British-themed party ideas

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British-themed party ideas
Celebrate the United Kingdom with a British-themed party. (union jack image by Paul Troop from

If you think it's time to celebrate this sceptred isle show your enthusiasm with a Brit bash for your friends and family. Britain's rich culture and unique traditions give you a great starting point for brainstorming a creative decor, delicious menu ideas and entertaining party activities. Pull out your Union Jack, wipe down the pint glasses and let the party begin!

High tea

Invite your pals over for a sophisticated afternoon tea party. Noël Coward sang that at 4 o' clock everything stops for tea, so keep that convention in mind if you want your party to be authentic. To add Victorian flair, decorate with lacy tablecloths and place settings. Use a silver tea pot to dole out Earl Grey in dainty china cups, and present goodies on a silver tray or stand. Traditional English tea party fare includes clotted cream, jam-filled scones, sponge cake and shortbread.

British pub

Decorate your party area to look like the Rover's Return and encourage guests to enjoy a pint or two. Hang Union Jack flags up on the walls, and consider printing paper versions from the Internet if you don't have any on hand. Look into renting or buying old wine barrels for decoration. Dark wood picnic tables add extra guest seating and help promote a pub-like atmosphere. Look for signs and posters advertising British brews to hang on your walls or prop up on your tables. Make sure that you have tall beer glasses for everyone, and you have a few British beers on tap for thirsty guests. Options include Newcastle Brown, Carling Black Label and Guinness.

Visiting London

Host a party that pays tribute to Britain's most famous city. The website, Hostess, recommends hanging postcards and posters of popular London sights and destinations, such as Big Ben, red double-decker buses and Buckingham Palace. Small, framed photos of London make great centrepieces, and you can get even more British by making your own Union Jack table cloth. Start with a basic white table cloth, and use strips of ribbon and coloured fabric to achieve the right look. Serve savoury roast beef with marinated Brussels sprouts and treacle sponge for pudding, and you'll have a London-style feast fit for the Queen.

Celebrate British music

Celebrate the greats of British music with a party in their honour. Think of the big superstars like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Sting and many more. Decorate the party room with old records and album covers. Play "Name that Tune" with your guests, using a mix of your favourite British tunes from your iPod. Buy or rent a karaoke system and have a British-themed singing contest.

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