Etiquette of the Great British Street Party

May 4, 2022
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• Samsung teams up with the UK’s leading etiquette expert & coach William Hanson on mastering ‘street party etiquette’ ahead of the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend

• ‘Top 10’ street party faux pas revealed, having one too many tipples, gossiping about neighbours, and letting the kids and animals run riot

• Top foods you should avoid bringing to a street party also revealed, such as tofu and trifle

LONDON, UK – Wednesday 4th May 2022 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has partnered with the UK’s leading etiquette expert and coach, William Hanson, to share tips and advice on mastering the perfect ‘street party etiquette’ ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, when almost a third (33%)* of the country are planning to either host or attend a street party to celebrate over the bank holiday weekend.


Research by Samsung revealed the ‘Top 10’ street party faux pas, from having one too many (34%), not helping clear up (31%) and letting the kids and animals run riot (28%). Other things to avoid that topped the list included minding your language (27%), gossiping about neighbours (24%) and bringing uninvited guests (21%).


  Top 10 Street Party Faux Pas
1 Drinking too much alcohol 34%
2 Not helping to clear up 31%
3 Letting the children or animals run riot 28%
4 Not minding your language 27%
5 Gossiping about neighbours 24%
6 Bringing uninvited guests 21%
7 Saying food is bad/cold to those at the street party 21%
8 Not bringing at least 1x dish with you 20%
9 Overstaying your welcome at the street party 17%
10 Not assisting with the set-up process 17%


The study also revealed the top foods to avoid bringing to a street party, with tofu (18%), and trifle (10%) featuring in the list. Other items to avoid include Cornish pasties (8%), samosas (11%) and pizza (10%).


When it comes to mastering the Great British Street Party, top essentials to include are having music for all generations (26%), tables to layout food (25%) and lots of savoury nibbles, such as sausage rolls (24%). Decorations such as bunting (23%), alcohol such as punch (20%) and a selection of cakes (20%) also featured highly on the list.


  Top 10 Street Party Essentials
1 Music for all generations 26%
2 Tables to layout food 25%
3 Savoury nibbles – e.g., sausage rolls 24%
4 Decorations – e.g., bunting, balloon arch 23%
5 Alcohol – e.g., punch, G&T, Pimm’s 20%
6 A selection of cakes 20%
7 Plenty of seating 19%
8 Environmentally friendly paper plates and cutlery 17%
9 Soft drinks – e.g., pink lemonade 17%
10 Entertainment – e.g., games, quiz, outdoor screening 15%


The UK’s leading etiquette expert and coach, William Hanson, shared his advice on mastering the perfect street party: “Street parties can be great for boosting neighbourhood morale and strengthening community spirit. After two relatively reclusive years, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations will have an extra gloss to them. 


“As with any form of entertaining, quality is always better over quantity. A well-organised street party hosted over two-and-a-half hours packed full of essentials, from savoury treats, entertainment, and alcohol – but steady on the quantity – will make for a perfect day with family and neighbours. And don’t forget the bunting!


“But remember, gossiping about The Jones is a straight ‘no no’ and please mind your Ps and Qs. You will be in the company of all ages, from children through to elderly neighbours, so manners and best behaviour is a must.”


Aside from street parties, other ways the nation is planning to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee included watching the concert (25%) and ‘Trooping the Colour’ (22%) on TV. Whilst almost a fifth (18%) are planning to head to the pub with friends and family, whilst 15 per cent head into Central London to experience the celebrations in person.


To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, Samsung has today launched pre-orders until 22nd May of a range of limited-edition Bespoke Jubilee Fridge Freezers with panels displaying the quintessentially British Union Jack. With almost a fifth (24%) of people planning to purchase Union Jack themed household items to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, many may be excited to know the fridge freezer comes in three colours, including Clean Black’, ‘Glam Lavender’ and ‘Glam Peach’ – and there are only 70 units of each available to be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.


(Image: The Bespoke Jubilee Fridge Freezer by Samsung)


Dan Harvie, VP, Head of Home Appliances, Samsung Electronics (UK & Ireland) Ltd, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching our limited-edition Bespoke Jubilee Fridge Freezer to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.


“What’s more, our research reveals that a fridge freezer is the ‘most useful kitchen appliance’ for a street party (24%), so we’re excited to be launching the Bespoke Jubilee Fridge Freezer in time for all the celebrations to give consumers even more choice within their kitchens, but also honour our Queen and country.”


The limited-edition Bespoke Jubilee Fridge Freezer is available to purchase (RRP: £999.99) via, Samsung KX, Harrods and Selfridges on 23rd May 2022. Those eager to get their hands on the Bespoke Jubilee Fridge Freezer can pre-order between 4th – 22nd May 2022. Order a Bespoke Jubilee Fridge Freezer from now until 7th June via and receive £140 off the purchase.


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*Research conducted on behalf of Samsung of 2,000 UK adults aged 18+ by OnePoll between 25th – 27th April 2022.


Food You Should Not Bring to a Street Party
Bubble and squeak 21%
Bangers and Mash 20%
Spotted dick 19%
Tofu 18%
Couscous 15%
Hummus 14%
Chicken Satay 12%        
Samosas 11%        
Eton mess 11%        
Coronation chicken 10%        
Coleslaw 10%        
Trifle 10%        
Potato salad 10%        
Pizza 10%
Scotch egg 9%
Sausage rolls 9%
Chocolate biscuit cake (The Queen’s favourite) 9%
Breadsticks and dips 9%
Cornish pasties 8%
Biscuits 8%
Blackberry Bakewell 8%
Scones with jam and clotted cream 8%
Mini pork pies 8%
Victoria sponge cake 8%
Cupcakes 7%
Quiche or mini quiches 7%
Finger sandwiches 7%
Crisps 7%
Pastries 7%


Most Useful Kitchen Appliances During a Street Party
A fridge freezer to store and cool food 24%
An oven to cook and heat up food 21%
A microwave to quickly heat up food 17% 
A dishwasher to wash plates/cutlery 8% 


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