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Royal Wedding Activites & Street Party Ideas

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Royal Wedding Activities: Create a Great Street Party

On 29th April the whole nation will take part in the biggest royal celebration of the century, with a bank holiday in place, glorious weather promised and royal wedding street parties set to be thrown throughout the country. London is planning four days of non-stop partying, including a special royal wedding themed camping weekend on Clapham Common and live screenings of the wedding in Leicester Square and Hyde Park. Hundreds more nationwide events can be found online. But for those of you who prefer to share the royal wedding celebrations with your friends and family at home, the local street party is the perfect idea.

Street Party Ideas

So, with the sun shining and everyone in the party mood, it’s time to put the finishing touches to your street’s party. With the venue secure, your neighbours all on board, planning for clearing cars and traffic complete, there’s plenty of time now to think about the fun things like food and entertainment. With the wedding ceremony taking place at 11am, you need to decide whether you want to integrate a live screening into your party or simply throw a post-wedding bash.

With guests of all ages it’s important to make sure provisions are made for everyone, with comfortable seating for the elderly and rugs for the very young. Make sure music isn’t too intrusive, maybe setting aside a special time for louder music. Organised party games are always fun, and are probably a must if children are around. Why not draw on the vast catalogue of British summer fête favourites like tug of war, sponge throwing, the coconut shy and with all those chairs around – musical chairs! If someone is feeling clever, they could plan a royal quiz – or why not buy Past Times’ Bumper Great British Table Distractions Quiz Box or Mad Dogs & Englishmen Quiz Box, both filled with British-themed trivia questions everyone will love to answer.

And of course, there’s the subject of the Great British weather – something none of us can plan! At the moment April looks set to be mainly fine and bright, but it is wise to have a contingency plan for wet weather – even if it is just making sure there are lots of covers to hand if the heavens choose to open.

Street Party Supplies

Royal Wedding - Street Party

Patriotism is the key to any royal wedding street party and Past Times has a fantastic selection of party ware to turn your street into a great British shrine. Pile the tables high with classic party food – dainty sandwiches with their crusts cut off, sausages on sticks and sausage rolls, cheese and pineapple, fairy cakes and Victoria sponges – all displayed on our boldly-coloured Street Party paper plates and platters created especially for the royal wedding. No street party is complete without buntings lining the road, and Past Times’ Great British Street Party Bunting is just perfect for the occasion, featuring large pennants printed with British and royal memorabilia. For other finishing touches to give that extra royal twist Past Times has paper cake cases with royal themed toppers to put on top of the cakes and patriotic flags and windmills to stick in sandwiches or wave around. Just as everyone is getting weary stick the kettle on (make sure you hire a catering size one for the occasion!) and enjoy one of Past Times’ reviving bags of Ceylon tea, fittingly presented in a commemorative Royal Wedding English breakfast tea tin – it would taste out of this world served up in one of our Union Jack mugs!

And when the party is over and all the guests have gone home, preserve the memory of a great day with one of Past Times’ royal wedding commemorative gifts as you lay back on the sofa decorated with a selection of Union Jack cushions.

As always, we would love to hear about your royal wedding street party ideas and experiences and we can’t wait to see photos of the day – especially if you have used our party supplies!

Easter Activities: Planning an Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Activites & Easter Egg HuntsNo Easter would be complete without the traditional Easter egg hunt, one of the oldest pagan Easter activities and one that continues to thrill and delight today.
Here at Past Times we love games, so we have been busy putting together some great ideas for the best Easter egg hunt ever.
With the great British weather it is a good idea to plan an Easter egg hunt that can be brought indoors if the rain starts to fall (although, all being well, this Easter looks set to be a scorcher!).

You then need to decide what type of Easter egg hunt you want to have – a traditional search for chocolate eggs, or one that involves a series of clues that lead to the ultimate Easter gift prize. Our Easter Bunny With Chocolate Eggs would be perfect for the traditional egg hunt, as you could hide the foiled eggs, and give the lovely soft bunny at the end. We also have a Traditional Easter Basket to collect all your bounty, printed with Easter bunnies and the words “A Happy Easter”.

If you choose a clue-based Easter egg hunt, for younger children make your clues visual, rather than written, drawing something that will direct them to the next stage of the game – for example, drawing a frog to point towards a pond, or a distinctive flower or particular shaped pot or ornament. If you want, you could add a small chocolate Easter egg at each stage to bolster up the spirits! Keep the stages simple, but make sure you have enough to make the game last. The final clue will take the intrepid hunter to their Easter prize and what better Easter gifts to offer than Past Times cute and cuddly Easter Bunny clutching a bag of delicious chocolate eggs, or our adorable Easter Lamb with masses of irresistible charm?

For older children, your clues could be more cryptic or could involve a riddle – it depends how clever you want to be! But the idea is the same, leading the hunter on a trail that ends in the ultimate Easter gift. The prize could be one of our Easter Egg Baskets filled with your own choice of chocolate treats. Or for something more alternative, why not choose one of our mugs to fill – maybe our Jumbo Union Jack Mug, Bagpuss Mug, Paddington Mug, or even one of our Beatles mugs.

There’s no reason why adults shouldn’t join in with the Easter games either. Past Times has lots of great Easter gift ideas for them, too. Now you can make the clues as difficult as you like – or why not get the children to set the Easter egg hunt for you? Instead of chocolate eggs, you could punctuate each stage with one of Past Times delightful decorative hanging eggs. For the final Easter prize Poems for All Occasions and the beautifully illustrated Gospel of Wild Flowers offer lovely alternatives to chocolate. Other keepsake Easter gifts include the Crocus and Forsythia Easter Wreath and the Bunny with Flower Wreath. And combining mouth-watering chocolate eggs with something special to keep year after year, there’s our Easter Basket Filled With Sugar-coated Chocolate Eggs.

We hope we have given you lots of ideas for your Easter Egg hunt – we would love to hear any suggestions you may have plus stories of how your Easter fun and games went on the day!

Happy Easter!

Last order dates for Christmas 2010

We don’t want you missing out on ordering your Christmas presents in time, so please see below for the last ordering dates from our online shop at www.pasttimes.com.

Rest of the World – Friday 3rd December

USA & Canada – Wednesday 8th December

Europe (EEC) – Saturday 11th December

UK – Wednesday 22nd December

For more information on delivery options and costs, please go to our delivery information page.