How to decorate your kitchen for the Royal Wedding
As proud Royal Warrant holders, we’re delighted that on the 19th May 2018, there will be international cause for celebration across two continents, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in the Royal Wedding of the year. The down-to-earth couple have invited 1,200 members of the public to help celebrate their marriage, but if your invite got lost in the post (obviously!), then you can still host your own party to wish the pair well.
Whether you’re planning quintessentially British afternoon tea party, or a good ol’ fashioned knees-up, it’s likely your kitchen will be playing a central role in your party-planning and even your party-setting, given the trend for open-plan living. We’ve gathered together some ideas to transform your space into a hub of nuptial celebration for the Royal Wedding.
As luck would have it, both the British and American flag are composed of red, white and blue, making choosing the party’s theme colours as easy as punch (a bowl of which, incidentally, always goes down well at any soirée). You can opt for the Union Jack, or choose to pay homage to Meghan’s cross-Atlantic roots with star and stripes themed decorations. The opportunities for creativity are endless.
A kitchen island/breakfast bar provides the perfect canvas for a sumptuous spread of party nibbles and drinks, framed by theme-appropriate tableware and accessories. Choose paper plates and cups in red, white and blue, with edges gilded in a gold finish for an added touch of luxury. Make the most of the expanse of space with an impressive centrepiece, from sophisticated florals – Meghan is reportedly a fan of peonies – to the more fun and frivolous, such as a paper cut-out of the couple or oversized glittery crown.
Of course, no British Royal-themed party would be complete without walls adorned with Union Jack (or stars ‘n’ stripes) bunting, off-set with dozens of mini-flags strategically dotted around to inspire patriotic pride. Go big with a full-sized flag at your party – it can be used as a decorative tablecloth, or hung on a wall to create a perfect party photo backdrop for snaps.
DRINKS & NIBBLES
Created and designed for cooking cuisine, your kitchen is likely to play an integral role in your Royal Wedding celebrations, especially if you like playing the ‘hostess with the mostest’ and will be whipping up a few dishes to sustain to guests as you watch the ceremony.
The classic choice is to plump for an afternoon tea inspired menu, in a firm nod to the fine British tradition. To get started, provide a wide selection of teas, from classic black teas to fruits and herbals, alongside an accompanying jug of milk and sugar cubes. It goes without saying that teapots and teacups are a given! Delicate, light sandwiches are another must (without crusts); cream cheese & cucumber, chicken coronation and creamy egg & cress are true classics. For sandwich alternatives, opt for tiny smoked haddock tartlets, warm crab choux bites or even quail-egg scotch eggs!
With the savoury taken care of, you can move swiftly onto the sweet. Bake feather-light scones and serve with clotted cream and jam alongside a bounty of British biscuits; sugared flower shortbreads, gingernuts or even homemade chocolate Bourbons! Cake is key in an afternoon tea, so take direct inspiration from Harry & Meghan’s lemon and elderflower wedding cake, with these bite-sized mini loaf cakes – yum!
As for drinks, no British spring party would be complete with a generous jug – or three – of Pimm’s. One part Pimm’s to three parts lemonade, make a Pimm’s Royale; the hi-brow brew introduces champagne (or sparkling white wine) into the mix to bequeath a posher tipple to parched patrons.