At the time of writing, that strange yellow thing in the sky that we tend not to see much of in this country is out! It won’t last, no doubt! However, the mere glimpse of the sun has us Brits reacting in certain ways: 1. We empty the meat counter of the nearest supermarket, in the rush to throw the year’s first barbecue. 2. We sit steadfastly outside in a beer garden, convincing ourselves that it is not too cold – whilst silently shivering. 3. We think of the summer: the beach, a garden party, or a street party.
Street Party: Perfect for the royal wedding
There’s a royal wedding fast-approaching on Saturday 19 May. This is the ideal ‘excuse’ to throw a street party if you ever needed one. And, of course, you don’t. Having said that, the proud British tradition of street parties is inextricably linked to royal events: coronation, jubilee, and wedding. There’s still time to plan a royal wedding street party for Harry and Meghan’s big day. Organising a street party points you in the right direction.
Top tips for throwing a street party
There are a few basic conditions to meet for a gathering to be classed as a street party. For example, it needs to be held on a quiet residential road. It should be self-organised and publicised only to residents. However, a formal risk assessment is not required. No insurance is needed either. Furthermore, unless you intend to sell alcohol, you do not need a licence. Once those formalities are out of the way, it’s onto the really fun stuff!
Street Party: What to include
A street get-together is a blank canvas. Depending on the number of people organising the party and the number of people you expect to attend, you can plan the event in a way that will suit. Share the load in terms of providing food. Get neighbours to bring along table and chairs. Bunting is pretty much essential, of course – but what about live entertainment?
Live entertainment for a street party
Background music or a DJ is one option for your party entertainment. Another option is booking a live act. Look at this general advice about how to organise a street party . For superb live acts, look no further than Silk Street. Here are just a few of our acts that we think are perfect for street parties: Silk Street Jazz, The Shoo Wop Sisters, Ally Tappers, Tequila Trio to name just a few. For help, advice and more great live acts to hire for your event, get in touch with Silk Street today.