Celebrate VE Day with a Stay at Home Party!
Friday 8th May marks the 75th anniversary of the official end of World War II and is celebrated across the country as VE Day, a Bank Holiday.
It’s usually celebrated with Patriotic parades and magnificent street parties, and as we see ourselves in this unfamiliar situation, this can’t be the case this year. But don’t let that stop you celebrating!
We’ve come up with a few ways to celebrate from the comfort of your own home! Celebrate VE Day with a Stay at Home Party! Take a look below:
Bake Patriotic Cupcakes!
What better way to celebrate than with cake? Get in the kitchen and make these Patriotic Red, White and Blue chocolate cupcakes. Why not get creative have a go at decorating them with the Union Jack flag? This delicious recipe is a treat the whole family can enjoy whilst getting into the celebratory spirit, plus the kids will really enjoy getting involved! Check out the recipe here.
Make VE Day themed Bunting
How about decorations? With a lot of key shops closed you’ll have to get creative for this one. We’ve got a great VE Day themed bunting template which you can print out, decorate at home and hang up around the house – in the windows, on your front door or around the garden. It’s a great way to get in the spirit of VE Day as this has been a tradition for the past 75 years. It’s also a great way to get the kids involved. Check out the template here: VE Day Bunting Template
Enjoy Afternoon Tea
Why not make a delicious afternoon tea for the family? Enjoy some sandwiches and yummy cakes. Now there’s nothing more British than a scone. Whether you like them with jam first or cream first, we know it’s one of the nation’s favourite treats. So why not celebrate our British heritage with a homemade scone? You can enjoy these in the garden and even put on a platter of sandwiches to go with it. Check out this simple homemade scone recipe below…
Homemade Scones Recipe
225g self-raising flour
75g butter, chilled and cubed
1 large egg
1.Preheat the oven to 220ºC. Sift the flour into a bowl, add a pinch of salt and mix. Then, add the butter and lightly rub together until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add sugar and stir in.
2. Put the egg and 2tbsp of milk into a jug and beat together. Make a well in the centre of the crumble and add the egg mixture. Mix the egg gradually into the crumble. As the dough forms, bring it together with your hands. It should be soft but not sticky. If it feels dry, add extra milk. Shape the dough into a rough ball.
3. Dust some flour on a clean worksurface and a rolling pin. Roll out the dough to approximately 2.5cm thick. Use a 5cm cutter, dusted in some flour, to cut out each scone. Don’t twist the cutter, just push down-wards and lift it to ease the dough out. You’ll get five or six scones. Gather the trimmings, roll them to the thickness and cut more until you have eight.
4. Dust a large baking tray with flour and place the scones on it. Brush each one with milk, then sprinkle a little bit of flour on each scone. Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 10-12 minutes or until well risen and golden. Transfer the scones to a wire rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Slice them in half and serve.
Video Call Family and Friends
It wouldn’t be a celebration without family and friends, so get connected with them. Even though they may not physically be there with you, why not video call them? There are loads of sites and apps where you can video call through your phone, tablet or laptop. Share your celebrations with them and catch up without leaving the house.
At 11am on Friday the Nation will hold a 2 minute silence to remember those who lost their lives during the 2nd World War, why not take part on your doorstep?