As we celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, it’s time to hang up the bunting, fire up the barbecue, and open up to the bubbly.
Official celebrations begin on Thursday, with an additional bank holiday giving us a four day weekend,
Featuring official events Queen’s Birthday ParadeA Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral and a Jubilee pageant in London.
there are plenty of Street parties across the country — and there’s still time to throw your own bash.
Here’s our guide on how to prepare for the event of the year.
Decorate: If ever there was a time to hoist the Union Flag, it is now. But retailers are selling out as people rush to buy this Jubilee essential.
However, you can easily make your own by cutting triangles out of red, white, and blue paper, or encourage your kids to get crafty by painting. union flag on the white triangle.
If you want a modern twist on bunting, create a balloon arch with red, white and blue colors. Tie the ends of each balloon to a length of string, clustering them to form an arch-like structure as you go.
But the devil is in the detail and there are many ways to make your decor stand out.
You can get a pack of ten “crown toppers”, which sit neatly on champagne glasses, from £5.99 HarlequinFancyDress.co.uk, And Ocado is selling an eight-pack of recyclable Union Flag paper plates for £4.50.
bake: Official Jubilee Pudding A lemon and Swiss roll is the Amaretti trifle. Created by copywriter Gemma Melvin, it was the winning entry in a nationwide competition to find a dessert for the big event.
It’s made with layers of lemon curd, Swiss rolls, custard, jelly, a mandarin coulis and amaretti biscuits.
Iceland has created its own version, The Real “People’s Pudding”, which serves eight and costs £12.50 to make. see recipe Iceland.co.uk/jubilee/jubilee-recipes/the-real-Peoples-pudding,
Meal: You can grab some suitably Jubilee-themed food on the High Street. M&S has the “HRH” Honey Roast Ham Giant Sausage Roll that feeds six and costs £10.
Iceland has the Platinum Jubilee Chicken Crown – a regal twist on chicken nuggets – costing £511 with a 3g bag. Morrisons is selling an adorable Corgi cake for £6. If you are having hosting duties, the selection of finger sandwiches is perfect.
You can make a Coronation Chicken Sandwich batch from a dish made for the formal dinner on the day the Queen was crowned in 1953.
Make a filling by mixing Greek yogurt, mango chutney, curry powder and coriander in the stuffing chicken. Serve in sliced bread.
Barbecue: If you’re into something more substantial, fire up Barbie.
The Argos Home 43cm Kettle Charcoal BBQ is on sale now for £26, saving £14.
For a mid-range offering, the Pattnaude Dakota Fields Single Burner is suitable for grilling and smoking – it’s currently on sale for £52.99 at Wayfair, saving £8.
And at The Range, the tenor from Gr8 Gardens’ Large Charcoal Barrel Barbecue Smoker is £69.99.
Liquor: One of Her Majesty’s favorite booze brands, Pimm’s has given its bottle a Union Flag makeover for Jubilee and is on sale from £15 at most major retailers.
Aldi is selling two gins for the occasion – Aldi Infusionist Strawberry and Mint Gin Liqueur (£13.99) and Eton Mess Gin Liqueur (£8.99).
Of course, it’s the work done to toasting Her Majesty with a glass of fizz and Sainsbury’s is selling Chapel Down English sparkling wine for £22, saving a fiver.
Waitrose has Lanson Black Label Champagne for £16.99, a saving of £3, and Morrisons, Sourso Prosecco Spumante is a bargain at £4.99, down from £7.50.