Are you still riding the high of the royal wedding? Are you watching replays and sobbing quietly? After the experience I had, I sure am. Maybe you’re planning your own royal wedding party this weekend, complete with replays and in-depth discussions. Either way, today’s post is all about recreating a royal wedding party of your own and some beautiful things that will help you kick off your party in style!
Fascinator headband, $12
Were you fawning over Amal Clooney’s gorgeous yellow disc of a hat with pearl studded netting? Or maybe Oprah’s garden-on-your-head by famed British milliner Philip Treacy look sent you into a tizzy? Whatever headgear sent your heart a-flutter, this affordable yet chic fascinator is perfect for an afternoon of reveling in all things British.
The town of Windsor, site of the royal wedding, was adorned in thousands of yards of British flag bunting on the big day. Recreate that same look at home with this rustic take on the classic British flag bunting. Best of all, it’s fabric, so it’s totally reusable.
Tiered Porcelain Server, $114
No British royal wedding party is complete without the classic tiered serving stands that are staples for afternoon tea service. Arrange your cucumber sandwiches and flaky scones around this simple yet sturdy piece.
In England, a good tea set is mandatory. Many people collect various patterns, resulting in a charming vintage assortment of teacups with different floral patterns. This bone china teacup and saucer is not only affordable, but the white and green floral pattern echo the floral arrangements at St. George’s Chapel on Harry and Meghan’s big day.
Royal wedding souvenirs in London range from the tacky to the super-tacky, “who were they thinking would buy this” standard. This tea towel made by famed London department Harrod’s is the exception. Hand drawn with red accents, this vintage-inspired tea towel would have a place in any kitchen or draped across a serving buffet for a royal wedding party.
Released in 2016, this cookbook is a anthology of favorite recipes from British food writers, chefs, cooks and other food personalities. Our London cookbook club reviewed it last year and fell in love with its distinctly British take on everything from simple salads to elaborate desserts. If you’re stuck on what to serve at your royal wedding party, this cookbook is a great place to start.
Go to any outdoor event in England on a hot, sunny day, and you’ll see no fewer than a dozen of these sun hats adorning the heads of men and women alike. Get your own for a very cheap $4. At this price, get them for everyone at your party as party favors and stylish sun protection, to boot.
Gold Teaspoons, $11
These sweet gold teaspoons add a refined touch to any garden tea party, but especially to a royal wedding party. Use them when you’re not being proper and British for scooping out condiments or snacking on dainty bowls of ice cream.
Collapsible Ice Bag Wine Chiller, $9 for 2
Similar to the very British sun hat, outdoor events on hot, sunny days here often involve wine — white or rose, to be exact. Brits smartly bring their own ice bags to keep wine cool. These ice bags are very practical, taking up no space and folding up to be stashed in a backpack once the event is over. If you’re looking to host your royal wedding party outdoors, having these on hand will let your guests keep their “tipples” (drinks) cool.
Gold Champagne Flutes, $26 for 2
Afternoon tea here almost always involves an option to make it “sparkling,” which means that you can order a glass of champagne or prosecco to accompany your tea, scones, and sandwiches. At the royal wedding, countless spectators walked around carrying bottles of champagne, ready to toast any passerby who was looking to do the same. Your royal wedding party should be the toast of town, too, especially with these modern gold flutes.