Keen to throw a fun garden party to celebrate the King's Coronation? Here are our best tips to ensure your Coronation party is one to remember.
Coronation ceremonies have deep roots in British history and is steeped in tradition; the Coronation ceremony, which has remained mostly unchanged for over 1,000 years, is a solemn religious event that takes place at Westminster Abbey. For the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort, the ceremony will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023.
There are lots of ways to mark and celebrate the Coronation weekend. The key to creating an unforgettable Coronation party experience for your guests is to stimulate their senses – think sights, sounds, and tastes. Read on as we share our top tips to help you throw a sense-ational Coronation party!
Equip Your Garden 🌟
Outdoor essentials for your Coronation weekend celebrations
An Impressive BBQ
All that’s left to decide is what tasty treats you’ll whip up. A favourite here at Swan is Paul’s Kitchen’s Jerk Chicken and Cauliflower Bang Bang, bursting with Caribbean flavour, it will be a mouth-watering addition to your Coronation get-together.
And if you're looking for some super spring into summer recipes to accompany your barbecue delights, check out our ultimate potato salad, grilled halloumi and watermelon salad, thirst-quenching strawberry lemonade, and more over on the blog.
Keep Your Guests Cosy
Ensure your guests stay warm and cosy as the sun sets (or if it doesn't appear at all!) with our all-weather portable patio heater. This versatile little heater is lightweight, compact in size and easy to move around wherever and whenever you want. It can be placed on top of a table, underneath it, under your chair, on the ground or wherever is best to keep you and your guests warm. Check out the full Al Fresco range here.
String It Up
Whether you’re planning a street party, a small garden party with family or a picture-perfect tea party, bunting is all you need to embrace the occasion and transform your space into a brightly decorated wonderland.
Backyard party lighting is also an essential for every get-together. So, once the sun goes down, the good times won’t be interrupted, and the scene can take on a more magical feel. You can even drape net lighting over hedges so that the entire hedge is covered in tiny lights like fireflies. At night, this is a great way to light up the length of your garden and create a sense of depth and height.
Keep The Kids (and adults) Entertained
Outdoor games are a great way to keep kids entertained and off screens. Think giant connect 4, ring toss, swingball etc., or even a few card games, UNO, or dominoes!
Print Out Activities
The official Coronation website has compiled some fun print out activities for kids including colouring pages and a Coronation maze to keep the little ones occupied.
Royal Recipes Fit For A King 👑
We’ve compiled a list of our top 3 favourite British recipes for the special bank holiday. These retro favourites include Coronation Chicken (of course!), Devonshire Scones, and a classic Victoria Sponge. We are sure His Majesty would approve.
The recipe “Poulet Reine Elizabeth”, now widely known as “Coronation Chicken”, was created to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.
Besides being perfectly fitting for this occasion, Coronation Chicken is also delicious and versatile. You can use it on salads, sandwiches, or a topping for jacket potatoes.
Get the Coronation Chicken recipe here
No matter how you pronounce it (it rhymes with cone by the way…), there is nothing more quintessentially British than the humble scone.
Slather these scones in butter, strawberry jam, and a dollop of clotted cream. For an extra touch of class, garnish with fresh fruit for scones that are fit for a King (or Queen).
Get our Devonshire Scone recipe here
Classic Victoria Sponge
No celebration is complete without cake and the Victoria Sandwich Cake is the ultimate British classic.
It’s easy to make, consisting of two layers of light sponge cake sandwiched with jam and freshly whipped cream – what’s not to love?
Get our Classic Victoria Sandwich here
Easy Union Jack-Inspired Treats
Red, White, and Blue Margarita Slushies
Boozy margarita slushies are a refreshing way to cool down. Make them fit for the occasion by making them red, white, and blue. We love this margarita slushy recipe by The Cookie Rookie. You can skip the alcohol and replace it with lemonade for the little ones and those who don’t drink.
Two Words. Charcuterie Board!
Charcuterie is a French term for a platter of cured meats, cheese, veggies, nuts, olives, dried fruits, and crackers. It combines a variety of delectable tastes and textures to create a spread that will be impressive and enjoyable for any occasion. You can make this a Union Jack themed board with blueberries, strawberries, nuts, cheese, etc. to create a fun and celebratory feeling on any tabletop.
Garden Party Playlist
Hopefully the sun is shining, your garden is looking beautiful, the BBQ is going, and all you need now is a Coronation garden party playlist! We're thinking the likes of Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Spice Girls, ABBA, The Beatles, Sam Ryder, and any of your favourites. And of course, no Coronation playlist would be complete without the British National Anthem.
We hope you enjoyed these tips, tricks, and ideas for your Coronation celebrations, please share so everyone can have the best Coronation party ever!
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