From party prep, to coronation keepsakes we’ve rounded up the best ideas and gifts to get you in the mood for this year’s big Royal event – celebrating King Charles III’s Coronation, taking place on Saturday 6th May 2023 in Westminster Abbey.
If you’re hosting a gathering at home or taking part in a street party, the team from Denby have some paper crafts that are sure to add colour to your event, along with a classic Coronation Celebration Cake recipe – it’s time to get making!
Denby’s top three tips for a planning a coronation event:
- Choose trestle tables for larger events and cover with a tablecloth or even an old sheet. Make your own bunting from remnants of leftover fabric and ask everyone to bring a chair – it doesn’t matter if they don’t match, that’s all part of the charm!
- Embrace the iconic red, white and blue theme with some of Denby’s classic ranges including the Studio Blue and Natural Canvas collections. Use plates on upturned bowls as cake, not forgetting an iconic teapot for your afternoon tea.
- Ask everyone to contribute by bringing their own food and drink, make a list so you don’t double up on two of the same dishes! And, don’t forget the finishing touches…let the kids get creative with paper chains and crowns, fill your space with decorations and raise a glass to our new King.
How to make: Paper chains
Cut your paper into strips, approx 18cm long x 3.5cm wide. Incorporate a mix of patterned and plain papers, cut with wavy edge craft scissors.
To start the chain take your first paper strip and wrap over to make a loop. Securing the ends with either double sided tape or glue.
Add a second link by threading another strip through the first loop and securing.
Continue alternating colours and patterns until you have a longer paper chain.
Display on your Coronation table or use to decorate around your home.
How to make: Paper crowns
If you are using A4 paper, the easiest way to make squares is to fold the top corner along the diagonal to make a square. (The extra paper can be set aside to make paper chains.)
Open up the large square, then fold diagonally to make 2 halves. Cut along the fold.
Each half can now be used to make 2 equal sized folded triangles.
For each crown you will need to make approx 10 folded triangles.
To assemble your Coronation crown, start by opening up one folded triangle and slotting the next one inside. Use double sided tape or glue to hold in position firmly.
Continue alternating red, white and blue triangles, pressing down as your Coronation crown grows.
How to make: A Coronation Celebration Cake
Make your own party showstopper with this delicious & colourful Coronation Celebration Cake, it’s sure to complete any royal-themed tablescape!
You will need
200g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
200g caster sugar
200g unsalted butter, softened
4 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons milk
For the filling:
250ml double cream, whipped
A mix of summer fruits
Icing sugar to dust
- Heat the oven to 190°C / 375°F / Gas Mark 5.
- Grease 2 loose bottomed sandwich tins and line with baking paper.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, either by hand or using an electric mixer.
- Add the milk and the eggs, one at a time, mixing well.
- Gently fold in the flour and baking powder. Ensure everything is thoroughly combined.
- Divide the mixture between each cake tin and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until risen and slightly springy to the touch.
- Let the cake cool completely before decorating on a Denby plate or platter. We used whipped double cream, summer fruits and a sprinkle of icing sugar.
Add extra finesse to your coronation spread with ProCook serveware (pictured above) that is as functional as it is beautiful.
From beautiful glass trifle bowls to glass jugs and pitchers that perfectly pour a classic Pimm’s cocktail, the store has everything you need to help make King Charles III’s coronation a royal occasion for all.
To celebrate the King’s Coronation, stores will be flourished with commemorative gifts and products – from keepsake mementos to treats to remember the special day.
The team at Radley have designed a limited-edition picture bag that features a creative scene with their treasured Scottie Dog.
See Radley’s beloved Scottie Dog on the Buckingham Palace balcony with his furry friends. This iconic moment is available on matching leather purse and canvas tote bag.
Make it a national celebration to remember with gemstones that will bring back happy memories for years to come, with up to half price on sapphires and diamonds at Ernest Jones.
Lindt has treated its most iconic, LINDOR Milk Chocolate truffles to a limited-edition Union Jack designed box. A commemorative and exclusive pick & mix tin is also available in store.
Fit for a King, explore Le Creuset’s collection to host in style over the coronation weekend.
If you’re ready to cook up a feast, enjoy three special royal-themed recipes including…
Jewelled Butterfly Buns
The ideal sweet treat for the bank holiday.
Summer Berry Union Jack Vanilla Baked Cheesecake
A palette pleaser for the whole crowd!
Celebration Pork Pies
A delicious twist on the classic British bake.
If you’re visiting Livingston Designer Outlet across the Coronation Bank Holiday weekend, please check our opening times ahead of your visit.