Lockdown garden party: How to host your own royal garden party this summer

Monday, June 1 marks the start of lockdown measures easing, with some rules relaxed as the Government prepares the UK to go back to a ‘new normal’. From today, groups of up to six people can meet outside as long as the social distancing measures are adhered to.

This means keeping a two-metre distance from those from different households and staying outside during any gatherings.

Also from June 1, car dealerships can reopen, as can outdoor markets.

Schools are also reopening, but only to pupils in reception, year one and year six.

With the new rules, some friends and family members may be wondering how best to see one another this summer.

Read More: How much will YOUR water bill cost if you use hosepipe during heatwave


  • Hosepipe ban warning: UK to see driest May for 124 YEARS

As groups of six can now meet and the hot weather continues, hosting a garden party may be one way to see friends and family while sticking to guidelines.

You could even throw a royal-themed garden party, taking inspiration from the Queen’s summer garden parties.

Liz Taylor, Wedding and Events Planner, Taylor Lynn Corporation has attended royal garden parties in the past and gave some advice for those looking to hold their own royal soiree.

Ms Taylor said: “I have been lucky enough to attend two Royal garden parties and believe me they are an incredible experience.

“Traditional to their core, and fabulous for being so. You can infuse a little of that in your own party at home.

“Take brightly coloured deckchairs and place in family groups – socially distance – it’s essential.

“Have straw hats and individual afternoon tea boxes delivered to everyone ahead of time, which they can bring along so there’s no sharing of cutlery.

“Or get guests to bring their own picnic hampers and spread blankets on the lawn.”

Grow your own: The 20 quickest fruit and veg to grow in your garden [INSIGHT]
Meet 6 people: Where can you meet friends and family? [EXPLAINED]
Aldi egg chair is back – best selling item to hit UK supermarket [ANALYSIS]


  • Victoria sponge cake recipe: How to make Queen’s favourite treat

For drinks, Ms Taylor suggests: “Serve perfectly iced Pimms or pink lemonade in guests own glassware, or use disposable cups that only your guests touch.

“Just as the Queen does – have someone act as Master of Ceremonies and announce guests on arrival.

“Handmade bunting and pea-lights strung from fences and trees and an iPod list of string quartet music, barbershop trios and later, a livelier set will add atmosphere.”

Below are two recipes, one for Pimms and another for pink lemonade for your garden parties this summer.

Pimms recipe


  • 200ml Pimm’s No. 1
  • 600ml lemonade
  • ice
  • mint sprigs
  • sliced cucumber
  • sliced orange
  • strawberries


First, fill a jug with ice and pour over the Pimm’s and lemonade.

Give the mixture a good stir then add the mint, cucumber and fruit.

Leave some of the fruit to one side to act as a garnish once poured.

Pink lemonade recipe


  • 300g caster sugar
  • 1½ lemons, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3 x 170g/6oz punnets raspberries
  • ice and fresh mint – to serve


First, place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and pour over 350ml cold water.

Then bring the mixture to the boil, stirring often, then leave to cool.

Pour this through a sieve, pressing down with a spoon to extract all the juices.

The syrup can now be stored in the fridge for up to one week.

To serve, pour a little into a glass and top up with sparkling or still water, ice and mint.

Source: Read Full Article