Ask each household to bring something, get the kids to decorate the house or street, ask the blokes to man the cocktail bar… the more everyone else does, the more fun it’ll be and the easier it is.
 Don’t want to cook?
Get the local chippy to deliver fish and chips for everyone in the evening. What could be more British, after all?
 Go old fashioned
Play skittles, hop-scotch, or an egg and spoon race – the kids (and adults) will love these as much as everyone did back in 1977!
 Be prepared
Light showers are forecast for most places this weekend, so plan a gazebo or garage you can stand in when the rain arrives – it just adds to the British fun, we think.
Scatter party poppers on the table, tie up balloons and put out the flags. The shops are full of fun, affordable buys that instantly make any place look fantastic.
 Make a momento
Give the kids a keepsake to take home so they can always remember this weekend. Why not fill a souvenir mug with red, white and blue sweets?
 Get stylish!
The coolest way to serve cocktails these days is in a teapot, rather than a boring old jug. What could be more stylish vintage than pouring a cocktail into a pretty teacup?
 Serve cake!
We all know how big baking is at the moment, so get your guests to bring a Victoria sponge, Bakewell tart or Queen of puddings. Your own version of the Great British Bake Off could be a raving success! And you eat the winning (and losing) cakes.
 Hang it up!
Bunting is everywhere right now and the best thing is most versions are reusable; they look great hung up in kids’ bedrooms or in the kitchen or hall. Choose a vintage style or make your own from old shirts.
 Make your own playlist
For a party to remember, download songs to give your day a real regal theme: Queen, Prince, the Sex Pistols and any great party songs that you love.