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Themed Ideas For Street Parties
This results in a really bright, colourful party with loads of interesting food and drink!
The idea is that each person or household picks a country from around the world (you could use countries of the British Commonwealth, or countries with yellow on their national flag, or whatever other theme works for you), and then decks the front of their house out in flags and bunting from that nation, and prepares a dish from their chosen country.
DecorationsThis will obviously be dependent on the countries you choose, but you'll find links to flags, bunting and other decorations from around the world here.
MenuAgain, this will depend on the nations you choose, but click here for our list of recipes from around the world.
To DrinkHave a search at ; they have a pretty good selection of wines from around the world. Or alternatively try DrinkSupermarket.com.
Re-live the 2012 Olympics and put together a London-themed party!
DecorationsDeck out the street in the British national colours of red, white and blue, with plenty of Union Jack flags and bunting.
Onion & Ale Soup
"Bangers" & Mash with Onion Gravy
Beef in Ale Casserole
To DrinkLondon Gin & Tonic
Fullers London Pride Ale
Youngs Special London Ale
English Garden Party
Quaint, civilised, sophiticated.... could be a lot of fun, and a very "different" kind of party if everyone gets into the spirit of it...
DecorationsDecorate the garden or front of your house with plenty of red, white and blue, with plenty of Union Jack flags and bunting.
Egg & Cress Sandwiches
Scones and Jam
Strawberries & Cream
Pimms & Lemonade
National Celebrations Listed By Date
1st: Cameroon Independence Day
1st: Establishment of the Slovak Republic
1st: Sudanese Independence Day
24th: Romanian Unification Day
25th: Egyptian Revolution Day
26th: Australia Day
6th: New Zealand - Waitangi Day
15th: Serbian National Day
1st: Independence Day in Bosnia-Herzegovina
3rd: Bulgarian Liberation Day
6th: Ghanaian Independence Day
15th: Hungarian 1848 Revolution Day
17th: Irish St Patricks Day (Republic and Northern Ireland)
20th: Tunisian Independence Day
24th: Argentinian Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice
25th: Greek Independence Day
26th: Martyrs' Day - Mali
1st: Islamic Republic Day in Iran
4th: Angolan Day of Peace & Reconciliation
14th: Senegalese Independence Day
21st: Brazilian Tiradentes' Day
25th: New Zealand - ANZAC Day
25th: Italian Liberation Day
26th: Netherlands - the King's Birthday
27th: South African Freedom Day
1st: Labour Day - China, Malaysia, Iceland
3rd: Japanese Constitution Day
3rd: Polish Constitution Day
6th: Gabonese Martyrs' Day
8th: France - Victory Day
8th: Czech Republic Liberation Day
21st: Montenegro Independence Day
24th: Anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha - Ecuador
25th: Africa Day - celebrated in Mali & Zambia
30th: Azerbaijani Republic Day
2nd: Italian National Day
5th: Danish Constitution Day
5th: President's Day in Equatorial Guinea
10th: Portugal Day
12th: Russia Day
17th: Icelandic Republic Day
25th: Croatia's Statehood Day
25th: Slovenia National Day
28th: Ukrainian Constitution Day
30th: Sudanese Revolution Day
1st: Ghanaian Republic Day
1st: Canada Day
4th: Indepenence Day - USA
5th: Algerian Independence Day
5th: Independence Day in Cape Verde
9th: Argentinian Independence Day
12th: Northern Ireland - Battle of the Boyne
13th: Montenegro Statehood Day
14th: France - "Bastille" Day
18th: Uruguay Constitution Day
20th: Declaration of Independence in Colombia
21st: Belgian Independence Day
23rd: Egyptian Revolution Day
25th: Tunisian Republic Day
1st: National Day in Switzerland
5th: Independence Day in Burkina Faso
7th: Independence Day in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
10th: Independence Day in Ecuador
15th: Liberation Day in North Korea
15th: Independence Day in South Korea
16th: Gabonese Independence Day
20th: St Stephen's Day in Hungary
20th: "Revolution of the King & the People" - Morocco
24th: Ukrainian Independence Day
25th: Uruguayan Independence Day
30th: Victory Day in Turkey
31st: Malaysian National Day
1st: Slovakian Constitution Day
2nd: Canadian Labour Day
3rd: Monaco Liberation Day
7th: Brazilian Independence Day
9th: North Korean National Day
12th: Cape Verde National Day
15th: Costa Rican Independence Day
15th: Honduran Independence Day
16th: Malaysia Day
16th: Mexican Independence Day
18th: Chilean National Day
22nd: Bulgarian Independence Day
22nd: Malian Independence Day
30th: Botswana Day
1st: China - National Day
1st: Nigerian Independence Day
3rd: Day of German Unity
3rd: South Korean Foundation Day
8th: Croatian Independence Day
12th: Independence Day in Equatorial Guinea
12th: Spanish National Day
12th: Columbus Day in Colombia
12th: Honduras - Columbus Day
15th: Chile - Columbus Day
18th: Azerbaijani Independence Day
23rd: Hungarian Republic Day
23rd: Libyan Liberation Day
24th: Zambian Independence Day
26th: Austrian National Day
28th: Czech Independence Day
28th: Greek National Day
28th: Turkish Republic Day
1st: Algeria - Anniversary of the Revolution
9th: Azerbaijani Flag Day
11th: Angolan Independence Day
11th: Polish Independence Day
15th: Day of National Peace - Ivory Coast
18th: Moroccan Independence Day
19th: Revolution Day - Mexico
19th: Monaco National Day
25th: Statehood Day in Bosnia-Herzegovina
28th: Albanian Independence Day
29th: Albanian Liberation Day
30th: Romania - St Andrew's Day
Fourth Thursday: Thanksgiving in USA
1st: Romanian National Day
2nd & 3rd: National Day in the United Arab Emirates
6th: Spanish Constitution Day
11th: Proclamation of the Republic in Burkina Faso
12th: Russian Constitution Day
16th: Bahrain National Day
16th: South African Day of Reconciliation
23rd: Japanese Emperor's Birthday
24th: Libyan Independence Day
26th: Slovenian Independence Day
27th: North Korean Constitution Day
Special occasion? Then throw a street party!
