Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Royal Wedding Party

Party Decorations
Shorty after we heard there was a royal wedding in the works, my sister and I started talking about our memories of Charles and Diana's wedding.  We were staying at our Aunt's house and she got us up early so we could share the experience.  Since we are living together again we decided we wanted to make this wedding memorable for my niece who is the same age as her  mom was when Charles and Diana were married.

Party Spread 1
We started planning and talking it up so Miss M would be excited.  The lovely Joanna got us started right, when she sent a beautiful tea cup with happy couple on the front.  I tracked down some beautiful templates designers had posted that we used for decorations (here and here) and we started planning the menu.

Maggie at Party
Thanks to modern technology, we didn't get my niece up early to watch (although we did the 3:45 AM thing.)  That afternoon we had english scones with cream and jam, shortbread cookies and just for fun, cupcakes.  We put on our fanciest jewelry (wished we thought to buy/find/make hats) and put Miss M in the princess dress grandma sent for the occasion and settled in to watch the festivities again.

N & Kids
Tiny T had no interest in the wedding, but he thought the food was delish, even if he had no clue what we were up to.

Did you watch the wedding?  Did anyone else throw or attend a party or are we the only (slightly) nutty ones?

I can't get enough of the new Adele album - her cover of Lovesong is classical beautiful just like the wedding.
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37 comments:

lisa said...

What a wonderful idea this was Jamie! Surely something your niece will always remember. I was only able to watch bit and pieces because I was at work, but she sure was a most beautiful bride.

Prairie Girl Studio said...

awwwwwwww!
you are the bestest bestest aunti ever, jamie!!!
what a brilliant and sincerely lovely thing to do ... making memories is the living of life ... yay!

i love the royal family completely and even though i don't follow every step, my heart melted to a puddle when i would see the queen mother, and i get this really soft spot when i see queen Elizabeth ... totally embraced diana's wedding and admired and loved her so ... it is indescribable this desire to watch their lives ... and i knew deep down, even though i have been running low on sleep recently, that if the stars would allow, i would 'be there'! ... and sure enough, my menopausal clock struck 4 am (central standard time) and i arrived at the wedding just in time to see william make his journey towards the abbey ...

i wasn't pretty ... just me, wrapped in a quilt in my jammies ... but i was completely enchanted by the entire festivities ... it was magical ...

bless your lovely heart ... : )
xoxoxo
prairiegirl

oh poo ... the won't let me watch this particularly adele song here, but that's ok ... i'll find it!

DecorandtheDog said...

I love that your had a party for the wedding! If I didn't have to work that day..I totally would have!

I watched some of it live while getting ready for work. I watched the rest at home with my mom. It was, of course, beautiful!

Stampmouse said...

didn't have much of anything to do with teh wedding but it looks like your party ws fun.

Ms. Becky said...

I was awake at 4 a.m. and watched the entire thing bleary-eyed and in awe. I was enchanted. and the beautiful memories you created for your niece? she'll remember them forever. you're the best Auntie Jamie!

Courtney said...

I love it! How fun is this???

Ashley Sisk said...

This might have been the cutest party ever!

Marisa said...

I'm STILL watching the wedding! Haha. That is such a cute party I wish I would've made up some tasty treats to make 4am more fun!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

What a special occasion you made this for your niece! We watched the wedding here in the Philippines! We had it on so many channels I kept switching- even Al Jazeera showed the wedding! Glad you had fun, and it will mean so many nice memories for your niece too! Patsy from
HeARTworks

krissilugbill said...

oh my word, how cute!!! what an adorable party with cute decorations. Looks like such a fun time :)

tinajo said...

This is a lovely idea - it will be a memory for all to remember! :-)

justine said...

what a great thing to do, looks like your party was such fun!

Angie Willis said...

Lots of people in the UK had parties - mostly street parties. I'm so pleased you nutty lot had a good time and enjoyed the wedding. It was beautiful, wasn't it!

Lesley said...

What a great idea,Jamie- I'm sure she will always remember this party!

Clare B said...

What a great way to celebrate the wedding - I watched it (secretly) at work. Your little table looks a lot more fun

R Montalban said...

You did Kate & Will proud with your planning, and I am so glad you had a great time. It was a beautiful wedding. The Adele album is fantastic, and I watched her on TV the other day (Graham Norton show) in which I thought she was so funny (the show also had the actors who played Kate & Will in the film (can't believe they made a film of them already!), here is the link to see the show if you fancy! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010vd3m

urban muser said...

that is so sweet that you did that!

muminsearch.com said...

