The Diamond Jubilee series (2): Plan a wonderful party

Finally, the great Jubilee week is upon us! If, like me, you haven't planned a big party yet, it's not too late! Whatever you do, please don't give in to the tacky supermarket memorabilia and celebration party supplies, the Internet is still filled with wonderful not Made in China goodies to create a fabulous Jubilee even to celebrate Her Majesty's 60 years of reign...

Of course the streets are full of flags, from the tiny ones in bunting garlands along King's Road to the massive ones on the Mall, but I think the ones on the right, to be found on NotOnTheHighStreet.com would look fabulous for a garden party... Make sure you tie them securely, not like my neighbours last year who saw their Royal Wedding bunting fly away before we got to see even the hem of the McQueen dress!

I know a lot will be toasting to the incredible monarch with Champagne but, as much as I love my Veuve, I think this occasion calls for a couple of Pimm's Jeroboam. Honestly, British Summer is just an excuse for me to guzzle gallons of Pimm's and lemonade with fresh fruit and mint. Where was Pimm's before I turned 22 and came to work here?! Yes, I admit it, I've had a love story with this wonderfully Brit tradition since my very first garden party in one of the Holland Park villas when I first moved here. I haven't looked back!

What am I planning to indulge in this week-end? Probably Afternoon Tea, the one British tradition that I am most fond of, and which should be made into a Royal Decree: every subject should have Afternoon Tea at least once a month! If you can't be bothered to cook for yourself make sure you buy some scones from Harrods, they have some of the tastiest ones I've bought, and conveniently their organic clotted cream is quite delicious as well!

Of course the lovely thing about Pimm's is that it goes with tea but also with barbeque, which you should always finish off with a cup of ice cream and English strawberries... I love these little paper cups with the Union Jack, especially for a children-filled party: the parents can have their Eton Mess in glass bowls but kiddies will love a paper ice cream cup!

Or, if you prefer, take to the parks and celebrate in style with a picnic hamper from Fortnum & Mason... if the weather is nice there should be quite a few of you, but isn't this what these celebrations are all about, communion in a joyful sense of happiness before reality takes us all back to the drab economic outlook?

My favourite places to find Jubilee party supplies and foods are:
- Harrods
Fortnum & Mason

So, tell me, what are your plans for the week-end?

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