Coronation party essentials
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- Published on Thursday, 27 April 2023 18:22
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With the nation gearing up for the coronation of King Charles III on 6th May and street parties and BBQs being planned up and down the country, London Mums have put together a guide of coronation party essentials, information, products, ideas to make the event fun and family-friendly.
As a curiosity, ‘Coronation’ is one of the top trending searches on every online platform – are you ready for the big day? Our curated guide has everything you need to commemorate the King’s official coronation this long weekend (6-7-8 May 2023)! Whether you are a Royalist or not, this will be a great event to enjoy spending time with people.
Mallard Point has created a yummy London Dry gin, a limited-edition Pinot Noir gin for the coronation. I ‘had’ to test it! It will come handy to make the King’s favourite cocktail: a martini! What I love about Mallard Point is that they are very considerate about the environment and make products with minimal impact on the planet. Their custom wine and gin bottles are unique, made of aluminium and with sustainability at the forefront. Mallard Point send their customers return packaging so the bottles can be sent back to Mallard Point, sterilised and reused. This is true recycling!
Hayman’s of London Gin, £26, Available at Waitrose – A celebratory bottle featuring a wrap by British designer, Rose England. The Gin features the finest botanicals available combined with a two-day gin making process. The botanicals are infused in English wheat spirit for an entire day allowing the full natural flavours to shine.
TEA FIT FOR A KING – Coronation themed afternoon tea
Coronation themed afternoon tea and biscuit icing workshop at Biscuiteers in Belgravia
Raise a glass to our new King with the nation’s favourite beverage – a cup of tea. As we extend our warm wishes
to King Charles on the day of his coronation, there will be lots of cups of tea being made around Britain.
My favourite tea maker at the moment is luxury French tea brand Mariage Frères: The coronation range features the King’s Tea alongside London Rhapsody. KING’S TEA in a bluette Collectors’ tin (£27) is a specially crafted blend and is blue like Royal blood (wink). This is absolutely my favourite tea not just for its unique colour and handsome collectable tin, but for its alluring mix of spices and bergamot. The mix is sourced from Thailand and complemented by pink and yellow rose petals.
LONDON RHAPSODY is a box of 30 cotton muslin tea bags (£25): a delicate combination of fragrant bergamot, mint and notes of lavender.
I also enjoyed tasting Royal Brew-bilee Tea (£6.75 for 50g), a black tea blend inspired by the 1977 street parties, with all the scrumptious flavours of a lavish afternoon tea. It has a slightly sweet flavour. Tasting like tea and cake, this blend is the perfect treat. It’s available from birdandblendtea.com.
The ideal treats to go with these teas are these biscuits by Biscuiteers.
I went to a special cookie workshop to male them. I love them because they are not overly sweet and they are very crunchy.
Fatso pushed the boat out and blew the budget to bring back a bar fit for royalty – whether you’re a king like Kong or a queen like B.
As delicious as it is regal, this chunky bar (£6.50) of Colombian Dark Chocolate (89%) enrobes the majesty of whole pistachios, crunchy cocoa nibs and a hit of mint. It’s a right. Royal. Rhapsody!
Coronation Street party food, picnics, BBQs and dining al fresco
Amazon Fresh has a range of products for Coronation Street Party food. This is the list of my food supplies for my coronation street party:
by Amazon 6 Melton Mowbray Mini Pork Pies Currently priced at £2.10
by Amazon Cheese & Onion Rolls Currently priced at £1.75
by Amazon Steak Slices Currently priced at £2
by Amazon Mini Cocktail Sausages Currently priced at £1.75
by Amazon 18 Mini Savoury Egg Bites Currently priced at £2.17
by Amazon Chargrilled Artichokes Currently priced at £2.27
by Amazon Cream Cheese Stuffed Cherry Peppers, Currently priced at £2.64
by Amazon Mixed Olives with Feta Currently priced at £2.48
by Amazon Tortilla Chips Lightly Salted Currently priced at 90p
by Amazon Onion & Garlic Dip Currently priced at £1.20
by Amazon Onion Rings Currently priced at £1
by Amazon All Butter Flapjack Mini Bites -Currently priced at £3.32
by Amazon Chocolate Brownie Mini Bites – Currently priced at £2.86
by Amazon Rocky Road Mini Bites – Currently priced at £3.71
HECK, the Yorkshire sausage maker, has created a majestic recipe to mark the occasion. Their own take on the coronation chicken classic marries lean British chicken with mild curry spice, seasoning and raisins in the limited edition, gluten-free and dairy-free recipe that’s on sale at Tesco from 26 April – 16 May, all wrapped up in a suitably regal sausage sleeve embellished with a bejewelled crown. HECK’s celebration Coronation Chicken Sausages (10 pack/400g) will be available from Tesco stores nationwide, £3.20 per pack (£2.50 for Club Card holders).
