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The wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle is upon us! And to celebrate this happy and iconic occasion, I’m showing you how to host your very own Royal Wedding party! The theme for this party is a simple countryside tea party for a classic but very easy DIY. Almost everything used was thrifted.
Now I can probably guess what you’re thinking. What’s a girl from Chicago trowing a royal wedding party for?
My admiration for all things British history and royal history go way back to when i was a kid – I used to pick up books on my favorite (although not necessarily completely British), historical character – Richard the Lionheart. I was 12 years old, reading about crusades, medieval english villages, and learning as much as I could about a culture that fascinated me.
Soon enough, I began reading books on the present British royal family and have since earned a BA in history with a concentration in British History. I was the only one in my graduating class who did so!
This wedding is really important from both a cultural and historical perspective. There’s no way I wasn’t throwing together a tea party!
So whether you are watching the Royal Wedding LIVE (in which case you might want to consider throwing a breakfast for a small group), recording it, or simply celebrating with all of the world, check out these menu, decor, and entertaining ideas.
Depending on what kind of party you’ll be throwing (and for how many people), I would stick to really simple and fun menu items that are flavorful and easy to eat (think sandwiches, small pastries). Below are recipes I’ve gathered that would work wonderfully.
Gin & Tonic (we made some below)
Decor + Entertaining
It’s easy to go into anglomania with the celebration of an important British event. But try to avoid too many decorations. I stuck with union jack flags, antique china, and classic florals such as pink roses and baby’s breath.
If you don’t have any china, feel free to ask friends to bring their own or go to your local antique shop and get a set. It can be all one set or mismatched (which is quite in style at the moment). The porcelain pictured here is actually from Poland! My mom brought it with her when she moved to the US.
The union jack flags, napkins, and banners were graciously loaned to me by family friends but you can get your own on Amazon in time for the celebrations (suggestion/exact decor below):
Two images above are replica invitations and brochures from the service of the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton. It is from the book below.
Included in this party is also a TIME magazine with a special Royal Wedding issue. The magazine has a lot of information on the history of Britains royalty, the weddings, and stories about Harry and Meghan. It is lovely to have it as a keepsake.
My favorite books about the Royal family
I like books, specifically history books (as if you didn’t already know). Reading about the royal family is the best way to learn about them. Their history is complicated – like any family, but filled with a lot more drama than we think. Here are a few of my favorite books about the royal family so you can learn (and hopefully enjoy) ahead of the wedding.
Don’t forget to share your newfound facts with friends while watching the wedding! 🙂
Royal Wedding: The Souvenir Album (Great coffee table book!)
Tudor: Passion. Manipulation. Murder. The Story of England’s Most Notorious Royal Family (not Windsor related but a great read!)
Are you as excited as I am for this momentous occasion? Wherever you’ll be, whatever you’re doing, I hope you enjoy the Royal Wedding and all the fabulous recipes, decor, and books listed here!
Will you be watching LIVE or throwing a party? Let me know in the comments below! Would love to chat!
A special thanks to the Linnerud family for loaning me decor!
Styling by: Mariam, The Petite Bijou
Photography: 800 South Photography
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