Well, I'll be damned if I can't find a way to turn something into a party.
So, what is it this month? The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, of course!
Luckily, my wonderful mother is just as extra as I am, and we both agreed to turn the viewing into an occasion.
And by an "occasion," I mean we both went bananas with ideas. Below are a few of our favorites. You obviously don't need to do all of them.
Here some easy ways to make the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle viewing more festive - it is a wedding, after all!
Maybe I just want an excuse to eat clotted cream and crumpets. Either way, here are some tips for throwing a Royal Wedding Watch Party at home.
Easy ways to celebrate the royal wedding at home:
Set the scene
It's time to pull out your teapot and really set it up on the the table with a tablecloth and some fresh flowers. For flowers, I recommend going to Trader Joes, or the Farmer's Daughter on the Northside, which offers really unique floral design.
Be sure to have an ice bucket on the table to keep your champagne cold (remember, we're celebrating)
Dress the part
This is the easiest part!
If you're in America getting up at some ungodly hour to watch the wedding, wear pajamas and a fascinator hat. I got my hat on Amazon prime and it showed up in two days - I love it!
If you have company joining you and you want some fashionable PJs, try shopping at Target, Calligramme (Lawrenceville), or Cheeks (Shadyside and Squirrel Hill).
Mix the drinks
Tea is usually served around 4:00 p.m. in the UK... but we're going to have a cheeky little 7:00 a.m. high tea. No matter where you are, there is most likely a local tea shop near you where you can purchase loose tea. I love Tupelo Honey Teas in Millvale.
I just posted a Royal Wedding Cocktail recipe - A Strawberry & Rhubarb French 75. It has jam in it (it's basically breakfast), as well as champagne to toast to the bride and groom!
It was announced that the wedding cake will be flavored lemon and elderflower. So, as a little ode to the cake, make a refreshing lemon and elderflower spa water to sip on. It's very simple! Freeze ice cubes with a slice of lemon and a splash of St. Germain. Serve in a pitcher with water and fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Make the meal
It's going to be very early, so it's understandable if you don't want to eat a full meal. Instead, just gorge yourself on pastries.
We got cakes and pastries from Jean-Marc Chatellier's French Bakery and Whole Foods. We made these Lemon Poppy Seed Madeleines becasue why the hell not.
I've always loved crumpets. These English tea cakes are somehow light and decadent. I can't imagine a better snack than a buttered crumpet, still hot from the toaster. Crumpets can be purchased at Trader Joes.
For those who bake, homemade scones are a great addition any tea party. Try this authentic British scone recipe.
Regardless of if you go crumpets vs. scones, Clotted Cream and Lemon Curd are a MUST. Giant Eagle has Clotted Cream, Trader Joes has Lemon Curd.
Tea sandwiches can be made with Coronation Chicken salad. Coronation Chicken was designed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. It represents the British Empire (of the time) with fruit, curry and mayonnaise.
Other tea sandwiches we made: radish & cucumber, smoked salmon & cream cheese
Finally, a stinky cheese will bring a much needed salty option to this party. Maybe you're not interested in cheese at 7:00 a.m... and I get that... but when else do you get to throw a Royal Wedding party? In the UK it is popular to eat big, stinky wheels of Camembert with bread (usually around the holidays). What a perfect excuse to try this tradition!
Local shops in Pittsburgh include include: Penn Mac, Whole Foods, Wheel & Wedge, and Chantal's Cheese Shop.
And if scones and jam didn't do it for you, finish off the morning with a treat.
Mon Amiee Chocolates in the Strip District sells chocolate bars by Cadbury, which is a popular English candy company. (Flake bars are my favorite.)
Calling all bakers! These Earl Grey Panna Cotta Tarts would be lovely.
3 billion people are expected to tune in for Harry and Meghan's wedding. Use this guide to figure out how you can catch the royal wedding.
Cheers to the royal couple!
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