how to have a royal wedding party (with kids!)
This New For Us Friday trumps all–and why wouldn’t it?
It’s our first ROYAL WEDDING PARTY!
I’d be lying if I said we haven’t fallen into the Royal Wedding frenzy over here. I really would. I absolutely cannot wait to see Kate’s dress. I wonder what the brides maids’ dresses will look like, and I wonder about the flowers. Maddy, Owen, and Cora have been asking me all kinds of royal-wedding questions, since we’ve been reading about the event in the paper all week–heck, all month–long.
So rather than hide our (complete and utter) excitement about Kate and William’s nuptials, we’re shouting them loud and proud.
We’re planning on rockin’ out with our very own, very extravagant (not really) and very royal (so totally royal) Real Prince and Princess Royal Wedding Party tomorrow after school. And here’s what we’re doing so you can celebrate, too!
And we’re making this totally homemade, totally on the fly, and it could either really work or be really head-splitting. Let’s hope it works.
- Food & Drink: Everything British (or mostly everything–or okay, just some things)!
-Sparkling juice for the kids
-Finger Sandwiches: tiny sandwiches cut from regular ole bread with cream cheese, cucumber and mayo, and curry chicken salad. Anything cut tiny and put on a fancy plate is just so. . . royal.
-McVities Digestives: Ahhh, the cookie that helped me gain about 30 pounds when I lived in Scotland. Love ‘em, and lucky for us, they sell them at our grocery store.
-Scones: Here’s the recipe that Owen, Cora, and I followed this afternoon–our very first attempt, and they are fabulously fabulous. Seriously, if you do nothing else to celebrate the royal wedding, make these and enjoy them warm. And freeze what you don’t eat so that you can totally impress your playgroup next time it’s your turn to host.
- Attire: simple–royal.
-Prince and Princess Dress-ups: Cora’s got her tu-tu and fairy wings out, along with her white gloves and white dress-up tap shoes. In her mind, that’s what a princess wears, so tomorrow anything goes. Kids will wear anything prince or princess, and moms? Moms need only one thing: the Kate knock-off which I so kindly made for them tonight.
-Kate Knock-off Ring: Hers may be a sapphire outlined with diamonds, but ours will look the role–blue construction paper, silver glitter, and a pipe-cleaner so everyone’s happy. I’m so good to my friends.
-Tiaras: for those of us who have them, we’ll wear them.
-Hats: some may choose to go Kate’s fancy hat style, but I think it may cast a shadow over my ring.
- Activities: celebrate!
-Wedding Viewing:We’ll watch the recorded ceremony (our kids are young–plus we’re too old to get up at 5:30 am–that’s what DVR’s are for!)
-Tea Party: We’ll have tables set up for the kids with everyone’s mix-matched tea sets. It’s time to put these babies to use, England style!
-Coloring Pages: When and if the kids get tired of oooh-ing and aaaah-ing over the royal festivities, we’ll have some coloring pages for them to do. I found some awesome ones out there, and here’s what we’ll use from Activity Village: Royal Wedding Paper Dolls, Westminster Abbey, William and Kate, Design a Wedding Cake, Design a Wedding Dress, Design a Page outfit, and the Union Jack jigsaw for the really little guys.
the design-a-wedding cake printable –love it!
And that’s that. Just a really fun way of celebrating a happy event, teaching the kids about the world around them (and a little bit about politics, too!), and getting good people together over food and drink.