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FOCUS: Handmade Street Fair by Lisa Margreet Payne of www.lisamargreet.com


A fun way to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is to host a street party – and what better way than making it a handmade affair? Get ready to hear the bunting rippling in the breeze this summer, as you make friends with the couple at number 10 whilst sipping a red, white and blue cocktail.


Organising and logistics First, before you start cutting out your fabric triangles for bunting, you need to have a think about where you want to have your street party. If your street will need to be closed off, you will need to do a bit of advance planning as some councils need up to 12 weeks notice to do this. If that is the case for you and you’ve missed the deadline you can still have your street party, just think up some alternative venues such as parks,


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schools or local community centres. The events or communities team for your council are the best place to start your enquiries if you do need to close your road.


Get a few people on board to help you out and play to people’s strengths. Put people in groups dependent on their interests to organise food, drink, entertainment and decorations. This avoids one person shouldering all of the hard work. Make a simple invitation to put through people’s doors to invite them and put a few posters up in local areas to further advertise your event.


A theme is not only fun but helps with the planning of a party. A good choice for the Diamond Jubilee would be the classic colour combo


of red, white and blue.


Don’t forget to have a clearly defined end time for the party and stick to it. If you’re planning to go on in to the evening make sure that everyone is in agreement. Ensure you also agree in advance who will be responsible for coordinating the clean-up at the end of the party and have recycling bins and bin liners in easy access to assist with this.


Entertainment and party games Nothing is worse than silence at parties while people who don’t know each other very well struggle to make small talk over the coronation chicken sandwiches.


Don’t forget to plan what to do about music. If you’re having your party in the street you could get a few people


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