Sick of battling the crowds for a spot under some shade at your local beach or park on Australia Day? Or maybe you haven’t made any plans as of yet? Well it’s going to be a warm one here in Perth this year so why not host a relaxed get together at home for your family and friends? We give you a head start with your party planning by listing some festive ways to celebrate being Australian and our diverse culture.
Have a street party
Do you hold a good relationship with your neighbours or hope to build a better one? Then consider organising a street party, inviting everyone who lives in your street to come along and celebrate Australia Day together. A community event such as this will encourage everyone to pitch in – bringing their own food, drink and seating to the party. This also gives the children of the street a chance to bond with kids around the same area.
If you live in a cul-de-sac or quiet road then the top of the street is a perfect location. If you live on a busier road, you can always move the celebrations to a driveway or backyard location instead.
Plan an Aussie themed celebration
It might seem cliché but an Australian themed celebration on our national holiday always makes for a good time. Deck your home out with red and blue or green and yellow decorations and a feast of Aussie style foods like sausages, prawns, meat pies, lamingtons and Pavlova. Put your favourite Aussie party soundtrack in and don’t forget to tell your guests to suit up in Australian themed dress too.
Spend the day splashing around the pool
If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard swimming pool, why not make the most of it? The sun will be shining and the weather extremely hot so there’s no better way to celebrate than with a refreshing dip. Don’t have a swimming pool? Don’t worry you can still enjoy the fun – invest in an inflatable pool or slip-n-slide mat for all to enjoy.
Host a Triple J Hottest 100 countdown party
Nothing says “Australia Day” like listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown. It has turned into an annual tradition in most households so why not plan your day around it? Invite some friends and family over so you can celebrate Australia Day and a year of good music together. The countdown begins at 12pm (AEDT), so make sure you provide plenty of food and drinks so your guests have enough energy to sing along with the best tracks of 2014.
Head outdoors for a day of Aussie activities
Australians are known for their sports and outdoor activities – cricket, tennis, footy – the list is endless. Round up your family and friends before taking part in a day of different sporting activities this Australia Day. Make sure you set a timer to ensure you’re able to play a good mix of sports, making sure no one manages to get bored. If you’re not the competitive type, why not throw in a few fun activities like the egg-and-spoon race to keep everyone entertained.
Give your celebration a multi-cultural flavour
If all of these suggestions just seem a little too Australian, then why not toast to our multicultural heritage. Encourage guests to celebrate their own heritage or favourite travel destination by bringing a plate of their favourite international cuisine. Jazz up the area with some global inspired decorating and festive party tunes from around the world. You could even organise some multicultural activities such as making origami or dream catchers. These activities are especially great for children and will keep them entertained all day long.