18 May How to Throw the Perfect Royal Wedding Viewing Party
Tomorrow is the Royal Wedding, and there are lots of people planning on hosting a viewing party. The only problem is where to start with planning the event. We want to give you some ideas to get you started. Here is our guide on how to throw the perfect Royal Wedding viewing party!
How to Throw the Perfect Royal Wedding Viewing Party
1. Set Your PVR
Chances are you don’t want to get up at 4 am to watch the wedding, let alone have a bunch of people at your house at that time! We suggest setting your PVR to record the Royal Wedding so that you can have your party later in the day.
2. Serve Wedding-Inspired Foods
While the menu has yet to be released (and may never be!), we have been able to find out some of the items that will be part of the wedding feast on Saturday. With the current growing season in England, some of the vegetables that will likely make an appearance are asparagus, peas, potatoes and tomatoes. Desserts will include chocolate truffles, mango panna cotta, yellow macaroons, and of course the much-anticipated lemon elderflower wedding cake.
Here are some recipes to give you inspiration:
- Lemon Elderflower Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing
- Mango Panna Cotta
- Satuéed Asparagus and Peas
- Roasted Potatoes and Tomatoes
3. Host a High Tea
If you don’t want to have a huge menu to worry about preparing, opt to have a high tea for your viewing party instead! It’s easy to whip up some tea sandwiches and scones, and you can never go wrong with finger food options. Some of the most popular tea sandwich flavours include egg salad, cucumber, and smoked salmon. When it comes to scones, why not try The Queen’s personal recipe for drop scones?
4. Create a Specialty Cocktail
No wedding is complete without a signature cocktail, so why should the Royal Wedding be any different? Choose something that incorporates seasonal ingredients to stay with the theme of the wedding food. If you don’t want to try and think of one on your own, try this Blushing Bride Champagne Cocktail from Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club:
- One part orange juice
- One part cranberry juice
- Two parts champagne
Mix orange juice and cranberry juice in a champagne flute or other desired serving glass. Top with champagne
5. Set the Mood with Decor
You may not be in England, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t pretend that you are! Using decorations can help put your guests in the party mood. You can choose something simple like banners and balloons, or go all out with and cut-outs!
Here are some great decorations and party aides we found that you can purchase and print yourself:
- The Ultimate Royal Wedding Party Printable
- Union Jack Cupcake Toothpick Decorations
- Union Jack Bunting
- Photobooth Props
- Royal Family Cutouts
6. Go All-Out with Florals
We know that flowers are a large part of any wedding, and the Royal Wedding isn’t going to be any different. Fill your house with white garden roses and peonies, and you’ll be able to feel like you’re right there enjoying the wedding!
7. Determine a Dress Code
While you may not be attending the wedding in person, there’s no reason you can’t dress for the occasion! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have requested their guests to wear morning suits or lounge suits for the men and day dresses with hats for the women. Don a cute tea-length dress and a fun and over-the-top hat and you’d be sure to fit right in!
8. Let Someone Else do the Work
If you don’t want to go to all the work yourself, you can Google to see if any local hotels or businesses are hosting a viewing party. We’ve taken the time to compile short lists for Edmonton and Calgary.
- Revel with the Royal Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
- Exclusive High Tea Viewing Party at The Art of Cake
- Royal Wedding Viewing Party at L1 Lounge at Fantasyland Hotel (West Edmonton Mall)