How to host the ultimate royal wedding party

Prince Harry is marrying his sweetheart, Meghan Markle, this Saturday, May 18 at 9pm AEST. We'll be celebrating by gathering our most noble companions and hosting the ultimate royal wedding party - here's how to throw your own.

Dress code

Velvet, crowns and heavy jewellery fit the bill nicely for this prestigious occasion, if you're looking for a little opulence. For a more informal garden party-vibe, ask your guests to dress in florals, lace or linen. But if you'd rather party on the couch in your best flannel pyjamas, we completely understand.

Food

Whip up a couple of batches of Donna Hay's classic scones and create a scone station, heaving with toppings fit for a Prince and Princess.

Be sure to include plenty of butter, plus sweet toppings like jam, marmalade, lemon curd and cream, alongside savoury options like cream cheese, tomato, cucumber, avocado and cold cuts. Guests can pick and choose their toppings to create their favourite flavour combination.

Dainty sandwiches with their crusts removed make for the perfect royal wedding party food. These chicken, sweet potato, avocado and tuna, and egg sandwich recipes are delicious and easy additions to a buffet.

If you're feeling a little bit fancy, buttermilk blinis with smoked salmon and horseradish cream are a great way of making your sandwich station look that bit more regal.

For something more substantial, ply your guests with this hearty and warming toad-in-the-hole recipe, a British classic.

It's a royal wedding and you'll need a decadent dessert to mark the occasion. This high tea recipe from Great Australian Bake Off winner, Sian Redgrave, is sure to be a showstopper. Or, keep things traditional with a raspberry and cream layered sponge cake.


 

Drinks

It's a celebration, darling, and your guests will want to knock back more than a few tipples. Have a right royal knees-up drinking the most British of cocktails, a Pimm's cup, or put a modern twist on the traditional recipe with our Tokyo Pop Cocktail.

And if you'd rather stay alcohol-free, keep your guests hydrated and caffeinated throughout the wedding with plenty of tea. Brew up some majestic Earl Grey Royale tea ($14 from T2), or take some inspiration from an English rose garden and serve iced white rose tea ($22 from T2). 


 

Decorations

Bunting has been used at British celebrations for years, and these colourful flags are a must for your royal wedding celebration. Pick up some Union Jack bunting online ($18 from The Party People) or learn how to make your own and adorn your walls and railings with the festive flags.

For something a little more glamorous, this limited edition wallpaper ($130 per 10m roll) from Graham & Brown has been inspired by Princess Diana's favourite flowers, white paper roses, and Meghan's blooms of choice, pink peonies. Cut the wallpaper into strips to create table runners, or if you'd like to commemorate the wedding more permanently, hang the wallpaper for an elegant and regal feature wall.



Activities

Before the royal wedding begins, your guests might like to take part in some royal wedding-themed games.

A game of croquet in the garden will set the tone for the upcoming royal nuptials, or take a sweepstake on who the designer of Meghan's wedding dress might be, or the style of gown she'll choose to wear.

Regardless of how you'll be celebrating, please join us in a toast to the happy couple: To love and laughter, and happily ever after!

Don't miss Royal Wedding Extravaganza on Friday, May 18 at 8.30pm on Lifestyle.

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