Celebrate at home this VE Day

While many of us had planned to head out for the bank holiday weekend to celebrate VE Day, the Coronavirus outbreak has meant a very different three days are ahead of us.

So we have come up with some great ideas to not just mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, but also keep everyone happy and safe, at home.

Planning an indoor ‘street’ party doesn’t need to be complicated, and there are plenty of ideas to make the days feel that little bit more special.

Picnic Hamper for the garden / living room

If the weather is fine (and we are all keeping our fingers crossed for this) why not plan a garden picnic and create a feast of everything from cucumber sandwiches to sausage rolls. And if not, why not use a different room in the house to eat your fare!

Decorate your home 1940s style

Why not try putting up some bunting, or make some paper chains. They are quick, safe and easy to do. And you can pop them into the recycling bin after.

Everyone is asked to show off their bunting displays on social media using the hashtags #GreatBritishBunting and #VEDay75 - so why not give it a go!

Try a few different recipes and ideas

This website is great for a few alternative ideas for a VE Day party, from a playlist to some different foods to try.

A helping hand for your designs

We have put together some handy colouring sheets that you can download and print to help children of all ages. Follow the links here and here

Swot up on your history

Want to find out more about VE Day, why it is celebrated and what happened on that day in history? The BBC has got a great site that you can teach your kids, and yourself, more about such an important day:

Key events to mark on Friday

Make sure you put these times in your diary to try and catch on TV:

11am - 2 minutes silence
2.45pm - Winston Churchill speech on the BBC
Then grab your picnic blankets ready for:
4pm - Tea and scones (or coffee and cake) time
6pm - Dinner and raise your glass to your neighbours
9pm - The Queen's speech and a nationwide sing-a-long to We’ll meet again’ with the Royal British Legion.

And don’t forget...
There are plenty of foods ideas, outdoor games and furniture ideas and crafting supplies in our stores that you can pick up in your weekly shop that can help you make this weekend more memorable than ever.

Don’t forget to share your parties with us on our social channels here.

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