29th April, 2011 was the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton – and as a Brit, it was a wonderfully patriotic day. I’m not a royalist by any means, but there is something about our royal family that makes you proud to be British! All the pomp and circumstances – I love it! It also gave me an excuse to throw a party!
I love a good [royal] wedding and we’d not seen one of this scale since Lady Di married Prince Charles in 1981. I was about 5 years old for that and remember watching it on the TV with my family.
As it’s Friday, it’s time for a flashback, so don your tiara (like I did for the occasion!) and read on to find out how we celebrated the Royal Wedding, 2011 :)
Of course, the shops were stocked with Union Jack flags and bunting – and it was the easiest way to decorate the house for this most British of days ^_^
I made some paper chains using red, white and blue strips of paper which I hung up wherever I could…
And I also made lots of red, white and blue rosettes out of tissue paper. I made them recently for St. Patrick’s Day too using the Irish flag colours, and you can find a tutorial here if you’d like to make some yourself for your event.
For a bit of fun, I made some Wills & Kate masks, by printing off their faces, sticking to some card, cutting out eye holes and attaching to lollipop sticks.
My cat, Pumpkin (of course!) even got in on the celebrating!
I decorated my serving counters with red, white and blue crepe paper, as well as some red and blue stars. I printed off food labels and mounted them on red and blue card, and bought Union Jack themed plates, cups and napkins.
For the buffet, I went with a ‘Best of British’ theme – making (and buying) food that was traditionally British…
Sandwiches were filled with cheese & pickle, egg mayonnaise, honey roast ham, and beef & horseradish.
I couldn’t have a British buffet without some cubes of Cheddar cheese and pineapple on sticks! There was also a cheese and onion quiche (not British, but *shrug* it’s always on a British buffet!), Melton Mowbray pork pies, Scotch eggs and some tomatoes and cucumber to keep it healthy!
Also can’t have a British buffet without cocktail sausages!
Some chicken drumsticks, coronation chicken in mini bread rolls and some salads completed the savoury side of the buffet.
For sweet treats, I went with the Devon/Cornish/Dorset favourite – scones with clotted cream and jam – one of my favourites when I am visiting that part of the UK! Along with a bowlful of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, and some shop bought bakewell tart slices and a British biscuit selection.
London was going to be mayhem on the big day, so we stayed at home and watched the events unfold from the comfort of our living room…but it didn’t stop me taking photographs, of the TV!!! You may think this bonkers, and so do I, but I’ve now got my own photographic memories of the momentous occasion in British history!
And actually, it runs in the family (taking photos of a royal wedding from the TV that is, not being bonkers…although, probably that too!), because on looking through old family albums I found several photos that my dad must have taken of the 1981 royal wedding with Charles and Diana!
So there you have it…this was how we celebrated the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton…it was such a lovely day and we all really enjoyed ourselves!
This summer we have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee…I will be doing a family get together for this – I plan on preparing more from scratch, and ideas are already flowing on how I should decorate and stuff, so look out for posts on that soon!
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s flashback, and for me, it’s always fun to walk down memory lane :)