Next week is the big day for Kate and William, and our area is hosting more street parties than anywhere else in the country! I think we love a good excuse for a party, especially when it involves food. Food brings people together, and gives us the excuse to sit down, talk, and try someone else’s cooking, so here are some ideas to help you celebrate in style.
I had to show you photos of Heaven is a Cupcake’s Royal Wedding cupcakes as they are so creative. You can buy these to order from local girl Lucy at http://www.heavenisacupcake, and also bear her in mind if you have your own wedding or party coming up.
You can order “British Street Party” cups and plates from Kate’s parents’ website Partypieces.co.uk. complete with a crest. A pack of 12 paper plates is £3.99 and matching cups £2.99 for 12. Union jack plates, bunting and napkins are available too. They recommend hosting a “traditional tea party complete with a cream tea, Victoria sponge and of course pork pies. Think reds, whites and blues, Union Jack bunting, bowls of strawberries, cucumber sandwiches and of course pots of tea. Keep up with tradition and get in the party spirit!” The wedding breakfast menu at Buckingham Palace is secret, but it is a safe bet that the ingredients will be sourced from the UK, so perhaps Scottish salmon, fish and beef? I hope they will choose one of our excellent English sparking wines instead of Champagne.
At the time of going to press there were over 60 street parties planned in St Albans alone! Speaking to some of the organisers there will be lots of sandwiches, cakes, barbecues, sharing plates and lots of bring-your-own. The St Julians Road and Prospect Road street party are holding a best-dressed cake competition, to be judged by their local councillor Eileen Harris. I look forward to seeing the photos! They are also having a best and worse-dressed person competition, which should be good fun. If you don’t have time to organise your own street party, the date for this year’s Big Lunch is Sunday 5 June. Organised by the Eden Project, the idea is to encourage neighbours to get together on one day a year. Go to http://www.thebiglunch.com for ideas and practical tips.
Many schools in Hertfordshire will be serving a royal wedding celebration lunch next week. Children will be able to choose from Clarence House chicken pie with Duchess potatoes or RAF macaroni cheese, with seasonal vegetables. Tracie Bere from Hertfordshire Catering told me that chicken pie and macaroni cheese are by far the most popular main courses eaten by our school children, so they will get their favourites to mark this special day. On the menu for pudding are Lemon Love Cake with custard or Princess biscuits with jellied jewels, which I am sure will be very popular with my two.
Wheatfields School are hosting a huge garden party picnic for local families and residents. They plan to watch the wedding in the school hall, then move on to the playing field for a bring-your-own picnic. The idea is that every family also takes a cake or dessert to share.
Inn on the Park in Verulamium Park, St Albans are showing the wedding at 11am and you can eat a “lavish breakfast” while you watch. The Posh Eggy Bread, Brioche, Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup (£6.35) sounds amazing. After a run around the park, you can go back for Afternoon Tea for Two sandwiches, iced wedding cake, fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve (£18.50 for two). Add a glass of Prosecco with Elderflower for just £5 each. How fabulous. Don’t worry if you at Westminster Abbey that day; they are serving the special menus all weekend. Breakfast will be served 9-12, and tea from 12-5.