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The royal wedding countdown is on! In less than a month, Prince Harry will marry his American girl, Meghan Markle, and the whole world will be watching. Those of us in the United States will be up at the butt crack of dawn to watch the festivities on TV. If you’re going to be up at the ungodly hour of 5 or 6 a.m., start planning your royal wedding party now so you and your BFF’s can watch in style!
Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing so you can plan a royally good royal wedding party.?
Ideas for a Royal Wedding Party
Have a wedding hat decorating contest
No royal wedding would be complete without a bevy of fancy wedding hats and fascinators. Challenge your friends to think outside the box and design a wedding hat that would look right at home in Buckingham Palace.
If you need a little inspiration, check out this slideshow of the best royal wedding hats from Town & Country. Like this tribute to the butterfly Princess Eugenie wore:
Whip up a batch of traditional English scones and other goodies
If you’re watching it live, it will be early morning (very, very early morning) but people still need to eat! Show off your culinary skills and whip up a batch of traditional English scones. And if you’re feeling really fancy, try making clotted cream. You’ll need to plan ahead though – it needs to refrigerate for a good long while.
There are tons of other British dishes and desserts you could whip up for your guests too.
Look here for recipes on traditional British food like meat pies and bangers and mash.
Play Party Games
What kind of a royal wedding party would it be if you sat in front of the TV the entire time? That early in the morning your guests are likely to nod off! Get everyone up and moving by playing some fun games.
Here are a few to get you started:
- Do a twist on Twister, and replace the colors with pictures of the royal family
- Get blank Cards Against Humanity cards and write royal-themed questions.
- Play a few rounds of Royal Bingo
You can also look to Etsy for unique and creative ideas, like this printable party pack that includes replica royal invitations, games, and decorative British flags for toothpicks.
Make it a costume party
Have your friends wear fancy pajamas, go full-on English wedding ensemble, or maybe dress up like their favorite Disney princess.
Having a theme helps narrow down choices for your guests so they won’t feel overwhelmed trying to pick the “perfect” thing.
Have the proper decorations
One must have the proper decorations if one plans on having a successful royal wedding party, wouldn’t you say, old chap? Ballons, bunting, tableware and royal confetti are one way to bring in the feel of jolly old England.
Etsy has a number of different sellers offering British or royal-themed party decorations.
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DIY a Photobooth
You’ll have the decorations, the costumes, and the fancy hats so why not set up a photo booth?
Send your guests home with a favor box
These cute favor boxes feature Harry and Meghan and can be filled with a variety of goodies. Try popcorn, truffles, homemade Scottish shortbread, or maybe tea. There are many possibilities that would work with any budget!
If early morning parties aren’t your thing, DVR it and watch it at a more reasonable hour. And just think – watching it later in the day means you can serve alcohol and maybe play a drinking game or two. Or three….
No matter how you choose to celebrate the day, weddings are a time of happiness and hope for the future. So mark your calendars. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place on May 19.