King of Cordials
Belvoir Farm has launched limited edition Cordial and lightly sparkling elderflower bottles to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III. The delicate elderflower is quintessentially British and now these pretty white blooms that herald the start of summer are back in the spotlight to help celebrate the historic event. Coinciding with Belvoir Farm’s popular annual Elderflower Harvest which also takes place in May, the Leicestershire-based drinks company has designed two limited-edition celebration bottles for its iconic Elderflower Cordial (£4.50 500ml) and Lightly Sparkling Elderflower (£3.50 750ml) on sale in supermarkets across the UK. The Coronation Edition bottles feature a ‘happy & glorious’ neck label and main label complete with crown, bunting and bearskin-wearing King’s Guard. Still made to the same traditional family recipe, it’s also delicious as refreshing tea or as a dash on top of beer for a cooling Elderflower Top. Belvoir Farm has also created a series of Elderflower-inspired recipes for party celebrations – Elderflower Gin Fizz, Elderflower Gin Fling, Elderflower Panna Cotta and Elderflower Biscuits.
Ladybird | The King’s Crown | RRP:£7.99
A new interactive lift-the-flap adventure book helps little readers join in on King’s Coronation, introducing The King’s Crown. This engaging story book has vibrant illustrations and a rhyming, follow-along story. Parents can enjoy reading with their children and exploring the colourful castle with its many hidden treasures, engaging them in the historic event that is taking place in May. The story takes little ones on an adventure around the palace to find the King’s crown ahead of the Big Parade. The poor King has lost his golden crown, and it’s down to the readers to find it!
Michael Morpurgo, The Boy who would be King
A picture book aimed at 8+ readers. From the bestselling creators of There Once Is a Queen, it is a tribute to King Charles III.
There once was a boy who would be king by Sir Michael Morpurgo is a poetic celebration of the new monarch, and beautifully illustrated in watercolour by acclaimed artist Michael Foreman.
There once was a little boy, born a prince. Encouraged by his parents, he grew up with a passion for the countryside, wanting to look after it. Then, as the longest-serving Prince of Wales in British history, he dedicated decades of his life to raising awareness for conservation. Now our king, his devoted work will continue to inspire the protection of our planet for future generations.
This allegorical story tells how – with the help of a tiny acorn – a wise old woman gives a lonely boy, who would be king, the courage and determination to change the world for the better, for everyone. A companion to There Once Was a Queen, this commemoration of King Charles III’s coronation is a gift book for young readers.
Coronation themed games
Janod – Strass and Stickers Crowns – RRP: £9.99 – available from Small Kins
Little ones can enjoy the upcoming King’s Coronation by making their own crown for the celebration! Thanks to Janod’s royal inspired craft set, little creatives can decorate each of the three crowns, using an abundance of shining jewel inspired stickers all included within the set.
Janod | Magnetibook Princess/Fairytales | RRP: £18 | Stockist: Kidly
Perfect for topical gifting and play around the upcoming Coronation, Janod’s Magnetibooks are available in Princess or Fairytales designs, encapsulating the magic of everything royal! The colourful and educational games, each with different royal elements, inspire children to create stories and images on a magnetic background. Appearing in the perfect travel size, Magnetibooks will be the perfect companion for long car journeys over the special bank holiday!
Kings & Queens Top Trumps
Brits looking for fun game for a party or way to teach kids… well here’s the ultimate Top Trumps for the Coronation Weekend! A brand new pack of Top Trumps featuring monarchs – past, present and future – sees William conquer all. But not the current day William, Prince of Wales – instead it’s William the Conqueror.
In a Military Might category, which is based on the proportion of years active service, King Charles III rates only modestly. And all the English Kings and Queens get trumped by .. a Frenchman! William the Conqueror comes out top in the Military Might section. Other features of the pack include:
- WILLS TRUMPS HIS PA: William, Prince of Wales – who appears in the deck on the basis he is a future King – beats his dad in both the ‘Children’ and ‘Military Might’ categories.
- BY GEORGE HE’S GOT IT: He is only nine – but already Prince George of Wales trumps lots of famous Kings and Queens of the past in the popularity category including Elizabeth I, Charles I – and ties with King Henry VIII.
- SEND HIM TO THE TOWER : The second most unpopular monarch is Richard III. Edward VIII trumps him. The late Queen Elizabeth II comes out top in this category.
Smart Games – Preschool Games has created a new wooden castle toy to tickle the imagination of 4-9 year old children for hours of brain-challenging fun. They can arrange hardwood towers and stairs to create the path for a knight and his princess to be reunited. The knight and princess figurines can walk up stairways or along the top of walls. They cannot jump down or climb up walls. Experts say playing with Camelot Jr. stimulates various cognitive skills such as Concentration, Flexible Thinking, Logic, Planning, Problem Solving.
Coronation street parties
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums