The dress up: English garden
Prettify an outdoor table that’s seen better days with a white linen or lace tablecloth, then add flowers in jugs to make the most of spring’s bounty of blooms. If it’s a sit down soirée, don’t forget cushions for each seat – we love pastel shades that are easy to mix and match.
The goodies: afternoon tea
There’s more to good old Blighty than finger sandwiches and scones, but they’re traditions that are trotted out for good reason - and bite-sized enough for guests to help themselves. A Victoria sponge cake has a suitably regal heritage, and a fruit-filled jug of Pimms is always a crowd-pleaser.
The mood-setters: rule Britannia
We don’t usually decorate with union jacks, but they’re a bit of a must for street party-style bunting, hung above the table or between trees. Break out that best of British playlist, too – think '90s Britpop and seriously feel-good '80s hits – and make sure it’s long enough to last the duration.