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A Sparkling Garden Party

June 01 2012

What could be better than holding a fabulous family garden party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? There's lots of room to get creative with the jubilee theme, like recreating the nostalgia of a good old knees-up from the days of yore with a selection of vintage style buys or you could add a touch of magic and a contemporary twist with some up to date quick tricks!

It’s easy to make your garden come alive with lots of colour to get everyone excited, so why not add a smattering of union jack patterns topped up with lots of red white and blue? This lovely look is a perfect way to hold a relaxed Jubilee themed party that will take you from daytime to dusk and create a day to remember!

If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a Family Camping Ticket to Camp Bestival 2012, post up your family Jubilee celebration photos on our Facebook Page here and we'll pick our favourite picture on Friday 15th June who'll win the tickets (only 1 photo/entry per family please).

Top Party Tips:

Get the kids involved helping with the decorations. You could invest in some paper chain kits and bunting to decorate the house or make your own by recycling old cloth, plastic bags and coloured paper.

Paint some plain benches with a union jack pattern for the table top - like we did! 

Food glorious food is important. Make sure you have a barbecue on standby to take the party on into the evening.

Dress your cupcakes and savoury snacks with food flags and windmills.

Ask your guests to bring something along to the party for the table - delegate so that you don't double up – or go crazy and do something like hire a fish and chip van for the day!

Ensure that you have music to enjoy and dance to! If you’re stuck for a party fuelled playlist then you can stream Rob da Bank’s festival flavoured mix here.

Don't forget the kids – get a small paddling pool to dip in - or some water pistols if it’s a hot day! And have some games to play like an egg and spoon race or chain tag.

Make some different areas in your garden, you could set up a tent to use as a chill out area or put fairy lights in the bushes to create your own fairy glade.

Words & styling Jess Contomichalos - all photographs copyright Matt Spour. Also, Jess would like to thank Argos for all the bits n' bobs for the photos :)

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