Move over Will and Kate, there’s a new power couple hitting Buckingham Palace.
On Saturday 19 May, the lovable Prince Harry will marry America’s silver-screen sweetheart, Meghan Markle, in an elaborate wedding at Windsor Castle. It’s safe to say, this is the wedding that everyone will be talking about.
With the event of the year now less than a fortnight away, it’s time to get out your special china, brew a pot of English Breakfast tea and dust off your top-hat. Gather your nearest and dearest—this is how you can host a royal wedding viewing party that will rival even the main event itself.
Create Your Own Custom Invitations
An occasion as big as the Royal Wedding is not only worthy of a big party, but it’s also worthy of its very own invites. This wedding is set to be the event of the year so if you’re serious about making your viewing party an occasion to be remembered, why not custom design your very own invitations? We’ve designed a fun and creative template that you can use, just save the image, enter your own event details and send them out to all your favourite lords and ladies
Set The Scene
In order to host a swanky soirée to congratulate the new couple, you’ll need some royal party decorations that even The Queen would be proud of. Go beyond the basics and ensure you have your finest china on display. This teapot, creamer and sugar set from Bed Bath N’ Table is a classic design that is sure to please your guests. You’ll need plenty of teacups and saucers (because what is a British party without tea?) as well as a glass cake stand filled with delicious treats and plenty of champagne flutes for toasting the happy couple. For something fun, pick up some sequin tiaras from Kmart and be sure to fill your home with plenty of flowers. Peonies and roses are Harry and Meghan’s flowers of choice!
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Serve A Traditional English High Tea
The Royal Wedding will air in Australia at approximately 7pm on Saturday 19 May so a few celebratory champagnes will definitely be in order. However, given the occasion, an English high tea is not only on-theme, but delicious too. When it comes to high tea and royal party food, the Brits take it seriously. Think cucumber sandwiches, jam and scones, Mr Kipling French Fancies, fruit cake, a freshly brewed pot of tea, and plenty of biscuits and tarts. The best part? You can pick up all the fresh ingredients right here, in centre. Since it will be slightly later in the day, we suggest focusing on finger sandwiches with traditional English fillings like smoked salmon, roast beef, sliced ham and tuna salad with capers.
Ingredients available from: Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and Bakers Delight.
Create Your Own Lemon & Elderflower Cake
Earlier this year, Hackney-based baker, Claire Ptak, was selected to create Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake, which was revealed to be a lemon and elderflower cake, decorated with fresh flowers. Even though the special recipe for Harry and Meghan’s will undoubtedly be kept secret, why not create your own version of the delicious dish for your upcoming royal wedding viewing party? This easy recipe will show you how.
225g butter, softened
225g caster sugar;
4 large eggs
225g self-raising flour, sifted
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp. hot water;
100ml Elderflower Cordial of your choosing
Candied lemon portions
Elderflower or rosemary sprigs to garnish
1/3 cup Icing sugar
4 tbsp. Lemon juice
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (fan-forced). Grease a 20cm round, non-stick, fluted ring cake tin and line with baking paper.
2. Place the butter, sugar and lemon zest into a bowl. Using an electric whisk, beat the butter and sugar together until the consistency is pale and fluffy. Gradually, add eggs one by one, whisking well. Add 2 tbsp. of the self-raising flour in with the last egg to prevent curdling.
3. Sift in the remaining flour and gently fold into mixture along with 2 tbsp. of hot water. Once combined, spoon into the fluted ring tin and bake for 45 minutes or until a fine skewer comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the lemon juice and elderflower cordial. Using a fine skewer, prick the cake all over. Pour the syrup evenly over the cake.
5. Flip cake onto serving plate and leave to completely cool for a further 30 minutes. Once cool, combine icing sugar and lemon juice to create icing glaze. Drizzle over cake allowing excess to drip down the sides.
6. Decorate with candied lemon portions and elderflower or rosemary sprigs.
Ingredients available from: Woolworths, Coles and Aldi.
Now that you have your invites, your perfectly on-theme decorations and your delicious food, you’re ready to throw the party of the year! As you settle down to watch Harry and Meghan say ‘I do’, make sure you raise your pinkies, clink those champagne flutes and toast to the happy couple.
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