Jubilee: How to throw the perfect garden party
Throwing your own Platinum Jubilee bash? We’ve sourced majestic must-haves from local suppliers including regal bunting, princely petits-fours, and vintage china, to ensure your party gets the Royal seal of approval
MINI CUPCAKES AND PETITS FOURS from Biscotti di Debora, Dry Drayton
“More than 150 years after the seventh Duchess of Bedford began serving a meal between lunch and dinner, afternoon tea remains a firm favourite. Adding trays of Italian pastries and cakes to your dainty crustless sandwiches and pots of Darjeeling or Earl Grey will create a regal flavour for your Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
“Biscotti di Debora's petits fours are an array of irresistible miniature desserts, including a classic pannacotta, a chocolate cup filled with Tiramisù cream, a pistachio choux craqueline, and mini meringues sandwiched with vanilla cream. A variety of delicately decorated treats, all expertly handmade, which we hope would get The Queen’s royal seal of approval,” says Debora Bonnes, owner of Biscotti di Debora.
To buy: Visit biscottidebora.co.uk
CELEBRATORY WINE from Saffron Grange Vineyard, Little Walden
“Saffron Grange has a delightful range of wines to pair perfectly with your Jubilee spread – the perfect way to celebrate all things English and local! All our wines are fruit-driven with a delicious, refreshing acidity giving you lots of pairing options however you choose to mark the occasion,” says Aimie Edwards, Operations Manager at Saffron Grange Vineyard.
“Match smoked salmon sandwiches with our best-selling, award-winning Classic Cuvée, made from the classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir grapes. Or why not tantalise your tastebuds with our refreshing 2019 Sparkling Rosé, with notes of summer berries and red currants which perfectly complements the sweetness of raspberry jam slathered on warm, buttered scones?
“For a refined experience, try the 2018 Blanc de Noirs, our most complex wine to date aged for 30 months on the lees and made from 100 per cent Pinot Meunier grapes. It will hold up to richer savoury treats, like a Coronation Chicken salad.”
To buy: Visit saffrongrange.com or the on-site shop at Saffron Grange Vinyard, Rowley Hill Farm, Little Walden, Essex CB10 1UZ
BEAUTIFUL BUNTING from Sew Knit Craft, Cambridge
“As you organise your street party and other Jubilee celebrations don’t forget your bunting – no celebration is complete without it. Here at Sew Knit Craft we have everything to make your celebration extra special with bespoke panels created by British designers Lewis & Irene and a full range of jubilee fabric for those little extras like napkins and tablecloths,” says Sew Knit Craft owner Irene Spence. “We have loads of red, white and blue fabric ribbon and binding to finish everything off. We are also really happy to create the bunting for you if you would like us to. Hurry as stock is limited and selling fast. Make your Jubilee celebrations really special and come and let us know how we can help.”
To buy: Visit sewknitcraftltd.com or the store at 58 King Street, Cambridge, CB1 1LN
GRAZING PLATTERS by The Suffolk Platter, Bury St Edmunds
Sharing platters laden with delicious savoury treats are the perfect conversation-starter at parties. The Suffolk Platter is a family-run catering business just outside Bury St Edmunds, which specialises in bespoke sharing plates.
“We pride ourselves on delivering luxury homemade food to your door,” says The Suffolk Platter’s Lucy Doughty-Esch. “For the Jubilee weekend we have three graze platters great to share with family and friends, perfect for a Jubilee picnic. You can choose from, The Classic Graze with homemade sausage rolls and pastries, The Cheese & Charcuterie or The Big Cheese Platter. All our food is fresh and homemade, as we are working with local suppliers sourcing the very best seasonal produce.”
Platters start from £70 and serve 6 people.
To buy: Visit thesuffolkplatter.co.uk
GRAND CENTREPIECE CAKE by HoneyShed Bakery, Dullingham
Create the wow-factor at your right royal party with an eye-catching statement cake.
“There is no such thing as a great celebration without a cake, don't you think?” says Ana Cerdeño, of The HoneyShed Bakery. “But worry not, as whether you’re throwing a big Platinum Jubilee party or a small birthday bash, I can create you a great tasting and fantastic looking centre-piece for your celebration. It’ll be the cake that you and all your guests will enjoy, remember and talk about for months to come! No two of my cakes are the same, and yours will be baked to your favourite flavour combination and decorated to your specifications.”
Ana creates delicious, inspired bakes, using only fresh locally-produced ingredients (where possible), with a focus on incredible flavour and striking style.
To buy: Call Ana on 07488800468 or visit honeyshedbakery.co.uk
VINTAGE CHINA from My Pretty Tea Party, Burwell
We’d like to imagine that the Queen enjoys her freshly-brewed Assam poured into a fine bone china teacup, sat in one of her sprawling palace drawing rooms, with a beloved Corgi on her lap. Whether that’s true, we’ll never know, but we do know that she loves china, so why not serve up your Platinum Jubilee tea and treats in vintage crockery hired from My Pretty Tea Party?
"From teacups to cake stands, teapots to teaspoons we have everything you could need to make a beautiful royal Jubilee party,” says Tonie, owner of My Pretty Tea Party. “Drink tea from bone china, Royal Albert teacups. Eat cake with a silver fork off Royal Doulton tea plates and stir with a silver spoon! What could be more royal?"
To buy: Visit myprettyteaparty.co.uk
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