I’ll admit it! We got completely swept up in the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and just could not help but celebrate along with them (and the rest of the world)! What I loved about this royal wedding is what so many of us were drawn to, I think, besides the obvious: cheeky adorable bachelor prince meets the woman of his dreams, an American, bi-racial, beautiful, lovely, charitable minded woman with what seems to be a bit of a kooky family (I can relate to that part)! She may have not grown up with a royal pedigree, but her and her beautiful mother were as graceful as any queen or royal I’ve ever seen.
I think it gave so many of us the sense that anything is possible. I couldn’t wait to show my daughter what a real princess was like. From her solo walk down the first half of the aisle, to the American pastor that gave an impassioned speech, this was a royal wedding for the books. It was transformative in so many ways and I was very happy to celebrate it with my family, especially my little girl who like so many other little girls, is enamored by princesses. Meghan, or shall I say the Duchess of Sussex, is the loveliest example of a real life one.
I grew up with Princess Diana who was in headlines on a weekly basis, and grew to really admire her and appreciate all of her charitable work and kindness. If you grew up during my time, I’m sure your heart broke for those boys when they lost their beloved “mum.” As a mother myself now, it feels so even more and this seems like it would be one of her most special, proud days. There is so much about that cheeky Prince Harry that reminds me of her!
For our little tea party, which would also make a sweet birthday celebration, much of what we used was what we could find around our home. I loved the idea of also introducing my kids to some new(ish) foods from a different country. The more you expose them, the more curious and wiling they are to try different thingsFull disclosure though: We didn’t have any tea! I know, I know, that’s absurd for a tea party but she didn’t want any, and let’s be honest, at this age, it’s all about the tea set. Who cares if there’s water, juice or anything in there at all. They have all they need, their imagination.
We did buy some delicious scones from Whole Foods, a lovely variety of blueberry lemon, maple walnut and chocolate chip though. Since we didn’t drink tea, I felt the need to add a bit more authenticity (I remember my first tea well at Picadilly Circus) so I found some proper clotted cream to accompany the sconesThough we didn’t drink tea, we made tea sandwiches. I made egg salad and watercress, as well as cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches (more often they’re made with butter but my kids love their cream cheese) and they went over fairly well. The egg salad wasn’t as popular with my kids, but they do love cucumbers. For a kids party, I’d say don’t worry about staying authentic to proper tea sandwiches and just make them what they’ll eat. Anything goes and if you cut them into diagonal shapes, they still look the part.
My favorite part of our tea party were the sweet sugar cookie crowns we made. We cut out sugar cookies in the shape of a crown, added some jam, topped it with another cookie and sprinkled on confectioners sugar. I’m so thankful to the beautiful The Kittchen blog for this genius idea. They came out so pretty and royally delicious! You can find the original recipe here https://thekittchen.com/how-to-make-crown-cookies/
We toasted the beautiful couple with my fave, Lorina’s sparkling lemonade, and added raspberries for an extra pop of pretty color.The only activity, besides watching this gorgeous wedding, was making fascinator hats out of paper plates. Super inexpensive, so easy (only using what we already had around our home) and so fun. Of course my little princess only wanted to wear her crown though, but I loved the way my fascinator turned out. I felt quite like the Brit! It makes such a cute tea party activity for little ones (and big ones alike).
We looked around our place for cute bits and pieces, and scraps from other items, found some doilies and ribbon and got to work taping, gluing and stapling it into a fascinator made out of the Target paper plates we were going to use for our tea party. We used some ribbon, tulle from an old little homemade tutu, feathers from an old art project and voila, a fascinator! Of course no tea party is complete without fresh flowers and when I found out Meghan’s favorite was the same as mine, it was a no-brainer. Peonies! We decorated a bit with a pink tassle garland from a previous party and we were all set. Sweet & simple, proving that you can have a lovely little celebration and create fun memories with your kids without too much fuss and without spending much money.
Cheers to the Duke & Duchess of Sussex! I look forward to seeing their love continue to grow and all the charitable good they’ll bring to the world.
Thanks to this guy who was game for taking photos and also got into the spirit of things by dressing the part aka as grabbing my beach hat and an old jacket of his. He may or may not have had sweats on through.
My boys wanted the sweet treats of course and watched the wedding (my younger son was totally mesmerized by it all-sssh, don’t tell him I told you!), but they had no interest in dressing the part. But here they are in all their dirty tee glory.
Admiring the spread and wondering where to start first.
Cookies first of course!
What kind of princess licks her white gloved fingers? Only the best kind!
Some more fun shots from our tea celebration:
Being her silly cheeky self-
Dad got in on the action! He couldn’t resist.
So fun to have a little girl who’s into all of this with me. We adore her. Can you tell?
Hope you’ll get to enjoy an English tea party with your own little crew one day. I think it’s great for boys and girls alike and for the record, if I had pushed a little bit, my younger boy would have been into dressing up with us too.
Tata for now dahlings!