Posted by Kirstie
With only a few weeks to go until the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the whole nation is gearing up for a spectacular celebration. As a major event in the British calendar, there are huge amounts of memorabilia and Jubilee themed products springing up on the high street and beyond. From the usual biscuit tins, tea towels and ball point pens to the more obscure cases of Jubilee mania, from a portrait of The Queen made out of cakes and a special appearance of Her Majesty on children’s cartoon Peppa Pig, there seems no end to the Royal fever.
Through all the things we’ve seen, from the tacky to the tasteful, we think we’ve found the best way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee 2012 in style – with five easy steps to achieving the perfect patriotic picnic.
Step One: Head Outdoors
Whether you opt for your back garden or the local park, getting outdoors is the first step towards your Jubilee picnic. For the ultimate setting why not head to the grounds of the stunning Kensington Palace in London. Visitors to this historic Royal palace are welcome to use the picnic benches in the gardens, making this the perfect spot for your celebratory soiree.
Step Two: Accessorize
No Jubilee picnic would be complete without a generous helping of Union Jack-clad accessories. From picnic blankets to napkins and cutlery, all of the large department stores and supermarkets are currently stocking their own ranges of Jubilee accessories that would be perfect for your picnic.
We particularly like the Emma Bridgwater range at John Lewis, whose ’60 Years a Queen’ napkins have a beautifully British design. We’ve also got our eye on the large Jubilee tablecloth from Cath Kidston. Forget the table, this would make a great alternative to a picnic blanket and has a lovely printed pattern. For those of you with an eye for a bargain, the 99p Stores have launched their own Jubilee range, with paper cups, plastic cutlery and a cake stand all available for under a pound.
To keep the kids entertained during your Jubilee picnic there are also some great toys and games available, including a Union Jack Space hopper, also from John Lewis, and the highly amusing yet informative Diamond Jubilee Top Trumps cards. Keep an eye out for the ‘Philip’ card, scoring a maximum 100 ‘magic moment’ points. Aww.
Step Three: Dress To Impress
From limited edition fragrances to rebranded makeup products, the UK beauty industry has also caught Jubilee fever. Add a little sparkle to your Jubilee picnic with the red and blue glittery Jubilee Crystal nail polish by Nails Inc. Most of the big high street stores have rolled out Union Jack print clothing for you to look the part during your celebrations. We’ve got our eye on a floral Union Jack print maxi dress from Next.
Emma Daly at the Made For Mums website has handily put together an ‘Ultimate Family Guide’ to shopping for the Jubilee, with a section dedicated to the best clothes available for children. We think the Baby Union Jack Dress from George at Asda is simply adorable!
Step Four: Picnic Like a Princess
There is a veritable feast of Jubilee themed foods springing up throughout the UK food stores, with many offering special ranges ideal for a picnic or garden party. These Jubilee treats range from the tempting to the more obscure, with Sainsbury’s offering a Jubilee sandwich complete with Bucks Fizz mayonnaise. We’re also rather intrigued by Marks and Spencers Ultimate Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding sandwich. How very British. If these sandwiches don’t tempt you, why not try a Ma’amite sarnie. Love it or hate it, we think the Jubilee rebranding of this iconic British sandwich spread is simply genius.
Step Five: Make It Yourself (Or get one’s butler to do the baking)
If you’ve got some spare time and feel like getting creative in preparation for your picnic there are some great recipes out there for making your own Jubilee special treats. No picnic would be the same without the humble scotch egg. This iconic British classic is a lunchbox favourite across the nation, but for a special twist we think Becs Rivett from Lay The Table’s recipe for wholemeal quails egg scotch eggs looks simply delicious. For dessert, we think Rose from The Londoner’s recipe for individual petite size Victoria sponges, or her aptly named ‘Queenies’, looks utterly scrumptious. These charming little cakes filled with jam and cream would be the perfect ending to your celebratory picnic. For the perfect tipple to accompany your Jubilee treats, nothing beats a cool glass of Pimms bursting with fresh mint and strawberries. We love Tesco Real Food’s recipe for Very Berry Pimms, an alcohol free treat perfect for kids.
So there you have it, our five easy steps to looking the part and enjoying the best of the Jubilee related goodies in a celebratory picnic. However you choose to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, we hope you have a great time. Let us know what treats you plan on eating!
Ps. Have you entered our Jubilee competition? You could win a royal break to London!