Entertainment Ideas For Your Jubilee Party
This year marks 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on 6 February, 1952. As the platinum jubilee celebrations readily approach, the Queen makes history by being the longest-reigning monarch in British history, with her coronation taking place on 2 June, 1953.
The perfect way to celebrate the event is by being the host of your very own Platinum Jubilee party and we have ideas on how you can keep your guests entertained below.
Pin the crown on the Queen
All you need is a big picture of the Queen, cardboard crowns, a blindfold and some Blu Tack. Each blindfolded player takes it in turn to stick the crown as close to the top of the Queen's head as possible.
The eat like a Queen game
Great fun and a chance for everyone to eat as much chocolate as they possibly can - with a knife and fork. Sit in a circle and in the middle, place a board with a large unwrapped bar of chocolate, a knife, fork, crown, scarf, pair of gloves and a die. The die is passed around the circle and whoever rolls a six has to quickly put on the crown, scarf and gloves and try to eat the bar of chocolate with a knife and fork. Meanwhile, the rest of the circle continues rolling the die until another six is thrown and the next person then takes over.
To play you need a CD of fun songs and enough thrones (chairs) for each participant. Players dance about and when the music stops they have to sit on a throne. Make sure there is always one less throne than the number of players so there will be one person without one. Each time a player is out, remove another chair until you have a winner.
Pass the Queen of Parcels
Take an inexpensive but royal-themed present and wrap it many times in many layers, with a sweet attached to each layer. Sit in a circle and, when the music starts, pass it around until the music stops. Whoever is holding the parcel at this point must tear open a layer and the music begins again. This continues until the last layer - and the person who removes this wins the prize.
Choose an open space and get all the children to lie down and pretend to be dozing corgis. Explain that whoever moves after the game begins will be out. The organiser walks around the room, talking to the players and trying to make them laugh. Each person who is out can help the organiser try and make the others laugh. The last person, or corgi, left sleeping is the winner.
You could organise a treasure hunt with royal-themed treasure or union jack flags hidden. Play individually or create teams with adults and children mixed. Make sure there is a prize for the winning person or team.
Tug of War
If you have a few people at your party, why not create a tug of war contest between two teams at opposite ends of a rope, each team trying to drag the other across a centre line. A rural pastime in England and Scotland, the tug-of-war was an Olympic event from 1900 to 1920, with five men on each side.