Recent Posts

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Diamond Jubilee ~ Piccadilly Jubilee Lunch

Are you ready for a majestic celebration?

Party like it’s 1952: Xanthe Clay's selection of slightly twisted tea-party classics

Today Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, is enjoying one of her great passions, horseracing, at the Epsom Derby. On Sunday there will be a seven mile long flotilla of over 1000 boats sailing on the Thames for a pageant to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The Queen and the Duke will travel on the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell.

Also on Sunday thousands upon thousands of picnics and street parties will be held in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The largest is to be held in Piccadilly. Piccadilly will be closed off to traffic and has been decorated with bunting and other decoration to create an environment of the traditional English summer picnic in the midst of London.

Entertainment is planned such as brass bands, fair rides, craft booths, and vintage car displays. I myself would love to attend one of the tea dances. A five hundred seat table will be set up along the length of Piccadilly. Guests are welcome to bring in hampers (aka picnic baskets) from home or buy food from the several shops and booths that will line the street.

But those seats will fill up fast, you may want to bring your own such as the Right Royal Hemingway deckchair.

Keep all the ingredients for your fête champêtre at a perfect temperature in a John Lewis cool box.

You can also purchase ready made hampers such as those from Fortnum and Mason Picadilly. They have been in business since 1707. The Queen herself made a recent visit on March 1st along with The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) and the Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine).

The first hampers created by Fortnum’s met the demands of well-heeled travellers, traveling to their country estates or to take the waters in Bath. F & M is offering several different hampers, also known as a “tuck box”. The least expensive, Fortnum’s Jubilee Picnic, is still a bit dear at £40.00 ($62.00) . It includes smoked salmon sandwiches, Coronation Chicken salad and some scrumptious Eton Mess ~ a dessert favored by Princes William and Harry.

Of course this is the Diamond Jubilee so why not go all out with Fortnum’s Wicker Picnic for £200.00 ($308.00) ? It includes such fare as beef carpaccio and bread rolls, dressed lobster, an English garden salad, a cheese course of Cropwell Bishop Stilton with Walnut Wafers and, to finish, Red Fruit Tarts and Fortnum’s Marc de Champagne Truffles.

The lucky 13,000 invited to Buckingham Palace on the eve of the Diamond Jubilee concert will feast on crudités, coronation chicken, poached Scottish salmon and chocolate indulgence and lemon madeira cakes. The guests will also receive a waterproof poncho.


All food should be accompanied by such celebratory drinks as lemonade, sparkling wine or Pimm’s.

I imagine that most of the masses will bring in disposable serve ware. These street party napkins from Selfridges make me feel quite merry.

The Brits really do make good looking paper goods such as these fun plates.

Finally, a throne grand enough for a cupcake!

I myself want this cake stand so badly I can taste it. Sadly, it is sold out everywhere.

Diamond Jubilee Paper Plates Or Cakestand

If you are at home, a wee bit of patriotic bunting is a necessity. You can find free printable bunting HERE, HERE, and HERE.

You can also use the official Diamond Jubilee china. The pieces feature a border of gilded oak leaves, acorns and the national symbols of daffodil, rose and thistle, entwined over a blue base. Prices range from £25 to £175 ($38~$270) .

We here at Décor To Adore manor plan to “large it up” over the weekend. (“What is a week end?” Name that quote~ ha!)

Here are some other English hamper ideas so you might enjoy your own celebration:

Wiltshire ham, poached salmon, pork rillettes often served with chutney, chicken, tomato and mozzarella pie, pork pies, Scotch eggs, green salads and potato salads.

Finish your meal with fresh strawberries with mint or you can create a delicious raspberry trifle. It’s what I will be serving.

Of course the fur boys wanted in on the action too. Given that they share short leg syndrome with the Queen’s corgi’s, Rudi and Franz consider them to be kindred spirits and wanted their own cake.

Hmmm, somebody’s feeling a bit high and mighty. Of course who could blame them? Dachshunds have been part of the Royal pack since Queen Victoria was given a dachshund by Prince Albert. I guess the crown does fit!

Knees up!

The Duchess of Decor


Perfectly Printed said...

Great post Laura, love the pictures and the history!


Sherri B. said...

