It's 2012 and there's never been a better time to be British; we've got the London Olympic Games, Euro 2012 and of course the Queen's Diamond Jubilee! With celebrations happening up and down the country from 2nd to 5th June, you'd better don your party hat and get ready for a good old fashioned British street party. We've got the ultimate guide to making your Jubilee street party one to remember and a great range of Jubilee street party accessories.
Step One - Location, Location, Location
This might be quite an obvious one, but ensure you have the appropriate permission to close or part close your road if you're planning a street party. Alternatively, hosting a Jubilee party in your home or garden is also a great option.
Step Two - What to Eat?
Of course no Jubilee street party is complete without plenty of food, and what's more British than sausage rolls, cucumber sandwiches and Victoria Sponge cake? If you're stuck for inspiration then the BBC Good Food website is packed full of ideas.
Step Three - What to Drink?
In the Great British climate you have to be prepared for all weather, from rain or shine. Hopefully the sun will be shining on the Jubilee weekend, and you'll be able to serve up a selection of refreshing drinks. Our British Street Party Cups Set is ideal for serving up lemonade and squash for the kids, and beer and cocktails for the adults. Pimm's and lemonade is also a great choice for the adults and we've got a great selection of Pimm's Jugs and Pimm's Glasses. If you're serving afternoon tea, our Union Jack Party Cups are ideal for both hot and cold drinks.
Step Four - Stock Up on Party Essentials
Our great range of Jubilee party decorations will ensure your Jubilee party is appropriately themed with a selection of red, blue and white colours and Union Jack flags. Keep drinks cold with our Inflatable Union Jack Beer Mug Cooler or Husky Union Jack Refrigerator! Add some Union Jack decoration to your food and drinks with our Union Jack Cascade Picks and Cello Frill Cocktail Picks. Ensure all mess is cleared away with our Union Jack Luncheon Napkins or British Street Party Napkin Set.
Step Five - Invitations
Invite your friends and neighbours of course! You can always invite the Queen and Prince Phillip if you wish, but we can't guarantee they'll turn up.
Don't forget to visit us for all your Jubilee party equipment! We hope your 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Street Party is a roaring success!
Bring out the buttercream! The Great British Bake Off has all inspired us to start baking again, and now it's the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, making it official: tea parties are fashionable again! Whether it's sponge cakes, cupcakes, fairy cakes or celebration cakes, nothing beats a slice of cake with a cup of Afternoon Tea. It doesn't matter whether your a domestic goddess or prefer to rely on Mr Kipling, we've got a great selection of different cupcake stands and cupcake decorations for your tea party display!
If you're looking for a unique cupcake stand to display your elegantly iced cupcakes, the revolving Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder might just about be the most cute and unusual cupcake stand we've seen. With UK exclusive, drinkstuff.com is the place to buy! Holding 8 medium to large cupcakes, we think it's perfect for tea parties, baby showers, weddings, fates and fairs!
No tea party is complete without a classic Victoria Sponge cake and our Stainless Steel Cake Stand and Metal Handle Cake Dome offers an elegant cake stand for displaying your baking creations. The classic design means it can be used for all types of cakes and sweet treats for any occasion.
If you're hosting a Jubilee tea party or Jubilee street party we've sourced a cute Jubilee Cupcake Recipe for inspiration:
150g caster sugar
130g self-raising flour
3 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the buttercream:
250g butter, room temperature
500g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
To make the cakes:
1. Preheat your oven to 160°C/320°F/Gas Mark 3. Place 12 cases in your muffin tin.
2. Beat the sugar and butter with the vanilla essence until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
3. Combine the flour and cornflour.
4. Add 1 egg, 1 third of the flour mix and a splash of milk and beat until just combined and repeat until all the ingredients are added.
5. Divide the batter between the 12 cases and bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven.
6. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes before moving to a wire cooling rack.
To make the buttercream
1. Add butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl, then beat for about 5 minutes with an electric whisk until smooth.
2. Pour the milk gradually if you need to loosen the mixture.
Piping a swirl
1. Attach the nozzle to the piping bag and place in a tall glass, pulling the bag down around the glass. Fill the bag 2/3 full with the buttercream and twist at the top of the bag to close.
2. To pipe a swirl, apply pressure to the top of the bag and pipe a star shape in the middle of the cake. Release the pressure and pull up quickly.
3. Then, start at the outside edge of the cake and pipe around the star and build up into a swirl. When you reach the end of the swirl press down slightly, release the pressure and pull up quickly.
4. Add the sprinkles and Union Jack decoration.
Jubilee Cupcake Recipe and image sourced from goodtoknow.co.uk.
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