Are you one of the millions who didn’t make the guestlist for the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? If so, don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to enjoy the festive spirit of the day without jet-setting across the globe to Windsor Castle.
Our recommendation? Host a celebration of your own, in the form of a royal wedding viewing party! Pour the tea, set out the scones, stock up on plenty of festive decor, and you’ll have everything you need to celebrate in style.
Planning & Decor
Every soirée worthy of royalty begins with an official invitation. Even if you’re just inviting your closest friends, sending out invites ensures that everyone is on the same page about when and where to arrive, and allows you to gather an accurate guest count.
Harry and Meghan’s ceremony is scheduled to take place at St. George’s Chapel at noon local time on Saturday, May 19th. For those of us stateside, that means we’re in for an early day – 7:00 am Eastern Time or 4:00 am Pacific Time (and even earlier for the pre-ceremony coverage).
But don’t let the early wake-up call put you off; with a little bit of preparation the night before, you can have everything ready to go for a breakfast gathering the following morning. Of course, you can always record the wedding to watch later in the day, too. Several cable channels will also be replaying footage and recapping the events all day long.
Either way, stock up on plenty of spirited British decor: Union Jack flags, paper plates, napkins, and bunting; sparkly crown shaped confetti; and wedding-themed banners and cupcake toppers. As for fresh flowers, Meghan loves peonies – they’ll reportedly be in abundance at St. George’s Chapel.
And don’t forget about the dress code! We recommend supplying your guests with paper crowns, golden tiaras, or even classic fascinators with veils.
Food & Drink Menu
Kensington Palace has announced that Harry and Meghan will be serving their guests a lemon elderflower cake. Whip up a similarly flavored treat in the form of cupcakes, cookies, or tarts for your own guests, or stick with the breakfast theme and opt for lemon elderflower muffins or pancakes.
As a nod to Queen Elizabeth, you might also try your hand at preparing her famed drop scones. President Dwight Eisenhower tasted these on his visit to Balmoral Castle in 1959, and he loved them so much that the queen mailed him a handwritten copy of the recipe. Unlike regular scones, these soft pastries are shaped like a thicker, smaller pancake – perfect for breakfast.
Traditional English finger sandwiches like smoked salmon, egg salad, and cucumber are also sure to be well-received by your guests, especially if served with sweet treats like jam sandwiches, scones, macarons, and shortbread biscuits.
Of course, no proper British celebration would be complete with a hot cuppa. Rumor has it that Queen Elizabeth begins every day with a cup of freshly brewed Earl Grey tea…but for a celebration as monumental as the royal wedding, we recommend splashing out for something a bit more fun.
Our Earl Greyer Vanilla combines traditional black tea with oil of bergamot and exotic vanilla, for an intriguing finish. Bold and robust British Breakfast tea would also make an excellent choice, especially if you’re in need of a mild caffeine boost first thing in the morning, before the festivities kick off.
But perhaps the most fitting tea for the day would be The Republic of Tea’s spirited collection of The Crown Teas. Whether you opt for The Queen’s Tea (boasting a delightful blend of fragrant heirloom chamomile blossoms and sweet honey flavor) or the Prime Minister’s Blend (splendid Earl Grey and natural bergamot oil), one thing is for sure – these premium teas are fit for royalty.
For something a bit stronger, serve your guests a round of gin and Dubonnet (a spicy, fruity aperitif). The Queen herself is said to enjoy this cocktail before noon on occasion, so sip away. And of course, don’t forget the champagne – we have a feeling you’ll want to pop a bottle (or two) of bubbly in honor of newlyweds.