Host a Royal Wedding Watch Party to Remember
Share the fun as William and Kate tie the knot with your own viewing party.
The Royal Wedding is now just two days away. Whether you plan on watching it live or catching the recap later, we’ve got some ideas to help you plan the ultimate viewing party.
Let them eat cake. When Marie Antoinette supposedly uttered these famous words (which most historians agree she never actually said), it was a sign of contempt for commoners. But come on. Cake is delicious! You definitely want to have the sweet treat at your regal party. LeKaroz Bakery offers made-to-order cakes (including wedding cakes, if you want to go all out), along with cookies, pastries and other treats.
Top it off. Nobody loves an überdecorated hat more than the British. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, check out the selection of chapeaus at Kohl’s or Target and decorate your own. If you’re in the mood for a shopping trip, head over to Darien’s Ellie Gibbler, which offers a wide selection of embellished caps that will ensure you’re the belle of your own ball.
Get ready for teatime. Considering royal wedding coverage on some channels starts around 3 a.m. local time, you’re going to need a pick-me-up to stay peppy through the nuptials. It’s only fitting that your caffeinated beverage of choice should be England’s staple: tea. Whether you like your tea fruit-flavored and mild or traditional and strong, The Tea House on 111th Street in Naperville has a wide variety of global teas. If you want more of a European tea focus, you may visit Serenitea Tea Cafe and Boutique. Not only does the cafe host afternoon sit-down teas, but sells the beverage and tea-related accessories. If you're looking for something a little different to make your party memorable, consider making ice cubes from tea so as not to dilute your drink!
Dress up your Aristocat—or dog. Do you want your pet looking at you longingly with puppy-dog eyes while you and your pals have all the fancy fun? I didn’t think so. PetCo has the solution. The pet superstore stocks royal-themed attire for the four-legged set, such as this princess tee for your special pooch or this charm that's fit for the most regal feline.
Get a bloom. Decorate your table with tulips, available for $6.99 a bunch at Jewel through the end of the day today. If you put them in a vase filled with cold water and a single penny (the copper keeps the petals from opening too much), the flowers should be at their peak on Friday. If you want it to be extra-authentic, go for white: According to People magazine, British royal brides traditionally carry an all-white bouquet.
If you're not in the mood to host your own bash, you still have options. Check out Huffington Post Chicago's roundup of viewing parties being hosted throughout the city.