The It List: 2018 Royal Wedding Watch Must-Haves

The upcoming Royal Weddingon Saturday May 19 is THE not-to-be-missed event of the year. As the countdown of the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle continues, there is much excitement, but also so much to do!

While the Palace prepares for Prince Harry & Meghan’s big day at St. George’s Chapel (florist Philippa Craddock and the Crown Estate gardeners who have been “growing and preparing the flowers that will fill the church,” and the chefs who have been working “to make the final preparations”), we’ve got you covered for what to serve at your Royal Wedding Watch soirée.

Whether it’s a full-on gowns-and-tiaras affair accompanied by an elegant tea party, or casual wine & cheese get together, we’ve got everything you need to enjoy during the festivities. Take a look:

AFTERNOON Tea

For the ultimate tea party, there are a few essentials required: Mix-and-match teacups, saucers, and plates. Pretty floral arrangements, an assortment of savoury and sweet nibbles to set out on trays and stands. Good strong British tea. Pretty decorations.

To Eat

Tea sandwiches are quintessential. Assemble your own with in-store egg, salmon and tuna salads, or order freshly made selections including curry chicken, ham, crab, and chicken salads. We also recommend picking up Lemon Blueberry or Orange Cranberry Sconesand Tea Biscuits (available in Plain or Raisin), accompanied by a jar or two of Clotted Cream, puckery Mrs. Bridges Lemon Curd, and Wilkin & Sons Pure Raspberry Jam.

 For the dessert portion, the Squares and Shortbread Cookie Platters offer a lovely assortment to choose from. Or make your own arrangement using traditional Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies, whimsical Royal Wedding Decorated Gingerbread (available in crowns, ring etc.), and beloved British oat-digestive cookies, Hobnobs Biscuits that as it turns out, aren’t all that sweet after all.

You can also order and/or pick up other lovely desserts, petit fours, and in-store made baked goods leading up to the big day.

To Drink

For tea, you’ve got to drink like the Brits. Typhoo Orange Pekoe, M&S Luxury Gold, and Yorkshire Gold are all top-notch sippers. Don’t forget the milk and sugar. And whether you’re sipping rosé all day or non-alcoholic elderflower cocktails, add an elegant, sweet touch with edible flowers.

Quick tip: Keep a lot of Union Jack Serviettes on hand. And stay tuned for more news and events leading up to the big day!

Wine & Cheese

 Not looking for a lot of pomp and circumstance while settling in to watch the happy couple walk down the aisle? Keep it low key with some great wine and cheese.

Of course, you’ll want to scout out Meghan’s favourite vino, Tignanello, of which she named her blog The Tigafter, to have on hand. Sources say, she’s unwinding with a glass of red prior to the nuptials.

Cheese and crackers are next up. From Coombe’s Castle Red Lion Mustard & Ale Cheddar and Sticky Toffee Cheese to Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberriesand

Double Gloucester with Blue Stilton, there are a slew of fabulous dairy and non-dairy items to choose from.

Carr’s are the go-to crackers of choice. They come with the royal seal of approval, awarded a Royal Warrant in 1841 by Queen Victoria.

Want to watching Harry and Meghan tie the knot without having to lift a finger? Order an artfully arranged Crudite & Cheese or Cheese & Antipasto platter, or Artisinal Cheese Board. Your guests will be amazed and you’ll still have enough energy to entertain. Win-win.

 

 

Stephanie Dickison

Stephanie Dickison

A journalist with over 20 years experience, specializing in restaurants, chefs, food and drink. In addition to daily articles and features, profiling top chefs and interviewing celebs, as editor and feature writer for Toronto Restaurants, her Open/Closed column is a must-read every Thursday morning for the newest openings, and latest news + events. 

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