One of my fondest childhood memories is being at a street party. I was dressed up as a pirate, and it was so much fun meeting all the other children from our road. Of course, it must have taken a fair bit of work, but you never notice these things as a child – it all just magically materialised! Well we can’t magic one up for you, but we can make it easier to find street party decorations and children’s fancy dress ideas all in one place! And for a suitable occasion, try The Big Lunch with street parties being organised all over the country on Sunday 19 July. If you don’t know your neighbours, this could be the perfect way to meet them. Photograph and decorations are by Phillipson-Zoet.