When the news broke of Kate and Williams engagement I knew I’d have to organise a dinner party to celebrate the event. So I invited my girlfriends to join me and asked my hubby to be the butler for the night.
The invitations were addressed to each guest whom I’d given a royal title. I’d asked everyone to come dressed in royal regalia which prompted lots of questions and I let everyone interpret their own style. I loved the way everyone took lots of effort to look the part on the night from Medieval Princesses (complete with sword!), a Baroness with a family heirloom sash to formal dress and tiaras.
I ordered a few things online – a full size cardboard cut out of Kate and William, Royal Wedding Coaches and Union Jack Bunting. My sister ordered little wedding favour boxes filled with sugared almonds and Royal Wedding Souvenir Coasters. My hubby borrowed his parents top hat and waistcoat to look the part of the butler and I bought several metres of red fabric to be the red carpet when guests arrived. Although I cooked the dinner, I ordered cakes for dessert and bought flowers from the market and arranged into vases for the table. I went online to learn how to make Crown napkins for the table and I even decided to make seat covers with a silver bow at the last minute.
Preparations started to get really stressful when the press contacted me about my party and experience working at Buckingham Palace. The West Australian interviewed me and I was woken early one morning by a friend who reading her newspaper before work found a full page article and picture of my husband and I on page 3! And from there on came the radio interview and the TV stations requesting to film setting up during the day, one even came back on the night when everyone had arrived!
You can see The Channel 10 Tv clip here
You can listen to the 6PR Radio Interview here
On the night when guests arrived they were greeted at the door by the butler who then announced their title and arrival to all the guests in our lounge room where ‘Royal Guests’ over pre dinner drinks. There were photos of the Royal Family around the room and Kate and William were there and everyone had their photo taken with them. There was also a competition for all guests to choose what colour hat they thought the Queen would be wearing for the wedding.
Once everyone had arrived, the butler announced asked guests to please make their way to the Wedding. Once all the guests were seats we began to watch the recording of the wedding. First course was about to be served when the TV crew arrived. Everyone was nervous eating whilst being filmed! Once the tv crew left, 2nd course was served and later in the evening dessert.
We also played Pin the Tail on the Corgi. I gave the winner a packet of Arnotts Royals biscuits as a prize!
The only glitch of the night was we missed the royal kiss as I had paused the wedding on TV and not recorded it so after 2 hours it stopped!! Overall we had lots of fun and it was a great night.