Royal Wedding 2018 – How to host a party fit for royalty

Royal Wedding 2018 - Runcorn Shopping City

The Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan is just around the corner and here at Runcorn Shopping City, we are excited. THE wedding of 2018 is set to take place on this Saturday, the 19th May and we’re expecting celebrations far and wide.

Britain is famed for its admiration of the Royal Family, so it comes as no surprise that Royal Weddings bring out the utmost pride in our nation. People across the UK and beyond are expected to be hosting Royal Wedding 2018 parties, so here’s how to make yours stand out from the rest.

But first, let’s have a look into the background of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

A Royal Occasion

The lovestruck pair announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and Britain was soon bursting at its seams with excitement.

 

They met in early July 2016 after being set up on a ‘blind date’ by a mutual friend. The couple were meant to be from the start and began dating before Meghan become Harry’s fiance late last year.

According to the ‘home of the Royal Family’ website, the wedding…

“will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on Saturday 19 May. The service will begin at St George’s Chapel at midday and will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner. The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows. At 1pm, following the service, the couple will travel around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, providing an opportunity for members of the public to see them and join in with the celebrations.”

Meghan in her ever-welcoming nature has invited members of the public to join in and celebrate their special day. But if you weren’t lucky enough to get an invite through the post (as we weren’t either, *sob*) then worry not. Runcorn Shopping City have put together some tips and tricks to host the best Royal Wedding 2018 party in town. You’ll be almost glad you didn’t get an invite. (Almost, we say.)

How to host the best Royal Wedding 2018 party

Throwing a party is one thing, throwing a Royal Wedding party is a whole other affair altogether. These kinds of events have to have that underlying hint of class and sophistication, but also must embody plenty of fun to go with it. Here are some of our tips for hosting a party that would be fit for the Prince and his soon to be Princess themselves:

What’s a wedding without a feast?

Okay, strictly speaking, you’re not hosting a wedding.

However… Where’s the harm in catering for one? There’s no expense spared on this wedding, but if you’re looking for a feast that’s just slightly more within your budget then Iceland have a great range of party food available at a bargain price.

Alongside the party food, nothing makes a party like some home cooked food. Here are some of our themed recommendations:

  • Decorated cupcakes: cupcakes are one of the easiest things to make, yet always go down a treat. Tie them in with the Royal Wedding by adding crowns on top perhaps. Or, how about an American flag to pay tribute to Meghan’s US heritage?
  • Strawberries and cream: is there anything more British than this favoured desert? You could even serve them in small cups and saucers if you’re feeling extra patriotic.
  • Poutine: credited to be Meghan’s favourite food, you can’t host a Royal Wedding party without doing the soon to be princess justice with this dish.
  • Fruit platters: fruit platters are quick and simple to make but can be very satisfying. Why not try colour coding the fruits to create an English or American flag?
  • Sunday roast: whilst the affair is not to be held on Sunday, nothing says England like a good old-fashioned Sunday roast. If you’re planning a sit-down meal for your guests then this classic dish promises to go down a treat

Remember to be mindful of any guests with allergies, especially dairy and gluten. If you’re struggling to seek out alternative options, check out Holland & Barrett.

Save the date!

This one goes without saying, but make sure your TV is up and running ready to showcase the big event. The couple are set to marry at 12 pm on Saturday, but we’re sure that there will be commentary running all day. Make sure you don’t miss any of the good bits!

If you’re hosting a street party then how about looking at getting a projector so that all of your guests can get in on the action. You can pick one up ahead of the date at Argos.

Go decor-crazy

If a Royal Wedding isn’t an excuse to go all out then what is?

Whether your hosting your party inside or out, it won’t be complete without some good old-fashioned decorations. You can pick up a range of party decorations at B&M, Wilko and Poundworld. Including some Royal Wedding themed items!

If you fancied executing a little DIY action instead, here are some of our recommendations for getting creative with your decorations:

  • Bunting: make bunting out of the backs of old cereal boxes, paint them red white and blue and cut them into triangles. Then, loop them on to some string and hang them from the walls, ceilings, anywhere you can find.
  • Flags: Royal Weddings are the perfect time to get patriarchal. Why not use paint some old white bed sheets like the English and USA flags and hang them around your venue?
  • Crowns: you can make paper crowns for your guests to wear from printing templates online and cutting them out on paper or card. Or hey, if you have any leftover from Christmas crackers now is the time to use them.
  • Name cards: name cards are a great way to add a touch of sophistication to a party (and what’s a Royal Wedding without sophistication?). They’re easy to make with paper or card and you could even print out photos of your guests and stick crowns on them to get really thematic.

It might also be extra fun to make your party fancy dress. Why not dress up as if you were attending the Royal Event yourself? Or go wild with the face paint? It is a big celebration, after all.

Finally, games.

After vows are spoken and history is made – you have two choices. Sit back and relax, or keep the party going. We favour the latter, if you do too then now’s the time to crack out the party games.

To make your Royal Wedding party like no other, your own personal games are set to be a winner amongst guests. Spend some time a few nights before the big event planning out possible games to play and prizes to be had. It works best if you can think of games that include all ages, nobody should be left out of the fun!

If you’re struggling with party-game inspo, then why not try these for the kids:

  • Musical chairs
  • Chinese whispers
  • Pass the parcel
  • Sleeping lions
  • Giant jenga (you can pick these up at Argos)

Or, for the big kids (and Harry’s favourite game):

  • Beer pong

However, you choose to celebrate the Royal Wedding, all of us here at Runcorn Shopping City sincerely hope you have the best day (we have our fingers crossed for the weather, too). If you’re in need of last minute supplies, head down to our shopping centre where we’re bound to have everything you need.

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