I can only imagine the feeling of such a wonderful celebration for the British people..wouldn't it be fun to be there!? If I were there I do believe I would be packing my own basket, thank you ($$$.00 !!).

Enjoy your celebration! xo

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

You have to best posts on England and the Royal Family! And the best photos too. What a wonderful time to be in England.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love Fortum Mason, I still have my Christmas catalogue from there and of course treasure my spice rack I bought there so many years ago. Would it not be fun to have one of those picnic baskets?

Scargosun said...

Such a wonderful post! I want one of those coolboxes and the chair. I am a HUGE fan of Pimms. Pimms and Ginger with lime is our drink of the summer around here.

jeanetteann said...

Laura, this is a beautiful post,as is your previous one. I love all the pomp and ceremony of it all. The photo's are fabulous. I am going to enjoy every moment of it all. xx

vicki archer said...

Love this Laura... xv

My name is Darlene Payan said...

I feel that I am part of the party! I know the preparations, the lunches, and the where and when. I am so excited for the Queen. God bless her!

Your preparations look wonderful, especially the Raspberry trifle, yum. What is the large pizza looking item with tomato; it made me want some.

Thank you for keeping me posted on the party in England.

Pip pip cheerio,

Lorrie said...

Great glimpses into what's happening in London these days. My daughter and her husband are there, hoping to see the Queen (and Kate) tomorrow on the flotilla. I'm a little (a lot) green with jealousy. But I'm thinking some scones and cream and strawberries might make up for it just a little.
Have a wonderful weekend, Laura!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Thanks for the wonderful posts you've put together for the Diamond Jubilee, I've loved reading them!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

How amazing it would be to go to that event! LOVING all the decor!!

It's All Connected said...

Thanks, Laura. These pics make me feel like I'm right there for the celebration! ~ Maureen

Auntie Em said...

OK, now I am really hungry for a picnic! I am so torn, should I make a picnic and go out to enjoy it or stay home and watch all the celebrations. *sigh* I am thinking the food will win and I can watch all the reruns later! :D

Enjoy your 'Large Weekend'! :)

Karena said...

Oh Laura I would love having one of the F & m picnic Baskets, so beautiful!!

Adore you last pic with the doxie!!

Art by Karena

Mimi said...

How do I find the POUND Sign????I looked for it!!!!I love your POST and YES.....I WANT that carriage cup cake holder....oh is SOLD OUT???BUMMER!!!!!
The weekend is going to be so exciting!!They say HEAVY RAIN is predicted for SUNDAY...of COURSE HEAVY RAIN did not keep me from having fun while I was there....MY feet were so wet it was like I was sloshing around and my pants were wet to my knees!!!It poured on us!!!!
It was FUN none the less!!!!
Big hugs,

Betty said...

You are truly amazing. What a great post. I wish I was there. IT WOULD BE SO MUCH FUN TO BE ROYALITY! AND RICH!
Thank you so much for putting together this wonderful post.

openid said...


When I go to Europe I want you as my private tour guide! I love F & M's hampers and all the paper supplies you've shared but the corgis take the cake. hehehe I think you should use two devil dogs to create something special for your royal pack.
Maggie Smith said it!
Your Friend {or should I say ""We are allies, my dear, which can be a good deal more effective."}

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Laura what a magnificent post, you didn't miss a beat. If only the warmth of the sun was an accompaniment to the wonderful picnic hampers. Such a windy chilly day here today. Can you imagine being one those those 13,000. invited to Buckingham Palace, what a thrill of a lifetime. Thanks for your great posts, you never fail to to entertain and delight!!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I've been enjoying all the posts you did on the jubilee. I love that you include so much history and do some research when you are writing the posts. This last post inspired me to make Coronation Chicken Salad which was delicious. You can see it and the recipe in my post here:

Unknown said...

What a stunning collection, Laura! And we so appreciate the mention of the Pimm's Cup recipe, everyone here at Leite's Culinaria is woo'd by that cocktail...

nancy said...

I am so excited to have found your site and see all these photos. However, these are NOT dachshunds!!! They are Corgis, the most intelligent and darlingest dogs ever!! Ever!! You must have worked for hours and hours to accumulate all these fabulous photos. Thank you so very much!