Coronation party tips

As the nation comes together for the King and Queen Consort’s Coronation on Saturday 6 May 2023, celebrate in style with our tips for a fabulous weekend.

There are lots of official events being staged all over the country, but this is also a brilliant time for communities, families and friends to celebrate in their own way. From street parties, to picnics, to kids’ festivities, here are some ideas that will get everyone involved, without breaking the bank.

DIY decorations

Why not create some home-made decorations to add a bit of extra sparkle to the celebrations? You could design your own bunting, make window posters, table settings or even get the kids to colour in their very own crowns. Here are some simple templates to help get you started:

Coloured bunting template(PDF document)(opens in a new window)

Black and white bunting template (PDF document)(opens in a new window)

Crown colouring in template

Beefeater table name card template

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The talk of the street

Royal occasions and street parties go hand in hand, providing the British weather is kind! It’s the perfect time to get outside, so put those trestle tables up and get outdoors with the neighbours. Ask people to bring their own crockery and cutlery or use recyclable bamboo knives and forks. You’ve sorted the bunting and decorations out, so you’re already one step ahead. If you want to sell alcohol or play amplified music, you may need a licence.

Food for thought

Every party needs a fabulous spread. Whether you’re celebrating with a classic afternoon tea, planning to get the BBQ out for the first time this year, packing up a delicious picnic or you fancy cooking a meal fit for a king at home, let M&S Food inspire you and mark the occasion in style.

Let the games begin

A party’s no fun without party games, so why not think about giving some classic games a royal twist. There’s something for all ages with ‘Pin the Crown on the King’ (instead of ‘Pin the tail on the Donkey’), ‘The King Says’ an upmarket version of ‘Simon Says’, or Royal Bingo, substituting numbers for members of the royal family.

Be in the moment, together

It’s a not-to-be missed event that people will be talking about for years to come so why not invite friends or family around and watch the celebrations together? With performances from music icons, contemporary stars and a world-class orchestra there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.