Party for The Queen
While Going Green
During the weekend to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday, communities up and down the country are encouraged to take part in that great British tradition of throwing a street party. Here, we share some tips on how to make yours a sustainable, planet-friendly celebration.
On June 12th, The Patron’s Lunch will take place on The Mall in London for Her Majesty The Queen and 10,000 specially invited guests. Unilever is proud to be an Official Partner of The Patron’s Lunch and we want to help everyone celebrate our Queen’s achievements with friends and neighbours in communities throughout our nation.
With thousands of street parties being planned, we hope our sustainable vision can help inspire everyone to perform those small but powerful actions that help build a bright future. There’s no better way to kick-start green initiatives in your local area than with a planet-friendly street party that brings generations together and whips up the community spirit that makes Britain so great.
5 Top Tips to help you create a sustainable street party:
- Set up a group on social media with all your friends and neighbours so that everyone can be kept up to date with the plans for the day – without you having to photocopy invites, party lists, etc. This will help you keep track of who is bringing what, so you don’t end up with 10 bowls of potato salad and no sandwiches.
- Eating off real plates with real cutlery is much nicer than paper and plastic. Make it a community affair and ask everyone to chip in with tables, chairs, crockery, glassware and cutlery. Ask each family to bring a dish of food – and encourage sustainable choices in the ingredients used to prepare the dishes.
- Prepare just the right amount of food for your guests by using Love Food Hate Waste’s party food planner. This will help you organise your food shopping. Stuck for party food ideas? Download our recipe guide here
- Ask neighbours to bring some garden flowers and arrange them in empty Marmite or Colman’s mustard jars for a retro table decoration. Cut up old magazines or bits of material and glue on to string to make bunting. A great way to get the kids involved!
- As the party draws to an end, recycling and food waste bins should be clearly labelled for guests. Tidying up as you go will make packing up at the end of the day easier. Keen gardeners on the street can share out the food scraps to feed their compost heaps and help grow the food for next year’s party!
To find even more tips on how to throw your own celebratory street party, visit: http://www.thepatronslunch.com/tips