The Diamond Jubilee – let’s have a party!

May 22, 2012 by The Co-operative Food Jubilee tea party

We’ve got a bumper bank holiday weekend coming, with this year’s Whitsun holiday moved to Monday 4th June, followed by an extra day off to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012 on Tuesday 5th June. What a great excuse to throw a party!

Jubilee High Tea party

What better way to celebrate with the Queen and the nation than a very special holiday high tea? It’s the perfect British celebration, and it’s also the easiest of all social occasions to plan!

It doesn’t need to be formal – in fact it can be a lot of fun and the kids will love it too! You can serve your high tea indoors, in your garden, or even get your neighbours to do their bit and get the whole street involved!

Union Jack cupcakesWe can help you host a fabulous high tea with our easy to prepare, utterly delicious food, including:

  • a variety of fresh sandwiches
  • scones with cream and jam
  • traditional cakes and pastries
  • summer fruits, like British strawberries
  • a wide choice of teas

Don’t forget to pick up our selection of Jubilee dress up novelties and street party essentials in store, such as bunting and napkins. And make sure you check out the new online Food magazine, it’s bursting with ideas and recipes to make your party a winner. You can pick up a copy in selected stores, or read it online now.

Will it be your first BBQ of the year?

We’ve had some lovely glimpses of summer already and the evenings are getting longer. If you haven’t got the barbecue out yet then the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend will be a great time to enjoy your first Great British BBQ of the year!

So dust down your outdoor cooking utensils, fire up the barbecue, and enjoy a mouth watering range of the most succulent British meat and freshest veg and salads. We have some great new dips in store too, such as the spicy pea and wasabi, or why not try Frijolemole.

Trust us, one whiff of a fresh lamb kebab, spiced with cumin, slowly cooking away and it’ll instantly feel more like summer! You could try creating a Thai style burger by mixing in a little chopped red chilli, ginger and coriander with your minced meat – it’s a great way to make chicken or turkey into a special burger. But if that sounds like a lot of effort you can’t go wrong with our Aberdeen Angus burger with ale and chutney. Or try our BBQ range, now any 3 for £10.

View our Jubilee party food deals >

Family PartyFamily party

They say there are three key secrets to a successful party…

Planning, planning and planning!

We’d like to add a fourth – your local Co-operative. We have a host of simple, easy to prepare party snacks to make sure you can enjoy being the host! And what’s more, it’s three for two across our chilled party range, so stock up and relax, knowing everything is taken care of. We also have amazing new salads, such as our wholefood salad with butternut squash, black eye beans, edamame beans, pomegranate and mango with an orange and ginger-spiced dressing. Pizza lovers will appreciate the new stuffed-crust 12 inch meatball pizza – a stonebaked base topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, meatballs, sweetcorn, red and green chillies, Roquito peppers and red peppers.

There’s also delicious new Co-operative Doughballs. With two garlic butter dips and 40 doughballs per pack, they’re perfect for sharing at a summer gathering.

Find great deals that will help you throw the perfect family party here >

Find recipe inspiration here >

Make it special with our Truly Irresistible range >

The Big Jubilee Lunch

If you really like the idea of getting the whole street involved why not check out The Big Lunch – it’s an idea from The Eden Project in Cornwall and it’s happening across the country on Sunday 3rd June. This will be its fourth year and it’s an official part of the celebrations, it could be just the thing to pull your community together. Pop into your local Co-operative for all your Big Jubilee Lunch needs.

So celebrate together this summer with a huge barbecue, high tea, or whatever you fancy. Just don’t forget the Pimms and plenty of juices! And view our Jubilee party food deals for some more great party ideas!


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