Throwing a watching party for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton doesnt have to be a royal pain.
But with the wedding scheduled for 6 a.m. East Coast time, you probably are going to find that plenty of coffee is, so to speak, your cup of tea.
Patra Wroten, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area and writes about parties and other occasions on her blog, I Do Declare, has found a workaround to the inconvenient timing a slumber party for some friends.
We just love weddings, she says. It really was just a great excuse to get a group of our girlfriends together, take off work and theme a party around such an exciting wedding.
The party will start on the evening of April 28 and go right through to the April 29 festivities with a few hours set aside for rest.
They plan to watch a tape of the marriage of the princes parents, Charles and Diana, eat English food such as mini shepherds pies, and may just have a little drinking game a sip for every time someone says future princess, for instance.
And, of course, there will be fake tiaras.
For Penny Bradley, co-owner of the Lyon restaurant in New Yorks Greenwich Village, throwing a wedding party took a bit of smooth-talking. Specifically, she had to persuade her partner in the restaurant, French chef Francois Latapie, to be English for a day.
He agreed and now neighboring businesses, including the British restaurant Tea & Sympathy, are joining in. Festivities will start with a Champagne breakfast and screenings of the ceremony, with reruns for later in the day.
On the menu: bacon and egg sandwiches, smoked haddock with scrambled eggs and Bucks Fizz (mimosas to us Yanks). Therell be bunting, big hats are encouraged, and the dinner menu will include such notable items as toad in the hole and Lancashire hotpot.
Raffle tickets are being sold to benefit a local park and, with interest already high, there will likely be a silent auction.
Its getting quite exciting, says Bradley, who already has gotten reservations for the 6 a.m. seating.
Though the wedding isnt making quite the same splash that Charles and Dianas did 30 years ago, its launched many a promotion.
Among them, the Rosewood Sand Hill luxury hotel in the San Francisco Bay area is offering a Your Royal Princess, package that includes a sugar scrub infused with gold. (Prince Charming not included.)
And Beefeater Gin has come up with a cocktail for the day with a cheeky nod to the late Queen Mothers reported fondness for gin. The cocktail, called Beefeater Royal Punch, consists of gin, Dubonnet, pomegranate, lemonade and Angostura bitters.
Bradley, a native of Yorkshire, England, sees the occasion as a break from everyday life, one that is especially welcome considering all the grim news thats been happening of late.
These are events that dont happen very often in anyones lifetime and people love to celebrate them, she says. They really enjoy watching the wedding and all the glitter of the carriages and the spectacle. Its something thats really amazing.
Ready to host your own wedding watching party? Below is our suggested menu for early morning eats.