How to throw an amazing street party on a budget

Street lined with colourful bunting

Bring the community together with party hacks that are fun, fast and thrifty.

Keep drinks cold for longer

Keep a bowl of punch cold for longer by using big blocks of ice – they melt more slowly than small ice cubes. To make them, fill an ice-cream tub with water and freeze it. For bottled and canned drinks, a fun way to keep them cold is to freeze colourful water balloons, then put them in a bucket with the cans.

If you're rushed for time, here's a super-quick way to keep drinks cool

Make your own bunting

Challenge each of your neighbours to design their own flag and hang them all from a piece of ribbon using clothes pegs. Community spirit plus cute décor, sorted. Or you could try this daisy bunting made from kitchen roll tubes for a pretty alternative.

Daisy bunting

Display your party food

Present your finger food, cakes and sandwiches on rustic looking chopping boards and slates. Coat old chipped plates with chalkboard paint to easily transform them into a cheese, bread or sweet-treat platter you can write on.

For a playful way to serve up crisps and nibbles, use terracotta pots or try this DIY bowl trick for snack.


Crisp packet turned into a bowl | Pack a light picnic hamper | Tesco Living

Make a DIY photo booth

Encourage partygoers to make lasting memories by designating an area for photos. Pretty it up with classic decorations like crepe paper flowers, bunting and download our photo booth prop printables to add to your prop box. Add a selfie stick and let guests use their own smart phones.

Set up a makeshift tombola

Try a mason jar tombola, where the winning tickets match up to jars filled with hot chocolate, sweets and small toys.

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