Enjoy celebrating special occasions with your friends and neighbours? Ever think it might be fun to make a bit more of a party of it? You've come to the right place!
The whole aim of this site is to give you some ideas and resources to help you throw a street party or garden party with your friends, whatever the reason or occasion. Yes, you could just set up a barbecue outside your house, crack open a beer and hope somebody else turns up. Somewhere at the back of the cupboard there's a packet of cheese and onion crisps you haven't eaten yet, right? OR, you could go to town a bit, and for very little money turn the whole thing into a party that everyone will remember.
It doesn't take a lot of effort to decorate the street or your garden. There are countless sources of flags, bunting, balloons and other decorations available, and we'll try to link you up with some of them. One thing we've got loads of on this site is recipes from around the world, so whether you're a budding chef or a bit of a novice in the kitchen, there should be something here that will give your street party some culinary pizazz!
This site is an "off shoot" of the successful Sporting Parties web site, so many of the ideas will be similar. In fact many of the links will open on pages from the other site where they are useful or appropriate - there seemed very little point in filling up the web with duplicate pages that simply have a different logo on!
And if you have any ideas to add to this site, please get in touch!
Throwing a Street Party? Plan ahead!
OK, great reasons to throw a street party don't come round that often, so in theory we all have plenty of time to plan the perfect event, but somehow life never works out quite like that!
A little advance planning will help create a party to remember, and in fact it really isn't going to work without proper planning and co-ordination with your friends and neighbours.
Specific Planning Issues for Street Parties
What we cover here is what is referred to as a "small street party", which is when the neighbours from one or two streets get together. Larger public gatherings which are advertised and open to anyone, like carnivals, are best left to professional event planners, and the information below may not be appropriate to a larger event.
Please note that the comments below are based on our understanding of UK laws and regulations; these may well be different in other countries.
Contact Your Local CouncilOne of the first things you need to do - once you have decided with your friends and neighbours that you wish to hold a street party on a certain date - is to inform the events or communities team at your local council. They will need to know about your event 4 - 12 weeks in advance, and may send you an application form if they need more information about your party, such as:
This government web site will help you to find out more about your local council's policies on street parties.
If you want to close a road for your party you will need to get permission from your local council, and ensure that the emergency services would still be able to have access to the street if need be. Your council may lend you road closure signs, or they may be able to tell you where you can hire them from.
If your party is on a bus route, the bus company will need to be informed in advance. Some councils contact emergency services and transport providers themselves, but others expect you to do it, so it is important that you check with your council who is expected to communicate this important information.
Insurance and Licenses
Planning your street partyIn addition to the suggestions found on our party planning guide, we weould recommend the following points when planning a street party:
Nothing quite says "street party" like bunting. If you drive into a street and see colourful bunting hanging from the street lights, trees or fronts of houses, you know there's a party about to happen. You can make your own, of course, but it's quite time-consuming, and it's not expensive to buy ready-made bunting on-line. We tend to go for the material rather than paper varieties, purely because they tend to last longer and look better if they become victims of what we refer to as "summer" in the UK!
Here's a selection of different colours, but you will find more by looking up specific countries on our General Flags & Decorations page.
List of National Holidays
If you're thinking of throwing a party themed around a specific country or countries - maybe to celebrate a monarch's coronation or a national holiday - and you need to find some ideas fast, then use the list below to find the page for your nation, and away you go! Or maybe you're planning to throw a party on a certain date and are looking for a theme? Hopefully the list below will provide you with some inspiration!
We've only listed here those nations for whom we have pages of information, decorations, recipe ideas etc already built on our sister site, Throw a Football Party. I'm afraid if your nation doesn't appear below, we don't have a page of ideas for them (yet!). We've also only listed "national specific" holidays, rather than, for example, religious holidays which are celebrated all over the world.