partying has ended.

I’ve never needed an excuse for a Pimms and a cupcake so here’s my pick of some of the great items that are awash all over the internet and in our stores, and fingers crossed the weather holds.


Mason Cash Cake Stand 


These cute cake stands by British designer Lisa Stickley have 25% off if you order them directly through Lisa’s website 


Tea Vicar? 


A lovely jubilee design on a budget 


London Canvas deck chair 


Hemmingway Design from John Lewis


Pretty table confetti 


These tissue pom poms come from one of my favourite online stores. They are a small company but everything chosen is perfectly edited and they are constantly updating with new lines. 


A nice alternative to union jack bunting


This bunting is made from re-cycled sail cloths


Bunting and party bags all from 


For the finishing touches to your drinks get these retro inspired coloured striped straws from  


I love the designs of these alphabet paper cups from Great for the kids or to avoid washing the dishes the next day


This paper tablecloth is an Emma Bridgewater design


For something you can use again how about this lovely ticking fabric from Ian Mankin which you can order cut to size.


These fun cake toppers are from


I made the tiny flags on these cupcakes for a photo shoot by photocopying a design from the internet then re-sizing the image and finally sticking them to cocktail sticks with double sided tape. Simple and effective and something you can get the children to help you with.


Marks & Spencer have a fantastic range of Jubilee party food with lots of retro and kitsch ideas 


I love this cardboard vase which has a plastic lining so that you can actually fill it with water and at £10.00 a bargain! 


These masks are genius and at only £3.00 each will get the party off to a great start 

If you’re going to have a British tea party, you have to dress the part and nothing says British like a floral tea dress. There are some lovely vintage inspired designs available on the High Street if you haven’t got the time to look for the real thing.


Fearne Cotton for 


If you’re guests are going to see your garden, then you need to dress that up for the occasion too. This planter inspired by our Monarchy is just the thing.


If you want to buy a keepsake to pass down, you won’t go far wrong investing in some of the designs by Emma Bridgewater created especially for the occasion. This lovely pottery lidded storage jar is perfect for stashing the biccies! 



Another lovely heirloom is this London Snow globe poster from


Let the celebrations commence and raise a glass next weekend to our Queen and country!



  1. Hannah from Plumbs 25 May, 2012 / 11:47 am

    I love these designs from Sainsburys. They'd make a nice collectable and I really like the stamp bunting – where did you find that?

    • Karen Barlow 25 May, 2012 / 7:58 pm

      Hi Hannah, the bunting teapot & cup & saucer is part of the TU range for sainsburys. If they don't have it online your local store may be able to do a store search to check which branch has it in stock. They also have a matching cake stand in the range. It's a lovely design I agree! Have a great jubilee weekend.

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