- May 4th 2018
Our new limited-edition Union Jack-lined wax jackets have been specially designed as a celebration of the best of British, and with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19th wedding fast approaching too, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you throw the finest royal wedding party for the occasion.
Whether you choose to host a street, house or garden party, with this inspirational list, you can be certain you’ll be doing the royal couple proud.
Where to host...
The best royal wedding parties can be easily achieved in the comfort of your own home. Whether it’s in the living room, out in the garden, on the street, or a combination of all three, the celebration can start and end right on your doorstep.
Once you’ve confirmed the place, now’s the time to make your invitations. Get busy crafting with a selection of quintessentially British wedding invites to send to your friends and family – a fun, yet formal way, to set the tone for the day.
To make your day even more exciting, add a fancy-dress theme to your invitations. Dress like the royals with each guest assigned to a different member or have a strictly Union Jack colour scheme. Both of which will make for the perfect photo opportunities later on in the day.
After sending the invites, it’s time to start thinking about your decorations. No royal wedding is complete without a flurry of British flags, so pick up a few of these to drape out of your windows and around your home. And if you really want to get into the spirit of things, fill your home with a selection of cups, napkins, banners, bunting and flowers, all in the iconic colours of blue, red and white.
What to eat and drink...
The wedding takes place at noon, so depending on how long you’d like your celebration to last, you and your guests can enjoy a full selection of tasty British bites, whether that’s breakfast and brunch or lunch and dinner.
Keep in theme with the longstanding British wedding tradition and bake a big fruitcake for those with a sweet tooth. Decorate the cake with white icing and piped flowers, then top it off with an edible photograph of the happy couple.
If you’re planning to put on a full spread, a selection of fresh scones served with jam and cream, some tasty cheese and biscuits, afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches and an ice-cold jug of Pimm’s or bottle of bubbles will suit the party perfectly.
Not a whizz in the kitchen? Don’t worry, a big batch of freshly-made fish and chips works just as well. Serve up your portions in paper cones, topped with a wooden fork for an authentic British feel – and not to mention, less washing up afterwards.
What to do...
After your guests arrive in the morning, start your day with a tiara, hats and crowns making contest. Provide your guests with an array of arts, crafts and textiles and set a timer for 15 minutes to create a superb hand-crafted hat to wear for the rest of the afternoon.
If the weather is shining and you’d like to spend more time outside in the garden, a game of croquet or boules is perfect while you’re waiting for lunch. You can also put on a royal wedding themed garden bingo game that everyone can get involved with, or have some fun messing around with a D.I.Y photobooth, royal props and all.
Don’t forget to round up your guests at noon to watch the royal ceremony, then raise a glass and make a toast to the happy couple. If you’re planning on making your party a fundraising event for a cause Harry and Meghan hold close to their hearts, collect your proceedings at the start of the day, then you can sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of this special day.
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