Plan the perfect street party this Big Lunch 2015

Plan the perfect street party this Big Lunch 2015

Pick the right venue

Big Lunches can happen in all sorts of places. It doesn't have to be in your street, just anywhere where your community can get together and have a good time is great. So it could be in your back garden, the local park or perhaps a community centre. If you want to close your road temporarily for your party, don't forget to contact your local council first. Their events or community team will usually be able to help you.

Send out your invites

Invite people in good time so that they can keep the date free– hand out leaflets or invitations, put up some posters and use Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. It's a good idea to get people to RSVP so you know numbers in advance.

Get everyone to bring a dish

Keep costs and waste down by asking your neighbours to bring their favourite dish. You could have a food theme or ask the people who live at even numbers to bring savoury dishes and the people at odd numbers on your street to bring desserts.

Get crafting

Have a think about how you'll decorate your event – think balloons, flowers, bunting and don't be afraid to ask people to bring their own chairs, tables, cutlery and other props. You can find some pretty craft ideas over on our craft section here.

Remember the small details

Make sure that your food and activities are suitable for all ages, take lots of photos and always have a wet weather plan!

For more info on how you can create or join a Big Lunch and get to know your neighbours on Sunday 7 June and to request a FREE planning pack, which contains invitations, posters, seeds and stickers, at