We love all things weddings — the cake, the dress, the flowers! — so naturally we can barely contain ourselves as we countdown to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Not only will our eyes be glued to the TV on May 19, but we’re going all-out with a royal-inspired watch party.
Want to host your own royal wedding watch party? We’ve got a few ideas to bring the fanfare to your living room.
The party starts with a make-your-own fascinator station
We’ll reserve the crowns and tiaras for the true royals, but in our book, every guest and admirer should use the wedding as an excuse to wear an over-the-top fascinator.
First, gather all your supplies
- A glue gun
- Headbands or hairclips
- Fabric such as tulle or felt
- Fabric flowers or bows
- Gems and other embellishments
Pick your favorite materials and assemble!
Use hot glue to attach embellishments — the more, the merrier — onto a headband or hairclip. It’s really that simple!
Raise a glass to the newlyweds
Toast to the happy couple with fresh cocktails and mocktails! These simple sips are a cinch to make but taste ultra fancy.
Makes 1 cocktail
- 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
- 3 ounces lemon-lime soda or ginger ale
- 1 cucumber slice
- 1 orange slice
- 1 lemon slice
- 1 strawberry, sliced
- Mint leaves (optional)
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the cucumber, orange, lemon and strawberry slices to the glass. Add Pimm’s No. 1 and soda or ginger ale; stir to combine. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.
Blackberry Bramble Mocktail
Makes 1 mocktail
- ¼ cup fresh or frozen (thawed) blackberries
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup
- 1-2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 6-8 ounces club soda
Add blackberries, simple syrup and lemon juice to a highball glass. Muddle mixture with a cocktail muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon until the berries are smashed and juicy. Fill glass with ice. Pour club soda over ice and stir to combine. Garnish with additional blackberries and lemon peel.
Don’t forget the finger food!
No party inspired by the Brits can go without tea sandwiches. These cucumber bites are our favorites, but you can easily substitute your favorite veggies and spread for a custom snack.
Easy cucumber tea sandwiches
Makes 2 dozen sandwiches
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3 ounces softened cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons minced chives
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 12 slices hearty white sandwich bread
- 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thin
In a medium bowl or food processor, combine the mayonnaise, cream cheese, chives, dill and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl and stir or process until smooth. Spread mayonnaise mixture on one side of six bread slices; top with cucumbers. Top with remaining bread slices. Trim crusts and cut each sandwich into four squares.
If making ahead, place damp paper towels over sandwiches to keep them from drying out. Thin slices of smoked salmon, red onion and watercress also make great fillings.
And finally, you can’t have a wedding without cake!
Joshua John Russell (Craftsy instructor and host of the YouTube series Man About Cake) just had to get in on the action! Next week on MAC, Joshua will make his own take on the royal wedding cake — and it’s just as over-the-top as you’d imagine.
Subscribe to the Man About Cake channel on YouTube so you don’t miss it!
Of course, a multi-tiered cake might be a bit elaborate for your at-home royal wedding watch party, but you can still take inspiration from the royal couple’s confection. Prince Harry and Meghan chose a lemon and elderflower cake covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. (Talk about great taste!)
Check out some of our recipes and tutorials below to create your own royal-inspired cake!