I think your princess is much much better looking! Even though Kate is not bad either.

Anna said...

Jamie, what a grand idea! Kids often get us excited and engaged in activities that as adults, we may not do. You will be creating memories that you'll hear repeated when you are old - how cool is that?!

i.ikeda said...

What a cute, cute, cute idea! My daughter would have loved a princess party to celebrate anything. She's too young to understand even the idea of a wedding, but she would have loved the party anyway. :)

Since we Brazilians have no connection to the Royal family or England for that matter, I didn't really get into the royal wedding too much. T_T I was a wee little baby when Charles and Diana had theirs, so maybe that has something to do with it too, since my mom always talked about it regardless of being Brazilian, haha.

Still, I think it's awesome that you had your party with your sister and niece (and the party crasher guest who only came for the food). I miss my sisters dearly and seeing something like this makes me want to go back and see them even more.

Amanda said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one...

I was embarassingly excited about the royal wedding all day Friday and during breakfast on Saturday. We were over at my sister's house so it was me and the females who watched the wedding coverage while sipping tea and eating homemade scones.

I was blown away with the whole wedding. I cried twice (first when I saw Kate get out of the car for the first time--I kept repeating "She's so gorgeous!" to everyone, and then when Will was saying he vows. I was a puddle). Did you see when Kate was walking down the aisle Harry looked back and said "Just wait until you see her"? Then they cut to Kate and then back at Will + Harry and you can see Will sneak a peek back at his beauty. I died! I had to watch that part over again.

It was just all magic. True genuine love that you can see all over their faces.

I'm glad you were able to experience it with your sis and niece!

Indie.Tea said...

I did not watch the royal wedding, but your wedding party looks like so much fun. Your niece must have loved it!

Caroline said...

Oh my goodness Jamie!! This is precious...and they will cherish this memory forever!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

What a great way to participate in the big event!

Natalie said...

Oh my how fun! I didn't watch the wedding...I did however watch the days leading up to it where they showed the wedding of Diana and Charles and I saw the encore of Will & Kate's wedding. But what you all did for the kids was so fun and exciting! Kudos! Happy Weekend friend!

blue china studio said...

How fun! I just love all the decorations you did. So magical!

Rosie said...

Oh, what a great idea, Jamie! It looks like a wonderful party - I must say I would have liked to be part of it...! :-)

Kat Sloma said...

What a great time! You guys went all out, it looks like fun and your niece will have such a special memory of her aunt too, just like you and your sister.

Krystal said...

I think it's so cool that she is going to have this memory now too - i like that!
have a tip top w/e :)

Diana Joy said...

It is so cool that you and your sister did that for your niece (and yourselves)...she'll never forget. How fun!

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your niece will always remember and her portrait is very good.'
I like also the face of boy. He let me thinks about a little boy I photographed last month
congrats
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Cindy said...

i was up bright and early to watch the royal wedding and so was scott. well, he usually gets up at 5 am. i actually watched it a few times.

your party looks so great. love all the decorations and those happy faces. enjoy your weekend! cheers!

~Kristina said...

That sure looks like it was a lot of fun. I didn't do the 3:45 thing but rather about 5:30 AM.
Cheers!

Penny said...

Great job Jamie keeping the family tradition alive!! After you reminded me of our all night party almost 30 years ago, I too decided another Royal Party was in order! This time around I had my daughters, daughter in law, niece, and some friends over. We started the party at midnight serving, tea and scones along with cucumber sandwiches and other goodies using my friends finest tea set. Our dress was a little more causal,-- pjs although my friend did have a very nice hat! After the ceremony while waiting for the "kiss" we had pancakes and hot chocolate. Then we finally broke up the party as there was work and school attend to. I must be honest, this time around it took me a couple of days to recover, but it was well worth adding these new memories! The only thing that would have made it even better would have been to have you and Nicole here. I love that you keep these traditions going and in such an amazing way!!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh it looks like such fun! What sweet memories your niece will have. Great idea.

Dorian Susan said...

How fun that you did this for your niece. I didn't watch...I don't really "do" TV or news. Things go right on by and I miss them-sometimes that's a good thing, but sometimes, like this, not necessarily.
As for Adele, my Meniere's disease is lightening up in my left ear (temporary, but I'm happy for what I can get) and I can hear her-thankfully. She is an amazing talent. Soulful personified. I keep thinking she's be dissed for her "look" on Amer Idol, but wow that woman can sing. I'm glad I'm not missing that.
Happy day to you Jamie. Appreciating the kind comments you've been leaving for me of late.

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