Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

As a follow up to Part I
I thought you might be interested in a few ways 
the Royal Wedding will be celebrated around England


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TEA PARTIES

In the morning, we will go to a tea party at an expat friend's house. Our daughters will be all dressed up for the occasion. While the girls play, it will probably be the moms who watch it on the television. The wedding starts at 11 am. Totally 'my cup of tea'!

STREET PARTIES

'Street parties' have a long history in the UK, mainly England and Wales.  These neighborly gatherings may have started as early as 1919 after the end of World War I to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. They were called 'Peace Teas' and were formal sit-down occasions at tables in the street. Tea and cake were served with what little ingredients they had.   

Ever since, neighbors have come together on their traffic-free road to commemorate momentous events, including the coronations of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, VE Day in 1945, and the Millennium.


1953 Coronation Street Party
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According to StreetParty.org.uk, on Friday and over the weekend 'one million people will enjoy street parties, ...which is the largest number of people to have one since the last royal wedding in 1981. This is the biggest neighbour's day for 30 years, which is a great boost for street sociability and neighbourliness.'

One even will be held by Prime Minister David Cameron on Downing Street. 


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I will be attending a street party in my neighborhood. Yea! Here are some of the fun planned activities (weather permitting):

- Table Tennis
- Penalty Goal Shoot Out (football/soccer)
- Egg and Spoon Races, Tug of War
- Craft Table, Sidewalk Chalk, Temporary Tattoos, Bubbles
- Best Wedding Dress Made Of Newspaper Contest
- Best Homemade Cake Competition
- Grills For Food; Bring Your Own Drinks

Interestingly, bunting is a traditional part of street parties. No one has a street party without one :) Who knew?

PUB PARTIES

If we aren't exhausted by the end of the day, we may pull up a chair at the local pub. Most pubs are kid friendly, often offering yummy food, outside seating and sometimes even a playground. 

Sign from a local pub

'A Knees Up' is Cockney for 'a party'
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Gotta run - cakes to make, and newspaper wedding dresses to design :) 

Do you have any plans for the big day?


The Royal Wedding Part 1 - Insider Scoop (here)

The Royal Wedding Part 3 - London, The Day Before The Wedding (here)



 
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