Throw your own Royal Wedding party

Throw your own Royal Wedding party

Who else is feeling just as excited as us for the Royal Wedding this weekend? We really can't wait to see the bride's dress, the wedding flowers and the carriage procession through the streets of Windsor after the ceremony.

The nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel on Saturday May 19th are set to be one of the biggest events of the year, and the whole country will be in a celebratory mood. This means it's a perfect opportunity to invite friends and family over for a Royal Wedding party.

Sit down to watch the ceremony together, then tuck into some patriotic-themed snacks and enjoy a party atmosphere with our top tips:

Decorate your house

A royal celebration is a chance to go all out with the red, white and blue decorations. Dig out bunting left over from the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 or from past royal wedding celebrations, or make your own from Union Jack flags or even just scraps of material in the three patriotic colours.

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Stock up on Union Jack-themed paper plates and napkins, as well as red, white and blue balloons, and encourage your guests to dress up for the occasion. The bigger the hats, the better - it is a royal wedding, after all. Children will love an excuse to wear a little tiara for the day and feel like a princess too.

Party food fit for royalty

Not much has been revealed about what the Royal Wedding guests will be eating on Harry and Meghan's big day, but we do know that there'll be an organic lemon and elderflower wedding cake, made by Claire Ptak, the US-born owner of the Violet Cakes bakery in Hackney, London.

Serve up your own cupcakes inspired by this flavour pairing, as well as party treats inspired by the colours red, white and blue. For example, homemade scones served with lashings of blueberry and raspberry jam would look lovely on your food table, as would a trifle made from layers of whipped cream, strawberry jam, fresh blueberries, custard and sponge fingers.

A royal celebration is a chance to go all out

It's always fun to be a little playful with your party food choices, so think about baking some homemade ginger biscuits as a nod to Harry's distinctive hair, or a traditional California recipe to pay homage to Meghan's place of birth, such as a key lime pie.

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For savouries, you really can't go wrong with the likes of classic cucumber sandwiches, cocktail sausages and cheese and pineapple on sticks, but you can get a little more creative with your cheeseboard by incorporating red, white and blue colours there.

Serve light-coloured crumbly Cheshire cheese with blue stilton and a cheese infused with red wine or port for the ultimate patriotic cheese selection - extra points if you arrange it all in the shape of the Union Jack!

Remember, if you happen to have a little mishap in the kitchen, our Chef's Friend Room Spray is always there to help mask burnt or pungent food smells and leave behind a refreshing lemongrass and lime fragrance.

Bring a little of the wedding spirit to your home

We don't yet know what flowers Meghan Markle will be carrying on her wedding day, but they're highly likely to include a nod to tradition, as is customary with the royal family. For example, at her wedding in 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge had a bouquet of British-grown flora and fauna, which featured lily of the valley and Sweet William, in a romantic nod to her new husband.

Meghan's bouquet is also likely to incorporate traditional English flowers, and the church is guaranteed to look absolutely stunning, whatever she decides to go for.

Try to deck your home out with fresh flowers from the garden to bring a little of this wedding spirit to your Royal Wedding viewing party. Alternatively, place a few floral-scented Reed Diffusers around your home to create a gorgeous-smelling atmosphere that should emulate the church a little.

For example, our Lily & Ylang Ylang Reed Diffuser with its sweet yet heady floral notes or our Neroli & Rose Reed Diffuser would be a beautiful addition to your gathering, and make you feel even more like you're attending the nuptials yourself.

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