VE Day Stay At Home Street Party Ideas
Celebrate the VE Day 75 Stay at Home Street Party with these great ideas.
Friday 8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. This years VE Day was due to be marked with a series of national events across the UK. However with the announcement that the lockdown will be extended until at least the begginging of May it is unlikely that these events will still take place.
To ensure that VE Day is still celebrated The "Stay At Home Street Party' are encouraging the UK public to still take part.
To help you celebrate in style whilst still social distancing we have put together some great VE Day 75 Stay at Home Street Party ideas below.
Front Garden Stay at Home Street Party
If the weather is being kind, bring the celebrations to your front garden for a safe street party vibe. Simply set up garden furniture or picnic blankets in the front garden and add in some decorations (see below for some ideas). Why not also ask your neighbours to join in by creating your own party invitation letting them know what you will be doing and stating a time you will be in your garden.
VE Day 75 Stay at Home Street Party Decoration Ideas
Whether inside or out, no stay at Home Street Party would be complete without fun red, white and blue decorations. Although you will find lots of online shops selling some great choices why not keep the kids busy on the run up by getting the to create their own bunting, paper chains and flags.
To help you out we have created a special keep with the VE Day 75 bunting and Union Jack Flag colouring pages for you to download for free here.
VE Day 75 Stay at Home Street Party Food Ideas
At the VE Day celebrations in 1945, due to rationing the party food would have included the likes of dripping sandwiches (bread dipped in beef fat and juices) Lord Woolton Pie (potatoes and vegetables with a pastry or potato topping) and faggots and mash (offal meatballs).However if not of these tickle your fancy, why not keep to a simple British party food theme.
Here are some VE Day 75 stay at home Street Party Food Ideas to keep with the theme but which the kids will enjoy.
Traditional British Party Food.
A obvious choice but a great one. To keep with the VE theme keep it simple with delights such as: basic sandwiches such cheese, ham, jam and egg sandwiches or you could pay homage to the 'dripping' days with a good old roast beef choice; sausage rolls (Is it even a party without them) which can be made extra special by making them yourselves; cocktail sausages, crisps, jelly and icecream and fairy cakes.
If you want to give your party a special treat, an afternoon tea is a great way to go. A traditional British afternoon tea consists of three tiers of small crustless finger sandwiches with a variety of fillings; a selection of small cakes and fancies and of course scones with jam and clotted cream. Although you can buy scones from the supermarket, you cannot beat homemade and they are really easy to make. We love Mary Berry's scone recipe.
Fish and Chips
During World War II Fish and Chips was one of the only foods that were not rationed and would make a great VE Day 75 Party food. To give it a 1945 feel serve them in newspaper with a lining of grease proof paper or make your own cones.
VE Day 75 Stay at Home Street Party Drink Ideas
If you are wanting to stick to the 1945 vibe, adults will be glad to hear that beer was the drink of the day during the original VE DAY celebrations. Although scarce Gin would have also been available along with whiskey and rum - anyone else thinking cocktails?
For non alcoholic drinks make sure you can include the British staple tea and squash for kids - both of which would have available in 1945.
VE Day 75 Stay at Home Street Party Food Ration Book
To give the kids an idea of what life would have been like during the World War II why not ration their party food (well maybe just at the start of the party, it is supposed to be fun after all). To make it extra fun we have created a World Ward II VE Day 75 Party themed ration book which you can download for free here.
VE Day 75 Stay at Home Street Party Entertainment.
Whether you are celebrating with just your family or your whole street a good party needs fun entertainment. Here are some great ideas to have fun whilst still complying with social distancing.
Learn VE Day Songs
During World War II and the VE Day celebrations singing was a main form of entertainment. To get into the full VE spirit ask your family and neighbours to learn some of the following war time songs and a have good old sing-a-long. Click on the linked title for the full lyrics.
Plus for kids their is a fun WWII VE Day Song by Horrible Histories here.
Show off your war time dance Moves with the LindyHop
During World War 2 American soldiers stationed in Britain brought their dances with them and a new dance craze was created. The Lindy Hop is a fusion of jazz, tap, breakaway and the Charleston.
Although it sounds complicated it is much simplier than you would think and there is a great free online tutorial for begginers, setting out the basic moves here.
Fun VE Day Games
Although we are all hoping the kids will happily take part in the singing and dancing or general theme of the day, in reality it is more likely the words 'I am bored' could be uttered. To keep the kids happy here are some fun games along the war time theme whilst still keeping 2 meters apart.
A popular wartime game which can keep the kids (and adults) busy for a good while.
Here are the rules of hopscotch for those who may have forgotten:
- Use chalk or tape to make an 8 square diagram, starting with one square on its own then two together, then repeat until you have eight squares. Then lable the squares 1 to 8, with a starter line before the square labelled 1.
- Players should have their own marker such as stone or bottle top.
- To start the first player throws their marker to the first square.
- They then need to hop over square 1 (where the marker is), land in squares in 2 and 3 with two feet one foot in each side by side square. Then hop into the next single square landing on one foot, continuing to sqaure 8, then turn around repeating the hops back to squares 2 and 3. The player should pause to pick up the marker from the first square, before hopping in and out of square one.
- On their next turn they then throw the marker into square two (and then into squares three to eight) and contining as above. Make sure they hop into square 3 and not putting a foot into square two which should hold the marker.
- The player is 'out' if the marker doesn't fall in the correct square; they land on a line; loses balance when picking up the marker and puts a foot or hand down; they land in a square their marker is in or if they put two feet in a single square.
- If the player makes no mistakes the next player takes their turn.
- If a player is out they have to repeat the same number on their next turn.
- The first player to 8 wins.
To keep the social distancing rules, we suggest every family with children draw their own hopscotch squares in front of their own house or in the garden. Taking their turns on these squares.
Skipping ropes were also popular during World War II and can make a great party game. You could challenge members of your own family or other family's in the street (at a safe distance) to a skipping rope off. See how many times you can 'jump rope' without hitting it with the person or family with the highest number of jumps being the winner.
Paper Plane Throwing
Spitfires were flown throughout World War II. Why not entertain the kids whilst paying homage by getting them to design paper planes (either on the day to keep them busy or before hand) and have competitions to see who can fly the furthest (keeping the social distancing rule of course).
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