rhubarb’s top tips for your royal wedding celebration
Wedding bells are ringing out for the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In anticipation of the big day we’ve pulled together a list of our favourite tips and tricks for preparing and entertaining at your own royal wedding celebration this May.
With expert advice from rhubarb’s brilliant duo: Sarah Hammond, Event Director, and JR Marland, Head of Creative; our guide highlights some top tips to help you plan the ultimate tribute to Harry and Meghan’s big day.
First and foremost, make sure you plan ahead and allow plenty of time to add the final finishing touches so you can relax, join in, and enjoy the day with your friends and family. Lay the table and prepare as much food as possible the day before, so you don’t need to rush whilst cooking and are ready to greet your guests when they arrive for your fabulous royal wedding party.
Sarah’s favourite buffet treats offer a traditional yet bespoke British tea concept, for guests to indulge throughout the day. Mini bite-sized sandwiches of coronation chicken, cucumber and raspberry vinegar, citrus cured salmon and cream cheese with stem ginger, wrapped in a (brand new) damp cloth the day before will keep beautifully and can be laid out elegantly on the day.
Other accompaniments for your afternoon tea could include dark chocolate and mint delights as these are a royal household favourite, alongside exquisite Queen of Heart cakes. As every table needs a centre piece, why not make your own little wedding cake!
For a more substantial lunchtime affair, treat your guests to a delicious lemon-stuffed roast chicken with pancetta crisp and thyme, as a nod to Harry’s proposal to Meghan and in-keeping with the tradition of the day. This sumptuous main course can be served with cumin-tossed sweet roasted potatoes and a melange of beans characteristic of a classic English country garden, decorated with delicate pea shoots.
For dessert, there’s no question about it… it has to be Eton Mess. This summery pudding, evocative of Harry’s school days, can be adapted to create a real show stopper of a dessert. Serve large meringues filled with raspberries, cream and dressed with a vibrant raspberry coulis, and invite guests to crack the meringue to reveal the mouth-watering contents within.
As a toast to the happy couple, pair your food with a refreshing summer garden cocktail. Lovely served in mini bottles with colourful paper straws, and ideal for holding whilst mingling with other party guests.
Laying the table/creative highlights
May is the ideal time to put your home-grown flowers and herbs to good use. JR recommends that you take to your garden, scissors in hand and harvest simple yet beautiful flowers such as posies and peonies (which echo the flowers used for the royal wedding). These flowers can be used to decorate the room and line the table for a spring-inspired feel to the day. Florist Philippa Craddock who is designing the floral arrangements for the big day, often favours small vases of bouquets set out down the middle of the table. Raid your cupboards for mis-matching pots to decorate the table with a homely feel. This isn’t the only use for your hand-picked plants, spring-inspired cocktails can also be garnished with edible herbs from window boxes and attractive flowers from the garden.
When it comes to laying the table, if you’re not looking to feature a bold Union Jack, opt for paler tones of blue and pink to soften the look but pay tribute to the patriotism of the day. Vintage flags can also be used to decorate the room or as a table runner for a more paired back feel. These creative tips need not cost a lot!
However, you choose to spend the royal occasion we hope you have a wonderful time celebrating, and be sure to tag us in any of your royal wedding party pictures. Twitter / Instagram: @rhubarb_food.