Guests at this summer's huge British street party to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday will feast on Great British treats sourced from all over the UK. The Patron's Lunch will see 10,000 people gather on the Mall for a picnic-style lunch on 12th June.
The guests will enjoy a hamper-style lunch at tables along the full length of The Mall, with entertainment and Union Jack flags and bunting a plenty. Her Majesty The Queen will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family to celebrate the occasion. The party, which Princes William and Harry will also attend, will be the culmination of a weekend of national celebrations.
The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June - this year on 11th June followed by the Patron's Lunch on 12th June.
It is hoped that The Patron’s Lunch will inspire as many people as possible to host their very own Patron’s Lunch
celebrations. These patriotic street parties will give local communities a chance to enjoy the fun whilst also providing an opportunity to raise funds directly for local initiatives and community programmes.
If you feel inspired to host your own Patron’s Lunch to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday or even a larger scale street party then party packs
have a huge range of themed decorations
and party supplies
There's also a huge range of Union Jack hats
from as little as 84p each. I especially love this glittery Union Jack top hat. We also have lots of tiaras
and gorgeous fancy dress outfits
fit for a Queen's Birthday lunch!
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If you can't get to the Patron's Lunch, then why not get the Queen to come to you. These life size Queen cardboard cutouts
are fantastic and will get you the royal seal of approval from your guests. You can even take the place of Prince Phillip in this fun cardboard Queen photo stand in prop
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Or how about these fabulous Queen masks which look fab in photos especially combined with some of our other Royal family masks such as Prince Phillip
, Princess Kate Middleton
, Prince William
or Prince Harry
. Why not have a tug or war or a Royal It's a Knockout with everyone wearing royal masks - it will be hilarious!
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Throw in an abundance of Union Jack bunting and flags
, Union Jack decorations
and British themed tableware
for an authentic British street party vibe - read our previous blog posts on British party decorations
Tickets to the Patron's Lunch cost £150 which included a hamper full of Marks & Spencer food and drink. If you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket to the Patron's Lunch, we've got the full list of the Patron's Lunch hamper items for the Queen's 90th birthday, so you can recreate them all at home. Most work well on both small and large scale events, so will be great for a small Patron's lunch picnic or for a full British street party celebration.
The Patron's Hamper Menu
Scottish Smoked Salmon mousse with hot and cold smoked salmon
Creamy hot smoked salmon mousse topped with Sandringham oak smoked Lochmuir salmon
Pembrokeshire chicken roulade salad
Roasted free range chicken roulade with Wye Valley asparagus and minted Cornish potato salad with pea shoots, creamy mayo and a herb drizzle
'Posh' raspberry Royale
Norfolk Tulameen raspberries & a strawberry jelly, layered with a sponge & clotted whipped cream decorated with a chocolate plaque
Best of British sandwich selection
Roast Northern Irish beef with horseradish mayonnaise & baby watercress on white bread
Smoked Scottish Loch Etive trout with a dill dressing and watercress on wholemeal bread
Farmhouse mature Welsh cheddar with Kentish Claret tomatoes and Windsor apple chutney on malted brown bread
Applewood smoked Wiltshire ham with Tewkesbury mustard on white bread
Mini piccalilli pork pie
Classic duo of butterfly cakes
Light vanilla sponge cake topped with strawberry frosting and a lemon cake topped with lemon frosting
British cheese & seeded oat cakes
Cornish Cove mature cheese and classic Red Leicester with Scottish seeded oatcakes
Pressed Windsor apple juice
Bottle of water
Marks & Spencer has created vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and children's versions of them hamper and will also produce a similar picnic range of sandwiches, pork pies and cupcakes going on sale from the end of May.
For more information about the official street party visit the Patron's Lunch website. For more information about the Queen's birthday events, visit the official website.
The government has just released new guidelines, giving practical advice on how to plan your own street party. Ensure you plan early and get in touch with your council at least four to six weeks in advance. Streets Alive and The Big Lunch have great websites to help you plan.
Visit our Best of British Pinterest board for more ideas, recipes and inspiration for your Patron's lunch street party.