King Charles III will be crowned on May 6, 2023, and Britain is gearing up for a celebration. That doesn’t mean that we can’t use this as an excuse for a party in the USA! After all, it’s not everyday that we get to see a royal coronation.
Over the years, I’ve thrown a handful of London-themed parties, including a 2012 London Olympics party, building up anticipation and celebrating the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales at 5 AM while on a field trip, and hosting family for the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. If you're planning on throwing a party to mark the occasion, let me share a few tips to help you get started!
- Choose a theme. There are many different themes you could choose for your coronation party, such as a royal ball, a street party, or a garden party. If you're not sure what theme to choose, ask your guests for suggestions. The coronation falls on the same day as the Kentucky Derby, my favorite excuse for a party, so this may be a great opportunity to break out the hats and fascinators.
- Send out invitations. Once you've chosen a theme, it's time to send out invitations. Be sure to include all the important details, such as the date, time, location, and dress code (if you have one).
- Decorate your party space. If you're having your party indoors, be sure to decorate your party space with royal-themed decorations. You can find these at most party stores. If you're having your party outdoors, you can decorate with royal-themed banners and flags. We also have some themed London plates, napkins, and (cup)cake toppers in the boutique from Josi James. If you’re in the USA, order soon to get them in time!
- Plan festive activities. No party is complete without a few fun games. Some popular activities for coronation parties include games like pin the crown on the king and royal bingo. A great place to grab some print-at-home activities for the kids is Under the Plumeria Tree. If your crowd isn’t into carnival games, consider some trivia about the royal family.
- Consider themed food and drinks. No party is complete without food and drinks. You can serve traditional British food, such as fish and chips, or tea party foods. If you’re planning on broadcasting the coronation during the party, plan on breakfast or brunch foods here in the States. Another option is to have a tea party.
- Enjoy the party! The most important thing is to relax and enjoy the party once your guests arrive. Afterall, it’s a day for fun and a peek at history.
Looking for additional inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board for your next London-themed party!