I'm an actress and freelance writer living in North London
Published April 26th 2011
So it is finally upon us, this Friday sees Prince William marry Catherine Middleton, and whether your a fan of the royals or are not, why not take the opportunity to celebrate the extra bank holiday with a Royal Wedding party of your own. Think traditional English tea party, meets bank holiday beer garden, and you are on your way.
Location Ok, so the key thing about the party is that unless you are willing to face the crowds it should take place in the comfort of your own home. Firstly, because the Royal Wedding coverage starts at 6am (so if you really are that keen you can watch it from the comfort of your own bed). Secondly, this means that you won't have to deal with public transport, and if you are really nice you can invite your guests over the night before, so they don't have to deal with it either.
Food Keeping with the English Tea party theme food should be simple but traditional.
Scones Cakes Victoria Sponge Sausage Rolls Sandwiches
If you are feeling really creative you could get baking yourself, check out some of these recipe ideas. If you have kids attending the party, why not keep them busy with cake decorating and creative sandwich fillings.
Check out your local supermarket for Bank Holiday special offers.
England wouldn't be England without a good cup of tea, so make sure everyone knows where the kettle is. But I'm sure there is only so much Royal Wedding we can all take without a slightly stronger tipple. You cannot get more British than Pimm's and lemonade. To keep it really traditional garnish with strawberry, cucumber apple and a sprig of mint. If you fancy being a little bit more adventurous why not try making your own Pimm's Cocktails and keep the party flowing!
For those who don't drink alcohol, why not offer a variety of different types of tea, just make sure your VIP guests get the best bone china.
Keep it simple, stock up on Union Jack flags and fake tiaras and you can't go far wrong. If the weather is nice make sure you have plenty to keep the boys entertained (football or BBQ, anyone?). Hopefully the weather will be nice, so keep the cake and Pimm's flowing and enjoy the sunshine.
Make sure the music matches the theme, and get everyone to contribute their favourite British artists, but don't spend the whole day playing the wedding march, or you may find yourselves with no guests.
Make sure your guests have access to the TV during the ceremony, even those who say they don't care will be curious to see what the fuss is about. A full itinerary and information can be found at the official Royal Wedding website. If it does start raining keep it traditional and get out the board games. Monopoly couldn't get more British if it tried and Twister after a few glasses of Pimm's will never fail to disappoint. Just make sure you have a camera at the ready.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have fun; it is a great occasion to celebrate a day off work, and be part of something that will go down in British history.
For further decoration and costume ideas why not check out Escapades in Camden, or take a look around any tourist shop on your lunch break on Thursday and I'm sure you will come across some inspiration. There is a Royal Prince or Princess in all of us, but it may take a glass or two of Pimm's before we realise it.